Category Archives: TAO Programs

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 First Vocal Group for Seniors

It was Recital Day. The singers were seated, wearing black and white. Vocal coach Caroline Murphy Turco was warming up, greeting participants and checking lyrics pages. Singers smiled and said ‘hi’ to one another in greeting; looks of excitement were evident. Some participants were present one minute, then gazing absently away the next – a sign of their dementia. The large community room was filling up quickly. 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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Visual Arts Workshop for Moms and Kids in Shelter – by Elizabeth Cunningham, M.S.

Family homeless shelters are challenging places to present programs. Common areas are small, families are ‘in crisis’ by the time they end up in shelter, and children, moms and staff handle large stress-loads daily. For all of these reasons, it is difficult for TAO to allow observers to these programs. This report offers a glimpse into how our programs augment the lives of women and children in transition. 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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Toward a better understanding of dementia

Half the people in nursing homes suffer from Alzheimers’ disease or related dementia.   I the hate this statistic, as much as I hate that dreadful disease.  It means that far too many talented people will be robbed, little by little, … Continue reading

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‘Life In Transit’ Project for Victims of Domestic Violence

Tidewater Arts Outreach shares the joy and healing power of the arts with many people, from all walks of life.  A common denominator of those we serve is that they are living with special needs that set them apart, or … Continue reading

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