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

513 345 8400



The NEW Creativity Center – Building creativity and curiosity for generations.

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 and 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.

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


Giving and naming opportunities within the Creativity Center include

  • Community Gallery, an ever-changing display of community artwork 
  • Quiet Room, for families, nursing mothers, and visitors with sensory sensitivity 
  • Skyline Perch, a vista of downtown Cincinnati
  • All-Gender, Accessible Bathrooms
  • Overlook, a glass precipice that looks onto the galleries below and the “urban carpet” 
  • Commons, the gathering and community programming space of the Creativity Center

To make or discuss a gift, a naming opportunity, or to establish an endowment, please consult Autumn Stiles, 513-345-8432, 

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