February 2015


TAO February
Kaliki Dancers, sing-alongs, visual arts, ensemble players, poetry, music jamborees and dream boxes...

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February 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 (965-5155) or email us to make arrangements.
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Training.  Advocacy.  Outreach.
TAO artists facilitate opportunities for creative self-expression through the arts, for people who have special needs and who are in congregate care settings. We work to help interested artists understand what the needs are and how they can be effective in helping their program participants find their voices.  When participants are actively engaged in the creative process, magic happens.  Socialization, stimulation, inspiration, emotion - the gifts of compassion and creativity can be tremendous.  We are incredibly grateful to the artists who bring so much talent and beauty to the people served through  our programs.
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.
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This gorgeous, custom guitar is looking for a good home.  We are desperately trying to find its new owner!  Make yourself known - purchase the winning $10 raffle ticket.  Details are here.

It's a Paul Reed Smith Hollowbody II Artist Package with Ten Top Flame Maple front and back, humbucking pickups, sweet abalone birds flying 'round the fretboard and all the bells and whistles that make PRS instruments loved the world over.
Thank you for an amazing Instruments of Art Celebration & Auction!
Area artists converted old, broken instruments into beautiful works of art for our 2015 Instruments of Art Celebration and Auction.  Over $25,000 was raised at this event – our agency’s biggest night ever!!  Big thanks to contributing artists, silent auction contributors, Decorum Furniture, D'Arcy Weiss, Cindy Cutler, Tony Wagerman, Kelly Murphy, Jpixx, Pamela Denyes,  Dancing Tomato Catering, Distinctive Event Rentals, FM Sound & Lighting, Kyle Hause, Jr., Jimmy Masters 4Tet, Jim Newsom, Bob Batcher, Michael Hensen, Susan Bernard, Cornelia Frost and our many event volunteers.  Click here for pictures of the event and the artwork.


Anyone Can Dance workshop participants
Music intervention offers help for troubled families

 A new study shows music intervention offers help for troubled families.  This article describes how music therapy helps bring families closer together, through activities like playing instruments together, listening and discussing music.  For years, TAO has brought “Mommy and Me” music and arts programs to families at area shelters, as a way to empower parents with low-cost, effective ways to create quality time with their children.  - read more - ​  

9 art therapy techniques to reduce stress in 2015

 Take it from the therapists – ideas you can use to relax, recreate and re-envision your sense of purpose and place. ​ read more -   
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12 Inspiring seniors and their 2014 moments

Insights and photos to brighten your day, from  Senior Planet.  

Elders at Birmingham Green,  a Manassas, VA assisted living facility, are part of a study to prove the benefits of arts engagement for persons with dementia.  Side note:  the staff love it, too.​ -read more - 

Two home-made MP3 files, your lyrics and a $35 entry fee make you eligible for our Emerging Artist Contest.  The winner will receive photography time, studio time, interviews with local radio and TV, and a prestigious title you can boast on all year.  Our deadline is February 15; entry details are here. The Emerging Artist Contest is part of the Sea Level Singer/Songwriter Festival.  (jpixx photo of Isaac Gay, 2011 Emerging Artist Contest Winner)
Tidewater Arts Outreach, 809 Brandon Avenue, Suite 300, Norfolk, VA  23517  757-965-5155  www.TidewaterArtsOutreach.org