Opening Minds through Art: Connecting generations through art making.

For 16 years, Scripps Gerontology Center’s Opening Minds through Art (OMA) program has connected younger and older adults using the arts to build an age-inclusive society. An award-winning, evidence-based program, OMA pairs students with people living with dementia to form friendships and create art. A new virtual program, ScrippsAVID (Arts-based, Virtual, Intergenerational, and Dementia-Friendly), also connects older adults with students via video chat. 

Dr. Elizabeth Lokon, founder and creator of OMA, and her team of directors will discuss the foundation of these programs, and the value of intergenerational relationships built through these programs.