Healing Arts

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art Healing Arts program provides education and hands-on art-making experiences to patients at several local health care facilities that might not be able to attend the Museum.

The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art offers a bi-monthly program at The Zone, a 6,000 square foot recreation room for children and their families who are staying in the hospital for  prolonged treatment. A teaching artist guides children and teens through an art-making experience designed to provide education and serve as a therapeutic release from the stress of being ill or having a loved one who is ill. In addition, teaching artists also work with individual patients that are not permitted to attend The Zone due to health concerns. Each visit’s art-making session is individually designed based on the interests of the patient and serves as an art lesson.

St. Anthony’s Behavioral Medicine

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art offers a monthly art lesson to children and teens at the St. Anthony’s Behavioral Medicine. The Museum’s lessons comply with Oklahoma Visual Art Standards and serve as an outlet for creativity and expression.

Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation

The Museum’s teaching artists visit each INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation location, enabling them to work creatively with therapists to assist in a patient’s recovery from acquired brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputations, and orthopedic conditions. Each monthly session provides a much-needed respite from the patient’s schedule of therapy.

Memory Care

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art has partners with two memory care centers in the Oklahoma City metro area that serve people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Each month, a teaching artist engages residents in an art-making activity while encouraging a dialogue about the art they are creating.

Making Memories

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art hosts Making Memories, a special event for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia and their caregivers, on select Mondays throughout the year. The free event is held on a Monday allowing for complete, undisturbed access to the Museum’s galleries since the Museum is closed to the public. Activities are led by Manager of Outreach and Early Learning Amanda Harmer and include a 30-45 minute tour of a selected gallery, an art-making experience, and refreshments. Please visit our calendar to view upcoming making memories events. 

To sign up for a Making Memories event or for more information, please call Amanda Harmer at (405) 278-8221 or aharmer@okcmoa.com.