Jan.Feb. 2016
Clockwise L-R:  Deb Munroe, "Metal Petals;" Troy Summerell, "Textured;" Nikki Hopkins,
"Laila J. & the Sea Parade;" Anonymous, "You Light Up My Life."  All for the 2016 Instruments of Art Auction
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You're invited to attend one of TAO's programs and see our mission in action.  You will enjoy being creating with participants; you will also get to know some of our exceptional artists.  Some programs have restrictions; please call or email us to make arrangements for any program you'd like to attend.
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TAO Artists Build Community
Our Holiday Hootenanny on December 5 kicked off a season of singing, dancing, art-making and joy.  Throughout December dozens of TAO artists took part in programs near and far.  There were many highlights: lots of eager folks of all ages, excited kids waiting for Santa, some quiet elders, perhaps thinking of happier times.  We're helping community members, caregivers and participants come full circle and using the arts to be of meaningful, real service to others.  Read Emma Gallimore's holiday blog here.
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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.
Season of Giving - a child's song
Click here to see a touching, 3-minute video that is an original ‘Melodyville’ project song created by children  at Genieve Shelter in Portsmouth.  The project was facilitated by Tina Micula over two sessions; audio was engineered and recorded by Jacki Paolella, TapTap Recordings.  Special thanks to individual donors, the Tidewater Children’s Foundation, the Portsmouth Museums & Fine Arts Commission and the Virginia Arts Commission/National Endowment for the Arts for their support.
Our 2016 Singer/Songwriter contest is up and running! Entry fee goes from $25 to $35 on January 15.  Click here for details.
Tom Euler Trio, , The Bobby Blackhat Blues Band, Rich Ridolfino and William "Dirty Red" Garrett in concert THIS Sunday, 3 pm at The American Theatre in Hampton.  $10 ticket supports Tidewater Arts Outreach programs and special events.  Instruments of Art will be on display, as will our 2016 Paul Reed Smith guitar.  Purchase tickets here or at the door.
Instruments of Art  02.06.16  7 pm
You Will Want This Art.  Support Tidewater Arts Outreach programs in the community.  Tell your friends and make plans to attend 'one of the best parties EVER.'  Our hosts, Claus Ihlemann and Robert Roman of Decorum Furniture, their crack staff and our talented committee will be rolling out the red carpet for you. Purchase tickets here or by check to TAO, snail mail or in person.  See all the artwork here.

Remembering Ann Vernon 
Tidewater Arts Outreach was fortunate to have known and worked with Ann Vernon over the course of many years.   She was a special friend and trusted mentor to staff.   Ann loved instilling the joy of art-making, reflection and inquiry in children.  The photo above shows her helping a young girl create a poem about service to others, at a 2008 TAO Martin Luther King Jr. commemorative program.  She also took groups of at-risk teenage girls on tours of the Chrysler Museum for TAO, to discover the nature and purpose of autobiographical art.  Ann then had the girls create their own art, taking museum pieces as inspiration.  The results were eye-opening, possibly life-changing, for the girls involved.  TAO treasured these programs; they helped us define our path of creating programs where participants fully experienced art-making.   Ann was full of life, love and a huge creative spark.  We miss her and will always treasure her gifts to TAO.

A celebration of Ann's life is on Monday, January 11, 6-8 pm at Chrysler Museum's Huber Court, and all friends are invited to attend.  Connect to this celebration here.
The NCCA offers 
FREE, online training

in a series of modules, for those wishing to effectively use the arts in service of others.  The course is full of program ideas, outcomes, facilitator tips and benefits information.  TAO artists who complete this course will be offered  incentives, to the greatest extent possible.  We encourage ALL participating artists to take advantage; follow this link.
Tidewater Arts Outreach, 809 Brandon Avenue, Suite 300, Norfolk, VA  23517  757-965-5155  www.TidewaterArtsOutreach.org