The Center for Creativity is a hub for the creativity community… cultivating, inspiring, and championing the creativity in all of us.
The Center for Creativity is laboratory for our schools, a resource for our families, and a dynamic space for businesses to cultivate one of our most important human resources, creativity. Here are just a few of the ways we’re partnering to build the creative community in Columbus.
The Center for Creativity partners some of the most provocative creators in central Ohio to engage visitors of any age in surprising participatory environments. Connector Series events take place on the second Saturday of every month. Visit to see what’s in store for the next event.
CMA Photo Hunts
CMA Photo Hunts are a unique way of fostering the growing mobile photography community with inspiration from our exhibitions and collections. With our first CMA Photo Hunt exhibition last fall (inspired by our critically acclaimed The Radical Camera exhibition), we were first museum in the world to present a curated, crowdsourced installation based on the popular photo sharing app Instagram. Since our Photo Hunts began in 2012, we have received thousands of submissions from hundreds of photographers from Seattle to Ohio to Paris to Russia. View the CMA Photo Hunt Gallery and our blog to see how you can participate in current CMA Photo Hunts.
Graphic Novelist Residency
CMA’s Center for Creativity partners with Thurber House to host the annual Graphic Novelist Residency. The three-week residency is designed to provide a graphic artist/writer with an opportunity to develop a work-in-progress and to exhibit work at Columbus Museum of Art. The recipient receives a stipend and housing in the two-bedroom apartment located in the boyhood home of author and New Yorker cartoonist James Thurber.
Think Outside the Brick
CMA’s Center for Creativity celebrates the creative exploration of LEGO® brand building blocks with an annual exhibition, building competition, and other events. In 2012 and 2013 we participated in artist Jan Vormann’s Dispatchworks project.
The Center for Creativity serves as host to monthly meetings of Universitas, an informal collective dedicated to developing the creative and innovative potential of Columbus. Visit to find the next meeting.
The Game Show program served to provide an informal, participatory platform for adults to engage in creative thought and action. Art collectives, performance groups, businesses, and other organizations cooperated to create Game Show. The collaborative effort served to build and strengthen relationships among creative thinkers in Columbus, and to demonstrate the vitality of Columbus as a creative city.
Public [SPACE] is a comprehensive and ever evolving teen initiative that promotes advocacy and civic responsibility in pre-teens, teens and young adults. Participants are provided with mentoring, advocacy, technical, educational and emotional support as they take on the role of “Radical Cultural Producers.” Public Space programming values decision-making made by program participants. This program provides a framework that allows participants to identify and utilize resources to put their ideas into action. By nature of its framework, Public Space nurtures collaborations through a network of human resources and staff to continue to support a growing community of participants and mentors.
CMA’s Public Space is an initiative of Surge Columbus, a network of five Columbus institutions developing shared resources for teens across the city. This network will collaboratively serve Columbus teens though programming, technology, resources, and adult mentors. Surge Columbus includes the Columbus Museum of Art, Wexner Center for the Arts, the Columbus Metropolitan Library System, the COSI, and WOSU Public Media and is funded through an Institute for Museum and Library Services and MacArthur Foundation Learning Labs grant.
These events and projects are designed and produced by CMA’s teen community in collaboration with visiting artists, community partners and museum educators. The events take the form of performances, exhibitions, hands-on workshops and happenings. Visiting professional artists and artist collectives are brought in to conduct workshops with teens, critique their work and to help develop their ideas.