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 premier Visual Arts facility
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139 W. Main Street
Columbus OH 43215






Frequently Asked Questions 
  1. How do I get to the CAC?
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  2. Where can I park?

    On-Street Parking / Meters
    There are many city parking meters in the blocks surrounding our building. The newest meters on Main Street run until 10pm. These new meters also now accept credit cards. PLEASE -- bring your quarters because we cannot make change for the meters.

    2nd and Noble Parking Lot  only $3
    Afternoon and Evening students may now park at the surface lot at the corner of 2nd and Noble for only $3.
    * Available after 12:30 pm only (it's $7 before 12:30)
    * park in spaces 101-172 only, but use code "222" in the computer kiosk INSTEAD OF your sapce number
    * Pay at the computerized kiosk with cash or credit
    * Place paid receipt on your dashboard
    * Stay all night if you like

    Free Parking Options  --Evenings Only

    1. Evening students have several free parking options.

     Many of the older meters to the south and West turn off at 6pm.
    2. Thanks to the generosity of the folks at the Central Ohio Synod, students may now park for free in their lot AFTER 6PM. Please make sure that you DO NOT park in the spaces reserved for the Law Firm. This lot is directly across from the CAC on 2nd.
    3. Thanks to the generosity of the folks at Excel Project Management, students may also park for free in the gravel strip on the West side of Jewett Alley between Noble and Mound. This is available to us ONLY AFTER 6PM.

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  3. Who can take classes at the CAC?
    Adults 18 years and over.

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  4. What types of classes do you offer?
    We offer classes in Ceramics, Painting and Printmaking, Book Arts, Jewelry and Copper Enameling, Beading, Sculpture, and Fiber Arts. Go to CLASS LIST for classes and times.

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  5. Where do you get the funding to support your programs?
    As a part of the City of Columbus Recreation & Parks Department, the city provides our building, its upkeep, instructors, studios, supplies and administrative staff. Our 5013(c) non-profit support organization, The Friends of the Cultural Arts Center, provides support beyond that, including needed equipment and supplies for studios, openings, receptions, marketing, volunteers, bookkeeping, event organization and staffing, art trips, room rentals, Gift Shop support and many other areas of support. Go to

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  6. What hours are you open? 
    Generally we are open:

    Monday                                    1 - 4 pm & 7-10 pm
    Tues, Wed, Thur                        9 am - 4 pm & 7-10 pm
    Fri and Sat                                9 am – 4 pm

    Sun                                          Closed

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  7. Can I rent the CAC space?
    Yes. Go to
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  8. How can I apply to exhibit in the Main Hall Gallery?
    The CAC accepts exhibition proposals from local, area, and national artists.
    A team of CAC administrators and faculty act as the selection team and review
    each proposal received.
    We typically schedule exhibits 12 to 18 months in advance.
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  9. Who teaches the classes?
    Our Faculty is composed of very talented and trained artists who have illustrious careers. We are proud that many of our Faculty are major artists, educators and exhibitors.  You may see our
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  10. What times do the classes run?
    Typically our classes run 9am - Noon, 1pm-4pm and 7pm -10pm. See our class list to find times and days for specific classes.
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  11. How old is the CAC building?
    The CAC building was built in 1863 and was an armory during the Civil War. The history of the facility is fascinating. For instance, our famous towers were shot towers where bullits and minnie balls were made. For a detailed description of our History, please go to
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  12. How can I get a class Raincheck or Refund?
    Getting a Raincheck or Refund is simple, however there is a $5 fee for refunds, and the cutoff date for both is the second class date. NOTE: the CAC incurs an administrative cost of approximately $35 for each Refund payment. Please help keep our costs down by using Rainchecks instead of Refunds whenever possible.

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  13. How can I help the CAC?
    There are several ways to help CAC: through volunteerism, donations, and being a "Friend" to the CAC. There are frequent volunteer opportunities available to all students and visitors and other friends of the Center. As all other art institutions these days, CAC needs monetary and in-kind donations and services. We have also begun a memorium program.
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