Urban Arts Space

Urban Arts Space is an exhibition and non-traditional performance space located in the heart of downtown Columbus, between the Columbus Commons and the Scioto Mile. Founded in 2008, Urban Arts Space serves as an arts laboratory for local, national and international artists and as a professional launching pad for students.

Through free public exhibitions, programs, performances and events, Urban Arts Space offers hands-on experiences in the arts and professional development opportunities for Ohio State students and faculty, and the community. Programs range from poetry readings, crafts, and children's art activities to lectures, artist's talks, exhibitions, performances, receptions and tours.

Urban Arts Space is housed in the historic Lazarus Building, the largest gold-certified LEED renovated building in the region. In partnership with the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation, Urban Arts Space offers tours of the Lazarus Building's rooftop garden, one of its most widely known efforts in sustainability, which recycles rainwater to flush toilets throughout the building. Urban Arts Space upholds the highest possible standards in accessibility as well, offering touchable tours for the blind and specially tailored tours upon request.

Urban Arts Space regularly opens a call for proposals to local, national and international exhibitors, welcoming entries from artists of all disciplines. Its juried exhibitions and themed shows, held throughout the year, range from painting to architectural design concepts, visual art exhibitions to dance installations, providing meaningful experiences with a range of topics and mediums.

Urban Arts Space is free and accessible to all. It is easily reached by foot, car, bike or COTA bus, located next to the Town Street stop on the #2 bus line. Urban Arts Space is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Thursday.

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