Opening Minds through Art

501 E High St, Oxford, OH 45056, Usa
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Our missionPromote the social engagement, autonomy, and dignity of people with dementia by providing creative self-expression opportunities.
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OMA Volunteer

OMA volunteers must complete a 3-5 hours of volunteer training program conducted by a certified OMA Facilitator. The training will cover an overview of dementia, OMA philosophy and methodology, and effective communication and creative facilitation skills. Upon completion of this training, volunteers are expected to commit to a weekly session of 60-90 minutes for the duration of the program, typically 8-12 weeks.
  • Weekly
  • Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends
How you helpVolunteers are the heart of OMA providing companionship and trained assistance to our artists to help them thrive as artists.
About usOMA 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. OMA has been widely replicated.
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