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18th Annual VSA Festival at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

Mon, 04/29/2013

 

Jacksonville, Fla. - The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is hosting the 18th annual VSA Festival from May 7 through May 10, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This festival provides an opportunity for more than 2,300 students, their parents and teachers from the surrounding four counties’ public school’s Exceptional Education & Student Services (EE/SS) to experience the beauty of art and to demonstrate their own artistic abilities. Students and teachers will tour through eight ArtStops in the Museum’s galleries, gardens, studios and Art Connections to create hands-on art projects, view The Cummer’s art collection and learn about art appreciation.

“The Festival is based on the premise that interactions with art are not passive, but should be active,” said Hope McMath, Museum Director. “We intentionally have the majority of art and music activities in the galleries, so that children with disabilities have the opportunity to create works of art or participate in music making with talented musicians while surrounded by the masterworks of our collection. The impact on the students is clear to all who participate.”

The ArtStops, located in the Museum’s galleries and gardens, provide students the unique opportunity to make art while surrounded by masterpieces of art encompassing 8,000 years of art history. Students will spend 15 minutes participating in each activity. A volunteer guide will lead the children through the ArtStops, which have been adapted for those with disabilities as far-ranging as profound physical disabilities to blindness. This year’s ArtStops include creating sky collages, creating wire garden sculptures inspired by The Cummer Gardens, touring the Gardens, creating an accordion book based on the Museum’s permanent collection around them, handcrafting clay sculptures inspired by The Cummer Gardens, painting abstract landscapes and listening to Ajamu Mutima’s unique combination of music and storytelling.

Students will also spend time in Art Connections, a multidisciplinary learning experience with hands-on educational activities. Students can browse the Creativity Timeline which spans over 40 feet and has interactive stations that allow students to view, listen, touch and explore the relationship between art, science, technology and culture. Students can create their own self-portraits and masterpieces to take home with Face to Face and Picture Perfect, electronic art stations that removes the mess of paint and necessity for a smock. Students can also learn about the creative process and how it varies from person to person at Visions/Versions, an installation of art and video.

“We all benefit from being engaged, using our minds, hearts and hands, when learning,” said McMath. “For children with varying abilities, this is even more critical.”

This four-day Festival has been recognized as a national model by VSA Arts International and is unique because it is the only festival in the country to allow children to make art in the galleries. For many of these children, it is their only opportunity to experience the beauty of original masterpieces, the power of creativity and the art making process.

This year, more than 1,200 volunteers will devote their time and talent to the Festival. Volunteers represent every segment of the community and include corporate volunteers, college and university students, high school students, school system staff members, Museum docents and many other individuals.

“I feel like the most under told story of the Festival is the impact on those who volunteer,” said McMath. “To connect with other human beings in such an intimate way, using art, in a beautiful setting is very powerful and those of us lucky enough to work with this program are better people as a result.”

For more information on the Festival, please call Art Connections at (904) 355-0630.

Citi is the title sponsor of the festival and is providing financial support and more than 400 volunteers. Other sponsors of the VSA Festival include: Linda Alexander, Ron and Hilah Autrey, Jim and Sally Baldwin, Borowy Family Foundation, Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital, The Chartrand Foundation, City of Jacksonville, Bob and Sandy Cook, CSX, Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, Inc., Deutsche Bank, DuBow Family Foundation, Duval County Public Schools, FDLRS Crown, Firehouse Subs, Florida Blue, HEAL Foundation, Rob and Suzanne Hinckley, J. Johnson Gallery, Merritt Family, Bill and Jill Morrow, Papa Johns, Jerry and Mary Pietan, Sandford-Brown Institute, Scott-McRae Group | Duval Dealers, Sabel Foundations, Tijuana Flats, US Assure, Jim and Joan Van Vleck, VSA Florida, Wells Fargo and Doug and Gail Worth.

About VSA Florida
VSA Florida, an educational affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, is an international organization founded by Jean Kennedy Smith that provides arts, education and cultural opportunities for and by people with disabilities. The Cummer and VSA Florida have enhanced the lives of thousands of children and adults with disabilities through innovative programming, specially designed exhibit spaces and a nationally recognized arts festival.  For more information about VSA Florida, please visit www.vsafl.org.

About Exceptional Student Education (ESE)
Duval County Public Schools’ Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Department provides learning services to more than 20,000 students. The mission of the Exceptional Education and Student Services Department is to enhance the quality of instructional services, educational opportunities and support for students with diverse needs, their families, and schools. ESE faculty consists of trained educators, therapists, paraprofessionals and administrators who offer exceptional students the appropriate assistance they need to be successful.

About The Cummer

For the past 50 years, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens has been committed to engaging and inspiring through the arts, gardens and education. A permanent collection of nearly 5,000 objects and historic gardens on a riverfront campus offers more than 130,000 annual visitors a truly unique experience on the First Coast. Nationally recognized education programs serve adults and children of all abilities.  For more information, including hours, visit www.cummer.org.

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Mon, 04/29/2013

 

Jacksonville, Fla. - The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is hosting the 18th annual VSA Festival from May 7 through May 10, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This festival provides an opportunity for more than 2,300 students, their parents and teachers from the surrounding four counties’ public school’s Exceptional Education & Student Services (EE/SS) to experience the beauty of art and to demonstrate their own artistic abilities. Students and teachers will tour through eight ArtStops in the Museum’s galleries, gardens, studios and Art Connections to create hands-on art projects, view The Cummer’s art collection and learn about art appreciation.

“The Festival is based on the premise that interactions with art are not passive, but should be active,” said Hope McMath, Museum Director. “We intentionally have the majority of art and music activities in the galleries, so that children with disabilities have the opportunity to create works of art or participate in music making with talented musicians while surrounded by the masterworks of our collection. The impact on the students is clear to all who participate.”

The ArtStops, located in the Museum’s galleries and gardens, provide students the unique opportunity to make art while surrounded by masterpieces of art encompassing 8,000 years of art history. Students will spend 15 minutes participating in each activity. A volunteer guide will lead the children through the ArtStops, which have been adapted for those with disabilities as far-ranging as profound physical disabilities to blindness. This year’s ArtStops include creating sky collages, creating wire garden sculptures inspired by The Cummer Gardens, touring the Gardens, creating an accordion book based on the Museum’s permanent collection around them, handcrafting clay sculptures inspired by The Cummer Gardens, painting abstract landscapes and listening to Ajamu Mutima’s unique combination of music and storytelling.

Students will also spend time in Art Connections, a multidisciplinary learning experience with hands-on educational activities. Students can browse the Creativity Timeline which spans over 40 feet and has interactive stations that allow students to view, listen, touch and explore the relationship between art, science, technology and culture. Students can create their own self-portraits and masterpieces to take home with Face to Face and Picture Perfect, electronic art stations that removes the mess of paint and necessity for a smock. Students can also learn about the creative process and how it varies from person to person at Visions/Versions, an installation of art and video.

“We all benefit from being engaged, using our minds, hearts and hands, when learning,” said McMath. “For children with varying abilities, this is even more critical.”

This four-day Festival has been recognized as a national model by VSA Arts International and is unique because it is the only festival in the country to allow children to make art in the galleries. For many of these children, it is their only opportunity to experience the beauty of original masterpieces, the power of creativity and the art making process.

This year, more than 1,200 volunteers will devote their time and talent to the Festival. Volunteers represent every segment of the community and include corporate volunteers, college and university students, high school students, school system staff members, Museum docents and many other individuals.

“I feel like the most under told story of the Festival is the impact on those who volunteer,” said McMath. “To connect with other human beings in such an intimate way, using art, in a beautiful setting is very powerful and those of us lucky enough to work with this program are better people as a result.”

For more information on the Festival, please call Art Connections at (904) 355-0630.

