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"Opening Minds through Art (OMA) is an intergenerational art program for people with dementia. OMA is an award-winning, evidence-based best practice abstract art program.

In partnership with OMA founder, Dr. Elizabeth Lokon, Art for the Journey serves as a satellite training location, co-facilitates the online course and provides the "hands-on" experience with the host site at Saint Mary's Woods Retirement Community.

Over the month long on-line course and one and a half day practicum, participants learn the why, what, and how of implementing the Scripps OMA program. Trainees will participate in hands-on art-making sessions with elders with dementia, receive the OMA Handbook with 20 art activities, training videos, evaluation tools, and more.

Certified OMA Facilitator course graduates will be well prepared and ready to provide the OMA experience for people in locations around the country.

Learn the why, what, and how of implementing the Scripps OMA program.

There are two upcoming "Hybrid" facilitator training sessions scheduled for 2019 conducted by Art for the Journey at Saint Mary's Woods Retirement Community, Richmond, VA. The hybrid training combines the online training and in-person practicum.
DATES: Online course: June 24 - July 19, 2019 -- In person practicum: Aug. 1-2, 209
Online course: September 30 - October 25, 2019 -- In person: Nov. 7-8, 2019

To learn more about this amazing, innovative, evidence based program, visit the Scripps Gerontology Center - Miami University website at

For more information about registration for all upcoming trainings contact: Beth Rohrbaugh at: