Scripps Gerontology Center/ Miami University – Ohio “Opening Minds Through Art” Program for Adults with Dementia and Alzheimers

Individuals with dementia may lose the ability to communicate with words. Yet, there still exists a way for them to communicate through creative activities.  Inspired by Scripps Gerontology’s Opening Minds through Art, the Art for the Journey Dementia Program provides individuals suffering with dementia an opportunity to communicate creatively and engage in meaningful social interaction with one-on-one guidance, facilitated by our young volunteers. Our approach is research based and crafted specifically to work within the limitations of dementia patients.


“Opening Minds Through Art”

OMA pair from Ohiowas developed by Scripps Gerontology at Miami University, Ohio.  Dr. Elizabeth Lokon, and her team of “OMA” Faciltators provided training for Art for the Journey Volunteers and certified Mark Hierholzer, Kathy Hierholzer, Cindy Paullin and Jamie Wigginton, enabling us to bring this extraordinary program to Saint Mary’s Woods Retirement Communtiy in Richmond, Virginia.

Learn more about the Scripps Gerontology program and Best Practice.

Opening Minds through Art (OMA) is an intergenerational art program for people with dementia. It is aimed at promoting their social engagement, autonomy, and dignity through the experience of creative self expression.

Art for the Journey has been trained to facilitate volunteers for the OMA program. The initial program began 3/18/2016 at Saint Mary’s Woods Retirement Community. The program is held every Friday morning from 9:30AM to 11:30AM.  Art for the Journey has partnered with students from the VCU ASPiRE program, the Spring program concludes on 4/29/2016.  An Art Exhibit featuring the works by Artist participants will be on display from 5/2/2016 to June 13/2016.  Reception to be announced.

Art for the Journey needs Volunteers for the OMA program for Fall 2016.  Dates and times to be determined.  If you are interested in volunteering as an Artist Facilitator or as a Student partner to an OMA Art participant, please contact Cindy Paullin at

Join This Fulfilling Journey

Art for the Journey seeks  both high school age and university student volunteers to work with Elders with Dementia in Richmond. For more information, please contact Cindy Paullin, Volunteer Coordinator with Art for the Journey.


Opening Minds Through Art First Art ART EXHIBIT in Richmond at Saint Mary’s Woods:





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