Citi is the title sponsor of the festival and is providing financial support and more than 400 volunteers. Other sponsors of the VSA Festival include: Linda Alexander, Ron and Hilah Autrey, Jim and Sally Baldwin, Borowy Family Foundation, Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital, The Chartrand Foundation, City of Jacksonville, Bob and Sandy Cook, CSX, Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, Inc., Deutsche Bank, DuBow Family Foundation, Duval County Public Schools, FDLRS Crown, Firehouse Subs, Florida Blue, HEAL Foundation, Rob and Suzanne Hinckley, J. Johnson Gallery, Merritt Family, Bill and Jill Morrow, Papa Johns, Jerry and Mary Pietan, Sandford-Brown Institute, Scott-McRae Group | Duval Dealers, Sabel Foundations, Tijuana Flats, US Assure, Jim and Joan Van Vleck, VSA Florida, Wells Fargo and Doug and Gail Worth.

About VSA Florida
VSA Florida, an educational affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, is an international organization founded by Jean Kennedy Smith that provides arts, education and cultural opportunities for and by people with disabilities. The Cummer and VSA Florida have enhanced the lives of thousands of children and adults with disabilities through innovative programming, specially designed exhibit spaces and a nationally recognized arts festival.  For more information about VSA Florida, please visit www.vsafl.org.

About Exceptional Student Education (ESE)
Duval County Public Schools’ Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Department provides learning services to more than 20,000 students. The mission of the Exceptional Education and Student Services Department is to enhance the quality of instructional services, educational opportunities and support for students with diverse needs, their families, and schools. ESE faculty consists of trained educators, therapists, paraprofessionals and administrators who offer exceptional students the appropriate assistance they need to be successful.

About The Cummer

For the past 50 years, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens has been committed to engaging and inspiring through the arts, gardens and education. A permanent collection of nearly 5,000 objects and historic gardens on a riverfront campus offers more than 130,000 annual visitors a truly unique experience on the First Coast. Nationally recognized education programs serve adults and children of all abilities.  For more information, including hours, visit www.cummer.org.

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Jacksonville, Fla. - The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is hosting the 18th annual VSA Festival from May 7 through May 10, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This festival provides an opportunity for more than 2,300 students, their parents and teachers from the surrounding four counties’ public school’s Exceptional Education & Student Services (EE/SS) to experience the beauty of art and to demonstrate their own artistic abilities. Students and teachers will tour through eight ArtStops in the Museum’s galleries, gardens, studios and Art Connections to create hands-on art projects, view The Cummer’s art collection and learn about art appreciation.

“The Festival is based on the premise that interactions with art are not passive, but should be active,” said Hope McMath, Museum Director. “We intentionally have the majority of art and music activities in the galleries, so that children with disabilities have the opportunity to create works of art or participate in music making with talented musicians while surrounded by the masterworks of our collection. The impact on the students is clear to all who participate.”

The ArtStops, located in the Museum’s galleries and gardens, provide students the unique opportunity to make art while surrounded by masterpieces of art encompassing 8,000 years of art history. Students will spend 15 minutes participating in each activity. A volunteer guide will lead the children through the ArtStops, which have been adapted for those with disabilities as far-ranging as profound physical disabilities to blindness. This year’s ArtStops include creating sky collages, creating wire garden sculptures inspired by The Cummer Gardens, touring the Gardens, creating an accordion book based on the Museum’s permanent collection around them, handcrafting clay sculptures inspired by The Cummer Gardens, painting abstract landscapes and listening to Ajamu Mutima’s unique combination of music and storytelling.

Students will also spend time in Art Connections, a multidisciplinary learning experience with hands-on educational activities. Students can browse the Creativity Timeline which spans over 40 feet and has interactive stations that allow students to view, listen, touch and explore the relationship between art, science, technology and culture. Students can create their own self-portraits and masterpieces to take home with Face to Face and Picture Perfect, electronic art stations that removes the mess of paint and necessity for a smock. Students can also learn about the creative process and how it varies from person to person at Visions/Versions, an installation of art and video.

