Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Events at the Cummer for the month of September 2019

The format here is a little different, nevertheless, the adventures just keep on coming.  There is always something new and interesting at the “Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens”.  It’s the place to be especially when it’s hot outside.  Come enjoy the cool breeze from the St. John’s River and the magnificent gardens, along with beautiful and unusual art work.

September Highlights:

Thur., Sep.t 5 | Dinner With Monet (Only a few tickets are left!)
Fri., Sept. 6 | Summer Friday (Last one!)
Sat., Sept. 7 | Weaver First Saturday Free For All
Sun., Sept. 8 | Bank Of America And Merrill Lynch Museums On Us
Sun., Sept. 8 | Closing Day Of French Moderns: Monet To Matisse
Wed., Sept 11 | Art Fundamentals: Acrylic Painting (Sept 11 through Oct 16)
Sat., Sept. 14 | Art For Two: Pattern Play
Sun., Sept. 15 | Family Open Studio: Quotation Station
Sun., Sept. 15 | Pop-Up Art Building
Thur., Sept. 19 | Priceless: How I Went Undercover To Rescue The World's Stolen Treasures – An Evening With Robert Wittman
Sat., Sept. 21 | Art Adventures: Abstraction
Mon., Sept. 23 | Cummer Amelia Fall Kickoff
Sat., Sept. 28 | Art For Tots: Patterns In Paradise - 'Carlos Rol√≥n'

Recurring Events At The Cummer Museum Of Art & Gardens

Florida Blue Free Tuesdays
Free admission every Tuesday from 4 to 9 p.m.
Weaver First Saturday Free For All
Free admission on the first Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Monthly Collection Highlight Tour
First Saturday of each month at 2 p.m. and every Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Bank Of America And Merrill Lynch Museums On Us
First full weekend of every month | Free for BOA and Merrill Lynch Cardholders

Autumn on Amelia Island with the Cummer

Celebrate the first day of fall with an evening of inspiration at the Southern Living Idea House, hosted by Cummer Amelia, the Nassau County Affinity Group for the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. Cummer Amelia's signature project provides museum tours for Nassau County 3rd and 4th graders.

The 2019 Southern Living Idea House, located in the stunning master-planned community of Crane Island, showcases architecture and design inspired by Fernandina Beach’s rich history.  Guests will have the opportunity to marvel at the house’s details while mingling with an engaged group of Cummer Museum supporters and staff, including George and Kathleen Gibbs Director and CEO Adam Levine, Ph.D.

The event will feature the Sean McCarthy Band performing their song, Sarah’s Island, a tribute to Crane Island, as well as food and signature cocktails from Catering by Liz Grenamyer.  Special thanks to our sponsors Riverside Homes, Crane Island Company, and Island Flower & Garden. Contact them HERE.

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

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

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

What is Pine Castle doing?

Pine Castle will host Direct Support Professional (DSP) for a Day on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 from 10 a.m. to noon.  This event is an opportunity for federal, state, and local legislators to learn firsthand about the work the agency does to serve adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

The goal of this day is to raise awareness of the individuals they support and of the dedicated workforce who help them maintain their independence.  This is an opportunity for DSPs to share their experiences with legislators, who may not otherwise have knowledge of the work they do and the impact it has.  It is also a unique opportunity for legislators to connect with their constituents.

Each participating legislator will be paired with a DSP to volunteer their service for one hour.  This volunteer work may include shadowing a member of the team through their daily tasks or one-on-one interactions with Pine Castle Participants.  This will be followed by a tour of the facility and a brief lunch.

About Pine Castle: Today, Pine Castle is a leader in serving adults with intellectual and developmental differences (I/DD) and providing support to their families across Northeast Florida. More than 300 clients come through our programs daily to learn valuable skills. From basic academic training and hands-on job experience to leisure activities and life skills coaching, Pine Castle provides a wide range of opportunities to adults with I/DD.

