Opening Minds through Art

by Cedar Village

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.

The OMA (Opening Minds Through Art) artists completed their fall semester in December. The highlight of this semester was creating pieces of Rookwood tile. At the opening reception for the exhibit, family and friends of the artists had an opportunity to admire their loved one’s pieces of art. The Rookwood tiles were so amazing and each artist beamed with pride as he/she shared their beautiful artwork with their guests. The spring semester will begin on February 21st. 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.

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.


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Cedar Village

Location: Mason, Ohio - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Carol Silver Elliott
Mason, Ohio United States

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