“We all benefit from being engaged, using our minds, hearts and hands, when learning,” said McMath. “For children with varying abilities, this is even more critical.”

This four-day Festival has been recognized as a national model by VSA Arts International and is unique because it is the only festival in the country to allow children to make art in the galleries. For many of these children, it is their only opportunity to experience the beauty of original masterpieces, the power of creativity and the art making process.

This year, more than 1,200 volunteers will devote their time and talent to the Festival. Volunteers represent every segment of the community and include corporate volunteers, college and university students, high school students, school system staff members, Museum docents and many other individuals.

“I feel like the most under told story of the Festival is the impact on those who volunteer,” said McMath. “To connect with other human beings in such an intimate way, using art, in a beautiful setting is very powerful and those of us lucky enough to work with this program are better people as a result.”

For more information on the Festival, please call Art Connections at (904) 355-0630.

Citi is the title sponsor of the festival and is providing financial support and more than 400 volunteers. Other sponsors of the VSA Festival include: Linda Alexander, Ron and Hilah Autrey, Jim and Sally Baldwin, Borowy Family Foundation, Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital, The Chartrand Foundation, City of Jacksonville, Bob and Sandy Cook, CSX, Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, Inc., Deutsche Bank, DuBow Family Foundation, Duval County Public Schools, FDLRS Crown, Firehouse Subs, Florida Blue, HEAL Foundation, Rob and Suzanne Hinckley, J. Johnson Gallery, Merritt Family, Bill and Jill Morrow, Papa Johns, Jerry and Mary Pietan, Sandford-Brown Institute, Scott-McRae Group | Duval Dealers, Sabel Foundations, Tijuana Flats, US Assure, Jim and Joan Van Vleck, VSA Florida, Wells Fargo and Doug and Gail Worth.

About VSA Florida
VSA Florida, an educational affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, is an international organization founded by Jean Kennedy Smith that provides arts, education and cultural opportunities for and by people with disabilities. The Cummer and VSA Florida have enhanced the lives of thousands of children and adults with disabilities through innovative programming, specially designed exhibit spaces and a nationally recognized arts festival.  For more information about VSA Florida, please visit www.vsafl.org.

About Exceptional Student Education (ESE)
Duval County Public Schools’ Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Department provides learning services to more than 20,000 students. The mission of the Exceptional Education and Student Services Department is to enhance the quality of instructional services, educational opportunities and support for students with diverse needs, their families, and schools. ESE faculty consists of trained educators, therapists, paraprofessionals and administrators who offer exceptional students the appropriate assistance they need to be successful.

About The Cummer

For the past 50 years, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens has been committed to engaging and inspiring through the arts, gardens and education. A permanent collection of nearly 5,000 objects and historic gardens on a riverfront campus offers more than 130,000 annual visitors a truly unique experience on the First Coast. Nationally recognized education programs serve adults and children of all abilities.  For more information, including hours, visit www.cummer.org.

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Jacksonville, Fla. - The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is hosting the 18th annual VSA Festival from May 7 through May 10, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This festival provides an opportunity for more than 2,300 students, their parents and teachers from the surrounding four counties’ public school’s Exceptional Education & Student Services (EE/SS) to experience the beauty of art and to demonstrate their own artistic abilities. Students and teachers will tour through eight ArtStops in the Museum’s galleries, gardens, studios and Art Connections to create hands-on art projects, view The Cummer’s art collection and learn about art appreciation.

“The Festival is based on the premise that interactions with art are not passive, but should be active,” said Hope McMath, Museum Director. “We intentionally have the majority of art and music activities in the galleries, so that children with disabilities have the opportunity to create works of art or participate in music making with talented musicians while surrounded by the masterworks of our collection. The impact on the students is clear to all who participate.”

