Tidewater Arts Outreach was founded in 2004 by artist MaryAnn Toboz. In her own words:
After over 14 years of directing the organization, MaryAnn turned the reins over to Reese Beeler, CFRE. Reese continued to expand program partnerships with facilities and organizations in the region that served TAO’s target population. She was also the creator of the Once More Concert, TAO’s annual fundraiser that tells the stories of those TAO serves through the power of song. This groundbreaking event has enjoyed success even as its inaugural year was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tidewater Arts Outreach reaches thousands of participants with an average of over 200 programs per year. Even in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, TAO continues to reach those who experience isolation from society.