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Opening Minds Through Art

[Elizabeth Lokon]: I have this image of a connectivity triangle where you have person A  on one side person B on the other side and they need to focus on something. And that  something could be art, it could be biography could be writing, could be poetry, could be anything. But you have to have this focus between the two  parties and if you engage in  creative expression somehow that triangle becomes much richer all  around. And if you take this out and you just  put the two people together, okay you know service learning,  intergenerational connection, come together, spend time together, it sort of peters out without that that focus the third point. 

This is what  our volunteers say: originally they think they're doing service to help these population in need. But in the end when they start seeing the humanity of the other that they thought they were "helping," they actually say "you know I think I learned  a great deal more than I was giving." So they're no longer "helping" but they're actually growing in a very deep sense of the word in a  way that we cannot teach inside classrooms, so the students gain as much, if not more, than the population we serve.   

OMA: Opening Minds through Art

All of these extraordinary paintings are created by people living with dementia and participating in the "Scripps Gerontology “Opening Minds through Art” (OMA) program" presented by Art for the Journey in Richmond, VA. 

Gallery One

This gallery contains approximately 30 abstract images created by Alzheimer's patients through the OMA (Opening Minds Through Art) program. Where known, each image is titled and attributed to the artist.

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A bad day at Black Rock - Peggy
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Unknown - Unknown
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The heart of a rose - Bill
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Gumballs - Sue M.
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Canoeing on a river - Nina K.
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Unknown - Unknown
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Reflection on a beautiful day
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You are my sunshine - Glennie
yellow square and blue square, both with a red spiral symbol, on a green brushstroke background
Christmas in July - Christine B.
a white line with a bulge in the foreground, a teal line below and above in an arch, on a dark blue background
Try Try Again - Peggy K.
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Rowan's tulips - Amanda
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Glowing ambers - Louise
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Color patches - Ellen
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Sunset to night sky
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De Ronna - Nina R.
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Sunset - Nelly
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Cornucopia - Ellen
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Footprints - Vicky
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Sparkles - Judie W.
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Exciting Experience - Helen Z.
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No title - Maria
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Game room - Marge B.
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Designer bricks - Vicky H.
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Cross - Margaret B.
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A Christmas rush - Ellen
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Flower garden - Lynette
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Starlight - Louise G.
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Here comes the queen - Fran
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Look into the sky - Christina B.
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Midnight dreams
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The big city - Carole
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Complimentary memory - Joyce K.
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Premier peacock feathers - Shirley G.

Art for the Journey partners with Dr. Lokon in providing a certification practicum to certify OMA facilitators across the USA