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Inside 43215: Art on a Dime (or Less)


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Wanna feed your creative side, but are low on dough? Not a problem, check out our Top Ten List of Must See Art right downtown. And the best thing is it won’t cost you a penny. If you get so inspired along the way, we’ll even tell you where you can take some art classes.

When you get through the list, post a comment on the below to tell us about your favorite artsy fartsy thing to do in Cbus and we’ll enter you to win tickets to an upcoming CAPA show. (Note: be sure to leave your email address, so we can contact you if you win).

Keep your money in your pockets for these exhibits and don’t forget to tell us about your outing.

10. Columbus Museum of Art Sundays are free so go play for the day in the Center for Creativity.

9. OSU Urban Arts Space This professional launching pad for OSU students challenges people in the way they view and interact with performing and visual art.

8. Rhodes State Office Tower Who knew there were art galleries in State office buildings, but check it out. You won’t be disappointed.

7. Vern Riffe Art Gallery Through October 14, visitors see Outside in Ohio, which represents 100 years of creative expression by 18 Ohio artists who never studied art and never expected to become known as artists.

6. Columbus College of Art Design Visiting artists and scholars arrive throughout the year, and you gotta check out their no-cost exhibitions.

5. Cultural Arts Center Get involved on multiple levels – maybe Coffee and Conversation with professional artists, a look around the gallery or browsing the gift shop.

4. Ohio Statehouse Visit the crypts, the place that time forgot, as you learn a little more about Ohio History.

3. Finding Time: Columbus Public Art Yep, you’ve heard us talk about this, but these installations are temporary in celebration of 200Columbus so don’t miss out.

And for the outdoor enthusiasts:

2. Topiary Park Mingle with the topiary interpretation of George Seurat’s famous painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of La Grande Jatte.

1. Columbus Art Walks Feast your eyes on the art of the architecture of the late 19th century buildings while you take a hike right downtown. Find hidden treasures throughout Capitol Square.

If you want to dig deeper, CCAD offers community classes for adults and children ranging from Website design to fine art, and at the Cultural Arts Center classes run six days a week, morning, afternoon and evening, to fit in everyone’s schedule.

Now, our bet is that there are even more artsy places to experience downtown, and we want to hear about it. Leave a comment about what you like to do in your spare time, and a winner will be drawn at random to receive tickets to an upcoming CAPA show.