My Deaf & Hard of Hearing (DHH)students from Central Riverside Elementary attended the VSA Festival at The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens.
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, which takes place in the spring of each year, invites Jacksonville-area students with disabilities to visit the Cummer Museum for a chance to experience art through all of their senses. Over the course of four days, nearly 1,800 children, 700 teachers and chaperones, and 1,300 volunteers fill the Museum to engage in art viewing in the galleries, movement, music in the gardens, and art-making activities throughout the entire Museum. The event allows each student to participate in the creative process and to demonstrate their own artistic abilities.
Each year, the Cummer Museum uses 1,300 volunteers to help staff Art Stops, hands-on activities throughout the Galleries, and to guide groups of students through the Museum. Here is my dearest friend, Sherry Goble and her colleagues from Blue Cross Blue Shield, taking time from their busy work day to volunteer at the VSA Festival. Thanks, Sherry!