Rosemarie Oakman facilitates arts access programs in healthcare facilities, community arts organizations and art museums. Rosemarie has designed, implemented and sustained programming at various institutions, always with a focus on the individualized needs of each person served.
Rosemarie Oakman is a currently completing a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management Program and a Graduate Certificate in Arts Management at the University of Oregon. Rosemarie’s research concentrations are in arts in healthcare management and creative aging. Since beginning her graduate education in the fall of 2017, Oakman has served as the Arts in Healthcare Program Coordinator, working within the UO’s School of Planning, Public Policy and Management in partnership with the UO’s Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, planning and assisting in facilitating several of the University of Oregon’s Arts in Healthcare initiatives. These initiatives include facilitating arts access programs for individuals with traumatic brain and spinal cord injury, children with disabilities and adults diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. From 2017-2018, Rosemarie partnered with professor Patricia Lambert as a contributing co-author and co-editor on an Arts in Healthcare Management Handbook for use by the National Organization for Arts in Health. Since fall 2018, Rosemarie has served as a research assistant to professors Patricia Lambert and Douglas Blandy for an upcoming book publication titled Arts Education and Cultural Engagement for Creative Aging.
Rosemarie is currently a board member for the Oregon Supported Living Program (OSLP), an organization empowering adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The OSLP’s Arts & Culture Program is a leader in inclusive community arts for people of all abilities. Rosemarie serves as a member of OSLP’s grant writing committee securing funding for the Arts and Culture Program, through local and state funding sources.
In 2014, Rosemarie graduated from Alfred University with a Bachelors in Fine Art and a minor in Gerontology, the study of aging. In 2013, her love for elderly populations and the volunteer work she was doing with the Golden Years Club (which she formed to connect college students with elderly community members), merged with her passion for metal casting to establish the Alzheimer’s Glass and Iron Project. She is founder and director of this multifaceted, cross-generational community arts project which is now entering its seventh year. Alfred University awarded her the Richard V. Bergren Jr. Student Innovation Award in 2014 for this groundbreaking program.
After graduating from the Alfred University, Rosemarie worked for a year at the Elant Nursing Home in Fishkill, NY on their Alzheimer's/Dementia unit where she was charged with developing and implementing an art-focused activities program. From 2015 -2017 Rosemarie worked as a grant writer, securing funds for Salem Art Works, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit art center and sculpture park located in rural Upstate New York. Her love of art and culture has also been developed through extensive national and international travel, having visited more than twenty-five states and ten foreign countries to date.