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Very Special Arts (VSA)

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is home to the Jacksonville affiliate of VSA, an international organization that provides opportunities in the arts for individuals with disabilities. The annual VSA Festival invites students with disabilities the chance to view original works of art and experience art through all of their senses. About 2,300 children with disabilities, ranging from mild to profound disabilities and nearly 1,200 volunteers fill the Museum over a four day period. The event permits all students to participate in the creative process at their individual level of ability.

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.

Women of Vision

The Women of Vision program is a unique initiative that brings the visual and literary arts adult women who are blind and or sight-impaired for integrated arts education workshops. Each month, the participants in the Women of Vision program visit the Museum to study art history, create their own works of art using multiple art forms ranging from sculpture, painting, clay, origami and write their memoirs using the Museum's studios, galleries and Gardens.

Sponsors: W.W. and Eloise D. Gay Foundation, City of Jacksonville, Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, Inc.

Touch Tours

Touch tours of selected sculptures are given in the galleries. Three-dimensional replicas and tactile drawings are used to supplement the original objects on the tour. Please call (904) 355.0630 for tour information.

Art for All

For people with physical disabilities, special group tours of the Museum and Gardens use tactile experiences to encourage interaction and can be coupled with studio experiences using Arts for All adaptive art-making equipment such as "Art Rollers" that allow for operation through gross motor skills or attach to wheelchairs and allow the creation of painted floor murals.

HEALing Arts

HEALing Arts is a partnership between The Cummer and the Heal Foundation. This program provides access for students with autism to the VSA Festival and grants scholarships to children on the autism spectrum to attend Camp Cummer, the Museum's summer art camp.

Adaptive Art Resources

Adaptive art-making tools 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.

www.abledata.com - More than 24,000 adaptive products.

www.ableplay.org – rates play products for children with special needs.

www.dickblick.com/categories/specialneeds/ - Adaptive art supplies and equipment.

Educator and Parent assistance can be found at the following sites:

VSA arts 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 arts contains event and program information for Florida residents.

Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resource System is a support system for Exceptional Student Education serving Clay, Duval and Nassau Counties of Northeast Florida.

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, on-line 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.

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Very Special Arts (VSA)

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is home to the Jacksonville affiliate of VSA, an international organization that provides opportunities in the arts for individuals with disabilities. The annual VSA Festival invites students with disabilities the chance to view original works of art and experience art through all of their senses. About 2,300 children with disabilities, ranging from mild to profound disabilities and nearly 1,200 volunteers fill the Museum over a four day period. The event permits all students to participate in the creative process at their individual level of ability.

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.

Women of Vision

The Women of Vision program is a unique initiative that brings the visual and literary arts adult women who are blind and or sight-impaired for integrated arts education workshops. Each month, the participants in the Women of Vision program visit the Museum to study art history, create their own works of art using multiple art forms ranging from sculpture, painting, clay, origami and write their memoirs using the Museum's studios, galleries and Gardens.

Sponsors: W.W. and Eloise D. Gay Foundation, City of Jacksonville, Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, Inc.

Touch Tours

Touch tours of selected sculptures are given in the galleries. Three-dimensional replicas and tactile drawings are used to supplement the original objects on the tour. Please call (904) 355.0630 for tour information.

Art for All

For people with physical disabilities, special group tours of the Museum and Gardens use tactile experiences to encourage interaction and can be coupled with studio experiences using Arts for All adaptive art-making equipment such as "Art Rollers" that allow for operation through gross motor skills or attach to wheelchairs and allow the creation of painted floor murals.

HEALing Arts

HEALing Arts is a partnership between The Cummer and the Heal Foundation. This program provides access for students with autism to the VSA Festival and grants scholarships to children on the autism spectrum to attend Camp Cummer, the Museum's summer art camp.

Adaptive Art Resources

Adaptive art-making tools 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.

www.abledata.com - More than 24,000 adaptive products.

www.ableplay.org – rates play products for children with special needs.

www.dickblick.com/categories/specialneeds/ - Adaptive art supplies and equipment.

Educator and Parent assistance can be found at the following sites:

VSA arts 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 arts contains event and program information for Florida residents.

Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resource System is a support system for Exceptional Student Education serving Clay, Duval and Nassau Counties of Northeast Florida.

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, on-line 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.

