Opening Minds Through Art is now in its 11th semester at Cedar Village. Working with volunteer partners, residents have created beautiful works of art in a variety of mediums. The Opening Minds Through Art (OMA) program allows 30 residents with varying stages of dementia to express themselves through art. A highlight of each semester’s OMA Program is the opening of the art exhibit including a dinner for the artists, their family members and volunteers followed by an opportunity to proudly show their loved ones the masterpieces they have created. This year’s opening will be Thursday night, May 8th. Your donation to the OMA Program will be used to purchase art supplies for the talented artists.
The OMA (Opening Minds Through Art) artists completed their fall semester in December. The highlight of this semester was creating pieces of Rookwood tile. At the opening reception for the exhibit, family and friends of the artists had an opportunity to admire their loved one’s pieces of art. The Rookwood tiles were so amazing and each artist beamed with pride as he/she shared their beautiful artwork with their guests. The spring semester will begin on February 21st. Your donation helps provide supplies for the amazing Cedar Village artists with dementia. The program truly represents Cedar Village’s mission: that aging will be an enriching and fulfilling experience.
The fall Opening Minds Through Art semester has begun. Students from the Miami University Scripps Gerontology Program as well as community volunteers have been paired with 40 residents with dementia. Each Friday, they create a new piece of art using a variety of mediums including paint, texture, and material. In mid-November, the artists will be creating a wonderful piece of art. Rookwood Pottery is based in Cincinnati, Ohio and the OMA artists will be working with Rookwood artists to design and paint a special tile that will then be fired in the Rookwood kiln and will be on display at Cedar Village beginning in December.
The next semester of our Opening Minds Through Art program will begin soon. Our Cedar Village artists are looking forward to creating beautiful pieces of art with their volunteer partners – students from Miami University’s Scripps Gerontology Center. Each Friday they will spend two hours together using a variety of mediums. The artists are so proud of their work and their volunteer partners beam with pride as well. One student said, “I really like the opportunity to volunteer at Cedar Village and make a difference in someone’s life. I have learned a lot from the residents.”
Please consider a gift to Opening Minds Through Art to provide materials and supplies for our artists.
Healthcare and the Independent & Assisted Living residents living at Cedar Village Retirement Community in Mason, Ohio enjoyed participating in the Spring Semester of our Opening Minds Through Art (OMA) program.
This project, in partnership with the Scripps Gerontology Department at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, has provided an amazing opportunity for people living with dementia to create beautiful artwork with only a small amount of assistance by trained OMA volunteers. The mood is peaceful, and the residents are given the space to expand their minds in creative ways that are truly incredible.
At the end of April, our artists and their families enjoyed a wonderful reception followed by the opportunity to see the new exhibit in the Cedar Village Art Gallery which included a piece of art from each of our 35 OMA artists.
Funds provided to Opening Minds Through Art will help support this program for current and future residents living with dementia at Cedar Village including supplies for our special OMA artists. How would you like to be a part of this wonderful program? For more information regarding Cedar Village, please visit www.cedarvillage.org.
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