From the award-winning O.M.A. (Opening Minds through Art) Program
to bringing art classes to schools, seniors, and libraries,
enhances and uplifts the community through one universal language ART.

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An art-making program for people with dementia and their caregivers, OMA (Opening Minds through Art) is an award-winning, evidence-based, intergenerational art-making program for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other neurocognitive disorders.

Founded in 2007 at Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University, OMA is grounded in “person-centered” ethics, rather than disease-centered – in other words, OMA focuses on what people CAN do.

Our goal at The OMA Center 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. Additionally, we offer education, respite, and fellowship for caregivers.  Our goals are achieved by:

  • Providing creative self-expression opportunities that promote the social engagement, autonomy, and dignity of people with dementia;
  • Providing staff and volunteers with opportunities to build intimate relationships with people with dementia;
  • Educating the general public on the creative self-expression capacities of people with dementia through exhibitions of their artwork;
  • Contributing to the scholarly literature on dementia care and the arts.

Get Involved with The OMA Center!

Enroll a family member in The OMA Center for Fridays, July 12 – August 16, 10:30-11:30 am

Enroll a family member in The OMA Center for Saturdays, July 13 - August 17, 10:30-11:30 am

Volunteer Training Opportunities

Signup for August 12 and 14, 2024, 6:30-8:00pm via Zoom

Signup for August 17, 2024, 2:00-5:00 IN PERSON

Signup for November 11 and 13, 2024, 6:30 – 8:00pm via Zoom

Signup for November 16, 2024, 2:00-5:00pm IN PERSON

Signup for January 13 and 15, 2025, 6:30 – 8:00pm via Zoom

Signup for January 18, 2025, 2:00-5:00pm IN PERSON

Signup for May 19 and 21, 2025, 6:30 – 8:00pm via Zoom

Signup for May 17, 2025, 2:00-5:00pm IN PERSON

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Art For A Cause

Visit our shop on Redbubble! The art featured was created by artists with dementia as part of our Opening Minds Through Art (OMA) program. From stickers to t-shirts - your purchase supports the continuation of this impactful program.

Ways to Give

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen relies upon the generosity of friends, corporations, foundations, the County of Henrico and its Board of Directors to provide first-rate programming to the greater Richmond community at affordable prices.  The Center is the only regional facility to provide access to the performing, visual and literary arts through performances and classes.  As a registered 501(c)3 organization, contributions to The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen are tax deductible to the extent of the law.  Gifts of any amount increase the quantity and quality of artistic opportunities available to the community.  Donations may be made by cash, securities or credit card and can be made in a single payment or in installments.

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To donate art supplies, please contact Jen at artsoutreach@artsglenallen.com. Our ArtReach classes are always in need of new canvases, watercolor paper and jewelry-making supplies. Thank you in advance!

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