Opening Minds through Art

Intergenerational art program for people with dementia.

Weekly starting Feb 17 – May 9, 2014

OMAs Mission: Building bridges across age and cognitive barriers through art. Students will work one-on-one with an elder who have Alzheimers or other dementias to create beautiful work of art. Through this service learning process, students will assist in providing meaningful creative experiences for the elders, develop compassion and communication skills, while gaining insights into aging and dementia. Students will develop genuine and reciprocal friendships with people who are very different from themselves.

When/Where: Please provide own transportation.



Time at facility

Cedar Village (CV)

5467 Cedar Village Dr.
Mason, OH 45040

(513) 754-3100



9:30-11:30 AM

Twin Towers

5343 Hamilton Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45224
Phone: 513-853-2000
Fax: 513-853-2703



9:45 -11:30

Twin Lakes

840 Montgomery Road
Montgomery, Ohio 45242
Phone: 513-247-1300
Fax: 513-247-1900



1:30 – 3:15 pm

Volunteer Tasks

1. Watch a demonstration of the art project for that morning.

2. Sit with an elder who has dementia and assist the elder in completing the project.

3. Complete 6 reflective journals.

4. Attend art show.

No art skills needed, only patience and compassion. All art supplies will be provided and art projects will be designed by the program leaders. No preparation on the students' part. This is a weekly commitment because they are partnered with the same elder every week, as much as possible. They need to write six reflective journals throughout the term and attend the final art show. Training is provided.

Volunteer Perks

Certificate of completion from Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University and a small piece of original OMA art.


Contact for Cedar Village (Fridays): Elizabeth “Like” Lokon, PhD at 529-2648 or; Office: 369B Upham; Mailbox: 396 Upham.

Contact for Twin Towers and Twin Lake (Tuesdays): Joan Fopma-Loy, PhD at 529-1911 or; Office: 369A Upham; Mailbox: 396 Upham.