When you visit a big city like Cincinnati, OH, you can easily e overwhelmed by all the fun attractions that are available to locals and tourists. You have to plan your visit beforehand to ensure that you cover all the major attractions in Cincinnati during your visit. I have visited Cincinnati many times in the past and toured all those fun places including the many gourmet restaurants, the stadiums, and even the Cincinnati Zoo. I have also visited many museums in the city and it was all super fun and exciting. But during my last visit in the city, I was taken by a friend to a rather unusual art museum in downtown Cincinnati’s cultural and entertainment area known as the Backstage District where I had a lot of fun. It’s the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) in Cincinnati, OH. This is the first non-collecting museum that I have ever visited. And by non-collecting museum I mean exactly that, the CAC does not have a permanent collection of artwork but rather displays contemporary artwork by various artists at a given time. Here are some of the fun amenities that I enjoyed at the CAC.
The CAC was originally called the Modern Art Society back when it was housed in the basement of the Cincinnati Art Museum. The museum is now housed in the Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art, designed by renowned architect Zaha Hadid. The center has over 16,000 sq. ft. of exhibition space, a dedicated black box performance space and the Sara M. and Patrica A. Vance UnMuseum, a 6,600 sq. ft. multi-generational exhibition and education space. As mentioned above, the CAC does not collect or acquire art to create a permanent collection. The museum displays artwork by contemporary artists and architects in rotating exhibitions. But these exhibitions are always super awesome. In order to have a great time in the museum, you should visit its website before your visit to check out all upcoming exhibitions and events. The museum’s website features a calendar of all upcoming exhibitions and events.
The CAC in Cincinnati, OH, offers very many learning and educational programs. One of the advantages of running a non-collecting museum is that the facility can dedicate most of its resources to educational programs. The CAC does not spend its resources on the ordinary museum activities, such as art collection and acquisition, storage, preservation, and so on. Instead it uses its funds and staff to educate people about modern art and to display the works of modern artists. The CAC has very many learning programs including family programs, public programs, school programs, teen programs, special events, and member events. In addition to all these art-related learning programs, the CAC also hosts many fun events including live performances by artists and musicians. It also offers venue space for hire for various events, such as weddings, creative events, corporate events, parties etc.
Amazing Gift Shop
To cap off my visit at the CAC, I went to the gift shop to look for some souvenirs for my friends. The gift shop is fully stocked with very many amazing items. There is also an adjoining cafe with a full bar.