Creative or Divine Intervention – Instruments of Art

We sent a letter to Instruments of Art artist contributors this past fall, to explain where we are with the event, which enjoyed its eighth year in 2017.  The letter has been updated and republished for all those interested in Instruments of Art:

January 4, 2018

Dear friends, 

We’re writing you today with extreme gratitude in our hearts for you, creative, generous supporters of Tidewater Arts Outreach and our special event, Instruments of Art, and with the future on our minds.  The news is, we are not hosting Instruments of Art in 2018.

Your involvement in IoAs of years past has made you an integral part of this organization, whose mission it is to share compassion and creativity with people in Hampton Roads who live with heavy burdens associated with crisis, disability, infirmity or old age.  You have helped us educate artists and caregivers, raise awareness about the marginalization, isolation and loneliness that exists and provide thousands of outreach programs in the arts.

This 2003-2016 timeline is the best way to show you the output that has resulted from your generous support, as an Instruments of Art artist contributor:

After 14 years of persistent efforts, we are positioning now to have an outreach agency that will serve the community for many years to come.

The board of directors is focused on organization structure and in building and deepening relationships with industry and community leaders.  Sea Level Festival and Instruments of Art have raised significant awareness and created much goodwill over the years  agency milestones that helped us get where we are today. On a personal note, I am humbled and honored to have had the opportunity to work with and know so many talented, generous and kind people, both through these events and through our mission fulfillment.  It has been and continues to be a real honor to lead Tidewater Arts Outreach every day.

Long story short:  we are retooling our special events and our Instruments of Art event is on hiatus for the time being.  What to look for in our next events:  we honor industry leaders and Tidewater Arts Outreach supporters, we educate about our work and we inspire attendees.  And in creating these, we will continually explore ways that will yield the best possible use of limited resources.  

The email address which Pamela Denyes and others have staffed for Instruments of Art over the years,, is retired. Pamela and her team want to relay that they will miss working with you this year.

2013 Instruments of Art. photo by jpixx

We posted 2010 – 2017 Instruments of Art photo albums on the Tidewater Arts Outreach Facebook page, as a small token of appreciation for all that you have done for Tidewater Arts Outreach.  We tagged you and hope you are finding these keepsake pictures of your artwork.  We will endeavor to continue to keep these images in the public eye. 

Please know that you have our everlasting, deep and heartfelt thanks for the works of art you have created and donated to the Instruments of Art in past years.  Your work has inspired so many people.  You are forever a part of Tidewater Arts Outreach.  We cordially invite you to attend an outreach program, join us at our community events, or connect with us at any time, for any reason.  You are special to our agency and we promise to include you in future events.

Another invitation: We’d like to know about any arts events involving your work; please share your events with me personally or, better, on this group page.  If you are interested in facilitating visual arts workshops with elders, or if you have visual arts program ideas you’d like to share, we would love to hear from you.

With sincere thanks,

Arts Aid for Hidden Heroes Military Caregiver Therapeutic Arts – funded by the Elizabeth Dole Foundation and made possible by contributors like YOU