The Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) opens a new Creativity Center on the sixth floor of its landmark Zaha Hadid–designed building to expand more creativity to all to ages.
By Amanda Hayward
Published October 2022
Updated October 27, 2022
With a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday, October 27, from 5:30 – 8 p.m, and a Public Opening and Family Day, Saturday, October 29 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Contemporary Arts Center opens a an environmentally conscious hub for creative learning. This new space will amplify the CAC’s commitment to fostering innovation and curiosity in audiences of all ages. The project will transform the sixth floor of the Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art into a dynamic inter-generational learning space centered around creativity and exploration connected to the art and ideas of our time.
The inaugural exhibition in the revitalized UnMuseum will feature new interactive installations by local artists Batres Gilvin (Karla Batres and Bradly Gilvin), Michelle D’Cruz and Christopher Glenn, Garrett Goben, Terence Hammonds, Pam Kravetz,Anissa Lewis, Abby Peitsmeyer and Karen Saunders. Installations in the UnMuseum will rotate every one to three years to showcase a new slate of work designed to inspire, educate and engage all ages.
With 10,000 square feet of flexible space, the new Creativity Center will provide a vibrant spatial canvas for visitors to engage with art, connect with others, and use creative experimentation as a means to explore the increasingly complex issues of humanity, including environmental sustainability, global awareness, identity, health and well-being and innovation.
What to Explore:
A sustainable art lab where recycling, upcycling, and other forms of zero-waste and net-positive waste systems will be explore
A large studio hosting inter-generational creative programs that deploy a full suite of analog and digital tools for making and creative experimentation
The updated UnMuseum interactive gallery, with projects by local and national artists that engage visitors in a hands-on exploration of the complexities of our world
An archipelago of pod-like pavilions, offering a series of work niches for welcoming creative exploration opportunities and small gathering or comfortable observation of the studio activities
An experimental “town square”-type space for art-inspired discourse with city skyline views through CAC- and community-curated programming
An ever-changing community gallery with increased visual connection to the urban carpet and galleries below, dedicated to celebrating the creativity of CAC visitors of all ages by inviting them to display their own work
Amanda Hayward is editor of this publication. She is from Cincinnati, Ohio, and a mom of three with one on the way. If she's not writing for Cincinnati Family, you'll find her running, juggling kids, teaching group fitness classes and cooking up healthy recipes.