CMA AND PNC PROVIDE FREE MUSEUM ADMISSION IN JULY AND AUGUST

For Immediate Release:
May 19, 2011

Media Contact:
Nancy Colvin, 614.629.0303
Nancy.colvin@cmaohio.org

CMA AND PNC PROVIDE FREE MUSEUM ADMISSION IN JULY AND AUGUST

(Columbus, OH) - The Columbus Museum of Art is happy to announce that, thanks to a grant from The PNC Foundation, which receives principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., admission to the Museum, including all special exhibitions, will be free throughout the months of July and August. We welcome you to enjoy Summer Fun presented by PNC Arts Alive at CMA featuring a host of activities to engage and inspire you and your family. Visit CMA's new Center for Creativity, explore the newly refurbished galleries, and enjoy an enhanced schedule of activities for the summer including Family Adventures, Surprise Supplies, Drawing in the Galleries, and musical performance. Visit the calendar and the Summer Fun page at www.columbusmuseum.org for dates, times, and more information.

PNC Arts Alive is a three-year, $1.5 million initiative of The PNC Foundation that supports visual and performing arts groups with the goal of increasing arts access and engagement in new and innovative ways. For more information on PNC Arts Alive and the grant recipients visit www.pncartsalive.com

"At PNC, we recognize that art positively impacts lives, neighborhoods and our local economy," said Michael Gonsiorowski., PNC regional president for central Ohio. "Every year, more than 200,000 people are exposed to new experiences when they visit the Columbus Museum of Art. Through our support of the museum's free Summer Fun admission, we look forward to offering access to the rich diversity of the museum's collections, exhibits and special events to even more visitors from this region and beyond."

"We're very proud to be one of the 13 arts organizations in Central Ohio selected to receive a PNC Arts Alive grant last fall," said Nannette V. Maciejunes, CMA's executive director. "The Museum and PNC share a commitment to increasing arts access and engagement, and Summer Fun allows us to partner in a way that truly enhances our community."

The Columbus Museum of Art creates great experiences with great art for everyone. The Columbus Foundation, the Greater Columbus Arts Council, Nationwide Foundation, and the Ohio Arts Council provide ongoing support. CMA and the Museum Store are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM, and until 8:30 PM every Thursday. The Palette Express is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. For additional information, call 614.221.4848 or visit www.columbusmuseum.org.

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