Opening Minds through Art

 
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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.

Creating Art Together
Creating Art Together

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.

Opening Minds Through Art Gallery
Opening Minds Through Art Gallery

The healthcare residents  and assisted living residents at Cedar Village Retirement Community in Mason, Ohio are thrilled that the Winter Semester of Opening Minds Through Art (OMA) is in full swing. This project, in partnership with the Scripps Gerontology Department at Miami University in Oxford has provided an amazing opportunity for people living with dementia the ability 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. From working with sponges to other media, these pieces look like the works of professional artists. This semester, we have 7 new residents, along with 4 new volunteers this semester who are benefiting immensely from this program.

Funds provided to Opening Minds Through Art will support the sustainability of this program for future residents living with dementia at Cedar Village.

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Cedar Village's goal is to always enhance the lives of our elders. Patients who are part of the Cedar Village Hospice Program benefit from the care and compassion provided by the Hospice Team including staff and volunteers visiting with patients, reading to them and delivering flowers that have been donated by local florists and community members.

Several studies have now confirmed what many suspected: patients who receive palliative care and hospice, not only live longer than those who do not receive it, but also have a better quality of life, and less depression. They are less likely to experience medical crises, hospitalizations, and invasive procedures, which helps avoid a significant risk of side-effects and additional suffering. Please contact our Hospice team to answer any questions that you may have.

Cedar Village Hospice volunteers make a difference in the lives of those at the end of life. Your donation to the Cedar Village Hospice program will continue to support the work our volunteers to make their visits the best they can be.

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Organization

Cedar Village

Mason, Ohio, United States
http://www.cedarvillage.org

Project Leader

Carol Silver Elliott

CEO/President
Mason, Ohio United States

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Map of Opening Minds through Art