2020 Spring  Newsletter
Building bridges across age and cognitive barriers through art

Free Lessons for Caregivers to Infuse the Arts at Home
In times of isolation, art is even more important to lift up the spirit. Here is a FREE resource to infuse the arts into your dementia caregiving routine, at home or in a retirement community. Learn from internationally renowned master teaching- artists how to do art, music, dance, poetry, and drama activities with people who are living with dementia. Each lesson consists of short videos that you can adapt. Spanish lessons included. See lessons  here .
OMA Students Staying Engaged while in Isolation
We tackled the challenge of keeping OMA students engaged while all classes went online by brainstorming ideas and collecting resources for alternate assignments. Some of these assignments put them in touch with their partners via mail; others engage them in creative projects like going to virtual art museums, creating an original OMA art project, and creating coronavirus diaries. We also listed interesting TedTalks and YouTube videos  on dementia with reflection questions. Check these out for your students or for yourself here .
Welcome to New OMA Staff Members
We are delighted to have  Angela Pontious, MA and  Meghan Young, MGS  join the OMA staff! Angela brings her passion of connecting communities to the arts and extensive teaching experience to serve as OMA's Associate Director. Meghan started with OMA in 2014 as a student volunteer. Now, she wants to bring her deep knowledge about OMA to inspire students to befriend older adults with dementia.
New Dates for OMA Facilitator Training
Due to COVID-19, we have new dates for OMA Facilitator training, pending lifting of restrictions. Registration fees already paid will be automatically transferred to the new dates. The training is offered in two formats: hybrid combination of online and in-person practicum  OR a fully in-person training.
  • Oxford, OH:  Fully in-person training: July 20-23, 2020
  • Canal Fulton, OH:  Online training: June 15-July 10, 2020 plus i n-person Practicum: July 28-29, 2020
  • Richmond, VA:  Online training: August 17-September 11, 2020 plus  In-person Practicum: September 24-25, 2020
Learn to conduct the OMA program by registering for training on our website  here
Updates on OMA as Quality Improvement Project in Ohio
Thanks to the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM), we have identified 11 nursing homes as grantees of Quality Improvement Project (QIP) funding. These nursing homes will partner with neighboring educational institutions to provide the program to their residents. Read our quarterly update for the ODM grant  here
OMA Exhibit at Miami University Art Muse um 
Although the Miami University Art Museum is now closed, a multimedia collaboration between  students, people living with dementia, caregivers and volunteers have been selected for exhibition. The title of the piece is "The Cycle of Life: Childhood, Adulthood, Elderhood." The piece includes artwork and a dance by Miami students.  Watch the  dance performance here.  You can see the whole exhibition here and vote here by May 1 for your favorite pieces. No Miami affiliation is needed to vote.
Future Physicians at Ohio University benefits from OMA
OMA helped prepare medical students at Ohio University to become better physicians.  "It nourishes our souls... We've learned more about empathy and compassion and how we can bring that into medicine in our future, which is incredible."  Read the article here . Watch the full video on YouTube here
Art Idea: Repurpose Picture Frame Mats
Do you have picture frame mats stained with paint from OMA sessions? Bring new life to used mats by applying OMA project techniques. All you need: a picture frame mat, paint brushes/sponges, acrylic paints, stamping tools, and glitter! Learn more here.
Featured OMA Site: Goddard House in Brookline, MA
Ginny Mazur and Erica Curcio of Goddard House (OMA Class of 2014 and 2018) have worked hard in growing OMA in Brookline. In 2017 they won the  Program Innovation of the Year Award from LeadingAge Massachusetts. They collaborated with the city to provide an outdoor summer camp for people with dementia and created giant OMA paintings. They also presented OMA at the MA/NH Alzheimer's Association Conference. Read more here.
Additional Creative Resources
The arts are even more important these days to bring joy to those living with dementia. Below are our favorite (and free) resources:
  • TimeSlipsThe Creativity Center has ideas for conversations and collaborative story building remotely with people living with dementia.
  • Story CorpsDeveloped in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, StoryCorps Connect is a first-of-its kind technology that enables individuals to take part in the magic of a StoryCorps interview with a loved one remotely.
  • Alzheimer's Association: Take a virtual art museum tour, listen to "Music Moments" or visit zoos and National Parks with links here.
Visit our website  to view additional blog posts and learn more about OMA. 

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