Military Caregivers “Un-Mask” at Arts Aid for Hidden Heroes Arts Program

“I wish I could show these emotions,” said one military caregiver as she dabbed dark paint colors onto the mask she was creating. “I have to hold them in. I have to hide them!” It’s powerful to hear these truths explored and shared among those who care for our country’s Wounded Warriors. Fortunately, program surveys […]

Smiles were a long time coming

The couple came to the Alzheimer’s Associations’ early stage support group, to learn coping skills and access resources.  Can you imagine being in their shoes? Fortunately for them, Arthur Lopez was on hand with drums and other percussion instruments.  “Get ready to have some fun,” he encouraged. Our programs are like going on a new […]


  To be effective at our arts outreach, artists must be willing to meet our clients where they are.  It is both a challenge and an opportunity (also known as, the more we give, the more we receive – I love how that works!). We regularly face the challenge of creating programs that are appropriate […]

For a healthy interlude – SING

  Music engages the brain more than any other intellectual activity. And we humans have been musical for hundreds of millions of years. Before language, there was music and singing. When it comes to music, singing tops the list of easy, appropriate, health-giving activities for elders. Singing exercises the lungs, the mind, the vocal cords, […]

$5 for 5 #givingtuesday campaign

Tidewater Arts Outreach (TAO) is participating in #GivingTuesday to share our story, raise awareness about our events and to encourage the local community to support our mission through a donation or by becoming a volunteer. We GIVE the joy of healing power of quality arts experiences including dance, poetry, singing, drumming, visual arts, and more […]

Giving Tuesday is a day to support what you love

Over the course of the past year, Tidewater Arts Outreach has given a great deal to the community. Each month, through dozens of instructor-led singalongs, instrument circles, dance programs, painting workshops and poetry sessions, we rekindle feelings and evoke memories, increase mobility, provide a source of inspiration and enhance overall wellness.   Study after study shows […]

December Community Events from Tidewater Arts Outreach

Join us this December: 12/1 noon Meet & Greet at Tidewater Arts Outreach 12/5  Open Mic at Froggie’s BBQ (VB) 12/6  7:30 am Meet & Greet at Tidewater Arts Outreach 12/7 5:30 pm  Meet & Greet at Tidewater Arts Outreach 12/9, 1-4  Holiday Open House at Victorian Station 12/13, 7 pm  Holiday Open Mic at Cozzie’s Comedy […]

Virginia State Tree adorned with TAO elder artwork

Ornaments embellished by local Hampton, VA elders will dazzle President’s Park (White House) in Washington, D.C. as part of the 95th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting display. Senior Citizens from Coliseum Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center worked with Tidewater Arts Outreach artists to craft ornaments to decorate Virginia’s tree at the White House Ellipse, a property […]

“Because You Matter” Caregiver Arts Workshop at Hampton VA on 11/21

Visual arts teacher Jill Tiderman guides caregivers through the stress-reducing qualities of essential oils, and then engage in painting a beautiful ocean-inspired sunset. This workshop represents the last in a series presented at the Hampton VA this year by Tidewater Arts Outreach, with funding from the Elizabeth Dole Foundation.  The program is free to military […]

Tidewater Arts Outreach Holiday Sing-along at Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center Dec. 22, 2 pm

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland, Jingle Bell Rock – what is your favorite holiday song?  People of all ages and abilities are invited to come together and celebrate this holiday season in festive, musical fashion.  Tidewater Arts Outreach singers and musicians will lead the one-hour program of singing best-loved holiday music […]