Our Mission

A Mission of Healing

The mission of Tidewater Arts Outreach is to bring joy to older adults and those living in isolating circumstances to enhance their well-being through creative engagement with the arts.

Music and arts programs can be beneficial in many ways:

  • They enrich the soul, stimulate the mind and promote wellness through the healing power of music and the arts
  • They provide opportunities for self-expression and self-realization through participation in music and arts activities
  • They create a sense of community and a source of inspiration for our artists by providing them with opportunities to share their talents
  • They provide opportunities for other volunteers to contribute a variety of skills and resources that support our humanitarian services and increase the impact of donor contributions.

In carrying out this mission, we seek to create a social awareness in the Hampton Roads communities of people who are isolated from society.


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To see Tidewater Arts Outreach’s 2019 Platinum Rating on guidestar, go to www.guidestar.org.


Tidewater Arts Outreach is a write-in agency for the United Way annual workplace campaign and the Combined Federal Campaign in Hampton Roads (Southside and Peninsula). Simply write us in on the “designation” line, and you can contribute any portion of your workplace pledge to go toward our work with seniors and others who have special needs. Your support is needed and appreciated. Thank you!


Why It Matters: The TAO Story

TAO programs are held regularly in more than 60 facilities throughout Hampton Roads – nursing homes, hospitals, family homeless shelters, dependent care day programs, crisis programs, assisted living facilities and more.

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