14th Annual Golf Tournament is Oct. 18

We’ve always had fun and it keeps getting better, every year.  Our 14th annual golf event will have fun prizes, friendly competition among teams, prizes in two flights and on several holes and a satisfying grilled steak and chicken cook-out.  Beverage sponsors allow us to offer drink tickets to golfers; raffle prizes are donated by […]

Patients enjoyed every moment

Program outcomes from arts engagement never fail to inspire: “What are some indicators that tell you clients were uplifted by the Tidewater Arts Outreach music or arts program?”  Staff responses include: The clients were extremely engaged, even to the point of joining the band on stage and singing into the microphone. They really “came alive” […]

The Wellness Movement for Older Adults

https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-wellness-movement-empowering-older-adults-artists Abigail Cain describes the history of the arts and wellness movement over the past 20 years, with references to Gene Cohen’s groundbreaking research and work being done on both coasts. “So much of our world tells older people they can’t.  And it’s not just in the arts…there’s so much ageism and isolation that when […]

Arts Programming for Older Adults Benefits All

As baby boomers age and people live longer, the numbers of people needing home health, assisted living, skilled nursing and dementia are rising quickly.   Caregiver turnover rates are alarmingly high, resulting in higher healthcare costs and lower quality of care.  We feel engaging the community in service of our old, frail adults is important for […]

What folks are saying about Tidewater Arts Outreach programs

Every once in awhile, we step back from the everyday bustle to gather and report on the feedback we receive throughout the year.  These comments come from programs that were presented in Virginia Beach: FY 18  PROGRAM COMMENTS “Happy Tears.”  He brought back so many happy memories.  Program participant, 5/18/18, The Gardens of VB  “Enjoyed […]

“The Barefoot Movement” in Concert for Tidewater Arts Outreach

  Get Tickets Here Heartfelt, energetic, and down-home. Heralded by CMT Edge as “one of the most promising bands on the bluegrass scene,” the music of the Nashville based group The Barefoot Movement is as down to earth as their intention for members of their audience. All the worries and frustrations of the world melt […]

Resident’s requests are right up Steve Kolb’s alley

“On June 15, I led music at Beacon Shores Nursing. The facility was not pleasant–bad smell, unkept grounds and interior, residents seemed fearful and confused. The piano was filthy, out of tune, and the room was not well organized for a singalong. As the program began, a verbal fight broke out between two of the […]

Caregivers Lift Heavy Loads and Deserve Our Support

People on the front lines of healthcare – the certified nursing assistants, home health workers, therapists, chaplains and other long-term care staff – have intense jobs.  They deal with disability, discomfort, depression, death and dying every day.  For fifteen, years, we have used arts engagement as a catalyst for supporting these staff, by engaging with […]

2018 Norfolk Rotary Club Hardware Grant to Tidewater Arts Outreach

Tidewater Arts Outreach recognizes and thanks Norfolk Rotary Club members for their generous 2018 computer hardware grant. The donation accomplished two important goals. The reliability, efficiency and security of our computer system were improved by purchasing upgraded, business-class hardware. Secondly, all authorized staff members and volunteers can now use any available computer in our office, which was accomplished by […]

“We Are the Music-Makers” exhibit recognizes Blues pioneers

“The Music Makers” exhibit at the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center is an inspirational collection of photos, stories and folk art that celebrates the musicians who gave birth to the blues in our country; specifically, in the central and deep South.  These musicians, many of them elderly, have been living in obscurity.  Thanks to the […]