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If your child’s classroom is closed due to a COVID-19 exposure, please do not participate in in-person artmaking in the Rosenthal Education Center (REC).

To-go bags are available by calling 513-639-2345.

Request for Proposals

The Rosenthal Education Center is now accepting proposals for the 2022 Artist in Residence program!

From May through October of each year, the REC features an exhibition of interactive artwork by a local artist and five interactive wall stations highlighting artwork in the museum’s permanent collection selected by the REC Artist in Residence. This year’s theme is decorative arts.

The deadline for proposals is December 15th and the selected artist will be notified on January 1st.

For more information on the residency, compensation, and application guidelines, click here (PDF).


How to Apply


The Rosenthal Education Center

The Rosenthal Education Center is now open to view the 2021 Artist In Residence Christian Schmit’s artwork and pick up a tote bag of art projects to make at home or in the REC.


As of July 1, 2021 the REC is now open for in person artmaking! All visitors are required to wear masks while in the Rosenthal Education Center.

Our visitors’ health and safety are our top priority in the REC.

Committing to the health and safety of its visitors and staff, the Cincinnati Art Museum is taking many precautions in the REC including: limiting access to 30 visitors at a time, individually packaged art projects and low touch interactive activities. Please note that the Art Bar, reading space and toddler toys are not available at this time. Masks must be worn by all visitors over the age of 2. Please help us follow our guidelines to ensure a safe environment for everyone.

About the REC:

The REC is a space for families to discover the Cincinnati Art Museum’s collection in a fun and safe manner. Open during specific museum hours, the REC is located on the first floor, just off of the Great Hall. The REC has a dedicated interactive space that changes twice a year. Themes for the interactive space are based on the permanent collection, special exhibitions, and/or elements of art and world cultures.

Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to accommodate school groups at this time. For information about additional opportunities for students and teachers contact us at [email protected]

What’s New in the REC?

The REC currently features a new interactive sculptural installation by the REC 2021 Artist in Residence, Christian Schmit. Christian’s installation is titled A Festive Procession and is comprised of six interactive sculptures based on artworks in the Cincinnati Art Museum’s permanent collection. Visitors can also explore interactive stations that will teach young learners about the artworks that inspired Christian’s installation. To go bags of art projects, including an automaton and movable puppet designed by the artist as well as a pinwheel and mystery art supplies are free and available for pick up in the REC. A Festive Procession will be on view in the Rosenthal Education Center through October 31, 2021.

REC Volunteers

The Cincinnati Art Museum is seeking weekend volunteers to work in collaboration with museum staff to plan and prepare art projects, assist families and young visitors with art making, and greet visitors. This is a great opportunity to gain museum education experience while interacting and engaging with the community. Educational credit may be available for volunteers depending on the requirements of your university. Please visit the REC Volunteer Page for more information.


The Rosenthal Education Center is made possible through a donation from the Rosenthal Family Foundation