Category Archives: Artists

Tidewater Arts Outreach Advocacy

The original post can be found on the Tidewater Arts Outreach Official Website Through every communications means available, whenever the opportunities present themselves, we are advocating for the value of arts in healthcare, for arts and health, and for TAO’s … Continue reading

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TAO’s Recent Opening Minds Through Art Workshop

Observations on an impactful visual arts workshop presented by Tidewater Arts Outreach, in partnership with Sentara Life Care Opening Minds Through Art?  Wow, does it ever!  I came to realize that Opening Minds Through Art (OMA) is about so much … Continue reading

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Funding Dilemmas for Arts and Health for Seniors

Tidewater Arts Outreach artists work with a variety of clients, in a variety of settings and with lots of great creative tools, performances and programs. By a fair margin, the largest demographic we serve are seniors who are in dependent care day and long-term residential programs. The residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities is a primary group for TAO, for a number of reasons: Continue reading

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Check out the awesome video created by Jim Knox Photography featuring a song written and produced by Larry Berwald at Soul Haven Studios showing how TAO programs are impacting the lives of the under-served members of our community. Continue reading

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Why artist compensation is important to TAO

TAO has the joy of combining the talents of a diverse community of artists in its delivery of outreach programs in the community.   Some folks dabble in the arts and others devote their lives to their craft.  Art is … Continue reading

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Diary of a Sing-a-Long for Seniors with Dementia

When I arrived at the memory care facility, 11 residents were seated in the front living room, in a circle around the perimeter. Almost everyone smiled in greeting; one man was vacantly absent. A young, smiling and empathetic staff-person wheeled … Continue reading

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Repost from TAO Artist Zach Bridges

Zach Bridges writes eloquently about his experience as a TAO artist at a Portsmouth, VA nursing home.  Using lessons learned from our artist manual and coupling it with his own talents and tenacity, he created some intimate and very special moments for deserving, yet under-served seniors in our community.  Kudos to Zach!  and encouragement to all our artists to always strive to connect with the participants in your program.  They are just like you and me, only older. 

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