June 2014
Arts & Health News
Music for Healing
"Sing Me Back Home" workshop
Gina Dalmas House Concert
TAO New Initiatives


TAO Programs 



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Kaliki's Dancers


Herbie Desseyn
D.D. Delaney
Jill Tiderman
...a few of our amazing June artists.

Arts & Health News
"Chemo" Collage on Paper By Naomi Hartov

Music - A Healing Art.  By Byron Janis for the Wall Street Journal, May 7, '14

Karen Stowe performs regularly with TAO, delighting audiences with her beautiful music and engaging demeanor. 

Music for Healing in Transitions Program
MHTP is a certification program that prepares musicians for bedside music-making with patients in hospital and hospice. A sensitive approach and a repertoire that includes lots of relaxing, instrumental music is needed.  Patients report getting lost in the music and feeling refreshed by the soothing vibrations that promote peace and tranquility. View an introductory video here.
Tidewater Arts Outreach (TAO) is a 501c(3) Virginia not-for-profit corporation. Donations are tax-deductible.  
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Arthur Lopez leads a drum circle for Create|Relate, a pilot program for people who have been newly diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.  TAO is partnering with the Alzheimer's Association, SEVA Chapter, on this project.  The photo links to our blog on the project. (Jim Knox photo)
'Sing Me Back Home:' Music in Hospice Care Workshop Monday June 9
There are still a few seats available for Monday's workshop, from 9 am to 1 pm at Riverside PACE Newport News.  Our instructor is Cathy DeWitt from Shands Arts in Medicine program.  Fee is $40 and includes lunch.  Click here for info and to register and pay online. (photo by Wilton Wescott)
Gina Dalmas & the Cowtipping Playboys in June 14 House Concert for TAO
Gina and her fun-lovin' band will be rocking under the stars at Rick Mapp's home in Ghent.  Special guests will add to the musical experience.  House concerts are a fun way to support TAO's outreach.  $25 ticket includes refreshments.  Ticket prices are $30 at the door (if there's still room!).  Purchase yours online today.
New Programs, Initiatives Poise TAO for Expanded Services
The Art Connection Hampton Roads (ACHR) is a new partnership between Old Dominion University and Tidewater Arts Outreach.  The mission of ACHR is to connect donated, original works of art to organizations that otherwise would not have access to them so that their clients might be able to experience the transformative powers of original art.  Visit the ACHR site:  www.artconnectionhr.com.

TAO is upgrading its volunteer program, through a Service Enterprise Initiative certification process.  The process is brought to our community by Volunteer Hampton Roads, with financial support from WellPoint.  It is a product of the Points of Light Foundation.  TAO is one of seven beta-test sites.  We are re-envisioning how we utilize volunteers, and are growing to create a well-rounded program.  Read about the initiative here.
Melodyville is a project that uses the process of songwriting to help children victims of violence heal and grow.  Kids at Samaritan House created a terrific song with Tina Micula and Julie Clark.  Read the blog and hear "You Gotta Get Up" here .
Life in Transit is a public arts education project for women who have liberated themselves from domestic abuse, violence and poverty.  Read more about this project  here.
Create|Relate, Melodyville and Life in Transit initiatives all need support if they are to grow and thrive.  $350 per session provides important partnership.  Make a designated donation here, or call TAO for more information.

A 30,000 foot view - TAO looks ahead  Training, Advocacy and Outreach all play strategic roles

As the board prepares for strategic planning, we realize the work at TAO is much more than scheduling programs in congregate care settings.  Training and advocacy are integral to our mission.  Read the position paper here.
TAO Mission: Sharing the Joy of the Arts
Our mission thrives on financial support from individuals and businesses  - thank you for your contributions!

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. 

Caroline Murphy Turco & singers at Beth Sholom Terrace, June 2013.