We need your support! The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is on a mission to raise $10,000 by September 1, 2012, to engage and inspire larger audiences through the arts, gardens and education. Your support will enable thousands of children, from every corner of our community, to participate in educational programming at The Cummer. Our goal is to be accessible to all students who want to participate, by offering scholarships, transportation, and supplies though the funding we receive from the community. Just $5 can help bring a student to the Museum, fund an outreach program at a local school, or provide a camp scholarship.
One of The Cummer’s signature events is the annual VSA Festival. The Festival brings in children with varying levels of disabilities from all over the community to come to the Museum to interact with the art and gardens. This year’s Festival served more than 2,200 students from 49 schools in the surrounding four counties. Here is a quote from one of the parents who experienced the Festival:
“It was absolutely magical for us. My son, who we are not able to take many places, simply came alive at the Museum. My husband doesn’t often have a chance to see Ben flourish like that, so it offered him such a great deal of hope for our son.”
Cummer in the Classroom and The Weaver Academy of Art are two art education programs at The Cummer that serve more than 3,000 children (Pre-Kindergarten through fifth grades) and more than 200 teachers in nine inner city schools, of which an average of 90% of the students qualify for free and reduced lunch. This initiative provides outreach in to the classroom, Museum tours, free art classes, a scholarship program for Camp Cummer to recognize outstanding participation and much more. Here is a quote from a parent whose child participated in these programs:
“My son and I have taken advantage of this opportunity to attend The Cummer for the past three years. He is always excited to know that a class is scheduled and loves sharing his creativity with family and friends.”
The Cummer offers art classes including Drop-In Art, which allows children ages 4 to 10 to explore the galleries or gardens and experiment with a different art process, Art for Two, where children ages 3 to 5 can create art with their favorite adult and Art Adventures, where children ages 6 to 12 can experience different types of art. The Cummer also has Camp Cummer where children can be immersed in fine art. One elementary camper said:
“I love printmaking because I have so many copies that I can give one to everyone I love!”
Your contributions help us continue these programs and allow us to reach a larger audience. Thank you for supporting The Cummer!
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