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Opening Minds through Art holds auction and exhibition

04/11/2012

"Surprise" by Sheila.
Opening Minds through Art (OMA), a Miami University Scripps Gerontology Center program, is holding its 4th annual exhibition of artwork created by people living with dementia, April 13-May 4. The opening of the exhibition is 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 13, at the Oxford Community Arts Center (OCAC), 10 S. College Avenue.

Last year, Opening Minds through Art (OMA) engaged 126 Miami students volunteering 7,080 hours one-on-one with 147 seniors with dementia in an art-based program that promoted the elders' social engagement, autonomy, and dignity while broadening students’ views of elders. OMA's mission is to build bridges across age and cognitive barriers through art. Students work with the same elder throughout the semester.

OMA invites the public to this event to learn more about the program and interact with artists from the Knolls of Oxford and the Oxford Adult Day Services, as well as with Miami University undergraduate volunteers.

The program is conducted by Scripps Gerontology Center, an Ohio Center of Excellence at Miami University with support from the Delta Lambda Chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma.

Artwork will be featured in the main gallery of OCAC through May 4 and is available for purchase by silent auction until April 27.

For more information and a list of all upcoming art shows, visit www.cas.muohio.edu/oma.

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