Our Mission

Transforming Lives Through Art and Community

Creating art in an atmosphere of personal engagement and celebration can enhance well-being, promote healing, and even transform lives. We transform lives through art and community.

Our Programs

Art-Making as Friendship & Celebration

Our array of programs offer safe and encouraging spaces for self expression and discovery. We teach the "art" of art-making with personal engagement and confidence in each person's inner artist.

Opening Minds through Art (OMA) is an award-winning, research-based, intergenerational art-making program for people with and without dementia. Its failure-free program provides opportunities for creative self-expression and social engagement for older adults.

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Art for the Journey is pleased to offer a robust certification course to train and certify individuals to implement the "Opening Minds Through Art" (OMA) program. The evidenced-based OMA program was founded by Dr. Elizabeth Lokon in Ohio in 2007 and has now grown to an international success as a "best practice" in providing well-being for elders living with dementia, especially in a nursing home or assisted living setting. Now through a 1.1M grant in partnership with LeadingAge Virginia, Virginia CMS certified facilities can receive funding to cover training and start-up costs.

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At Virginia Correctional Center for Women, art classes have restored a sense of humanity and hope. In an otherwise harsh environment, the atmosphere of the art studio is characterized by person-centered engagement, positive support and awareness of the deeper emotional and psychological benefits of creativity.

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We offer a relaxed space where medical students can take a break from tests and grades and, through the creative process, experience the unique sense of well-being that painting can offer. These future doctors are learning a non-pharmacological approach to something they may “prescribe” to future patients, and even use themselves.

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Creating art can be a powerful experience for veterans who battle PTSD and other combat-related illnesses. We seek to honor these men and women by offering them a range of art projects, from abstract painting to collaged "journey boxes." In response, these veterans have testified to a renewed sense of well-being and healing as they immerse themselves in the art-making process.

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Once a week, Art for the Journey animates the art room at Anna Julia Cooper School in Richmond's East End, believing that creativity can help open the door to a promising future. Throughout the school year, the 4th - 8th grade students learn visual literacy, media techniques, and creative expression, all within a context of nurturing engagement.

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Our Impact

Sharing the Joy & Transforming Lives

We're changemakers, confidence boosters and creative healers touching lives through artistic experiences; our reward is watching participants bloom. We witness individuals finding their creative spirit, starting down the path toward positivity and painting their own brighter future.

Journal & Events

We are Active Artists

Keep up with news, events, new programs on the horizon and learn how we're helping individuals and the community embrace the healing impact of art.