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Contemporary Arts Center
Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center
for Contemporary Art
44 E. 6th Street,
Cincinnati, OH 45202

513 345 8400

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Welcome to a space where art comes alive. You belong here. 

The Creativity Center is an expansion of the long-beloved Sara M. and Patricia A. Vance Education Center—The UnMuseum™. These spaces are a key part of the CAC's mission to bring art and the creative process to all people. This immersive and interactive floor is free for creative minds of all ages, and open during all regular gallery hours.

Interior of a colorful museum space with a variety of different sculptures and spaces

Located on the sixth floor, the Creativity Center features art installations by local artist that encourage guests to engage with the work by pressing buttons, mixing beats, drawing characters, building sculptures, dancing, and more!

More about the installations

In addition to the art installations, there is an open classroom space with room for our ongoing programming, as well as space for independent art making. Other features include:

  • Community Gallery, an ever-changing display of community art work 
  • Quiet Room, for families, nursing mothers, and visitors with sensory sensitivity 
  • Skyline Perch & Commons, the "town square" or the Creativity Center with a vista view of downtown Cincinnati
  • Kroger Zero Hunger Zero Waste Art Lab, with a constantly updated supply of repurposed materials available for independent art making any time the gallery is open

Check out this episode of local kids entertainment show Pep and Pals, where Pep visits the CAC and talks with artist Pam Kravetz about the why Art is for Everyone!

Young woman smiling while making art at a table filled with colorful paints
A classroom space filled with a diverse group of people making art

Come in, explore an exhibition or two from floors 2-5, then come to the Creativity Center to create your own work inspired by or in response to what you've seen. This is a place where people of all ages can learn more about contemporary society, broaden their perspectives, develop their problem-solving and creative skills, and deepen their empathy.

The new Creativity Center integrates the creative process throughout the CAC, enabling the organization to be an even stronger champion of opening minds and fostering an inclusive culture within the community.

Two young kids prepare to design their own album cover as part of the Creativity Center installation
A woman with children explores an art installation involving movable sculpture pieces and rubber balls

Zaha Hadid envisioned the Lois and Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art as an interactive environment that is experiential. When the building opened in 2003, the 6th Floor Sara M. and Patricia A. Vance Education Center—The UnMuseum™—changed the expectation for educational spaces within museums. It offered the ability to learn through play using interactive works of art by contemporary artists and focused on multi- and intergenerational learning. As the CAC’s programming grew, so did the need for an updated education space. The new Creativity Center and UnMuseum™ opened on October 29, 2022. 

Learn more about the Grand Opening

The re-envisioned 6th floor is the result of years of research led by architects Jeana Ripple and Kara Boyd of Chicago-based Mir Collective. The 6th floor includes new views of the Zaha Hadid-designed building, a quiet space, and an inclusive restroom. The Creativity Center features a studio/classroom space for programming, strategic areas for storage, a zero-waste art lab, an archipelago of pod-like pavilions for multi-use creative making, and an open forum space for seating and community programming.

Read this feature article in Aeqai

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