April 2015

Sea Level Festival recap

Elders Share the Arts / National Center for Creative Aging in Norfolk
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TAO receives grants for Melodyville,  Visual Arts at NMCP
TAO has recently received funding from the Tidewater Children's Foundation to conduct four Melodyville songwriting workshops with at-risk children living in shelter, and from TOSA (Tidewater Officer Spouse's Assn.) to bring art programs to children in the oncology unit at Navy Medical Center Portsmouth.
 Both programs have been piloted by TAO, with tremendous success.  A blog about Melodyville is here.  Link to one of the Melodyville songs, written by children at Samaritan House, titled "You Gotta Get Up," hereWe are grateful to artists Tina Micula and Emily McKenna for bringing these programs to the community. We are looking for matching funds for both projects; we are very excited to begin.
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Sea Level Festival THANKS
The Sea Level Festival was a fun-filled three days and included a great concert by Sarah Jarosz, live music at local venues, hundreds of people at First Friday, a video release party at O'Connor and our Emerging Artist Contest.  Eric Worden (Beacon Award, Jim Palacio (Womack Award), Stephan Lazar and Denise Webb (PRS guitars) and Tom Euler (Emerging Artist Contest) were our big festival winners. Festival Beneficiaries are the staff and residents at congregate care facilities, and the artists and volunteers who serve them so creatively through TAO.  HUGE thanks to our sponsors, festival committee and event volunteers for their TLC, involvement and support.

Music Therapy Recognized for Work with patients who have TBI & other mental illness. This article shines a light on the positive effects of music for people who suffer from traumatic brain injury and mental illness, citing Congresswoman Gabby Gifford's recovery.   read more article by Ronna Kaplan, MA for Huffington Post, 3/10/15
TAO brings Elders Share the Arts NYC to Norfolk for Living History Methodology workshop - June 18
ESTA honors elders as ‘bearers of history.’  Their Living History Methodology approach brings elders together for shared arts programs and experiences.  In this way, the arts capture legacies in stories, poetry art and song, and to build community for our most senior citizens.
Link to  workshop registration is here
Older actors are taking to the stage in record numbers
The 50-plus crowd is stage-struck. Across the country, growing numbers of older adults are joining theater companies and signing up for classes in acting, directing and playwriting.  “The experience of acting is very different as a 50-something-year-old,” says Karen Sellinger in Albany, Calif. She majored in theater in college but opted to be a psychologist.  Now, at age 60, she’s taking classes at Stagebridge, a senior theater company in Oakland, Calif.  “There’s not this dog-eat-dog competition,” Ms. Sellinger says. “It’s a…community where we’re all rooting for, and supporting, each other.  read more   article by Sally Abrahms, Wall Street Journal  03/15/15
Wednesday, May 16
The Memory Center
Old Donation Road, VB
6 pm  FREE   RSVP here.

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