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Febuary 2013
'Music and Movement'
Sea Level Festival Update
Arts and Health Connections
Call for Artists
The Merrill Guitar

TAO February  Programs  


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Our Hearts Are a-Burstin'! 
Thank you, musicians, artists, dancers, storytellers, poets and volunteers who are contributing their talents this month. If you'd like to attend our programs as a guest, Volunteer, or Program Host, please call us at 965-5155, or email us, so we can make the necessary arrangements.   


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'Music and Movement' program 
 a moving experience for TAO instructor
Dance instructor Shellie Fraddin

Dr. Shellie Fraddin is a PhD in the field of  Natural Health Sciences. She is a dancer, author, speaker and coach who specializes in programs on 'aging gracefully.'  Shellie recently presented a "Music and Movement' program for residents at Beacon Shores Nursing and Rehabilitation in Virginia Beach.  Part of her story recounts... "an elderly gentlemen from France, who spoke very little English told me, "I haven't felt so alive ever in my entire life. I never danced before today. Thank you and God Bless you. I will never forget you."  He took my hands and kissed me on both cheeks. I wanted to cry I was so moved.

Read Shellie's inspiring report from this program here

Sea Level Singer/Songwriter Festival News You Can Use
2013 poster, designed by Nick Webb
Our Festival is growing up and blowing up!  New venues, workshops and artist showcases - it's all coming together.  Here are some highlights:

Emerging Artist Finalist's Showcase will be held at
the Attucks Theater on Saturday April 6.  Artists who want to prepare for the best possible entry are encouraged to attend our workshop at the School of Rock on February 24.

Our Instruments of Art celebration is now a Gala event- featuring a live and silent auction, music by the Jae Sinnett Trio, and a beautiful new space in the Selden Arcade.  Tickets are $25; reservations can be made online in mid-February, or by sending a check to TAO for Instruments of Art.  The date for this event is March 22Mark your calendars!   

Urban Outfitters
will be home for a Friday night (April 5)  concert with Shane CooleyJewish Mother hosts the Longfellow Street Music Collective, and artists from Soul Haven Studios will also be on tap on Granby Street, and we're adding an outdoor stage.  We have the makings for a fun Friday night in downtown Norfolk!

Glen Phillips is creating a lot of buzz!  TAO will host its Festival Event Central, featuring a large outdoor stage in front of Blair Middle School from April 4 through April 6 - lots of live music!  Add buskers, restaurant happy hour concerts and spring weather - mix it all up and get ready to enjoy! 
Advertising and sponsorships are available!  Email us or check out the Festival on FaceBook or our website to get specific information and updates.

In the News... the Demonstrated Benefits of Arts and Health  

Healing Power of Music.  Glen Maxwell, a music practitioner with the University of Michigan, discusses the healing power of music and his experience with one very special patient, in this inspiring video.

I Die Daily, by Donna Iona Drozda

The Pain Management Center in Atlanta, GA invites individuals to help create a teaching exhibition by submitting a work of art that tells others about their pain experience: living with it, losing it, or both. Artwork displayed are part of a long-term teaching display that is used as a counseling and teaching tool.  Deadline is February 28.   More info here.


TAO is partnering with EVMS on their Community Care Day on Saturday, April 6. We will have a live music stage so that relaxing, entertaining musical engagement is on hand for clients, students and staff  to enjoy, as free medical screenings and information are provided.



Food for Thought:  The arts cultivate a healing environment, helping patients address the mental and emotional aspects of recovery.  

Calling Singer/Songwriters

The Sea Level Singer/Songwriter Festival's Emerging Artist Contest kicked off January 2nd.  We are accepting entries through March 15, but we encourage you to enter early!

Click here for rules and entry information.

Click here for our Feb. 24 workshop on how to prepare the best submission, and how to shine in competitions. 
Merrill Makes Headlines; Here's YOUR Chance to Win a $10,000 Guitar!
One lucky person will win our gorgeous, state-of-the-art, one-of-a-kind, handmade Merrill guitar! 

This custom-built guitar is made of rare curly spalted mango from Hawaii (think koa on steroids) on the back and sides, ancient redwood top, Adirondack spruce braces, custom hand-carved mahogany neck and ebony fingerboard. All of this on top of the "tone to the bone" sound that has made Merrill Guitars famous. Your opportunity to own it is a $10 donation to Tidewater Arts Outreach.

Only 1500 tickets will be sold so your chances of winning are excellent!

Luthier Jim Merrill was featured in the January 2013 issue of Fretboard Journal. Take a look at the video.

The winner will be announced at the Sea Level Emerging Artist Showcase Event at the Attucks Theater on Saturday, April 6. You don't have to be present to win. Click here to enter.


Tidewater Arts Outreach 809 Brandon Ave., Suite 204 Norfolk, VA  23517

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The instruments to heal are in our hands.