Join us in celebrating the healing power of art!

The Bottle Works presents the Art Heals Exhibit in collaboration with Mount Aloysius College’s Opening Minds through Art Program. The exhibit will be on display from April 10 – May 16. Join us for the opening reception brunch on April 11 from 11-2. A catered continental brunch will be served at 11 with a Mindfulness and art project with Bottle Works own Mindfulness instructor, Holly Lees, to follow at noon. While you are here, get your tickets for the “Oh So Artsy Basket Party”, with over 15 baskets to choose from. Proceeds will benefit the BW Summer Camp Scholarship Program.

The Art Heals exhibit showcases the work of artists who participate in the various Opening Minds through Art Programs (OMA) throughout the region.

Opening Minds through Art Program

In the fall of 2016, Mount Aloysius College under the initiative of Dr. Donald Talbot, Professor of Fine Arts, partnered with Laurel View Village, Davidsville, to implement the region’s first Opening Minds through Art (OMA) program. In the fall of 2017, a second OMA site was established at Richland Woods Assisted Living, Johnstown, and in spring 2019, a third OMA site at Garvey Manor in Hollidaysburg. The program has been chiefly funded by 1889 Foundation Creative Health Impact Grants.
OMA is an intergenerational art program for people with dementia. Originally conceived by Miami University’s Dr. Elizabeth Lokon in 2007, OMA is grounded in person-centered ethics and founded on the fact that people with dementia are capable of expressing themselves creatively. There is a growing body of empirical evidence that creative expression improves their physical and psychological well-being. The mission of OMA is to build bridges across age and cognitive barriers through art.
The program is implemented in group sessions. Up to twelve people with dementia work one-on-one with twelve trained volunteers.

Peer Empowerment Network
In spring 2018, an initiative between Mount Aloysius College and Behavioral Health of Cambria County led to the creation of a community-based open studio arts site to serve Peer Empowerment Network’s Drop-in Center clients. The Peer Empowerment Network Drop-in Center, often called the PEN Center, provides a safe, supportive and welcoming environment for individuals 18 and older living with and recovering from a mental health issue. The Center provides an atmosphere of acceptance where individuals feel needed and grow in self-worth, dignity and self-respect.

H.O.P.E. Drop-in Center, Altoona
In fall 2018, Dr. Talbot started a weekly open art studio for clients of H.O.P.E. Drop-in Center. H.O.P.E. H.O.P.E. Drop-ln was established in July 2014, by a small group of individuals with a mental health diagnosis, who were seeking a safe, stigma-free environment to offer support to each other. The drop-in center began as an informal gathering to share a meal and socialize. This group continued to meet and organize, with an end goal of establishing a drop-in center that would be open daily for individuals with mental health issues.

In addition to the above, during the 2019-2020 academic year, Dr. Talbot and M.A.C. Expressive Arts students have worked with clients at Mental Health Resources of Cambria County (Ebensburg) and Arts for Healing (Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown).

Spindleworks is a non-profit art center for adults with disabilities and a program of the Independence Association of Brunswick Maine, whose mission is to help children and adults with disabilities achieve full and inclusive lives in their chosen community.
Artists attending the program receive supplies, studio space, and guidance as needed. Over 40 artists work in a variety of mediums, including painting and drawing, photography, ceramics and woodworking, weaving and other fiber and fabric arts. In addition, the artists write poetry and stories, and express themselves through acting and other performing arts. Their work has been exhibited widely, and they are well known and respected members of Maine’s artistic community.