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REC the Halls

Bring the family to the museum for holiday art-making activities as part of the Rosenthal Education Center’s REC the Halls celebration!

The Art Bar will be transformed into a holly jolly winter wonderland and visitors will be invited to create holiday cards and decorations, including a pompom garland for your front door or tree. The REC is open during normal museum hours and is always free. 

The Rosenthal Education Center


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 Rosenthal Education Center is pleased to welcome the 2022 Artists in Residence, Jim Tucker and Michael Thompson! Michael and Jim’s proposal was selected from an impressive pool of proposals by Cincinnati area artists for 2022’s REC Residency. They have previously collaborated as teaching artists through the ArtWorks public mural project.

Michael Thompson is a multimedia artist, designer, and poet. He takes on the role of artist as archivist; collecting things, spaces, and histories to add to his art and life. His practice sits at the intersection of academia, expression, and entertainment as he explores creative empathy and human ecology, nuance, and play. Michael actively works to create a living ecosystem around the art by making community relationships and education intimate parts of his work and process.

Jim Tucker was born in the United Kingdom and has lived in Cincinnati since 2021. Jim’s work has been exhibited in London, multiple cities in the Republic of Korea, Phoenix, and most recently Cincinnati. For the past fifteen years, Jim has balanced his life as an artist and an arts educator. He prides himself on fostering community and collaboration around art. Jim draws on his decade of work as a public educator to create unique artistic experiences with an emphasis on creating artistic opportunities that are accessible to all.

From now through October 30, 2022 visit the REC and experience Jim and Michael’s interactive exhibition that allows visitors to reimagine and reinterpret artworks by diverse array of Cincinnati artists from throughout the ages! Build a sculpture inspired by Nam June Paik’s robots, design a Rookwood vase and create a landscape and still life like Robert S. Duncanson and Frank Duveneck. Then create your own works of art at the REC artmaking stations or take a kit to create at home.


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