Art in the Garden

Art in the Garden is OMA Pittsburgh’s first educational program. It’s centered around investing in the resiliency and social and emotional development of Pittsburgh’s youth. Learn more about the history and development of Art in the Garden.

See also our Art in the Garden 2019 Brochure

Art in the Garden is made possible by support from donors like you. 
Please make a gift online, or send a check to “OMA / Art in the Garden”

OMA Center for Mind, Body and Spirit Inc.
100 Rutledge Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15215

(OMA is a 501c3 so your donation is tax deductible.)

Art in the Garden’s vision is to enable youth to grow in connectedness to themselves, each other, and the earth and to support youth in knowing—in deep and lasting ways—the interconnectedness of all living beings, that we are all whole and all belong.


Check back later this fall for details about summer camp 2020.

COST: Campers receive free breakfast and lunch from Earthen Vessels. Camp is free for all children eligible for free/reduced school lunch and low cost for all other participants. Registration priority is given to underserved youth from the neighborhoods we serve.

We Believe

We believe that when we grow in our understanding of connectedness to ourselves, each other, and our earth, we are able build a better neighborhood.

We believe mindfulness practices have the power to help youth as they work to reframe untrue and distorted or limiting beliefs and that this can create space for the positive transformation of self, family, and community.

We believe it is morally imperative to prevent early childhood adversity and equip adults with tools to support youth.

We believe that all people deserve access to healthy food.

We believe all people have a right to easily access and enjoy green space.

We believe children need nature and we believe in the transformative power and healing potential of nature.

Why do social and emotional learning and resilience matter?

Why do social and emotional learning and resilience matter?

Surviving to Thriving training seminars are free and open to the public. Our vision is for Pittsburgh to become a model for best practices in social & emotional learning and in trauma informed care & resilience. In order to support this vision, we at OMA Pittsburgh hold Surviving to Thriving seminars.

Attendees gain an understanding of social, emotional, mental and behavioral health issues and learn necessary skills to support youth. Keynote speakers and workshops teach concrete, actionable holistic skills adults can use to support youth in developing resilience and stronger brain architecture including: developing mindfulness practices, strengthening conflict transformation, fostering supportive relationships with youth, and skills that support youth for development of social and emotional intelligence. Using community collaborative learning sessions, we are developing greater awareness about the needs that exist for healthy youth development and holistic and accessible skills that can support the healthy development of mind, body, and spirit beyond our program in all aspects of their lives.


To contact us, please email:
Telephone: 412-592-5711

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Art in the Garden is made possible by support from individuals like you, Borland Garden, The Neighbors Committee, and The Heinz Endowments.

“The Heinz Endowments is devoted to the mission of helping our region prosper as a vibrant center of creativity, learning, and social, economic and environmental sustainability. Core to our work is the vision of a just community where all are included and where everyone who calls southwestern Pennsylvania home has a real and meaningful opportunity to thrive.”