May 2014
Arts & Health News
TAO May Programs Calendar
Sea Level Festival Thanks
Give Local 757
Create:Relate Programs
June TAO Workshop
June House Concert
About TAO
TAO May Artists
Arts & Health News


She Magazine: Creativity helps women cope with illness


One of 2013's bestselling books was Lissa Rankin's "Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself," which leans heavily on the body's ability to guide its own healing. Rankin, a doctor and artist, includes so much research about the benefits of creative expression, it would be hard to argue that creativity and self-care as tools for health should be classified as "alternative" at all.  Read more here.


Helen DeVos Children's Hospital mural

Arts in Healthcare Is Good Business, Study Finds

Cleveland studies point to positive benefits, stronger bottom line when arts are used in healthcare settings.  The Community Partnership for Arts and Culture is behind one such study, released in early April, the Cleveland Clinic has released preliminary research outcomes for a report due out later this year.  - more -


Music Therapy and Military Populations: An Update

Darden Smith, founder of SongwritingWith:Soldiers, in concert at the Sea Level Singer/Songwriter Festival

The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) releases a new report titled Music Therapy and Military Populations: A Status Report and Recommendations on Music Therapy, Treatment, Programs, Research and Practice Policy.  read more here.


TAO May Programs
Click here for our May schedule.  Click here to find out about our Program Host volunteer position.
Thank you, May artists & volunteers
Kudos to Tina Micula, who helped children at Samaritan House write a song about facing obstacles.    Read about the program here.


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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High Praise for Festival Volunteers
photos by jpixx, Thomas Fusaro, Drew Landman, 
Jim Knox, Glen Woodell, Dionne Palermo Ferguson

We hope you enjoyed our 7th annual Festival!  Attendance was great and the outpouring of support was inspirational.  Even the weather cooperated - Saturday's Instrument Petting Zoo and outdoor stage were washed in sunshine, (a little pollen) and warm breezes. 


How do you create a festival that is a fundraiser AND a critical success?  You find folks who will live and die for music.  It's critical you find the most magic ingredient: an extremely talented and truly Fearless Leader.  Add project management, tech support, PR, pot lucks, Google docs, humor, friendship and libations, and get out of their collective way.


Dozens of folks worked hundreds of hours to make our 7th Annual Sea Level Singer/Songwriter Festival a success.  We can't cheer, applaud or thank them long, loud and hard enough.  Some folks like to be behind the scenes, plotting, planning, projecting and posting.  Others will 'show up and blow up,' pitching in the week of on all manner of minutia, protecting the sanity of the overdrawn.  For all of these hardy helpers, we're heaping praise and heartfelt appreciation.  Many of them are pictured here; many more are not.


Kudos to TAO board member and NASA rocket scientist Kelly Murphy for creating and leading a stellar team of volunteers. Special thanks to  Liberty Tax Service and Riverside Active Retirement Communities for their leadership support.  If you want some festival eye-candy,  Jpixx created some fine photo albums on FaceBook.  More festival info and stories to come.  -thanks-


One day.  One way.  May 6 is GiveLocal757
May 6, midnite to midnite.  More than 100 local nonprofits have registered at to raise awareness and funds for their missions.  TAO is in the mix! We encourage you to be a part of history and help transform the 757 with your online support.  It's a great reason to share with friends WHY you choose to support the nonprofits you do.  We've created a FaceBook page for posting what your reasons are for choosing TAO.  
We are making a difference, right here at home.  Tell your friends about your passions and help bring about positive change.
Create:Relate Workshops to share hope, healing one stroke at a time
Tidewater Arts Outreach and the Alzheimer's Association SEVA Chapter are presenting a pilot series of two arts workshops for people who have been newly diagnosed, or in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease or related dementia.  Our first workshop, a drum circle with Arthur Lopez, is May 15.  A visual arts workshop follows in June.  Space is limited.  Click here for more information.
'Sing Me Back Home' June Workshop

Sing Me Back Home - How Music Can Create Comfort, Communication & Community in Hospice/Palliative Care Settings


Monday, June 9, 2014  9 am until 1 pm

Riverside PACE - Newport News   439 Oriana Road, Suite C Newport News

$40 includes lunch

$30 for additional attendees from same work location


Click here to register.



June 14 House Concert

Gina and her Cow-Tippin' Playboys will entertain with some all-star guests at Rick Mapp's on June 14.  Tickets include two drinks, munchies and a whole lotta music!  Reserve your seat by sending a check or by making an online donation here - note ' House Concert' in the memo line.  See you there!
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.

Some of TAO's May artists L-R: Marsha Wallace, Michas Dancers, Harvey Willis, Thad Dixon, Ryan Jenkins and Touch of Class.  Kudos and thanks to all May artists for their creativity,  compassion and generosity.  We invite the community to contact us to attend one of our programs, and we encourage artists to share your program stories with us on FaceBook.