Opening Minds through Art

by Cedar Village
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Summary

Opening Minds through Art is an art program for residents with dementia that is aimed at promoting the social engagement, autonomy, and dignity of these individuals through creative self-expression.
$25,000
total goal
$22,312
remaining
77
donors
0
monthly donors
6
years active

Challenge

Cedar Village is a retirement community located just outside Cincinnati, Ohio. There are 280 elders living on our campus in independent and assisted apartments or the skilled and long term care units of our Health Care Center. Cedar Village's philosophy is to enhance quality of life and one way in which that is done is by offering a wide variety of programs. The beneficiaries are Cedar Village residents with dementia who participate in semester long art classes every Friday morning.

Solution

Each semester 10 residents with dementia participate in a weekly art class facilitated by the Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University. Trained volunteers work with residents in a variety of mediums including watercolors, ink and pastels.

Long-Term Impact

Offering Opening Minds through Art enhances the quality of life for residents. When individuals are engaged and stimulated, they function at a higher level, their health is better and their lives are more satisfying.

Resources

http:/​/​www.cedarvillage.org

Organization Information

Cedar Village

Location: Mason, Ohio - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.cedarvillage.org
Project Leader:
Carol Silver Elliott
CEO/President
Mason, Ohio United States

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