OMA Center for Mind, Body and Spirit’s Art in the Garden, supports youth in holding themselves and others in compassion and helping them to grow in connectedness to themselves, each other, and the earth.

Art in the Garden has an arts and ecology summer camp and year-round programming for youth and families. Art in the Garden affirms the cultural backgrounds of the youth we serve, focuses on whole-child development, uses restorative approaches to conflict, nurtures relationships, and engages youth in arts and ecological activities that foster social and emotional development. Supporting the social and emotional development of youth contributes to the creation of a healthy, inclusive, and equitable society. This programming supports youth knowing—in deep and lasting ways—the interconnectedness of all living beings, that we are all whole and all belong.

To support youth in this journey, Art in the Garden’s programs address the impacts of adversity and trauma on health and learning. In order to do so, we use an intentionally anti-racist, liberatory pedagogy, centering Black, Indigenous, People of Color, GLBTQIA folks and other intersectional communities. 

What we believe

We believe in systems powered by love and justice.

We believe it is morally imperative to prevent early childhood adversity.

We believe that when we grow in connectedness to ourselves, each other, and the earth, we are able to create healthier communities.

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 that all people deserve access to healthy food.

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

We believe in an environmental ethic that sequester carbon, creates wildlife habitat, and increases biodiversity for the benefit of all beings.

We believe in the transformative power and healing potential of art and nature.


Art in the Garden provides free programming and meals to underserved families, which is particularly crucial during this time. Please consider donating through PayPal Here; you can also donate by writing check to OMA Center for Mind, Body and Spirit (AITG) and mailing it to OMA c/o Linda Puechl 807 Bellaire Avenue/ Pittsburgh, PA 15226.

Art in the Garden is a program of OMA Center for Mind, Body and Sprit, a 501c3 non-profit. We are supported by donations from people like you and donors including: OMA Center for Mind, Body and SpiritRivers of Steel, Borland Garden, the African Healing Garden, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, the Burkholder Foundation, Earthen Vessels Outreach, Soergel’s Orchards, The Neighbors Committee and The Presbyterian Women at East Liberty Presbyterian Church, WTAfter3, Pacific Playtents, CityGrows, Shadyside Worms, Choolaah, 412 Food Rescue, the Window Box Garden Club, the East End Food Coop, Ceramic Supply Pittsburgh, and The Heinz Endowments. Much gratitude for making the work we do possible.  

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