April 2014
Call for Festival Buskers
Festival News and Links
Alzheimer's Poetry Project Training
Alzheimer's Poetry Project Training


TAO April Programs 


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Busking:  Time to PLAY
Spring is here and that means it's high time to get outside and busk!  We really would LOVE for our friends come out and share their musicality love with our festival.  We'll be at street level near Colley and Brandon Avenues:
Thursday, 4/10, 3-6 pm
Friday, 4/11, 3 - 6 pm
Saturday, 4/12, 11 am - 6 pm

You can email sealevelbuskers@gmail.com for an official welcome, or you can 'show up and blow up,' as your heart and the weather dictate.  TAO has posters for buskers that will help raise awareness.  We also have 'Sea Level Artist' buttons and banners, to make things look real official.  Stop by our table and get outfiitted for outdoor jamming and music-making, a la Sea Level.  Thank you!
TAO Mission: Sharing the Joy of the Arts
Our mission thrives on financial support from individuals and businesses like you

The need for music and arts in shelters, nursing homes, hospitals and 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 also is a 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 people with special needs. Help us be a part of the solution - every donation makes a difference.  THANK YOU. 


Tidewater Arts Outreach (TAO) is a 501c(3) Virginia not-for-profit corporation. Donations are tax-deductible.  
TAO's EIN is 68-0583526.  

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Sea Level Festival is April 10-12

Latest News and Updates:

Full Festival Schedule is now online!
This Shawn Colvin video shows why we're so excited about her concert.
SongwritingWith:Soldiers workshop to promote the craft of songwriting!
Sea Level Festival concert at Nauticus Theater!
Merrill Guitar Giveaway winner announced at the Emerging Artist Contest on April 12.
Sea Level Festival Committee members exhausted, but exultant!
Find the Festival on FaceBook.
Think about busking, folks!
L-R Jerry Sowers, Regina Scott-Sanford, Emily McKenna, Harvey Willis, Beauty for Ashes dancer.
April Artist Applause

Artists working through Tidewater Arts Outreach continue to make a big difference in the lives of special people in our community.  We invite our artists to visit one another's programs, to learn from and support each other.  Our latest blog includes a beautiful song written by children at Samaritan House, with help from TAO artists Tina Micula and Julie Clark.  There are dozens of generous and talented artists in our community who regularly engage with people living in isolation.  Please join us in thanking them for sharing their creativity and compassion with people who need it most.

 Alzheimer's Poetry Project Training  delighted participants, Memory Center residents


Participants were treated to a wonderful program of performance and poetry by Gary Glazner, founder of the Alzheimer's Poetry Project.  The afternoon session with residents of The Memory Center was particularly eye-opening and enjoyable.  Survey feedback like like 'I heard fabulous comments from a resident's husband, who was so glad to have this verbal and musical opportunity for his wife,' and  'It was one of the best, most inspiring workshops I have ever attended,' help us know we're on the right track.  Kudos and thanks to The Memory Center for hosting, and to the Virginia Commission for the Arts, for their underwriting support. 

Arts in Health News

Research Study:  Do Musicians and Artists Live Longer Lives?  
The study, from the Netherlands, found evidence to support their theory.
Inmate Art Showcases Talent, Hope.  21 men at a Millsboro, DE correctional facility participate in regular art classes.  "These guys always surprise me," said Nancy Thomas, a counselor at the prison who oversees the program. "Most guys in the class have never picked up a brush or paint before they came to jail; a lot of them didn't even know they had any talent."  read more

Researchers Find Music Therapy may help Teens with Cancer Cope.  Shawna Grissom, director of child life at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, in Memphis, Tenn., said she's worked with music therapists for years. "When you don't have a music therapist by your side, you really notice it," she said. "We're working toward the same goals -- to reduce stress and help kids get mastery over some of the difficult things they experience -- but in different ways. I'm coming from the north and they come up from the south."  read more

Paper Cranes by the Thousands Soothe Patients at Shands. TAO volunteers worked with children at Sandler Center for the Performing Arts recently to help EVMS medical school student Monica Chang create paper cranes for CHKD.  This story shows how one hospital uses cranes as a bridge for communicatoin and empathy. read more
Monica Chang and fellow EVMS medical program students help kids create paper cranes for CHKD at the Kids Arts Palooza in March.