Poetry Workshop for Older Adults at Bayside Library

Friday, April 20, 10:30 to noon.  For adults with vision impairments and/or 55 and better. Best-loved poems will bring language, emotion and spoken word to life in our group poetry program. We ask participants to bring a favorite short poem (less than 200 words) for group sharing. We will enjoy these and other poems, using […]

The Arts and Person-Centered Care

We are teaching caregivers how the arts can be used to connect with their care partners, in meaningful ways, across generations, cultures and more.  Getting to know what makes someone tick is a great ice-breaker, for starters.  Motivation, inspiration and mood-lifting are some more positive outcomes of arts engagement.  Add to that other, more tangible benefits like […]

Great Caregiver Training Program Feedback

We love getting emails like this!   ” Afternoon MaryAnn!  Yes, the he feedback from your presentation has been very good. Therapists who previously were not integrating art and music into their care are starting to try it. I think you really struck a positive nerve with your education on reaching the person and respecting […]

‘From Your Hands’ Gift Keeps Giving

‘From Your Hands’ is an original song that was written by Larry Berwald in 2013.  With help from Kelly Murphy, who was deep into managing Tidewater Arts Outreach’s main annual event, The Sea Level Singer/Songwriter Festival, dozens of artists were engaged to learn and record the song about the mission of our agency: From Your […]

Steve Newman honored at Volunteer Hampton Roads Event

Volunteer Hampton Roads, the region’s resource for volunteers, will be recognizing Steve Newman at their annual Volunteer Achievement Awards Dinner on April 19.  The dinner and celebration takes place at The Founder’s Inn.  We couldn’t be happier that Steve is in line for this well-deserved recognition. Steve ‘IT’ Newman has been volunteering with Tidewater Arts […]

April Events at Tidewater Arts Outreach

Training, Advocacy and Outreach to help our community’s elders engage creatively and experience improved health and well-being through the arts. A printable version of our April calendar is here.  The online version, with details and links, is here. As always, we invite older adults, people with disabilities and community-dwelling elders and their caregivers to join […]

“The Arts and Person-Centered Care” caregiver workshop

Frail, ill elders need love.  They need hugs, reassurance, help navigating and perambulating, help opening up and reading the mail, help with their meds, their appointments, keeping clean, neat and presentable; help maintaining their dignity and personhood.  Many a strong person cowers at the thought of providing intimate support to an older adult, but here is precisely where […]

Spring is in the Air – and in the Art

Visual artists and teachers Flo Wolin and Mary Curro have decades of experience in the arts between them.   Flo has presented more than fifty visual arts programs through Tidewater Arts Outreach since 2011.  In 2015, she started going to Sentara PACE Churchland regularly.  Her good friend, Mary Curro, was soon involved, helping Flo every step […]

Visual Arts Programs for Elders at Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center

In March we’re launching a series of monthly arts engagement programs at the Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center, geared specifically toward elders.   The series features a tour of one of the museum exhibits, followed by an art-making session.  In March, local artist/arts teacher Michele Barnes will delve into printmaking, following a mini-tour of the museum’s […]

Training for Caregivers is ‘A Very Good Thing’

Caregivers have tough jobs.  Caregiver turnover averages 40%; stress and burnout are high on the list of factors for the swinging doors.  The right thing to do is to support these individuals.  They are on the front lines of providing care, in our nursing homes, hospitals, assisted living facilities and PACE programs, day in and […]