There's just enough time left before school starts to celebrate American Artist Appreciation Month - and there are plenty of venues in Central Ohio to do it.

There's just enough time left before school starts to celebrate American Artist Appreciation Month - and there are plenty of venues in Central Ohio to do it. The Columbus Museum of Art, which is offering free admission during through the end of the month, has a noteworthy collection of American Art. The museum, located at 480 E. Broad St., is currently exhibiting work by Aminah Robinson, an African-American artist who grew up in Columbus. Kids might also enjoy a trip to the Ohio Craft Museum, 1665 W. Fifth Ave., Grandview, to see the National Treasures exhibit, which runs through Aug. 21. The display features pieces made from reclaimed wood collected at historical sites including Mount Vernon, Monticello and Civil War battlefields. The museum is free to visit. Another free place to view art is at the galleries in the Short North. Artists are frequently working at Studios on High, 686 N. High St., and are eager to talk with visitors. Exposing kids to art is always a good idea and according to the National Arts Education Public Awareness Campaign. The program has some good ideas about how to get kids more involved in art, visit www.artsusa.org/Public_Awareness. -Melissa Kossler Dutton