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Very Special Arts (VSA)

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is home to the Jacksonville affiliate of VSA, an international organization that provides opportunities in the arts for individuals with disabilities. The annual VSA Festival invites students with disabilities the chance to view original works of art and experience art through all of their senses. About 2,300 children with disabilities, ranging from mild to profound disabilities and nearly 1,200 volunteers fill the Museum over a four day period. The event permits all students to participate in the creative process at their individual level of ability.

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.

Women of Vision

The Women of Vision program is a unique initiative that brings the visual and literary arts adult women who are blind and or sight-impaired for integrated arts education workshops. Each month, the participants in the Women of Vision program visit the Museum to study art history, create their own works of art using multiple art forms ranging from sculpture, painting, clay, origami and write their memoirs using the Museum's studios, galleries and Gardens.

Sponsors: W.W. and Eloise D. Gay Foundation, City of Jacksonville, Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, Inc.

Touch Tours

Touch tours of selected sculptures are given in the galleries. Three-dimensional replicas and tactile drawings are used to supplement the original objects on the tour. Please call (904) 355.0630 for tour information.

Art for All

For people with physical disabilities, special group tours of the Museum and Gardens use tactile experiences to encourage interaction and can be coupled with studio experiences using Arts for All adaptive art-making equipment such as "Art Rollers" that allow for operation through gross motor skills or attach to wheelchairs and allow the creation of painted floor murals.

HEALing Arts

HEALing Arts is a partnership between The Cummer and the Heal Foundation. This program provides access for students with autism to the VSA Festival and grants scholarships to children on the autism spectrum to attend Camp Cummer, the Museum's summer art camp.

Adaptive Art Resources

Adaptive art-making tools 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.

www.abledata.com - More than 24,000 adaptive products.

www.ableplay.org – rates play products for children with special needs.

www.dickblick.com/categories/specialneeds/ - Adaptive art supplies and equipment.

Educator and Parent assistance can be found at the following sites:

VSA arts 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 arts contains event and program information for Florida residents.

Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resource System is a support system for Exceptional Student Education serving Clay, Duval and Nassau Counties of Northeast Florida.

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, on-line 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.

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Very Special Arts (VSA)

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is home to the Jacksonville affiliate of VSA, an international organization that provides opportunities in the arts for individuals with disabilities. The annual VSA Festival invites students with disabilities the chance to view original works of art and experience art through all of their senses. About 2,300 children with disabilities, ranging from mild to profound disabilities and nearly 1,200 volunteers fill the Museum over a four day period. The event permits all students to participate in the creative process at their individual level of ability.

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.

Women of Vision

The Women of Vision program is a unique initiative that brings the visual and literary arts adult women who are blind and or sight-impaired for integrated arts education workshops. Each month, the participants in the Women of Vision program visit the Museum to study art history, create their own works of art using multiple art forms ranging from sculpture, painting, clay, origami and write their memoirs using the Museum's studios, galleries and Gardens.

Sponsors: W.W. and Eloise D. Gay Foundation, City of Jacksonville, Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, Inc.

Touch Tours

Touch tours of selected sculptures are given in the galleries. Three-dimensional replicas and tactile drawings are used to supplement the original objects on the tour. Please call (904) 355.0630 for tour information.

Art for All

For people with physical disabilities, special group tours of the Museum and Gardens use tactile experiences to encourage interaction and can be coupled with studio experiences using Arts for All adaptive art-making equipment such as "Art Rollers" that allow for operation through gross motor skills or attach to wheelchairs and allow the creation of painted floor murals.

HEALing Arts

HEALing Arts is a partnership between The Cummer and the Heal Foundation. This program provides access for students with autism to the VSA Festival and grants scholarships to children on the autism spectrum to attend Camp Cummer, the Museum's summer art camp.

Adaptive Art Resources

Adaptive art-making tools 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.

www.abledata.com - More than 24,000 adaptive products.

www.ableplay.org – rates play products for children with special needs.

www.dickblick.com/categories/specialneeds/ - Adaptive art supplies and equipment.

Educator and Parent assistance can be found at the following sites:

VSA arts 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 arts contains event and program information for Florida residents.

Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resource System is a support system for Exceptional Student Education serving Clay, Duval and Nassau Counties of Northeast Florida.

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, on-line 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.

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