Celebrating Instruments of Art 2010 & 2011 Artists and Artwork

Tidewater Arts Outreach owes much success and no small amount of thanks to the more than 100 visual artists who have created art for our Instruments of Art celebrations and auctions since 2010.  The works of art have long since found homes; thank goodness for the beautiful art and event photography of Jim Knox (Knox […]

Open Letter to Children Artists on Elder Interaction

Dear Creative, Exuberant, Young Friends; Thank you for sharing your singing, dancing, theatre and play with elders through Tidewater Arts Outreach.  You are giving back and serving others through this creative engagement event.  Here as some thoughts to help you get the most from the experience. The people you see may not be able to […]

Arts and Wellness Caregiver Workshops in Hampton Roads

Arts and Wellness Workshops in Hampton Roads Whether you are an activities director, a home- or facility-based caregiver, a CNA, CEO or somewhere in between, creative engagement can strengthen bonds, lift moods, improve vital functions (lung capacity, core strength, etc.) and much more.  To that end, we are creating caregiver training modules that convey useful […]

We’re hiring.

We have two part-time positions we are looking to fill: Part-Time Program Specialist We are looking for someone with a background in providing services to persons with special needs. and Part-Time Development Specialist The perfect candidates will have lots of energy and education/experience.

Busking for Charity – Music Makes Magic Happen

Busk:  Miriam Webster Dictionary: chiefly British, informal  – To play music in a public place in order to earn money from people who are passing by. Summer evenings can be great for getting out, meeting friends and sharing music on street corners (doo-wop, anyone?).  If you need an excuse, busking for charity might be your ticket. It’s […]

Creative engagement and dementia care.

I spent an interesting two days learning from and presenting to Hampton Roads caregivers of people with dementia, at the Alzheimer’s Association’s caregiver conferences in Hampton and Franklin, VA.   Our hearts go out to the caregivers of people living with dementia.  Many are unpaid spouses or family members.  “It’s a 36 hour day that […]

Military Caregivers Create “Unsung Hero”

Group songwriting requires bravery, a sense of adventure, patience, practice, trial and error, and skillful leadership.  Singer/songwriter Tina Micula is taking military caregivers to places they’ve not been before, as an opportunity to reflect on their paths and support one another along their journeys.  More outcomes from these sessions, including the final recording, soon.  The song “Unsung Heroes” […]

Arts Outreach June 19 – 26

More than two dozen artists will participate in seven outreach programs this week: Tina Micula presents the second of a two-series songwriting session for military caregivers at the Hampton VA on Tuesday night.   Caregivers liked: “Being able to express myself through music.” “Peaceful.” “Great experience of expression.” Jan Cline and MaryAnn Toboz share “Music […]

Creative Forces: Healing Arts Network comes to Tidewater

One in ten Virginians is a veteran who has made significant sacrifices to preserve our safety and freedoms.  Since the inception of Tidewater Arts Outreach, we have acted on our patriotic duty to assist those who have served us by utilizing our talents and resources to help service members build paths to wellness and healing. […]

Saturday is arts times two in Chesapeake and Newport News

This Saturday, Sweet Adelines sings with residents at Lighthouse Point in Chesapeake and Tidewater Bluegrass Revival  presents a concert of traditional bluegrass music at The Arbors in Newport News.  These groups represent a  dozen or more creative community members are going out to share their sounds of joy, bright colors, instruments, songs and charm with nearly 100 appreciative […]