OPENING MINDS THROUGH ART
WHATAn intergenerational art program for people with dementia.
WHYTo improve the physical and psychological well-being people with dementia and allow them to express themselves through art.
WHEREOpening Minds through Art. Founder Elizabeth Lokon, PhD. Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University in Ohio.
"It doesn't mean that there isn't somebody in there that's trying to express and so art is sort of a channel when logical thinking and verbal expression is impaired, art is still there for them to express."
-Opening Minds through Art Founder Elizabeth Lokon, PhD.
"When I see what I do and I realize how it comes out, I'm besides myself."
- Opening Minds through Art Participant.
People with dementia engage in art-making sessions and display their art work in a gallery exhibition which also educates the public about the creative capacities of people with dementia.
Dementia and art group sessions are available along with one-to-one meetings.
The aim of Opening Minds through Art is to:
- Give those with dementia the opportunity to engage in self-expression, and build self-esteem and autonomy through creative arts.
- Break down intergenerational barriers between younger people and those with dementia.
- Appreciate the contributions of those with dementia to the arts.
- Contribute to the research of dementia and art.
Opening Minds through Art received the Best Practice Award from LeadingAge Ohio.
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