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The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens Announces Major Donors of the Olmsted Garden Restoration and Landscape Enhancement Project

Tue, 02/12/2013

 

Jacksonville, Fla. - The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens announces major donors of the Olmsted Garden Restoration and Landscape Enhancement Project. This project not only encompasses the restoration of the historic Olmsted Garden, but also the renovation of the entire Riverside Avenue portion of The Cummer campus. Plans include the addition of outdoor seating for the TreeCup Café, the integration of a public sculpture garden into The Cummer’s front lawn and parking lot beautification.  The Cummer’s goal is to provide an improved experience for the Museum’s visitors, from their arrival on the campus to their interactions with the historic gardens overlooking the St. Johns River. 

With the help of the community, the Museum has currently reached 98% of its fundraising goal for the landscape project.  Hundreds of donors have contributed to this project.  The lead gifts are $500,000 from Ann and David Hicks to name one of the Olmsted Garden rooms and $1 million from Delores Barr Weaver and J. Wayne Weaver to name the Public Sculpture Garden and to launch a new initiative to provide free access to the Museum on the first Saturday of every month, launching on March 2, 2013. 

“It is especially gratifying that our support and that of others will open this very special museum to all of Jacksonville through the Public Sculpture Garden and Weaver Free First Saturdays,” said Delores Barr Weaver.  “I will now think of The Cummer as the people’s museum.”

The Weaver’s gift provides greater access for the entire community, making art and the programs at The Cummer more available to more people. Through this gift, the Weavers continue their long commitment to supporting the arts in Jacksonville and serving the community by providing free access for all. 

“The Weavers have been long time supporters of our efforts around education,” said Museum Director Hope McMath.  “This significant gift expands upon our shared vision of a Museum that is a core asset to the Community and is open, engaging and relevant to all who desire to participate.  I know I am not alone in marveling at the unparalleled impact the Weavers have had on the quality of life in Jacksonville.”

Other major donors include: Mrs. C. Kirby Alexander, Mr. and Mrs. Willis M. Ball, Mr. and Mrs. James V.E. Bent, Janne and Jody Brandenburg, Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Commander, III, Monica and Bob Jacoby, Carolyn Marsh Lindsay, Russell B. Newton, Jr. and Joannie Newton, Mr. and Mrs. Russell B. Newton, III, Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Shircliff, Sandra Roe Smith, Joan Van Vleck and the State of Florida.

 “We are humbled by the generosity of these individuals and families and so grateful for their support of our mission of engaging and inspiring through the arts, gardens and education,” said McMath.

The Cummer is providing an opportunity for the community to support the restoration and renovation project. The Dedicate a Brick Campaign offers hundreds of individuals a chance to have an engraved brick in the gathering plaza of the green lot across from the Museum’s entrance. Behind each name is a story of a milestone, a personal relationship, or the celebration of life. Cost for one brick is $500 and individuals are able to purchase an unlimited number of bricks. Proceeds from brick purchases are helping to close the small gap in funding that remains for the restoration and renovation project. For more information, please contact Director of Development Kenyon Merritt at (904) 899-6025, or visit www.cummer.org.

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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Tue, 02/12/2013

 

Jacksonville, Fla. - The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens announces major donors of the Olmsted Garden Restoration and Landscape Enhancement Project. This project not only encompasses the restoration of the historic Olmsted Garden, but also the renovation of the entire Riverside Avenue portion of The Cummer campus. Plans include the addition of outdoor seating for the TreeCup Café, the integration of a public sculpture garden into The Cummer’s front lawn and parking lot beautification.  The Cummer’s goal is to provide an improved experience for the Museum’s visitors, from their arrival on the campus to their interactions with the historic gardens overlooking the St. Johns River. 

With the help of the community, the Museum has currently reached 98% of its fundraising goal for the landscape project.  Hundreds of donors have contributed to this project.  The lead gifts are $500,000 from Ann and David Hicks to name one of the Olmsted Garden rooms and $1 million from Delores Barr Weaver and J. Wayne Weaver to name the Public Sculpture Garden and to launch a new initiative to provide free access to the Museum on the first Saturday of every month, launching on March 2, 2013. 

