You're invited to the public unveiling of the Columbus Museum of Art's latest masterpiece. The museum itself has undergone a yearlong renovation, restoration and, to go along with those, re-imagination.

You're invited to the public unveiling of the Columbus Museum of Art's latest masterpiece.

The museum itself has undergone a yearlong renovation, restoration and, to go along with those, re-imagination.

A free community celebration will be held starting at 10 a.m. Jan. 1, 2011. The day will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony, music, seasonal snacks and hands-on art activities.

Additionally, Wacky Wendy, a speed demon of a paper sculpture maker, will create hats for a handful of visitors, and Dr. Weakeyes will be in search of models for his abstract works of art.

The renovation project included: transforming Derby Court by raising the floor to improve accessibility, installing a skylight and improving acoustics; creating a Center for Creativity on the entire first floor; accessibility upgrades through the facility; upgrading lighting and ventilation/HVAC; and reconditioning decorative physical features of the museum.

The project was made possible by funds raised through the Art Matters Endowment, a campaign which has thus far raised $41.5 million toward three CMA goals: accessibility; competitiveness; and public value.

Executive director Nannette Maciejunes called the project "The building you always loved remade for the 21st century."

For more information on the renovation project and the "1.1.11" free community event, visit www.columbusmuseum.org.