"Opening Minds through Art is a program designed to give persons living with dementia/Alzheimer's artistic opportunities to make decisions, be creative, and interact with community volunteers in a fun, relaxed atmosphere.  Friends and family members of OMA artists get to see their loved ones as someone still capable of creative self-expression even though they are struggling with memory loss. ”

–Donald G. Talbot, MFA, EdD Professor; Visual Arts Program Coordinator, Department of English and Fine Arts, Mount Aloysius College


Opening Minds Through Art

Community Arts Center
Hours of Operation

10:00am - 5:00pm, Monday — Friday

10:00am - 3:00pm, Saturday

​Closed, Sunday

A mixed media showcase of watercolor, acrylic, ink, and collage

by the residents of Laurel View Village

and Richland Woods Assisted Living

Opening Minds through Art (OMA) is an intergenerational art program for people with dementia. Created by Dr. Elizabeth Lokon from the Miami University of Ohio in 2007, this program has now been implemented at universities and long-term care facilities nationwide. It is grounded in person-centered ethics and founded on the fact that people with dementia are capable of expressing themselves creatively. OMA's mission is to build bridges across age and cognitive barriers through art.

OMA is implemented in small group sessions where people with dementia are paired with volunteers who have been trained to promote social engagement, autonomy, and dignity of people with dementia. The art-making sessions culminate in a gallery exhibition celebrating the artists’ accomplishments while educating the public about the creative capacities of people with dementia. The artists featured in this show are residents in the Memory Care units of Laurel View Village, Davidsville and Richland Woods Assisted Living, Johnstown.  The artists were assisted by Mount Aloysius College students and other community volunteers.


"Opening Minds Through Art" will be on display in the Community Arts Center's Log House
from September 10th to November 2nd, 2018.​

The public is welcome to visit the Log House gallery, with free admission, from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. weekdays.