Conversations & Coffee

Weekly Lunchtime Art Talks

The Cultural Arts Center is proud to host the city’s longest-running series of artist talks, Conversations & Coffee. Attendees have the chance to gain key insight on art from a variety of people from different corners of the art world. Take a look at our upcoming programs below or feel free to check out our calendar to see everything we have coming up on the schedule!

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Casual Talks on Engaging Topics

Our free weekly program, which we have presented for more than 35 years, brings together people who create art and people who appreciate art to discuss it in a relaxed, casual setting. You bring a sack lunch, we’ll provide the coffee and the expertise.

Program Format

Our Conversations & Coffee discussions take place Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. in the Loft Meeting Room on the third floor. If the speaker is an artist whose work is on display in the Main Gallery, the program will take place there instead. Individuals interested in presenting as part of Conversations & Coffee should contact Ellen O’Shaughnessy at

November & December 2019

November 7:      A Celebration of the Art of Poetry with Fred Andrle, Poet and Facilitator with guest poets Mimi Chenfeld, Jerry Roscoe, Rose Smith, & Frank Richardson.

November 14:    John McCarty A Retrospective, Loft Gallery Artist, Eric Rausch, Curator and Presenter  with Lindel McCarty, Honored Guest

November 21:     The Fuse Factory Electronics and Digital Arts Exhibition, Main Gallery, Dr. Alison Colman, Presenter

November 28:    Happy Thanksgiving! No Conversations & Coffee


December 5:       A Columbus Recreation & Parks Department’s Empty Bowls Event + Presentation in Support of the Hungry in our City (Proceeds benefit Mid-Ohio Foodbank) featuring Tiffany Priest, Corporate Engagement Manager, Mid-Ohio Foodbank

December 12:     Curtis Golden, Painter, Series of Birds

December 19:     Kate Quickel,  Host of Broad & High and Special Events Manager for WOSU Public Media with Charlene Brown, Co-Host of Columbus Neighborhoods of WOSU TV

December 26:     Happy Holidays! No Conversations & Coffee

Interested in learning more about Conversation & Coffee, or inquiring about speaking? Contact the Cultural Arts Center today!