Opening Minds through Art

by Cedar Village
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In February, Cedar Village began our 13th semester of our art program for individuals with dementia, Opening Minds Through Art.  Close to 40 residents are paired one on one with community volunteers and college students from the University of Cincinnati as well as from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.  Opening Minds Through Art is a program established by the Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University.

 

It is always so meaningful to observe the sessions which take place on Thursday mornings.  The amazing artists create beautiful pieces of art and are able to communicate through their artwork.  At the last session, Sarah was so proud of the painting she created and was thrilled to be able to share it with her volunteer partner.  Your generous gift will help artists like Sarah express themselves in a meaningful way.

     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. 

      The next session will begin on February 19th. A voluntee with the project said, “I love working with my partner on her art projects. She is so proud of the work that she has done in our classes together.”

  Your donation to the OMA Program will be used to purchase art supplies for the talented artists.

Opening Minds Through Art just finished its summer session 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. The next session will begin on October 24th. Your donation to the OMA Program will be used to purchase art supplies for the talented artists.

The OMA (Opening Minds Through Art) artists and volunteers just finished their 11th semester of work. Participants shared their art work with their family members at the artist reception which is a highlight of the program for the artists. The artists are so proud of the work they have done during the program. One artist said, “It puts a good feeling in my heart.”

Volunteers also enjoy the program. “Every time I leave after meeting up with my partner, I feel so lucky to be a small part of his life and hopefully make his day a little better.”

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.

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.

 

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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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