By Nikki Kingery – Projects Editor, Cincinnati Business Courier6 hours ago
The Cincinnati Art Museum will unveil today the first phase of Art Climb, a new outdoor civic and art space on the museum’s grounds.
The opening was originally scheduled for Friday, but the timing was moved up to 5 p.m. today because of the threat of rain.
Although the museum isn’t holding a public opening celebration because of pandemic concerns, visitors can explore on their own while practicing social distancing.
Art Climb engages with the museum’s surrounding neighborhoods, including Walnut Hills. Starting at the sidewalk near the intersection of Eden Park Drive and Gilbert Avenue and leading up to the front museum entrance, the space will soon feature outdoor artworks.
In a May 1 story, the Business Courier outlined the project in more detail, as well as a broader plan to connect the art museum, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and the Cincinnati Ballet’s upcoming home in Walnut Hills. The Playhouse is undergoing a major renovation of its main stage theater complex that will include a new outdoor plaza and entryway, while Cincinnati Ballet is planning a $30 million center for dance on what is now vacant land on a Gilbert Avenue hillside that leads up into Mount Adams.
The project is being coordinated by a team at Human Nature, the Mount Adams landscape design company that has had a hand in several signature Cincinnati projects, including the makeover of Washington Park in Over-the-Rhine. Read about it here.