Opening Minds through Art

Images of the Oxford community. uptown oxford, a Miami student and an OMA artist, students giving a community presentation, families looking at a gallery at an OMA art show, and a nursing home resident showing off her PAL card Images of the Oxford community. uptown oxford, a Miami student and an OMA artist, students giving a community presentation, families looking at a gallery at an OMA art show, and a nursing home resident showing off her PAL card


Opening Minds through Art (OMA) is an intergenerational art program for people with dementia. It is grounded in person-centered ethics and founded on the fact that people with dementia are capable of expressing themselves creatively. There is a growing body of empirical evidence that creative expression improves their physical and psychological well-being. The mission of OMA is to build bridges across age and cognitive barriers through art.

The program is implemented in group sessions: Up to 12 people with dementia with the assistance of 12 trained volunteers working on a one-to-one basis.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.


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Opening Minds through Art - Making a Positive Difference

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

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 using paint and stamps

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

Sunset by Dave

Sunset created by artist Dave

Cedar Village Art Exhibit Fall 2013

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.