The Healing Arts program at OKCMOA dedicates a teaching artist to a local facility to provide education about the arts as well as a hands-on art activity to provide a creative outlet for patients through monthly visits.
THE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL AT OU MEDICAL CENTER
Currently, the Museum offers a bi-monthly program at The Zone at Children’s Hospital, a 6,000 square foot recreation room for children and their families who are staying in the hospital for prolonged treatment. Each month, a teaching artist visits The Zone to guide children and teens through an art-making experience that not only provides education but also serves as a therapeutic release from the stress of being ill or having a loved one who is ill. In addition, teaching artists have also begun working with individual patients that are not permitted to attend The Zone due to health concerns. Each session serves as an art lesson, focusing on the particular interests of each child.
ST. ANTHONY’S BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE
The newest partnership for the Healing Arts programs brings a monthly art lesson to children and teens at St. Anthony’s Behavioral Medicine. Art lessons are designed to accommodate Oklahoma Core Curriculum standards for visual art as well as encourage creativity and expression.
In 2012, the Museum began a partnership with INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation. The centers at INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center and INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center are Oklahoma’s foremost system of inpatient, outpatient, and community-based rehabilitative care for children and adults with acquired brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputations, and orthopedic conditions. The monthly visit to each location allows a teaching artist to work creatively with a therapist to assist in a patient’s recovery, as well as provide respite from their grueling schedule of physical therapy.
Since 2011 the Museum has offered monthly activities at three memory care centers in the Oklahoma City area. Evidence suggests that art engages the brain of people with Alzheimer’s disease and promotes expressive abilities when words are hard for them to access. Seniors at the facilities paint, draw, sculpt, and print while engaging in discussions about their art.
MAKING MEMORIES in cooperation with the Alzheimer’s Association Oklahoma Chapter
Making Memories is a special event held at the Museum for loved ones with Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia and their caregivers. The following activities are lead by Education and Community Outreach Coordinator Amanda Harmer and are included in the $6.50 admission fee.
- Tour of selected gallery (30-45 minutes)
- Post- tour refreshments (Optional)
- Art project (Optional)
For more information or to schedule a program with your organization, please call Amanda Harmer at (405) 236-3100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.