Worthington residents have a unique place to explore art and see how it touches their lives.

Worthington residents have a unique place to explore art and see how it touches their lives. The Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center, which opened in November 2009, is intended to make art an accessible part of people's everyday lives, said executive director Jon Cook.

The center includes exhibit space, a theater and classrooms. Programs and classes are open to the entire Central Ohio community.

What makes your facility unique in Columbus?
It's truly an arts center. You can come for a performance and also see an exhibit. It's all encompassing.

How do families use the center?
We don't have an admission charge. Our exhibits change every six to eight weeks. There's always something new. Families have the ability to stop in for 15 or 20 minutes on a Saturday and get inspired.

What message do you want visitors to receive?
We don't want them to forget that art is part of their lives. Art is a part of who we are and what we do.

You offer a mix of one-day workshops and classes that continue for several weeks. Why is that?

The six-week commitment is kind of tough to do. This is another piece - having the ability for kids and families to come for one or two days and experience something. Then they can decide to continue if they want to.