As one of the first organizations in Florida to serve children with special needs, Pine Castle helped pioneer the philosophy that individuals with intellectual and developmental differences have the right to live full and productive lives.  Pine Castle was founded in 1952 by a group of 33 families of children with I/DD. No local programs or schools existed at that time to provide support services.  The only resources were distant residential institutions run by the state.  Parents were forced to choose between institutionalization or keeping their children at home.  In 1965, the public-school system initiated a program for students with special needs.  At that time, Pine Castle transitioned to a work and life skills training and activity center for adults with differences.  Get to know them by visiting their
FB Page.
4911 Spring Park Road
Jacksonville, FL 32207
(904) 733-2650

‘Players By The Sea’ theatre reignites education program

New fall musical theatre and acting programs begin this month.  An innovative and improvisation-based acting program and solo & ensemble musical theatre workshop are coming to Players by the Sea.  Each program is geared toward middle and high school students. Executive Director of Players by the Sea Theatre in Jacksonville Beach, Suzanne Hudson-Smith has focused the past year on rebuilding an education program.  She says, “We believe that theatre is transformative for our young actors – they begin to realize that theatre is powerful in building self-esteem, teamwork, expression and focus.”

Fall into Fall, a 16-week program, stresses ensemble acting and character development, promoting empathy, risk-taking, emotional literacy, and dramatic presence.  They’ll put these skills to the test through their production of CUT, a comedic play on December 12 and 13.

The program begins with auditions on Sunday, August 25 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Players by the Sea Theatre: 106 6th St N in Jacksonville Beach.  Students should prepare a two-minute story that they are emotionally invested in.  Classes will be each Wednesday from August 28 – December 13, 4:30 – 6:30 pm.

Guest teacher/director Barbara Colaciello teaches communication, collaboration, and critical thinking through a process-oriented study of theater and improvisation at BABS’LAB.  Colaciello was the Educational & Outreach Director of Players by the Sea from 2005 to 2014.  Players is happy to welcome her back as guest director for their Fall 2019 season.

A Fall Musical Theatre Intensive for grades 5 through 12 will be led by Jereme Raickett and Andrew Sardoni. Raickett is Production Manager at Players and a talented performer/vocalist seen in shows at the Alhambra Theatre.  Sardoni is a talented musician who was the assistant musical director for Let’s Put on a Musical! this summer.

These directors will lead a 12-week course designed so students receive individualized attention in learning vocal technique, stage presence, audition etiquette, and presentation skills. Starting August 27th, classes for 5th - 8th graders will be every Tuesday from 4:30 to 6:30 pm and 9th - 12th graders will be every Thursday at the same time. The course ends with students presenting a Musical Theatre Showcase on November 15 and 16.

Tuition for each program is $320.  Visit PBTS or call to register.

LOCATION: Players By The Sea Theatre
      106 6th Street North
      Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
      (904) 249-0289

ABOUT PLAYERS BY THE SEA— For over fifty years, Players by the Sea has brought quality creative and classic theatre to the Jacksonville community.  With a team of only three full time workers, the theatre relies on volunteers to dedicate their time and talents to making each show a success.  Through the years, Players has grown in its operations, incorporated educational programs, and increased its membership and volunteer base.  But they have not lost site of the main ideal its founders lived by — “the passion of individuals for creating satisfying theatre experiences to share with audiences.”

More time for French Art at the Cummer

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is excited to announce that French Moderns: Monet to Matisse has been extended to September 8, 2019 — coinciding with ‘Weaver First Saturday Free For All’ on September 7.  Click HERE for full story.

This extension means that Museum guests will have more time to experience some of the biggest names in French art, right here on the First Coast.  The exhibition’s final weekend will kick off with the last Summer Friday on September 6, with Le Petit Cheri Cupcakery & Mr. Potato Spread food trucks on the front lawn, live music, and lots of family fun.  Make sure that  you see this exhibit.

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