The art scene in Columbus is filled with burgeoning talent creating their own opportunities and is also known as a showcase for top regional and national artists. Ranked in 2010 as the 10th "Top Arts Destination" in American Style Magazine, Columbus' mix of talented young artists who are grads of Ohio State University and the Columbus College of Art and Design, numerous gallery spaces and multiple opportunities for public viewings makes it a top spot for visual art.
BalletMet annually reaches a total audience of nearly 125,000 through performances at home and on tour, Academy classes and activities, and extensive DanceReach educational/ outreach programs. BalletMet ranks among the 15 largest dance companies in the nation.
Founded in 1951, the Columbus Symphony is Central Ohio’s oldest professional orchestra. From classical music, to our hot POPS concerts, the world’s best perform with the Columbus Symphony at the Ohio Theatre. The Ohio Theatre's lush interior, excellent acoustics, and state-of-the-art stage facilities have made it a favorite of guest artists and conductors.
Opened in 1928 and over the next five decades played movies such as Gone With The Wind, Ben Hur with live act such as Bob Hope & Jerry Lewis. Unfortunately, the Blizzard of '78 caused the boilers to freeze and pipes burst ruining the Theatre. It sat empty and slowly deteriorated for the next 14 years until Dave Longaberger purchased if, taking on an 8-year, %8.5 million renovation. Upon completion, Mr. Longaberger had no desire to operate the Theatre, instead entrusting the property to The Newark Midland Theatre Association, a local volunteer, non-profit organization.
For 40 years, CAPA has brought the best performing artists from all over the world to the communities it serves. The Ohio Theatre also hosts the annual CAPA Summer Movie Series, the longest-running classic film series in the nation. In 2009, CAPA also became producer for downtown’s Festival Latino. CAPA has achieved international recognition over the past four decades for its diversity of performing arts and entertainment programming, dramatic restoration of historic theatres, excellence in facility management, and positive contributions to the downtown quality of life.
Ohio's dynamic Center of Science and Industry, inspires the scientists, dreamers, and innovators of tomorrow. COSI opened in 1964 at Memorial Hall in downtown Columbus and moved in 1999 to a new 320,000-square-foot home designed by internationally-renowned architect Arata Isozaki, creating one of the largest modern-built science centers in the United States. In 2008, COSI was named America's #1 science center for families by Parent Magazine. Since 1964, COSI has engaged with over 30 million people from all 50 states and around the world, both on-site and through its award-winning outreach programs.
The Columbus Jazz Orchestra (CJO) is considered one of the world’s finest jazz orchestras and a model for success, presenting big band jazz and world-renowned guest artists to thousands each year. The flagship performing ensemble of the Jazz Arts Group, the Columbus Jazz Orchestra consists of musicians who are highly regarded as performers and educators across the country and around the globe.
The Lincoln Theatre is a multi-use, state-of-the-art urban performing arts center whose programs are designed to engage, educate and entertain the community. Owned by the Lincoln Theatre Association and managed by CAPA, the unique progressive arts model presents emerging and established musical artists, theatre, and films, while creating accessible quality cultural opportunities for central Ohioans through the resident arts groups.
Museum of Art
Approximately 200,000 people tour the Museum each year. The Museum presents a rich menu of traveling and CMA-organized special exhibitions that reflect the diverse voices in our community. A series of exhibitions inspired by CMA’s permanent collection have garnered critical and popular acclaim including Renoir’s Women, Edgar Degas: The Last Landscapes, and In Monet’s Garden: The Lure of Giverny.
The Wexner Center opened in November 1989. Conceived as a research laboratory for all the arts. In October 2005, the Wexner Center galleries reopened after an extensive renovation. The Wexner Center building is named in honor of Harry L. Wexner, the father of Leslie H. Wexner, chairman and founder of Limited Brands and a major donor to the center.
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