Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Cummer Museum observes Persons with Disabilities Day

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens has always been dedicated to making art accessible to all.  From innovative programs to interactive exhibits, the Museum allows visitors to explore art in different ways.  December 3 is International Day of Persons with Disabilities, and to commemorate this special day the Cummer Museum will be showcasing its annual ‘Women of Vision Show’, produced by its class of low vision or blind women. In addition, paintings from students at Florida School for the Deaf and Blind will be on display on that day in Art Connections.  Observe International Day of Persons with Disabilities by exploring these displays that celebrate artistic abilities rather than disabilities.

The Cummer Museum is proud of its role as a leader for disability programming in the Jacksonville community.  The Museum recently received the 2016 John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability Community Asset Award and The Florida Division of Cultural Affairs 2016 Diversity and Inclusion Award, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Programs like Women of Vision, which brings the visual and literary arts to adult women who are blind or low vision, and Arts for All, which creates activities and projects for people with disabilities, demonstrate this commitment.  The Museum is designated as the Jacksonville affiliate of Very Special Arts (VSA), and has held the VSA Festival annually for 21 years.  The Museum also partners with the HEAL Foundation, a local nonprofit serving individuals and families living with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities has been celebrated worldwide since 1992 to promote a more inclusive and equitable world for persons with disabilities. It involves collaboration between schools, businesses, and communities in an effort to break down barriers and create positive relationships.  This year coincides with the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), an international treaty recognizing the rights of people with disabilities.

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens
  829 Riverside Avenue
  Jacksonville, Florida 32204
  (904) 356-6857
Hours of Operation & Admission

No comments: