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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Mama on a Budget- Contemporary Arts Center


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Where else can you conduct a fake orchestra, ride on a bouncing trailer, hang out in a miniature house, and learn about electricity and colored lights all without leaving one room?  Why, the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) downtown Cincinnati.  The CAC is a “non-collecting museum that focuses on new developments in painting, sculpture, photography, architecture, performance art and new media.” The museum exhibitions mainly reflect "the art of the last five minutes"; the CAC has displayed the works of many now-famous artists early in their careers, including Andy Warhol.  But what many people may not realize is the neat play area in the “Unmuseum” and the many art-related projects and events held there.


For example, on Thursday the 28th, they are hosting Smash it up: “Who needs a paintbrush when you have wheels? Stop by for some truck printing and car art. Learn about the artist William Anastasi and create a drawing inspired by his work (with a little help from the Rockin’ Trailer)”.

It’s a great way to have creative play time with your little ones (with out all the mess). This program uses storytelling, performance and hands-on art-making activities to excite and educate your children (and likely you!). It is designed especially for children ages 3 to 5 years old, and their parents.

What I love about the art museum is that it’s normally not very crowded and with Knox running one direction and Finely trying to crawl the other, it’s easy to keep track of everyone. They welcome young visitors especially on the top floor where it’s all dedicated to them but even throughout the exhibits, it does not feel like a stodgy museum. 

Entry is only $7.50 for adults, $5.50 for Educators, Seniors (60+) & Students. Members and Children under 5: FREE,  If you would like to find out more about the museum you can check out their website: Contemporary Arts Museum

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