Patients enjoyed every moment

Program outcomes from arts engagement never fail to inspire:

“What are some indicators that tell you clients were uplifted by the Tidewater Arts Outreach music or arts program?”  Staff responses include:

  • The clients were extremely engaged, even to the point of joining the band on stage and singing into the microphone. They really “came alive” during the performance.
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  • Thank you for always bringing such joy to the lives of our residents.
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  • Clients played an instrument, sang, or danced. Most of them talked about the band for the rest of the night.
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  • TAO programs/artists are engaging and provide unique experiences for residents. They have very mixed cognitive functionality so they enjoy that programs reach all levels.
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  • Patients enjoyed every moment! Breathtaking! Two thumbs up!
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  • Residents were singing along, dancing in their seats, smiling, clapping along with the music, laughing, tapping their feet, and interacting. By the end of the program, they were all smiling and happy. They gave him a big round of applause and cheered. They told him how much they enjoyed his program and wanted to know when he was going to come back.
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  • Uplifting, nostalgic. Residents especially enjoyed the variety in music selections, the quality, and the personalities of the musicians. TAO always provides us with very special programs that our residents always look forward to.
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  • I had kids tell me that they had a great time and some residents hung their artwork in their rooms. Kids showed me their finished projects the rest of the day!
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  • Patients were engaged during the program and seemed like they didn’t want them to go. Once they started interacting they laughed and enjoyed socializing and cutting up with each other. Moods were improved.
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  • The musicians were talented, and residents enjoyed the music; the group gave educational information on the instruments and origins/backgrounds which the residents really enjoyed.
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  • There was an “after glow” in the air afterwards and the friendly exchange between the artists and participants was part of it.
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  • Kids enjoyed something most had never experienced before; it helps build confidence in their use and expression of creativity and art.