OMA Training Information

What do I need to start an OMA program?

Trained OMA Facilitators
Space for planning, storing, and conducting the art projects
Funding for art supplies
A committed group of volunteers, weekly
Interested people living with dementia

Ohio nursing homes with Medicaid certification are eligible to receive scholarships for two staff members to attend OMA facilitator training and $2,000 for art supplies.
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OMA Training

Opening Minds through Art (OMA) is an award-winning, evidence-based, intergenerational art-making program for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of neurocognitive disorders.

Learn how to implement this intergenerational art program for people with dementia through one of our training programs.

We can offer a 20% discount for a group of 10 or more participants being trained at the same time from the same community. This also applies to staff at multiple communities with the same parent organization. 

In-person facilitator training

Interactive instruction on the why, what, and how of implementing the award-winning, evidence-based Scripps OMA program.

Hybrid facilitator training

Same content as the in-person training, but about 2/3 completed online.


Fully online facilitator training

Completely online facilitator training (no in-person sessions).

Health sciences student training

Add OMA to your medical school/health sciences curriculum.

Volunteer Training

Assist a trained OMA facilitator at a location near you

Caregiver training

Infuse the arts in your caregiving routine at home

What Previous Trainees Say

OMA facilitator trainings were evaluated highly by participants (average 4.86 out of 5.0; N=537)

As a result of the training, participants felt more competent in designing, implementing, and evaluating meaningful art activities for people living with dementia (average 4.7 out of 5.0; N=197).

• “My heart is full. This training was personal but formal and informative. Team building and opportunities to learn experientially with role-play was amazing.”

“Very engaging, interesting and research-based. The resource package was extremely organized, which I really appreciate because it makes it easier to begin to implement OMA.”

“The strengths of the program are in its presenters and their enthusiasm for what they do – you have the data to support results; we were able to practice what we were learning on real people; and you were able to transfer the love of OMA to all of us!.”

Contact an OMA facility
Please feel free to contact the administrators listed below that have implemented OMA in their facility below.