The ArtStops, located in the Museum’s galleries and gardens, provide students the unique opportunity to make art while surrounded by masterpieces of art encompassing 8,000 years of art history. Students will spend 15 minutes participating in each activity. A volunteer guide will lead the children through the ArtStops, which have been adapted for those with disabilities as far-ranging as profound physical disabilities to blindness. This year’s ArtStops include creating sky collages, creating wire garden sculptures inspired by The Cummer Gardens, touring the Gardens, creating an accordion book based on the Museum’s permanent collection around them, handcrafting clay sculptures inspired by The Cummer Gardens, painting abstract landscapes and listening to Ajamu Mutima’s unique combination of music and storytelling.

Students will also spend time in Art Connections, a multidisciplinary learning experience with hands-on educational activities. Students can browse the Creativity Timeline which spans over 40 feet and has interactive stations that allow students to view, listen, touch and explore the relationship between art, science, technology and culture. Students can create their own self-portraits and masterpieces to take home with Face to Face and Picture Perfect, electronic art stations that removes the mess of paint and necessity for a smock. Students can also learn about the creative process and how it varies from person to person at Visions/Versions, an installation of art and video.

“We all benefit from being engaged, using our minds, hearts and hands, when learning,” said McMath. “For children with varying abilities, this is even more critical.”

This four-day Festival has been recognized as a national model by VSA Arts International and is unique because it is the only festival in the country to allow children to make art in the galleries. For many of these children, it is their only opportunity to experience the beauty of original masterpieces, the power of creativity and the art making process.

This year, more than 1,200 volunteers will devote their time and talent to the Festival. Volunteers represent every segment of the community and include corporate volunteers, college and university students, high school students, school system staff members, Museum docents and many other individuals.

“I feel like the most under told story of the Festival is the impact on those who volunteer,” said McMath. “To connect with other human beings in such an intimate way, using art, in a beautiful setting is very powerful and those of us lucky enough to work with this program are better people as a result.”

For more information on the Festival, please call Art Connections at (904) 355-0630.

Citi is the title sponsor of the festival and is providing financial support and more than 400 volunteers. Other sponsors of the VSA Festival include: Linda Alexander, Ron and Hilah Autrey, Jim and Sally Baldwin, Borowy Family Foundation, Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital, The Chartrand Foundation, City of Jacksonville, Bob and Sandy Cook, CSX, Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, Inc., Deutsche Bank, DuBow Family Foundation, Duval County Public Schools, FDLRS Crown, Firehouse Subs, Florida Blue, HEAL Foundation, Rob and Suzanne Hinckley, J. Johnson Gallery, Merritt Family, Bill and Jill Morrow, Papa Johns, Jerry and Mary Pietan, Sandford-Brown Institute, Scott-McRae Group | Duval Dealers, Sabel Foundations, Tijuana Flats, US Assure, Jim and Joan Van Vleck, VSA Florida, Wells Fargo and Doug and Gail Worth.

About VSA Florida
VSA Florida, an educational affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, is an international organization founded by Jean Kennedy Smith that provides arts, education and cultural opportunities for and by people with disabilities. The Cummer and VSA Florida have enhanced the lives of thousands of children and adults with disabilities through innovative programming, specially designed exhibit spaces and a nationally recognized arts festival.  For more information about VSA Florida, please visit www.vsafl.org.

About Exceptional Student Education (ESE)
Duval County Public Schools’ Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Department provides learning services to more than 20,000 students. The mission of the Exceptional Education and Student Services Department is to enhance the quality of instructional services, educational opportunities and support for students with diverse needs, their families, and schools. ESE faculty consists of trained educators, therapists, paraprofessionals and administrators who offer exceptional students the appropriate assistance they need to be successful.

About The Cummer

For the past 50 years, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens has been committed to engaging and inspiring through the arts, gardens and education. A permanent collection of nearly 5,000 objects and historic gardens on a riverfront campus offers more than 130,000 annual visitors a truly unique experience on the First Coast. Nationally recognized education programs serve adults and children of all abilities.  For more information, including hours, visit www.cummer.org.

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