Danville: Senior center ‘Opening Minds Through Art’

DANVILLE — It’s Tuesday afternoon at the Reutlinger Community assisted living center, and resident Jean Jones is wasting no time heading down to the art room.

She’s not all that convinced that painting is her forte, but she knows that for the next couple of hours, she’ll be the one calling the shots and enjoying the company of her favorite art buddy — 17-year-old Monte Vista High School junior Dean Begun, of Alamo.

On this day, Jones and her fellow residents will create something unexpectedly beautiful — on paper and personally — through a program called “Opening Minds Through Art” (OMA). The program is in its second year of operation at Reutlinger and based on a curriculum developed at Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University in Ohio.


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