“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 […]

Why don’t we care more about poor nursing home care?

There was a news story update today referencing a May 2017 VA Pilot article about a Chesapeake nursing home being sued $17.5 M for patient negligence in 2016.  The lawsuit, filed by a patient and her daughter, alleges the elderly woman was tied to her wheelchair with bedsheets and given narcotic sedatives to quiet her.  There […]

June Programs for Older Adults and Caregivers

Our June programs calendar is full of events where older adults can paint, sing, write, and enjoy spending time creatively with others.  You can print off a copy here. We thank these artists for working with us to create these special engagement events in June. Did you know that singing and dancing are two of […]

Lookback: Poetry Sessions with Older Adults

Writer Jill Winkowski has always loved to tell a good story.  Thankfully, she worked with us in 2012 to gather vignettes, memories and recollections from residents at The Gardens of Warwick Forest and turn them into poetry.   Through the process of creating poetry, participants benefit from reminiscing and expressing themselves.  You can tell they relish sharing time-honored […]

This Week: Dive into Arts with Special People

We’re celebrating the arts and #creativeaging this week; you’re invited to join us:  On May 14, JuJu shares an interactive percussion jam at VersAbility; Jim Newsom and Jim Knox play folk favorites at Coliseum Conv. & Rehab Center in Hampton.  On Tuesday May 15,  you can sing w/Skye Zentz at Sentara Rehab and Care Residence […]

Lookback: 2012 Poetry Sessions for Older Adults

Writer Jill Winkowski has always loved to tell a good story.  Thankfully, she worked with us in 2012 to gather vignettes, memories and recollections from residents at The Gardens of Warwick Forest and turn them into poetry.   Through the process of creating poetry, participants benefited from reminiscing and expressing themselves.  You can tell they relished […]

Week of May 7 – Musical Month of May

GiveLocal757 is May 8.  This week we’ve arranged for 20 artists and volunteers to sing and dance with dozens and dozens of older adults and their caregivers, through- 7 programs in 5 cities.  See the full list here.  You’re invited to attend and bring an elder – call us so we can arrange. Help us […]

May Day Visual Arts Workshop at Sentara PACE

Here’s a post from visual artist Flo Wolin, about her May 1 2018 visual arts workshop at Sentara PACE Churchland:  Mary Curro and I enjoyed sharing our art this morning. We did appreciate the help from Elyse, our volunteer. We had 11 artists, many returning, a few new. We celebrated May Day, with flowers and music […]

Positive Change Is On the Horizon

The mission of Tidewater Arts Outreach is to bring joy to older adults and enhance their well-being through creative engagement with the arts. Founded in 2003 by MaryAnn Toboz, Tidewater Arts Outreach has presented nearly 3,000 community training and outreach programs, has advocated for the needs of people in congregate and crisis care programs and […]

‘Rock the River’ on June 2 for TAO with Mason Brown & the Shiners

Steve and Christie Stancliff host ‘Rock the River’ on June 2, 2018, to benefit Tidewater Arts Outreach.  Mason Brown and the Shiners headline; The Storyweavers open & a special guest will perform. Tickets are $50 and include dinner, drinks at the riverfront tiki bar, the great music on the water and more.  Here is a […]