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Causes: Art Museums, Arts & Culture

Mission: The columbus museum of art seeks to create great experiences with great art for everyone.

Programs: Exhibitions/collections: the columbus museum of art (cma) has served as a vibrant centerpiece of the columbus community for more than 135 years. Cma houses nearly 12,000 works of art including an extensive collection of internationally recognized american and european modernist works. Additional strengths of the collection include american folk, photography, and pre-columbian art, as well as a growing collection of textiles and contemporary art. Cma is actively engaged in collecting to grow and refine the collection to enhance quality and to reflect the diversity of its community. Cma is an active lender, sharing works from our collection with national and international institutions. In 2013, this includes 38 works to 12 international and 16 national exhibitions.

programs/education: cma is committed to being a 21st century museum - one we define as "transformative, active, participatory, and impacting the health and growth of the community. " creativity is the designated driver for this change as cma's permanent collection galleries house some of the best practices of creativity. The center for creativity-a space, a philosophy and a program initiative-champions new and different ways of thinking and doing. It celebrates the process and results of creativity and provides opportunities for people to discover the value of creativity in their own lives. Through captivating spaces and engaging experiences, we invite people of all ages to participate in activities that nurture critical and creative thinking and doing; observing, questioning, experimenting, analyzing, reflecting, and playing. Our goal is to prepare today's generations to think and lead as the future requires.

community outreach: the museum has reimagined its school partnership programs to foster and encourage creative and critical thinking skills for k-12 students and teachers. By practicing cma's own o. D. I. P. Strategy (observe, describe, interpret, and prove), students practice higher level thinking through analysis, interpretation, and evaluation; and give voice to multiple perspectives and interpretations to deeper learning and sustain a culture of risk-taking. Cma supports the needs of central ohio educators as they relate to best practices in creativity around imagination, critical thinking and innovation, as well. Programs for diverse audiences include sparking imagination, a tour experience for people with alzheimer's disease and their caregivers, and art of analysis, a program for 2nd year medical students at the ohio state university.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

nobody is perfect, the same goes for institutions. This museum is nice but....the staff are OK, not exceptional; the art/collection/exhibitions are OK, not comprehensive or exceptional in most cases, and can't compare to say that at Cleveland or Cincinnati. In a nutshell, it is a nice local art museum, with a good historic building and an interesting educational space, but not more than that. If you are a Columbus resident and you are passionate about art, this is ok but not anything approaching excellent as the others reviews suggest.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The (unfortunately) few times that I have visited the museum have been wonderful experiences - the exhibits and permanent collections are wonderful. The staff is fantastic!!


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I feel our museum is one of the best local attractions in our city, and an unbeatable value. The exhibits are fascinating and always well done. The people are friendly and informative. I especially enjoyed the Monet exhibit. I bring my daughter to the family events on Sunday and she loves them. I recently entertained a special client from out of state, and purchased two passes for him and his guest as a thank you gift. They toured the museum and said it was the highlight of their trip... what a great perk to offer someone for a very reasonable price.