Opening Minds through Art hosts 2nd annual training

We'll be hosting our annual Opening Minds through Art Facilitator Training on June 2-5 in Mason, OH. 

Learn how to implement and evaluate an evidence-based intergenerational visual art program for people with dementia. Opening Minds through Art (OMA) was developed by Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University in Ohio. Upon completion of this training, attendees will receive a certificate of completion and their sites will be eligible to offer the Scripps OMA program. This training is ideally designed for teams that will be working together at the same location. 

Instructors include:

Elizabeth “Like” Lokon, PhD is the founder of the Opening Minds through Art (OMA) program and a Senior Research Associate at Scripps Gerontology Center, Miami University.

Joan Fopma-Loy, PhD, RN is a professor of nursing at Miami University. She has been a nurse educator and specialist in geron- tological mental health nursing for over 30 years.

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Making a Positive Difference

Making a Positive Difference

Opening Minds through Art

When Miami undergraduates are paired with older adults with dementia, something beautiful happens–friendships form and lives change.

An elder with dementia and his volunteer partner from Opening Minds through Art

A positive impact

Our preliminary research shows that our Opening Minds through Art program has a lasting positive impact on quality of life for the elders.
An elder with dementia and her volunteer partner from Opening Minds through Art

Volunteers developing a bond

The relationships formed between the artists and volunteers have a profound impact for both people. The volunteers often develop a greater appreciation for older people and the partnership often results in a bond of friendship that impacts them long after they graduate.
Art created by elder with dementia

Stunning results

OMA provides elders with a failure-free creative environment where they get to make the choices and the outcomes are often stunning.
Art created by elder with dementia

Stunning results

Stunning results

Stunning results

Art created by elders with dementia on display at Cedar Village retirement community

Cedar Village Art Exhibit

The artwork on display at Cedar Village Retirement Community. The art-making sessions culminate in a gallery exhibition celebrating the artists’ accomplishments while educating the public about the creative capacities of people with dementia.