Opening Minds through Art

 
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May 24, 2012

2012 Spring OMA Reception

The spring semester of Opening Minds Through Art (OMA) recently ended with a reception celebrating the 40 Cedar Village resident artists and their wonderful works of art.  The inspiring art created by the class participants is now on display outside the Wilbur and Mary Cohen Religious and Cultural Center.

This class, which is specifically designed for residents with a clinical diagnosis of dementia, was provided in conjunction with Miami University’s Scripps Gerontology Department.  Under the direction of Like Loken, well-trained student volunteers worked on a one-to-one basis to assist the artists as they created their unique art pieces.  Although assistance was provided, the goal was to enable the residents to work as independently as possible.  

Your generosity enables Cedar Village to enrich the lives of residents by stimulating their creative processes. Thank you for your support!

Feb 23, 2012

Artists at Work as OMA's Spring Semester Begins

Corky & Irving
Corky & Irving

The spring semester of OMA has begun as the residents of Cedar Village in Mason, Ohio are able to participate in a weekly art class called Opening Minds Through Art (OMA) in conjunction with Miami University’s Scripps Gerontology Department. These residents at Cedar Village, with a clinical diagnosis of dementia, partner up with the gerontology students to create beautiful works of art. The student volunteers, who are simply there to guide the artists, allow the artists to work on their pieces as independently as possible. It is amazing to see the creativity of the residents. It's almost as if their minds become completely alive.

Because of the generosity of donors, Cedar Village was able to expand the class into the Fountain View apartments with a whole new program to enrich their lives and stimulate creative processes. If you have not seen this artwork, please visit www.cedarvillage.org to view these residents in action and see the beginning of what this semester brings!

Corky
Corky's Tie-Dye

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Dec 5, 2011

Fall Semester 2011 Comes to an End

Virgie begins her masterpiece
Virgie begins her masterpiece

Because of the generosity of donors, the healthcare residents of Cedar Village in Mason, Ohio are able to participate in a weekly art class called Opening Minds Through Art (OMA) in conjunction with Miami University’s Scripps Gerontology Department. These residents at Cedar Village, with a clinical diagnosis of dementia, partner up with the gerontology students to create beautiful works of art. Not only do the residents use a standard brush, they also use unconventional tools such as eye droppers, trowels and cheese cloth to name a few. The students, who are simply there to guide the artists, allow the artists to work on their pieces as independently as possible. It is amazing to see the creativity of the residents. It's almost as if their minds become completely alive.

This latest semester ended last week with the Fall OMA Art Show to take place on Thursday, December 8th. If you have not seen this artwork, please visit www.cedarvillage.org to view these residents in action and see their amazing creations.

Virgie
Virgie's Masterpiece

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Sep 14, 2011

The Fall Semester Begins on October, 7th!

Ilsa
Ilsa

 

The healthcare residents living at Cedar Village Retirement Community in Mason, Ohio are thrilled that the Fall Semester of Opening Minds Through Art (OMA) is around the corner. 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 this semester who will benefit immensely from this program.

Another wonderful aspect to this semester is that we had too many volunteers wanting to support this program. So, not to turn them away, we are looking to create another OMA session in the Spring for our residents living with dementia in our assisted and independent apartments.

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

Ilsa
Ilsa's Piece

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Jun 27, 2011

OMA Ends with an Evening Art Exhibit

Because of the generosity of donors, the healthcare residents of Cedar Village in Mason, Ohio are able to participate in a weekly art class called Opening Minds Through Art (OMA) in conjunction with Miami University’s Scripps Gerontology Department. These residents at Cedar Village, with a clinical diagnosis of dementia, partner up with the gerontology students to create beautiful works of art. Not only do the residents use a standard brush, they also create their own media to work with, such as foam block stamps. The students, who are simply there to guide the artists, allow the artists to work on their pieces as independently as possible. It is amazing to see the creativity of the residents. It's almost as if their minds become completely alive.

This latest semester ended with the Spring OMA Art Show. The artists invited their family members to see the wonderful art that was created. OMA will resume in the Fall.

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Cedar Village

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

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Mason, Ohio United States

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