March/April 2016
Some of the 2016 Artist contributors at 
Instruments of Art Celebration at Decorum Furniture
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& Volunteers
TAO exists to create opportunities for meaningful community service through the arts.  Click here for our recent blog about the many volunteers behind TAO.
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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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L-R Ricardo Melendez, Todd Rosenlieb, MaryAnn Toboz, Robert Roman,Claus Ihlemann and Dr. Frank Kirchner at Instruments of Art at Decorum on February 6
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.
John Fullbright headlines 9th Annual Sea Level Singer/Songwriter Festival.  We're thrilled to bring John to Norfolk on April 2!  Here's a sneak peak of this phenomenal, Grammy-nominated performer.  Get general admission tickets here; be a Friend of the Festival here.
Instruments of Art at Decorum
Click here to see a jpixx video recap of an extra- ordinary evening of art to support Tidewater Arts Outreach.  More than $27,000 was raised.  We can't thank our hosts, artists, volunteers and supporters enough!  A photo-pictorial is here.
We are presenting workshops, aimed at giving home health and facility caregivers information, resources and practical experience, thanks to funding from the Virginia Geriatric Training Education Initiative.  A downloadable registration form with complete information is here; links to pay for registration and CEUs  online is below. 
Music and Movement for Elders, March 24, 12:30 – 3:30 pm at Bay Lake Retirement and Assisted Living Community, 4225 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach.  The workshop will be co-facilitated by Dr. Michele Nielsen and Sonya Barsness.  Dr. Nielsen holds a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Old Dominion University in addition being a classically-trained dancer.  Sonya Barsness is a Masters-prepared gerontologist with nearly twenty years of experience in aging, primarily in dementia and long-term care. $20 to register; CEUs are $25 extra. Register here.
Singing for Elder Health and  Wellness,  April 14, 12:30 – 3:30 pm at Riverside PACE, 439 Orianna Drive in Newport News.  Singing offers many benefits for elders, including increased core strength and vital lung capacity, vocal conditioning, cognition, socialization, inspiration and emotional wellness. The workshop will be co-facilitated by Dr. Linda Teasley, DMA, MT-BC and Sonya Barsness, a Masters-prepared gerontologist.  $20 to register; CEUs are $25 extra.  Register here.
(NCCA Lesson 4)
The intent of arts and aging programs is to accomplish one or more of the following outcome goals—all aimed at enhancing quality of life—while engaging older adults in arts-based programming:

• Older adults have a sense of control and feel empowered.
• Older adults are socially engaged.
• Older adults exercise their bodies and brains to ensure high physical and mental function.
• Older adults are healthy, with reduced risk factors for disease and disability.
• Older adults have a positive attitude and zest for life.
• Older adults express themselves creatively.
Research shows that these outcome goals are interrelated. Combined, they contribute to a positive quality of life for older adults.
Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me and I may remember. Involve me and I will understand. —Chinese proverb

The NCCA offers FREE, online training, in a series of modules, for those wishing to effectively use the arts in service of others.   We encourage ALL participating artists to take advantage; follow this link.
Elderwise is a model program whose mission is to to ‘recognize and nurture the value and wholeness of older adults, regardless of their cognitive or physical ability, and to meet their need to experience life deeply in the present.’ Their vision is that ‘adults have the opportunity to interact in stimulating, creative and supportive communities in all their years of life.’  We like it and we blogged about bringing the model to life in Hampton Roads. 
First round judging is taking place, as we speak, to determine the eight semi-finalists who will compete to claim a new acoustic PRS SE Angelus guitar, studio and photography services, media attention and more at the Emerging Artist Contest showcase on April 2 a the Roper Performing Arts Center, Norfolk.  $10 general admission tickets will be on sale soon at  This event is part of the Sea Level Singer/Songwriter Festival.
Tidewater Arts Outreach, 809 Brandon Avenue, Suite 300, Norfolk, VA  23517  757-965-5155