Arts and the Age Wave.  In 1930, average life expectancy was 58 years old.  Today, that number is 78 - a remarkable trend that has enormous implications for healthcare, transportation, community living and much more.  What types of programs and services will be needed to keep older Americans safe, healthy, involved and productive members of society?  Robust programs in the arts can play a significant role.  read more here-
Singing workshop for artists and caregivers.    Singing for Elder Health and Wellness was created by Tidewater Arts Outreach to teach participants the many benefits of engaging elders in fun-filled singing sessions that will create satisfying, appropriate and life-enhancing moments.  This workshop will inspire and empower learners to use singing for functional, social and emotional gain.  Hosted at Harbors Edge, cost is $10.  CEU credit is offered for an additional fee.  Learn more and register here.


February Arts Outreach  


  Special thanks to local artists sharing their talents through Tidewater Arts Outreach in February:  (clockwise from top left:)  Beauty for Ashes Contemporary Dance, Karen Stowe, Daylight Singing Time, JuJu Garlic, Cricket Timme/Kaliki, Flo and Mary, Acclaim! Barbershop Quartet, Crimson Fox, Amanda Wallace, Tidewater Bluegrass Revival, Steve Kolb and the Hurrah Players.  View our online calendar here.  If you'd like to attend a program, we'd like to hear from you.  Community dwelling elders are invited to participate in most of our programs in assisted living and skilled nursing locations, with advanced notice.

Arts Advocacy Day 2018 
Virginians for the Arts and the Virginia Commission for the arts partnered in January to bring arts leaders together from around the state.  The Virginia Commission for the Art's 50th Anniversary Celebration honored many local and state leaders in the arts.  REST ASSURED - the arts are alive and well in Virginia!  The Commission hopes to accomplish $1 per capita in arts funding for all Virginians.  Let's elevate from #40 in the nation, by supporting legislation that provides more funding for the arts.  Read more here.
Donations are investments that help us develop new education, advocacy and outreach programs.  Our mission is to enhance wellness in people with special needs or circumstances, through the healing power of the arts.  Our vision is to see our community's elderly and disabled members, and their caregivers, treated with dignity and respect, and to know they're getting the level of community support and recognition they so richly deserve and so greatly need.
Evidence Informed.  Tidewater Arts Outreach promotes the work of evidenced-based programs, like Dance for Parkinson's©, Opening Minds Through Art©, Alzheimer's Poetry Project©, TimeSlips Storytelling© and more.  These programs have been developed by professional artists and health care workers.  Enjoy a morning (or any time of day) celebration stretch and dance, "I'm Feeling Good (Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse, 1964)," from Dance Moves Me! for Parkinson's.
Mission Moments at our Open House.  Our office in Ghent is where a staff of four (three part-time, one full time), augmented by volunteers, gather and produce Training, Advocacy and Outreach programs. YOU ARE INVITED to come to our office, meet with staff and learn more about our mission and work.  Read more here.
Volunteer here.  It takes a village, friends.  Volunteers help in the TAO office, at our programs, and in the community.  View our volunteer opportunities here.

Artists and volunteers, we want to share your program stories.  Did you have an "aha moment?"  Email a brief recap to, or post and tag #TidewaterArtsOutreach on social media.  Help us give your good works a wider audience. Thank you. 
Bob Ross Magic.  "Anyone Can Paint" was his mantra.  Grab a canvas, some paint, some brushes and your care partner - be ready to have fun!
Tidewater Arts Outreach  /  809 Brandon Avenue, Suite 300, Norfolk, VA  23517  /  757-965-5155