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Kara Sewell: The best things in life are free

The best things in life are free (go ahead and hum the tune.)

FREE has to be my favorite four-letter word because there are few things that truly are. Starting this week the Contemporary Arts Center is free to the public. It’s all thanks in part to the Johnson Foundation and ‘The 50.’

No it’s not a mafia group but fifty people between the ages of 25-45 who love the arts and want everyone to enjoy what the CAC has to offer, I am a proud member of ‘The 50’.

The Cincinnati Enquirer did an entire article on ‘The 50’ and why this group of young philanthropists thought it was important to support the CAC. I’m not from Cincinnati but this community has welcomed me with open arms and I feel like this is my way of hugging it right back.

I was raised by a stay-at-home mom along with my two brothers and I remember fondly the avenues she took to find FREE fun and enlightening activities for me and my brothers.

Families with budget constraints, broke college kids (been there) and anyone else who wants to embrace the arts now as the opportunity to do so with no concern about cost. And since you’re saving on admission I encourage you to try the café in the lobby which offers breakfast and lunch along with coffee and wine; it’s a great atmosphere that allows you to get lost in your thoughts.

Last week, the CAC held a party to kick off the announcement and unveil their latest exhibit, Passage, by Korean-American artist Do Ho Suh. The exhibition brings to life the various places he’s lived with life-size fabric replicas that float gently in space – literally hovering in the museum. But the attention to detail on these giant fabric displays is not lost on the artist.

Do Ho Suh also gave a talk about the how he designed the exhibit, why he chose which installations to display at the CAC and details about the places he’s lived.

I can be intimidated by an art gallery or museum but that’s another reason free admission is crucial, it allows that barrier to come down and try something you might love but initially thought might be a waste of time or money. It’s the harsh truth about how we pick our extracurricular activities but real choices we have to make all the time – now you don’t – at least not when it comes to the CAC.

Please share your favorite free things to do in the Tri-State.

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