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The arts cultivate a 'healing environment,' helping patients address the mental and emotional aspects of recovery.

Arts engagement also:

Enriches the soul, stimulates the mind and promotes wellness;
Reduces anxiety and consciousness of pain;
Creates 'community,' helping people feel connected, heard and appreciated;
Helps staff connect culturally with patients, families and other staff members from diverse backgrounds;
Helps people leave an artistic legacy and create a lasting expression;
Helps people to be seen as individuals, not as patients, numbers, job descriptions or diseases.
TAO Mission: Sharing 
the Joy of the Arts

Our mission thrives on financial support from individuals and businesses like you

The needs for music and arts in shelters, nursing homes, hospitals snd other dependent-care programs has never been greater. Tidewater Arts Outreach has a waiting list of artists wanting to serve, and locations wanting to receive our services. There is also a huge need to educate caregivers on the benefits of arts in health settings, and to train artists in effective, interactive approaches to creative arts programs for persons with special needs. Help us be a part of the solution - every donation makes a difference.  THANK YOU. 



TAO celebrates '10' looking ahead


TAO is marking its tenth anniversary by taking a quick, emotion-filled look back to thank hundreds of individuals in Hampton Roads who have helped make this dream a reality and have helped build TAO from the ground up.  WE have worked with a constellation of artists, including Jill Tiderman, D.D. Delaney, Harvey Willis, Flo Wolin, Angela Stroup and Zach Bridges (see a complete list here).  Highly dedicated healthcare staff, such as Carrie Puglisi, Shannon Smith, Patti Wightman and Gretchen Rockwell, have advised and nurtured us along the way.  Local arts commissions and foundations have offered encouragement, guidance and funding. Companies such as Office Furniture Outlet, Choice Insurance and SLAIT Consulting have provided major support for our special events.   Healthcare organizations  (including Sentara, Riverside, Virginia Health Services, Consulate Healthcare, Beth Sholom Village, Lake Taylor Hospital and Commonwealth Assisted Living) have provided consistent support for programming at their locations.


We plan on keeping the momentum going and envision a future when our outreach extends to more locations and also serves the home-bound and those in hospice.  Look for our new website soon and updates of an exciting new program called The Art Connection.  We are working on ways to incorporate more students into our programs and present more retreats and workshops.  Someday we'll be able to afford marketing staff; in the meantime, you can help us by spreading the word about TAO and our mission.  Thank you for an amazing first decade!

Volunteering is hip

This just in - voluntarism is back in style!  Actually, it's always been a Very Good Thing to put your time where your heart is.
We encourage folks to consider serving as Volunteer Program Host at our programs for seniors.  These people all had full and happy lives, just like us. They were once beatniks, drill sergeants, Rockettes, diplomats, surfers, pilots, bankers and much more.  They're older now, and may be confused, ill, frustrated and lonely. They still are very much in need of the colors, sounds, music, dance, poetry we all take for granted.  A smile, a song, a gentle handshake or a kind word have the power to make their day.
Program Hosts help TAO by connecting through the arts with residents and participants.  They amplify the value of our programs through their presence and encouragement.  The social exchanges that Hosts can facilitate help the artist meet his/her mission of resident engagement and participation.
Here's a link to more information about Program Hosting.  We will hold orientation for TAO Program Hosting on Saturday, Oct. 26, 11 am at TAO, 809 Brandon Avenue, #300, Norfolk 23517.  Orientation is 90 minutes and is helpful for everyone interfacing with TAO clients at our programs.
 As always, you can call us at 965-5155, or email Emma Tisdale at TAOvolunteers@gmail.com.  Other valued and rewarding volunteer opportunities include office and event help - just think 'good people, great cause and a great way to hone career/humanitarian skills.'  Thank you for your support.
In the News...

WarriorSongs is the work of Jason Moon, a singer/songwriter and Iraq war veteran.  After dealing with his own PTSD issues, Jason went on to found his vets-focused arts nonprofit so that others could heal through music.  read more...


A New Book of Poetry, Prose and Artwork.  Homeless women, children and transgender individuals in the Denver area have a safe haven during the day at The Gathering Place.  Now, through  a new, privately funded initiative, they have a platform for making their voices heard.  Their book, "One Day, One Night at a Time," is a collection of their poetry, prose and artwork.  The results have been profound.  read more...


Music Found to Soothe Pediatric Patients Getting the Needle.  A new study from Canada reveals less stress in children getting an IV when music is played for them.  read more...

Party at the Pagoda is Oct 11  - Save the date and plan to CELEBRATE!


WHAT:    It's our annual party to thank TAO artists, supporters and volunteers. TAO will serve light refreshments; the Pagoda will have their full bar & full menu available.   Julie Clark will emcee our TAO artists open mic and there will be plenty of live music and mirth. 


WHEN: Friday, October 11, 2013  7-10 pm

WHO: Everyone is invited to help us honor the artists, volunteers and supporters who make TAO tick! RSVP on Facebook; we hope YOU will join us!

TAO Partners with EVMS & TCC on 'Humanities in Medicine' Symposium
Art therapist/TAO program facilitator  Maureen Kelleher works with patient on dialysis at CHKD
The public is invited to join EVMS students on October 19 for the first in what will be an annual exploration of issues around humanities, ethics and medicine.  Featured speakers include Jacek Mostwin, MD and Bill Henessey (Chrysler Museum of Art).  TAO artist/performers include DD Delaney (poetry) and Ford Combs and Dan Pellegrino (music).  We are delighted to partner with these schools on this important topic, and honored to present Delaney's poetry and Dan Pellegrino's music.   The Symposium honors the work of Dr. Thomas Pellegrino, Dan's father, who was a neurologist and bioethicist with a long and distinguished career at EVMS.       link to the event...

Tidewater Arts Outreach
809 Brandon Ave., Suite 300 Norfolk, VA  23517

EIN 68-0583526         757-965-5155         TAO@TWartsOutreach.org 

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Tidewater Arts Outreach is a not-for-profit Virgina corporation; all donations are tax-deductible.