Three Spring Workshops for Artists and Caregivers

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Tidewater Arts Outreach (TAO) is hosting three workshops this spring for caregivers, artists and others interesting in using arts interventions with dependent elders. The workshops are facilitated by teachers who are nationally recognized in their fields, and are recommended for artists and arts teachers of all disciplines, caregivers, students, recreation therapists, social workers, nurses, chaplains, administrators, activities directors and interested community members. Participants will receive practical information about adaptable arts engagement models using poetry, modern art and dance/movement techniques. The fee is $40 per workshop; a $10 discount is given for up to five attendees from a Tidewater Arts Outreach partner organization and for those 65 and better. For more information or to register, please contact Tidewater Arts Outreach at (757) 965-5155 or visit

Thursday, April 27, 12:30 – 3:30 pm     Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA
Person-Centered Principles and Modern Art Techniques for Elders with Dementia

Person-centered Principles and Modern Art Techniques for Elders with Dementia demonstrates visual arts can be used as a tool for communication for those with memory loss and how person-centered care principles can be applied to tap the creativity of people living with dementia.

Facilitator:  Like Lokon, MGS, Ph.D. (bio follows)

Thursday, May 19, 12:30 – 3:30 pm Riverside PACE, Newport News, VA
Beyond Words: Using Poetry to Engage, Inspire and Communicate with Elders

Beyond Words explores poetry in many forms and its use as the inspiration and the foundation for creative, therapeutic engagement with elders.  Learn how to create a session template that works, the best poetry forms and content to use with elders, poetry as therapeutic intervention, and including poetry with other disciplines within elder care models.  Funded in part by the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters Foundation

Facilitator:  Pauline Daniels (bio follows)

Thursday, June 15, 12:30 – 3:30 Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Virginia Beach, VA
Anyone Can Dance®  – Music and Movement for Elders with Physical Limitations

Anyone Can Dance® is a program of adaptive dance created by Judith Sachs, a certified dance and exercise facilitator.  It is designed for people 65 and over, or for those who may have physical restrictions and who use a wheel chair or a walker.  Benefits include aerobic conditioning and improved flexibility, coordination, posture, muscle tone, attitude and body image.

Facilitator:  Judith Sachs (bioi follows)

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About the Facilitators:

Pauline Daniels is a published writer and also is an accomplished artist, actress, director and teacher.  In addition to her work as Creative Arts Coordinator at Goodwin House in Alexandria, VA, she leads retreats and workshops on spirituality and the creative process. Daniels has served as Executive Director of DaVinci’s Attic, a Reston VA nonprofit whose arts education programs reach hundreds of at-risk youth, older adults, and underserved individuals annually. Daniels served as adjunct professor in art for the Corcoran College of Art and Design, and on the joint Post-9/11 Committee for the National Endowment for the Arts and National Education Association, where she created a website to offer teachers and artists a curriculum on how to use the arts to process and cope with the national 9/11 tragedy.

Elizabeth “Like” Lokon, MGS, Ph.D. is the founder and director of Opening Minds through Art (OMA), a Scripps intergenerational art program for people with dementia based at Miami University in Ohio. OMA has been replicated in over 50 locations throughout North America and will be replicated at an additional 100 sites throughout the state of Ohio. As an artist, gerontologist, and educator, she frequently speaks on the intersection of the arts, dementia, and intergenerational service learning and has published in these areas. She has presented her work in North America, Europe and Asia. She is a fiber artist and is also a Master Teaching Artist with the National Center for Creative Aging.

Judith Sachs is a certified dance and exercise facilitator.  She currently teaches Silver Sneakers® and Dance for Parkinsons®, as well as her own brand, Anyone Can Dance®.  She has been dancing since the 60’s, when she studied with Alvin Ailey, Deborah Jowitt, Arthur Mitchell and others.  In spite of two hip replacements, she has been teaching chair dance, tai chi and yoga to seniors and mixed classes since 1996.


About Tidewater Arts Outreach

Tidewater Arts Outreach (TAO) was founded in 2003 to enhance wellness for people with special needs and circumstances through the healing power of the arts. Through training, advocacy and outreach, Tidewater Arts Outreach ensures artists, caregivers and community volunteers have tools and resources they need to create a variety of experiential arts programs for elders and others.  Tidewater Arts Outreach and its participating artists have provided more than 2,500 arts-related outreach and education programs, workshops and events.  These programs impact thousands of participants, caregivers, family members, artists and volunteers annually.  Providing opportunities for creative self-expression complement clinical care and can have significant intellectual, psychological, physical and emotional benefits for participants.  Engaging creative, compassionate caregivers and community members in service of others through the arts has been shown to increase job satisfaction and appreciation for people who are differently-abled.

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