Beyond teaching art techniques and supplying craft materials, we offer safe creative space for individuals to learn and express themselves.

OMA is expertly designed and resourced to be replicated by anyone seeking to bring its life-changing impacts to a senior care facility in their own community. Certified OMA facilitators receive in-depth training on neurocognitive disorders and abstract art processes, along with administrative and fundraising guidance specific to OMA implementation. The innovative and outstanding course with its materials was developed by Dr. Lokon, who combined her undergraduate education in fine arts with her graduate studies in education and gerontology.

Art for the Journey is the only site on the East Coast certified to conduct facilitator training. The dynamic hybrid training covers the same contents as the full in-person training. About two-thirds of the material, or 12-15 hours, is online and self-paced, and culminates with a two-day practicum. Both the online course and the in-person practicum must be completed to receive OMA Facilitator certification. To date, Art for the Journey has certified 83 individuals across the United States and Canada, many of whom have implemented the program and impacting many more individuals living with dementia. OMA is affecting lives and Art for the Journey is excited to help to expand the award winning program in partnership with Founder Dr. Elizabeth Lokon and the Scripps Gerontology Center - Miami University, Ohio.

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Art for the Journey is excited to offer two training opportunities in 2020:

Online Training: February 10-March 6, 2020
In-person Practicum: March 19-20, 2020 in Richmond, VA

Online training: August 17-September 11, 2020
In-person Practicum: August 1st-2nd, 2019 in Richmond, VA

Cost: $750/person
CEUs: Available from NCCAP, NCCDP

Contact: Cindy Paullin at or call 804-543-4516

Practicum Location: At Saint Mary’s Woods Retirement Community, 1257 Marywood Lane, Richmond,VA 23229. Tel. 804-741-8624

Lodging: We recommend and provide transportation to and from the Hyatt West Short Pump. Please call the Hyatt Richmond West directly at 804-360-7021. The Hyatt Hotel is located at 11800 West Broad Street, Henrico, VA 23233. The hotel is located 5.8 miles from the practicum location at Saint Mary’s Woods Retirement Community at 1257 Marywood Lane, Richmond, VA 23229. This hotel is connected to the Short Pump Town Center, and has the benefit of many stores, and restaurants in a superb outdoor mall setting. There are many hotels in the Short Pump area, which can range from as low as $88.00 per night to $240.00 per night.

OMA was founded by Dr. Elizabeth “Like” Lokon in 2007 and is grounded in person-centered care principles. It is headquartered at Scripps Gerontology Center, an Ohio Center of Excellence at Miami University. People with dementia (artists) are paired with volunteers (students, families, caregivers) who are trained to rely on imagination instead of memory and focus on remaining strengths instead of lost skills. OMA enables people with dementia to assume new roles as artists and teachers and leave a legacy of beautiful artwork. The results of the OMA program are profound, positively affecting individuals living with dementia, the volunteers who are paired each session, the family members of the elders, and the Assisted Living or Nursing Home staff as well. Amazing.

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