Our mission is to enhance wellness for people with special needs and circumstances, through the healing power of the arts. Artist and caregiver training helps us to fulfill that mission.
Our training workshops equip and empower artists and caregivers in proven methods of arts interventions. Our relationships with the National Center for Creative Aging and the Global Alliance for Arts and Health helped us bring the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project, Opening Minds Through Art, Anyone Can Dance, Sing Me Back Home, TimeSlips Storytelling(R), and Memories in the Making(R) workshops to Hampton Roads. In spring of 2017, we offer the following regional workshop, featuring presenters affiliated with the National Center for Creative Aging:
1- Person-Centered Principles and Modern Art Techniques for Elders with Dementia (faciliated by Like Lokon, Ph.D., MGS, Scripps Geronotology, Miami University)
Thursday, April 27 at Chrysler Museum, Norfolk
2- Beyond Words: Using Poetry to Foster Elder Engagement, Inspiration and Communication (facilitated by Pauline Daniels, National Center for Creative Aging board of directors)
Thursday, May 18 at Riverside PACE, Newport News
3- Anyone Can Dance® – Music and Movement for Elders with Physical Limitations (facilitated by Judith Sachs, founder, Anyone Can Dance)
Thursday, June 15 Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Virginia Beach
We also are developing one and two-hour caregiver ‘lunch and learn’ sessions, where Tidewater Arts Outreach staff will provide resources and training in a variety of creative engagement experiences (singing, poetry, music, movement, dramatic activities, songwriting) to caregiving staff, including the growing home health caregiving service sector.
Tidewater Arts Outreach arts outreachprograms are held regularly in more than 60 locations throughout Hampton Roads – nursing homes, hospitals, family homeless shelters, dependent care day programs, crisis programs, assisted living facilities and more. These engaging, age-appropriate, themed arts activities:
Tidewater Arts Outreach is a write-in agency for the United Way annual workplace campaign and the Combined Federal Campaign in Hampton Roads (Southside and Peninsula). Simply write us in on the “designation” line, and you can contribute any portion of your workplace pledge to go toward our work with seniors and others who have special needs. Your support is needed and appreciated. Thank you!
We measure the impact of our outreach programs using a variety of survey tools for participants, staff and volunteers.