Fox Run Manor in Findlay, Ohio may be known to most of you as simply a nursing home, but to Awakening Minds Art, it is part of the legacy. When Awakening Minds Art was just forming, Fox Run was the first facility to sign on for services with Founding Executive Director (prior instructor), Sarah Crisp. "The facility has never skipped a beat, they have had monthly programs with us since 2009. Heartwarming memories come rushing back when just the name of the facility is mentioned. I will forever be grateful for JoAnn Wilson at Fox Run Manor for encouraging me and believing in me during our infancy!"- Sarah Crisp
Megan Hall has been teaching Awakening Minds Art classes at Fox Run Manor for the past four years to the elderly residents. She started teaching classes as a one-on-one service, and it became such a popular program the manor expanded it to a group activity. Megan teaches monthly to a steady group of 10 to 14 individual artists. Not only can she share her talents with a larger group, it becomes a social event for the residents. The Occupational Therapy class from the University of Findlay will be there for two months learning how to bond art with rehab therapy.
"What happens with Megan and her art classes is just amazing. So many of our residents feel they can accomplish nothing until they complete an art class. They come out so proud of their work they hang it up, show their family and get frames to make them special. It is wonderful that residents with a variety of disabilities and limitations can participate. They look forward to it all month long." Diane, Fox Run's activities director states, "I love seeing the different point of view each resident takes in the class. We have 10 artists in each class. We have 100 plus residents but can only seat 10 so we rotate through the residents. I feel it is a life changing, confidence building event for these folks. We plan to continue for a long time. We are excited about the new AMA studio and may bring some of our residents there to paint."
-Dianne at Activities Director, Fox Run Manor