March 2015







 
 
 
 
 
 
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calendar of programs.
Thank you,
March Artists!
 
 
 
 
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You are invited to attend one or more of our programs - in fact, we'd love it if you would!  Some programs have restrictions; please call or email us to make arrangements.
 
 
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Outreach | Outcomes
 
 
 
We've received great letters of support recently from a number of agencies.  Excerpts are below; click here for the full story.
 
 
 
 

“TAO has been able to elevate the mood and morale of not only the residents but the staff. …TAO has enriched the activities program and the whole building with its diverse artists.  It has been a positive experience in maintaining the residents’ quality of life.”
Lisa Lano, Activities Director
The Memory Center
“The Tidewater Outreach Program is a phenomenal program that visits our community of neighbors once a month.  “Versability and TAO … share ideas and insights on how to make stronger communities and experiences in the arts in new ways for all people.”
Ashleigh R. Diehl, CTRS
Versability Resources
“The genres of art that TAO provides reduce anxiety in many affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Reduced confusion and lessened irritability of neighbors with dementia visibly showed in the calm demeanor of their faces and soundsð of relaxed breathing.”
Charity N. Wilson, A.D.C.
Warwick Forest, Assisted Living 

 
 
 
 
“TAO has been able to elevate the mood and morale of not only the residents but the staff. …TAO has enriched the activities program and the whole building with its diverse artists.  It has been a positive experience in maintaining the residents’ quality of life.”
Lisa Lano, Activities Director

“The Tidewater Outreach Program is a phenomenal program that visits our community of neighbors once a month.  “Versability and TAO … share ideas and insights on how to make stronger communities and experiences in the arts in new ways for all people.”
Ashleigh R. Diehl, CTRS

“The genres of art that TAO provides reduce anxiety in many affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Reduced confusion and lessened irritability of neighbors with dementia visibly showed in the calm demeanor of their faces and soundsð of relaxed breathing.”
Charity N. Wilson, A.D.C.
 
 
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Tidewater Arts Outreach (TAO) is a 501c(3) Virginia not-for-profit corporation. Donations are tax-deductible.  TAO's EIN is 68-0583526.  Find us on GuideStar.
 
 
 
 
Behind-the-Scenes Leaders Impact TAO's Work  

Professionals have come together to create a new marketing committee that will serve a critical function.  We welcome and thank Ashley Gloekler (Vicom), Chris Schellhammer (Lyall Designs), David Macaulay (Cooper Hurley Law Firm), Lynn Crump (Monarch Bank) and Wayne Gilbert (Eagle Medical Transports) for their dedication and efforts.  They are going to make great things happen!


 
 
 
 
Sea Level Singer/ Songwriter Festival is April 2-4
TAO's largest annual community event is upon us.  Join us for Sarah Jarosz at The Roper, evening concerts, First Friday in the new Arts District, Emerging Artists (finalists announced March 10), a killer guitar raffle, a video premier, busking, sunshine and springtime in Ghent and downtown Norfolk! We have all the makings of another great festival!  Find the Festival on FaceBook - we'll see you at Sea Level! ​ 
 
 
 
 
AnchorTAO's Arts and Health in the News
 
 
 
 
Photo of Kinley, a participant in TAO's
program at Naval Medical Center
Portsmouth
LA Children's Hospital Prescriptions include liberal doses the arts
The hospital finds that music always calms their pediatric patients, and they apply it to everything from diaper changes to surgeries. Pillow has conducted research showing music creates positive physical changes in babies. In her study of 165 infants, 95 percent recorded lower heart rates after receiving music therapy, for example.  -read more-
article by Mary Plummer for SCPR.org, 3/6/15
 
 
 
 
Writing Your Way to Happiness
Researchers have found some amazing benefits to writing about oneself, like improved mood, reduced symptoms among cancer patients, reduced doctor’s visits and more. A recent study found that struggling college students who wrote and rewrote their narrative received better grades and were less likely to drop out. Now researchers are studying whether the simple act of writing – and then rewriting – our personal story can improve happiness and lead to behavioral change.    -read more-
written by Tara Parker-Pope for the NY Times, 1/19/15
 
 
 
 
*How* the arts impact those with dementia
This article explores the tangible benefits of arts engagement for people struggling with dementia.  It’s a fact:  there will be many more people afflicted with this disease in the months and years to come, and we are not well-prepared for this onslaught of need.  There are things we can do now to help, as this article beautifully points out.​    -read more-
Adeste In-Home Care, January 2015​
 
 
 
AnchorThanks to Decorum Furniture, generous artists, an incredible team of volunteers and the support of our board and many community members, we enjoyed our most successful Instruments of Art event ever - by far!  Click here for highlights, kudos and THANKS to all who participated.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Our board retreated in late February to plan TAO's next year of activities and focus.  L-R Kelly Murphy (NASA), Paul Aravich (EVMS), Julie Clark (TAO staff), Brian Friedman (American Campus Group), Sam Hochberg (The UP Center), Steven Taylor (Oast & Taylor), Amanda Becker (VB Psychiatric Center), Osman Lambiro (Sentara) and Donna Long (GovSolutions).  Not pictured:  Robert Bryant (Riverside) and Jenny Bonsiewich (Dixon Hughes Goodman).  Osman Lambiro recently became President of TAO's board, replacing Krist Zimmerman, who relocated to Central VA in January.  Donna Long is TAO's VP; Jenny Bonsiewich is Treasurer.  Great group making great things happen for TAO!
 
 
                              
 
 
 
Tidewater Arts Outreach, 809 Brandon Avenue, Suite 300, Norfolk, VA  23517  757-965-5155  www.TidewaterArtsOutreach.org
 
 
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