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Ursuline Center Artshow Showcases Residents' Creativity

Posted 2/28/2019

The Ursuline Center of Toledo hosted it second “Opening Minds through Art (OMA)” Art Show and Reception on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at the Ursuline Center.

 Opening Minds through Art is an intergenerational art-making program for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of neurocognitive disorders. Its failure-free program provides opportunities for creative self-expression and social engagement for people with dementia. OMA also provides volunteers with opportunities to improve their attitudes toward aging through the weekly interaction with OMA program participants.

During the eight weekly sessions, Ursuline Center residents with dementia (artists) were paired with trained volunteers from the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences who assisted them with primarily painting projects to create beautiful finished artwork. The Art Show was held at the conclusion of the eight weeks to celebrate each artist’s accomplishments while educating the public about the creative abilities of people with neurocognitive disorders.