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Cincinnati’s Contemporary Arts Center Announces Free Admission

Cincinnati’s Contemporary Arts Center has announced that admission to its galleries will be free for at least three years starting February 13, with the caveat that tickets will still be required for some special events and performances. The new admissions policy was made possible by a $75,000 gift from the Johnson Foundation and $150,000 from the center’s young patrons circle, called The 50. Amy Goodwin, president and CEO of the Johnson Foundation, is also the founder of The 50.

In a statement, Goodwin said of the change: “Philanthropic opportunities for this age group are often limited to attending occasional social events or fundraisers, but many of us are eager to give back in more meaningful ways. I’m grateful to CAC’s leadership for their excitement and willingness to truly engage this group. By collectively gifting free admission to the community, The 50 looks forward to further contributing to Cincinnati’s vibrant contemporary arts scene.”

The center joins other American museums in a recent trend toward offering the public free access, coming after similar announcements from MoMA PS1 and the Hammer Museum.