“It is especially gratifying that our support and that of others will open this very special museum to all of Jacksonville through the Public Sculpture Garden and Weaver Free First Saturdays,” said Delores Barr Weaver.  “I will now think of The Cummer as the people’s museum.”

The Weaver’s gift provides greater access for the entire community, making art and the programs at The Cummer more available to more people. Through this gift, the Weavers continue their long commitment to supporting the arts in Jacksonville and serving the community by providing free access for all. 

“The Weavers have been long time supporters of our efforts around education,” said Museum Director Hope McMath.  “This significant gift expands upon our shared vision of a Museum that is a core asset to the Community and is open, engaging and relevant to all who desire to participate.  I know I am not alone in marveling at the unparalleled impact the Weavers have had on the quality of life in Jacksonville.”

Other major donors include: Mrs. C. Kirby Alexander, Mr. and Mrs. Willis M. Ball, Mr. and Mrs. James V.E. Bent, Janne and Jody Brandenburg, Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Commander, III, Monica and Bob Jacoby, Carolyn Marsh Lindsay, Russell B. Newton, Jr. and Joannie Newton, Mr. and Mrs. Russell B. Newton, III, Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Shircliff, Sandra Roe Smith, Joan Van Vleck and the State of Florida.

 “We are humbled by the generosity of these individuals and families and so grateful for their support of our mission of engaging and inspiring through the arts, gardens and education,” said McMath.

The Cummer is providing an opportunity for the community to support the restoration and renovation project. The Dedicate a Brick Campaign offers hundreds of individuals a chance to have an engraved brick in the gathering plaza of the green lot across from the Museum’s entrance. Behind each name is a story of a milestone, a personal relationship, or the celebration of life. Cost for one brick is $500 and individuals are able to purchase an unlimited number of bricks. Proceeds from brick purchases are helping to close the small gap in funding that remains for the restoration and renovation project. For more information, please contact Director of Development Kenyon Merritt at (904) 899-6025, or visit www.cummer.org.

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 announces major donors of the Olmsted Garden Restoration and Landscape Enhancement Project. This project not only encompasses the restoration of the historic Olmsted Garden, but also the renovation of the entire Riverside Avenue portion of The Cummer campus. Plans include the addition of outdoor seating for the TreeCup Café, the integration of a public sculpture garden into The Cummer’s front lawn and parking lot beautification.  The Cummer’s goal is to provide an improved experience for the Museum’s visitors, from their arrival on the campus to their interactions with the historic gardens overlooking the St. Johns River. 

With the help of the community, the Museum has currently reached 98% of its fundraising goal for the landscape project.  Hundreds of donors have contributed to this project.  The lead gifts are $500,000 from Ann and David Hicks to name one of the Olmsted Garden rooms and $1 million from Delores Barr Weaver and J. Wayne Weaver to name the Public Sculpture Garden and to launch a new initiative to provide free access to the Museum on the first Saturday of every month, launching on March 2, 2013. 

“It is especially gratifying that our support and that of others will open this very special museum to all of Jacksonville through the Public Sculpture Garden and Weaver Free First Saturdays,” said Delores Barr Weaver.  “I will now think of The Cummer as the people’s museum.”

The Weaver’s gift provides greater access for the entire community, making art and the programs at The Cummer more available to more people. Through this gift, the Weavers continue their long commitment to supporting the arts in Jacksonville and serving the community by providing free access for all. 

“The Weavers have been long time supporters of our efforts around education,” said Museum Director Hope McMath.  “This significant gift expands upon our shared vision of a Museum that is a core asset to the Community and is open, engaging and relevant to all who desire to participate.  I know I am not alone in marveling at the unparalleled impact the Weavers have had on the quality of life in Jacksonville.”

