Opening Minds through Art (OMA) is an award-winning, evidence-based, intergenerational art-making program for people with dementia. Developed in 2007 at Miami University’s Scripps Gerontology Center in Oxford, Ohio, the program is grounded in person-centered care principles.
The OMA art-making process involves carefully structured steps aimed at maximizing the possibility of creative expression. Participants are provided with manageable choices and failure-free activities that allow them to become active agents in their own creative process.The one-to-one ratio during art-making sessions builds the confidence and promotes the growth of close relationships between people with dementia and their partner.
The research shows that OMA helps to change how others view, interact with, and care for people with dementia.
We strive to:
1 – Promote the social engagement, autonomy, and dignity of people with dementia by providing creative self-expression opportunities;
2 – Provide opportunities to build close relationships with people with dementia;
3 – Show the public the creative self-expression capacities of people with dementia through exhibitions of their artwork.