Art serves as bridge between generations at Otterbein Pemberville

From LAURA DREWES OTTERBEIN PEMBERVILLE Otterbein Pemberville received a grant through the state of Ohio to be a part of this project in 2018.    Opening Minds through Art was created at the Scripps Gerontology Center at the University of Miami and it focuses on the importance of intergenerational relationships and creating a safe space for persons living with memory loss to create art in a fail-proof environment.   Student Cordelia Howard and resident Mary S. Otterbein Pemberville partnered with Eastwood High School students and the art teacher, Jennifer Moorman.  The students came to OPV each week for eight weeks and worked with the same resident to create different works of abstract art with prompts from the OMA curriculum.  It was such a blessing to watch the eight students grow over their time working with their partners.  Their grades ranged from 7th grade to juniors in high school and for some of the students, it was their first time visiting a long term care community.   We concluded this session with an art show including the Eastwood Jazz Band. We look forward to starting our next session in February. 

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