CMA Executive Director, Nannette Maciejunes, along with Mayor Michael B. Coleman, City Council Member Zachary M. Klein, and Director of Columbus Recreation and Parks Department Alan D. McKnight helped launch the creation of Columbus’s newest public green space, and the next step in the Columbus Museum of Art’s renovation and expansion plan, at a special ceremony this morning.
The garden, designed by MSI Design, an award-winning planning, urban design, landscape architecture and entertainment design firm with offices in Ohio, Florida and California, will be a gateway entry experience to the Museum and includes an ADA accessible walkway from the street to the entrance. The garden will provide a safe drop-off point for school and group tours and will be the sole ADA accessible entrance to the Museum during the renovation of the Museum’s 1970s addition and construction of its new wing. The site will be free and accessible to the general public.
“This is an incredibly exciting time for Columbus and especially downtown,” said CMA Executive Director Nannette V. Maciejunes. “The revitalization of our city’s heart can be seen in the success of projects like Columbus Commons, the Scioto Mile and Bicentennial Park. These are the kinds of developments that lure people to downtown and keep them coming back. The Museum, along with our neighbors CCAD, Columbus State Community College, State Auto, and the City of Columbus, continue to work toward making our corner of Columbus a more welcoming, pedestrian-friendly area with open green space.”
“This garden brings even more beauty to one of our greatest treasures, the Columbus Museum of Art,” Mayor Michael B. Coleman said. “I salute everyone at CMA for all the improvements that have been made to the museum and for continuing to make art accessible to our residents and visitors.”
“The Museum of Art is an asset to Columbus that brings national and international acclaim to our community,” said Zachary M. Klein. “These capital investments will ensure the museum continues to enrich the lives of our residents and visitors for decades to come.”
“Columbus Recreation and Parks is proud of this partnership with the Columbus Museum of Art that will celebrate the outdoors in an accessible garden setting to insure visitors are ’naturally’ welcomed to the world of art whenever they visit,” said Alan D. McKnight, Director, Columbus Recreation and Parks Department.
For more from today’s West Garden ceremony and the next step in CMA’s future, see the West Garden video.