Art Connections, the Cummer Museum’s interactive center, sets the stage for learning that takes place throughout the rest of the Museum. This space is great for people of all ages and provides the opportunity to explore art in a different way.
Using the Museum's own collection as its core, this chronological display packs more than 30,000 years of artistic history into 40 feet. Interactive stations allow visitors to view, listen, touch, and explore the relationship art has shared with science, technology, and culture since 35,000 B.C.
Gallery Under Five
One of several exhibitions for children ages 18 months through 5 years, this exhibition presents art on a smaller scale. Here, younger children can better appreciate art from the Museum in a setting where it's easier for them to see, and they won't feel intimidated by large objects.
Face to Face
Using a touchscreen, visitors can create their very own self-portraits, which can then be printed out and taken home. It's the perfect way to start an art experience – in familiar territory.
The Cummer Museum commissioned four separate artists to create works inspired by the Cummer Gardens, each in a medium of the artist's choosing. Visitors can view the art (a drawing, an oil painting, a relief print, and a clay vase) accompanied by videos featuring the artists discussing the various inspirations, tools, and techniques related to the media in which they work. It's a great way to learn about the creative process and how it varies from one individual to the next.
Art Classes at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens allow children, families, teens, and adults to explore their creative side while learning new skills, techniques, and styles. Students spend time in the Museum galleries and gardens to observe and study works of art and then take that inspiration back to the studio to create their own artwork. Each class is led by a local teaching artist.
Spark your students' curiosity, creativity, and collaboration through field trips to the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. Docent-guided tours allow students to make meaningful connections with works of art through close-looking activities, thought-provoking questions, and lively conversation. Tours develop observation and critical thinking skills and address Sunshine State Standards, Duval County STEAM Standards, and 21st Century Skills.
The Cummer Museum offers uniquely-themed tours for each grade level featuring the permanent collection, temporary exhibitions, and the gardens. Tours are 90 minutes and include hands-on art-making. School tours are offered September through May.
SUMMER STORYTELLING TOURS
The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens offers educational summer storytelling tours that allow students to experience original works of art and the historic Gardens. Trained Docents and Museum Educators lead students in meaningful discussions in the galleries and gardens and help students explore Art Connections, the Museum's interactive center. Summer storytelling tours are offered June through August.
The mission of the Cummer Museum is to engage and inspire through the arts, gardens, and education. Children will learn, grow, and explore new ways of expressing themselves at Camp. They will paint, draw, print, and sculpt while engaging with amazing works from ancient wonders to old masters to contemporary expressions. Camp is for children entering grades 1 through 6 and registration is required.
Middle School Camp
Students will learn printmaking, drawing, painting, and clay techniques while being inspired by masterworks in the galleries and gardens. Middle School Camp is for students entering grades 6 through 9 and registration is required.
EXPLORING WITH KIDS
The Museum's new "Exploring with Kids" guides are here! These guides are intended for families not just to use while visiting at the Museum, but also to take home with them. The guide focuses on giving parents tips on how to visit museums with their children, info on the Art Connections area, classes for children, maps, and activities for parents to do with their kids. The Let’s Explore! page is perforated for child and parent to fold back activities as they are completed. Download it now so you can see what awaits you before you pick one up.
A special thank you goes to the Chartrand Family Fund who provided the funding for this informative and fun guide!
Cummer in the Classroom and the Weaver Academy of Art
Cummer in the Classroom and the Weaver Academy of Art are two comprehensive art education programs at the Cummer Museum that serve more than 2,500 children (pre-kindergarten through fifth grades) and nearly 150 teachers in six Title 1 schools, of which an average of 90 percent of the students qualify for free and reduced lunch.
Cummer STEAM at the Michele Block Gan Yeladim Preschool
Early childhood is a time of exploration and discovery. The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens and the Jewish Community Alliance are working together to bring STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) to the early childhood program at the Michele Block Gan Yeladim (Hebrew for “Garden of Children”) Preschool.
Classrooms invited to attend the annual Arts4All Festival (formerly VSA Festival) are also given the opportunity to receive a school visit from a member of the Cummer Museum’s education team prior to the festival.
Arts4All Festival (Formerly VSA Festival)
The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is home to the Jacksonville partner of Arts4All Florida, an statewide organization that provides opportunities in the arts for individuals with disabilities. The annual Arts4All Festival (formerly VSA Festival), which takes place in the spring of each year, invites Jacksonville-area students with disabilities to visit the Cummer Museum for a chance to experience art through all of their senses.
Women of Vision
The Women of Vision program is a unique initiative that brings the visual and literary arts to adult women who are blind and/or low-vision.
ADAPTIVE ART RESOURCES
Arts for All
Invented by Dwayne Szot and initially funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Cummer Museum is home to a range of Arts for All adaptive art-making equipment. These tools allow individuals with different levels of abilities to creatively express themselves through the visual arts. Rather than finding ways for people with disabilities to participate in activities for non-disabled people, Arts for All creates entirely new activities and projects for people with disabilities and invites those without disabilities to join in, resulting in a new and completely inclusive art form.
HEALing Arts is a partnership between the Cummer Museum and the HEAL Foundation. As a local nonprofit organization serving individuals and families living with Autism Spectrum Disorders, the HEAL Foundation makes it possible for students with autism to experience the Museum’s annual VSA Festival and Camp Cummer.
VSA is an international organization that provides opportunities for children and adults with disabilities to tap into their creativity and realize the value of their own artistic abilities. This site provides lesson plans and best practices.
The website for the Florida Affiliate of VSA contains event and program information for Florida residents.
Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resource System is a support system for Exceptional Student Education professionals serving students in Clay, Duval, and Nassau Counties.
The National Arts and Disability Center (NADC) is dedicated to promoting full inclusion of children and adults with disabilities into the arts community. The site contains an artist directory, online gallery, resources, bibliographies, and conference information.
The Inclusive Design Research Centre provides information on web accessibility, distance learning, and universal design.
The HEAL Foundation Healing Every Autistic Life is a local foundation serving the greater Jacksonville area that supports programs and partnerships for individuals on the autism spectrum.
Adaptive art-making tools and related products can be found at the following sites:
- The American Printing House for the Blind offers art history through touch and sound, created by Art Education for the Blind. This series combines tactile drawings, Braille text, and audio into art history texts.
- Able Data provides more than 24,000 adaptive products.
- Able Play rates play products for children with special needs.
- Dick Blick and Nasco sell adaptive art supplies and equipment.
- The Kennedy Center provides a full list of additional resources.