Opening Minds Through Art

What is Opening Minds through Art?

Opening Minds through Art (OMA) is an award-winning, evidence-based, 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. Learn more at Our goal is to help create a society that values older adults with dementia. We achieve this by building genuine friendships between people with dementia and volunteers as they engage in art-making.

Thank you to our supporters:

OMA is supported by an Alzheimer's Disease Initiative-Specialized Supportive Services Project grant from the Administration for Community Living through the Illinois Department on Aging, as well as a grant made by the King’s Daughters Organization Blackstock Fund at the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln.


Find a schedule of upcoming classes and register at the Springfield Art Association.