Other major donors include: Mrs. C. Kirby Alexander, Mr. and Mrs. Willis M. Ball, Mr. and Mrs. James V.E. Bent, Janne and Jody Brandenburg, Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Commander, III, Monica and Bob Jacoby, Carolyn Marsh Lindsay, Russell B. Newton, Jr. and Joannie Newton, Mr. and Mrs. Russell B. Newton, III, Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Shircliff, Sandra Roe Smith, Joan Van Vleck and the State of Florida.

 “We are humbled by the generosity of these individuals and families and so grateful for their support of our mission of engaging and inspiring through the arts, gardens and education,” said McMath.

The Cummer is providing an opportunity for the community to support the restoration and renovation project. The Dedicate a Brick Campaign offers hundreds of individuals a chance to have an engraved brick in the gathering plaza of the green lot across from the Museum’s entrance. Behind each name is a story of a milestone, a personal relationship, or the celebration of life. Cost for one brick is $500 and individuals are able to purchase an unlimited number of bricks. Proceeds from brick purchases are helping to close the small gap in funding that remains for the restoration and renovation project. For more information, please contact Director of Development Kenyon Merritt at (904) 899-6025, or visit www.cummer.org.

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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Tue, 02/12/2013

 

Jacksonville, Fla. - The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens announces major donors of the Olmsted Garden Restoration and Landscape Enhancement Project. This project not only encompasses the restoration of the historic Olmsted Garden, but also the renovation of the entire Riverside Avenue portion of The Cummer campus. Plans include the addition of outdoor seating for the TreeCup Café, the integration of a public sculpture garden into The Cummer’s front lawn and parking lot beautification.  The Cummer’s goal is to provide an improved experience for the Museum’s visitors, from their arrival on the campus to their interactions with the historic gardens overlooking the St. Johns River. 

With the help of the community, the Museum has currently reached 98% of its fundraising goal for the landscape project.  Hundreds of donors have contributed to this project.  The lead gifts are $500,000 from Ann and David Hicks to name one of the Olmsted Garden rooms and $1 million from Delores Barr Weaver and J. Wayne Weaver to name the Public Sculpture Garden and to launch a new initiative to provide free access to the Museum on the first Saturday of every month, launching on March 2, 2013. 

“It is especially gratifying that our support and that of others will open this very special museum to all of Jacksonville through the Public Sculpture Garden and Weaver Free First Saturdays,” said Delores Barr Weaver.  “I will now think of The Cummer as the people’s museum.”

The Weaver’s gift provides greater access for the entire community, making art and the programs at The Cummer more available to more people. Through this gift, the Weavers continue their long commitment to supporting the arts in Jacksonville and serving the community by providing free access for all. 

“The Weavers have been long time supporters of our efforts around education,” said Museum Director Hope McMath.  “This significant gift expands upon our shared vision of a Museum that is a core asset to the Community and is open, engaging and relevant to all who desire to participate.  I know I am not alone in marveling at the unparalleled impact the Weavers have had on the quality of life in Jacksonville.”

Other major donors include: Mrs. C. Kirby Alexander, Mr. and Mrs. Willis M. Ball, Mr. and Mrs. James V.E. Bent, Janne and Jody Brandenburg, Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Commander, III, Monica and Bob Jacoby, Carolyn Marsh Lindsay, Russell B. Newton, Jr. and Joannie Newton, Mr. and Mrs. Russell B. Newton, III, Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Shircliff, Sandra Roe Smith, Joan Van Vleck and the State of Florida.

 “We are humbled by the generosity of these individuals and families and so grateful for their support of our mission of engaging and inspiring through the arts, gardens and education,” said McMath.

The Cummer is providing an opportunity for the community to support the restoration and renovation project. The Dedicate a Brick Campaign offers hundreds of individuals a chance to have an engraved brick in the gathering plaza of the green lot across from the Museum’s entrance. Behind each name is a story of a milestone, a personal relationship, or the celebration of life. Cost for one brick is $500 and individuals are able to purchase an unlimited number of bricks. Proceeds from brick purchases are helping to close the small gap in funding that remains for the restoration and renovation project. For more information, please contact Director of Development Kenyon Merritt at (904) 899-6025, or visit www.cummer.org.

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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