Artsy Smartsy: Part 2

We are always encouraged when we get to hear how the lives are changed in our senior population by great people. That great person is Tina Ottmar who founded Artsy Smartsy, a quality art class for seniors. Check out the wonderful testimonials from your fellow peers…

“Tina, I wanted to let you know how much we appreciate your services! I don’t consider myself very creative– I like to putz around with things like scrapbooking, jewelry, etc., but I am definitely not any good. I’m so glad to be able to have someone like you come in and teach the residents. You are just a delight and you always have the residents laughing and you make sure that they have a great time! You Rock!!!!” -Jenni, Activities Coordinator @ The Timbers, Presbyterian Homes of Inver Grove Heights.

“What you are doing through Artsy Smartsy for seniors is incredible and deserves to succeed just on it’s own, apart from you – but then throw you into the mix with your dynamic personality, your compassion and obvious deep affection for seniors, not to mention your depth of knowledge on art, along with your determination to make it all work and your organizational / marketing skills combined with your professionalism and I just don’t see how anyone could deny you!!!”-Dawn, Scandia Shores Senior Community Activities Director

” All of our residents that participate in Artsy Smartsy class with Tina enjoy the variety of crafts and home décor that they make and share with others. Tina’s gift of working with individuals allows her to converse with each participant on a one- on- one basis. The crafts are fun, challenging and attractive to all of our residents from the Memory Care community, to our Assisted Living residents. We look forward to her coming each month and sharing her artistic talent.” – Catoya @ Copperfield Hill-Independent Living

“Our memory care residents have been thrilled to have Tina bring her art teaching abilities to us at Prairie Lodge! She has a special ability to work with our residents who have cognitive deficits and bring out amazing talent. She engages and empowers them to create. Her art classes enhance their mood, encourage their ability, and leave them with tangible evidence of accomplishment!” Thanks Tina! –Dani, Ecumen Prairie Lodge-Memory Care

“Don’t hesitate to let me know if there is anything that I can help you with – you are providing such a great service to so many folks that really need it!!! It is truly a therapeutic modality who’s time has come!!!” Dawn, Scandia Shores

“Our residents call (activities director)often asking what we will be doing next and when Artsy Smartsy will be coming again! One specific resident has been very involved in the class and she usually does not do many more activities than the art class.” Anonymous Client

“In our memory care, Tina is very engaging with our residents and they enjoy being in her company. While she is leading, we have much less wandering.” Anonymous Client

“We have been immensely impressed with the Artsy Smartsy classes and Tina’s ability to bring joy to our residents in addition to creating beautiful works of art” Anonymous Client

“Our organization actually has a foundation that writes grants. I would be more than willing to facilitate that interaction in order to create more opportunities with Art and our residents.” Anonymous Client

“Tina’s enthusiasm is contagious! Our monthly Artsy Smartsy sessions are filled with laughter and joy as our seniors explore their inner creativity. Even those with limited vision or dexterity can feel a sense of accomplishment in their final “work of art”.-Carol, Rosepointe Independent Living Apartments

“Our residents adore Tina and her art class, she is so organized, vivacious and creative! I just have to say the “Artsy Smartsy” lady is here and the room fills up! The residents always proudly show off their projects after class. There is nothing like what Tina provides in the city, she is worth every penny!” Megan, Jones Harrison Assisted Living.

“Feedback from all 25 students and volunteers and other staff in our building (about today’s class) was phenomenal…THEY LOVED YOU & ARTSY SMARTSY!! All 3 volunteers want to keep volunteering for your classes and all 25 students who were there yesterday want to come each and every month and they have told other residents who weren’t there yesterday – now all those people want to come to the next class!! WOW!!”-Dawn, Scandia Shores

“Tina, the group had a wonderful time. Our manager, Patty, is so supportive of the Creative Arts idea and is pumping people up for it all the time, would you believe all our vases are out on display in the big lobby case! The class stimulated lots of discussion and appreciation. Several of us are collecting our own favorite things to put in our boxes(for “Our favorite things”. Looking forward to the next class. Thanks a million. ” Joan, resident at ValleyView Coop.

“Our residents always question their artistic ability, but the simple steps and directions shows them they can do it! Thanks Tina”, Anonymous Client

“We have residents AND STAFF excited to come to class each month. They display their works in their apartments and talk about their experience from week to week. They ask when Artsy Smartsy is coming back.” Anonymous Client

“Our families, in particular, have been impressed by the art that has been produced by their loved ones. I am continually amazed at the abilities brought out during each session.” Anonymous Client

Tina Marie Ferguson Ottmar                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Owner, Art Educator



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