Monday, July 13, 2015

Awakening Minds Art's Intergenerational Painting Programs

EDITOR’S NOTE: Each week, we feature intergenerational program ideas that were tried and successful. This series is a tool to highlight various age-optimized programs and practices. The program descriptions are provided by representatives of the programs. Inclusion in this series does not imply Generations United’s endorsement or recommendation, but rather encourages ideas to inspire other programs.

This week’s cool idea is Awakening Minds Art (AMA)’s Intergenerational Painting Programs, which gives participants across the lifespan the opportunity to come together through art.

(Check our archives for parts 1-51.)

Awakening Minds Art in Findlay, Ohio, originally was a part of the nationwide organization called Art Without Boundaries.

In 2010, AMA broke away from Art Without Boundaries and began as a traveling program working only in student's homes, schools and nursing homes.

Through their Intergenerational Painting Programs, AMA pairs children with older adults who interact during the group painting class.

Programs are held at nursing homes and senior centers in Hancock County and Allen County.

Facilities are responsible for scheduling the class for their residents/ members, while the children/ students are responsible for registering via the AMA Studio or website.

Got something cool you tried that was successful? Why not tweet your cool intergenerational ideas to #cooligideas? You can also post them to our Intergenerational Connections Facebook Group. We want to highlight innovative age-optimized programs and practices through our blog, social media and weekly e-newsletter! Share the inspiration.

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