COLUMBUS MUSEUM OF ART, CITY OF COLUMBUS AND COLUMBUS RECREATION AND PARKS CELEBRATE CREATION OF CMA'S WEST GARDEN

For Immediate Release:
October 5, 2011

Media Contact:
Nancy Colvin, 614.629.0303
nancy.colvin@cmaohio.org


COLUMBUS MUSEUM OF ART, CITY OF COLUMBUS AND
COLUMBUS RECREATION AND PARKS
CELEBRATE CREATION OF CMA'S WEST GARDEN

(Columbus, OH) - The Columbus Museum of Art, in partnership with the City of Columbus and Columbus Recreation and Parks, has announced the groundbreaking of a public garden located on the west side of CMA's Elizabeth M. and Richard M. Ross Building located at 480 East Broad Street.

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 this new public green space, and the next step in the Museum'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.

The first phase of the capital portion of CMA's Art Matters endowment and capital campaign was the renovation and repurposing of Beaton Hall. The building now houses 85 percent of the Museum staff, thereby expanding public space in the Museum. The project was completed in September, 2009, on time and on budget.

The second phase was the renovation of the Museum's historic Broad Street building, now named the Elizabeth M. and Richard M. Ross Building, which was unveiled to the public January 1, 2011. The project included: the transformation Derby Court by raising the floor to improve accessibility, installing a luminous skylight, and improving acoustics; reimagining the entire first floor as a Center for Creativity; renovating, installing new seating, and improving acoustics in the auditorium; and performing upgrades to make the building more accessible for all visitors.

The Columbus Museum of Art creates great experiences with great art for everyone. The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Nationwide Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and the Charlotte R. Haller, Lewis K. Osborne, and Robert B. Hurst funds of The Columbus Foundation provide ongoing support. CMA and the Museum Store are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM, and until 8:30 PM every Thursday. The Palette Express is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Museum admission is $10 for adults; $8 for seniors and students 6 and older; and free for members, children 5 and younger. Admission is free every Sunday. For additional information, call 614.221.4848 or visit www.columbusmuseum.org.
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