BLANCHESTER — The residents at Continental Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Blanchester have been working hard getting ready for an art show.
Activity Director Lisa Beach is a certified instructor of the Opening Minds Throught Art Program.
Opening Minds through Art (OMA) is an intergenerational art program for people with dementia. It is grounded in person-centered ethics and founded on the fact that people with dementia are capable of expressing themselves creatively.
“There is a growing body of empirical evidence that creative expression improves their physical and psychological well-being,” said Beach. “The mission of OMA is to build bridges across age and cognitive barriers through art.”
Every Thursday volunteers from The Orion Center come in and join the residents for art. The public is invited to the art show 7-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15 in the dining room at Continental Manor at 820 E. Center St.
Beach said the residents are excited about the art show and she hopes that the community will come in and show their support for the residents and their efforts.
She said that 23 residents have art they will be displaying, with a total of over 175 pieces so far.
Also on display will be horseshoes the residents painted along with the Blanchester High School FFA. These students come in monthly and do a project with the residents.
Art may be purchased for any donation amount. Money raised will go toward buying more art supplies for the residents. Refreshments will be served.