Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens offering free admission on MLK Jr. Day

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens will provide free admission and programming to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 17, 2022.

Sponsored by The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, events and activities will be presented throughout the day. Highlights include:

• Yoga in the gardens with Shawn Blackshear of Light Body Yoga from 10 to 11 a.m. (guests must bring their own towel or mat) (This will be held outdoors. In the case of inclement weather, it will be canceled).
• Free admission for all from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Live music sets throughout the day by Akia Uwanda, a classically trained, soulful jazz vocalist

• Artmaking activities for all led by Museum educators and docents, in partnership with the Ritz Theatre & Museum
• Community faith leaders share a Prayer for Peace to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Jacksonville Arts & Music School (JAMS) chorus performance at 2 p.m. (This will be held outdoors. In the case of inclement weather, it will be canceled).

“We invite everyone to join us in honoring the extraordinary legacy of Dr. King and celebrate his powerful impact on humanity by gathering in community and reflection.” Dr. Andrea Barnwell Brownlee, the George W. and Kathleen I. Gibbs Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Museum, said.

Members and guests are required to register in advance to ensure safe capacity limits throughout the day. Masks will also be required when visitors are in the museum. Reservations are recommended for the Cummer Café, which will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. To register for the day’s events visit:

“We are proud to partner with the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens for the fourth year in a row to provide a day of commemoration to mark the birth of Dr. King,” Nina Waters, President of The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, said. “His life’s work is an inspiration that continues to shape the world for the better and will for generations to come.”

For more information about the Museum’s permanent collection, internally curated galleries and gardens, and special exhibitions, visit The Museum’s digital gallery experiences, virtual tours and online resources remain available to the community at

See African American artists at the Cummer Museum

Among the museum’s permanent collection, prominent works on display from African American artists include Jacksonville natives Augusta Savage and Mildred Thompson, along with Romare Bearden, Henry Ossawa Tanner, Hughie Lee-Smith, Bob Thompson, Whitfield Lovell (pictured) and others. Learn more about the museum’s commitment to Black artists and subjects.

About the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

For more than 50 years, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens has been committed to engaging and inspiring through the arts, gardens, and education. A permanent collection of more than 5,000 objects and historic gardens on a riverfront campus offers nearly 150,000 annual visitors a truly unique experience on the First Coast. Nationally recognized education programs serve adults and children of all abilities. For further information, including hours, visit

About The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida

The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, Florida’s oldest and largest community foundation, works to stimulate philanthropy to build a better community. The Foundation helps donors invest their philanthropic gifts wisely, helps nonprofits serve the region effectively, and helps people come together to make the community a better place. Now in its 58th year, the Foundation has assets of more than $600 million and has made approximately $640 million in grants since 1964. For more information:

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