Hours of Operation:
- Tuesday: 10 am - 4 pm
- Wednesday: 10 am - 7 pm
- Thursday: 10 am - 7 pm
- Friday: 10 am - 7 pm
- Saturday: 10 am - 3 pm
The Bottle Works presents the Art Heals Exhibit in collaboration with Mount Aloysius College’s Opening Minds through Art Program. The exhibit will be on display from January 14 through February 27. Opening reception will be held on Saturday January 16 from 10-1. Art has always been a pathway to therapeutic expression, but now more than ever, it’s impact on a person’s well being is on full display.
The Art Heals exhibit showcases the work of artists who participate in the various Opening Minds through Art Programs (OMA) throughout the region.
Opening Minds through Art Program
In the fall of 2016, Mount Aloysius College under the initiative of Dr. Donald Talbot, Professor of Fine Arts, partnered with Laurel View Village, Davidsville, to implement the region’s first Opening Minds through Art (OMA) program. In the fall of 2017, a second OMA site was established at Richland Woods Assisted Living, Johnstown, and in spring 2019, a third OMA site at Garvey Manor in Hollidaysburg. The program has been chiefly funded by 1889 Foundation Creative Health Impact Grants.
OMA is an intergenerational art program for people with dementia. Originally conceived by Miami University’s Dr. Elizabeth Lokon in 2007, OMA 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. The mission of OMA is to build bridges across age and cognitive barriers through art.
The program is implemented in group sessions. Up to twelve people with dementia work one-on-one with twelve trained volunteers.