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REC the Halls

December 1–29 | 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesday–Sunday, 11 a.m.–8 p.m. Thursdays

Bring the whole family to the museum for holiday art-making activities as part of the REC’s fourth annual 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 with a wide variety of materials, as well as create custom gift bags and holiday home decorations. There will also be a Holiday Helpfulness donation drive. Every donation will be granted an entry to win a family membership to the museum. Check the Cincinnati Art Museum REC page for more information on the drive. FREE. 

See below for information on the Holiday Helpful Drive - each donation will grant entry to win a year Family Membership to the Cincinnati Art Museum!


Current REC Theme:

November 19, 2019–April 26, 2020

Learn all about inspiring women artists like Zaha Hadid, Edmonia Lewis and Maria van Oosterwijck, whose work is represented in the museum’s collection. Contribute to a collaborative project celebrating the women in our lives, create artwork inspired by the artists you will learn about and much more.


About the REC:

The REC is a space for families to discover the Cincinnati Art Museum’s collection in a fun, immersive, hands-on, and safe manner. Open during regular Art 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, in October and March. Themes for the interactive space are based on the permanent collection, special exhibitions, and/or elements of art and world cultures.

Along with the interactive space, the studio is a vital component to the REC. Working in conjunction with the interactive space, the projects available to families in the studio correspond to and enhance the theme currently on display. This space will also be used for all art-making experiences conducted by the museum. These experiences include Family Programs, such as Summer Camp, Family First Saturday, Wee Wednesdays, and Art in the Making. In the future, this space will also be used for emerging art-making opportunities with school groups and adults.

The Rosenthal Education Center is the Cincinnati Art Museum’s interactive space for families to explore together. 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]


Holiday Helpful Drive

Help us give back this holiday season by bringing donations for the FreeStore Food Bank to the Rosenthal Education Center at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Each donation will grant entry to win a year Family Membership to the Cincinnati Art Museum! See below for a list of what can be donated.


Food Items:

Canned meat products (tuna, chicken, ham, spaghetti with meatballs, chili with meat and beans, beef stew, etc.)

Peanut butter

Canned vegetables and fruits

Canned soups

Macaroni and cheese

Personal Care Items

Disposable diapers

Baby wipes





Feminine hygiene products


**Please, no glass items

New, Unused Clothing Items:




These items can be brought to the Rosenthal Education Center between December 1st through 30th for an entry to win a year Family Membership to the Cincinnati Art Museum. They must be delivered to REC staff to be eligible for membership raffle entry. REC staff reserve the right to not accept items not following donation guidelines. Winner will be drawn first week of January. All items will be donated to the FreeStore Foodbank.


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.