The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is home to the Jacksonville partner Arts4All Florida, a 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. Over the course of four days, nearly 1,800 children, 700 teachers and chaperones, and 1,200 volunteers fill the Museum to engage in art viewing in the galleries, movement, music in the gardens, and art-making activities throughout the entire Museum. The event allows each student to participate in the creative process and to demonstrate their own artistic abilities. If you would like to volunteer for the Arts4All Festival, click here.
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. During this visit, the participating students are shown examples of what to anticipate during their trip to the Cummer Museum. They view photographs of children engaging in previous festivals, view and handle samples of art projects they will create during their visit to the Museum, and spend time creating a piece of art during the classroom visit with the Museum Educator. By the conclusion of the visit, the students have been introduced to new ideas about art-making and have made contact with a member of the Museum staff that they will meet again on their field trip, thus building a relationship between the classroom and the Museum.