Our Art is proudly displayed
Opening Minds through Art (OMA) 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.
Cedar Village, an Older Adults community located just outside Cincinnati, Ohio, houses over 280 elders in our independent and assisted living apartments and the long term care units of our Skilled Nursing Center.
Cedar Village’s mission is to provide a community of services and support to adults and their families through all stages of aging guided by the Jewish values of compassion, caring and respect.
Each semester, several 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.
Not only does Opening Minds through Art enhance the quality of life for all residents because the art is proudly displayed in our hallways, we know that when individuals are engaged and stimulated, they function at a higher level, their health is improved and their lives are more rewarding.
“I feel that they are creative, intelligent and capable of anything! My OMA experience has changed my interest in older adults into a passion.” – Student Volunteer
“If I did any more, it would be a masterpiece.” – OMA artist
“Oh, I am so happy. I had no idea I could do this.” – OMA artist
See what we can do!
With a lot of help from our friends!!