Envirofest at the Cummer

What: Music, Art, and Education Festival
When: Saturday, August 9th, 10am-4pm
Where: The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens Cost: Free

EnviroFest posterThe Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is continuing its journey to artfully connect people and the environment by hosting Envirofest on Saturday, August 9th. Envirofest is a free, eco-focused, family festival dedicated to bringing the arts and environment together to inspire all ages to have fun, creative, and healthy lifestyles. Thanks to a generous sponsorship from the City of Jacksonville’s Environmental Protection Board, the Museum is able to offer the entire event free to the public, from 10am to 4pm. The day is packed full of exciting programing for both children and adults.

The St. Johns Riverkeeper, Discovery House Playschool, and Connection Festival are ready to help you find salvation through creation by sponsoring recycled art projects. You, your inner-child, and your literal children, can turn trash to treasure with mere flicks of your wrists. It’s easier than you think.

If creating isn’t your thing, simply be the canvas: Debra Heuskin, face and body artist, will be painting river wildlife and Historic Garden flora and fauna onto upturned faces. If you don’t feel like being decorated, observe plein air artists Post to Post Links II error: No link found for term slug "Thony Aiuppy, Jaime Howard, Christianna White, Sebastian Pierre", and Christina Boykin. Their collective talent is immense and sure to enrapture. Every attendee cannot fail to be inspired by the St. Johns River and gorgeous gardens at The Cummer, but not everyone can capture it with such bravado. Watching such skilled artists is a privilege and a treat.

Catch a different kind of inspirational feast for the eyes with Acro-Yoga demonstrations hosted by Ananda Kula. Although you may not be able to immediately recreate their contortions in your living room, you’ll know what your body is made for.

Because there is a science as well as an art to responsible living, the Environmental Protection Board will help you participate in a water conservation activity. Also, visit with Kelly Johnson, author of “Post to Post Links II error: No link found for term slug "Wings, Worms and Wonder",” and learn about gardening in your own back yard.

“Sustainability” and “locavore” are total buzzwords when it comes to food these days. Experts from Gastrofest will be on hand to talk about how these important concepts are playing out in the Jacksonville area these days.

Furthermore, Jacksonville’s newest organic grocer, Earthfare, is psyched to pump you full of information to maximize your diet and increase your health.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a festival without music, would it? Soak up the sounds of Jennifer Chase, Arvid Smith, This Frontier Needs Heroes, and Old Joe Shuck. Each one of these talented musicians and groups will tickle something on your musical palate.

What more could you want on a Saturday afternoon in early August than a free event at The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens?