The Opening Minds through Art (OMA) program enhances the lives of JAA’s memory care residents by creating space for them to explore their artistic ability and to make lasting friendships.

Bonds between resident artists and partner volunteers, including art therapy students from Carlow University who mentor and help artists create, are at the heart of the program’s success.

This permanent collection of artists’ pieces is for all to see so that their work (and the work of their partner volunteers) are forever celebrated by the community.

This is a culmination of the OMA program that provides a nurturing environment where individuality is celebrated.

Opening Minds Through Art is a Scripps intergenerational art program for people living with dementia that promotes their social engagement, autonomy, and dignity through creative self-expression.

Questions about OMA at JAA? Please contact Liz Powell at ePowell@jaapgh.org

Opening Minds through Art is made possible by the generous support of people like you.
We would like to thank the Legacy Heritage Fund, the Dementia Society of America, The Perry and Bee Jee Morrison Music & Art Endowment, The Sylvia and Martin Snow Family Fund, and Howard and Caren Sniderman for their continued support of OMA at JAA. You can donate to our program here.



Just like going to an actual art gallery show, we ask that you sign and comment in our guest book.

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