Building bridges across age and cognitive barriers through art
NEA Funding for ScrippsAVID Development
OMA received $20,000 from The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), an independent federal agency that is the largest funder of the arts and arts education in communities nationwide. Along with funding from NextFifty, this will allow us to build ScrippsAVID (Arts-based, Virtual, Intergenerational, Dementia Friendly), a FREE video-chat platform that connects older adults with younger people through sharing art, music, stories, and poetry.
Facilitator Training Upgrade: New Structure & Content
We worked hard the last several months to redesign the OMA facilitator training course. The course will now feature online synchronous meetings with OMA trainers, small group discussions among trainees, and self-paced online work with set goals. These changes will allow everyone to progress at the same rate, which we hope will foster more connection within the training cohorts. We have also developed new materials for the upgraded course. We're excited to roll out this new course this week!

We have plenty of training opportunities in 2022. See below for a short list:
  • Hybrid Training in Canal Fulton, OH begins June 27, 2022
  • Hybrid Training in McLean, VA begins July 11, 2022
  • Fully Online Training begins September 20, 2022
Eligible long-term care providers in both Ohio AND Virginia can apply for funding to implement OMA. Selected nursing homes will receive scholarships for two staff members to attend OMA training (valued at $1,500), plus $2,000 to purchase art supplies. Don't miss this opportunity to bring a highly rated, person-centered program to your location! For more information about opportunities in each state, click the boxes below.
Meet OMA Business Strategist: Encore Fellow Joe Hnilo
Joe Hnilo spent 35 years working in the high-tech industry in Silicon Valley for a variety of both early-stage and established enterprise software companies. During this time, his career spanned product marketing, product management, and general management responsibilities. He holds a B.A. degree from San Francisco State University and a M.A. degree from the University of Virginia. Joe joins OMA as an Fellow to assist in marketing and launching ScrippsAVID.

Welcome, Joe!
Graduate Students Collaborate for Research on OMA
Three students from Miami University and Case Western Reserve University's (CWRU) School of Medicine collaborated on interviewing older adult participants in virtual OMA classes. Rosemarie Oakman (MGS student, Miami University), Sanjana Murali and Vidushri Mehrotra (Medical students at CWRU) presented their findings at the 2022 OAGE (Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education) conference. Publication submission is to follow.
Art Idea: Starry Night & Immersive Art
The Creative Caregiving Guide offers FREE lessons to infuse the arts when caring for someone living with dementia. This lesson shows how to use Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” painting to stimulate conversation and imagination. Let your imagination soar even further by using an immersive painting.
Featured Site: Moorings Park
Our Featured Site this quarter is Moorings Park in Naples, FL. We interviewed Moorings Park staff to hear more about how OMA impacts the residents, students, and families. Congratulations to the team on your successful OMA program!
Upcoming Presentations
After nearly 2 years of virtual presentations, the OMA team is presenting at in-person conferences across the United States! Below are some upcoming presentations:
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