Impact – Training

quotes-and-pictures-visual-artsOur mission is to enhance wellness for people with special needs and circumstances, through the healing power of the arts. Artist and caregiver training helps us to fulfill that mission.
Our training workshops equip and empower artists and caregivers in proven methods of arts interventions. Our relationships with the National Center for Creative Aging and the Global Alliance for Arts and Health helped us bring the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project, Opening Minds Through Art, Anyone Can Dance, Sing Me Back Home, TimeSlips Storytelling(R), and Memories in the Making(R) workshops to Hampton Roads. In spring of 2017, we offered three regional workshops, featuring presenters affiliated with the National Center for Creative Aging:

1- Person-Centered Principles and Modern Art Techniques for Elders with Dementia (faciliated by Like Lokon, Ph.D., MGS, Scripps Geronotology, Miami University)
Thursday, April 27 at Chrysler Museum, Norfolk
2- Beyond Words: Using Poetry to Foster Elder Engagement, Inspiration and Communication (facilitated by Pauline Daniels)
Thursday, May 18 at Riverside PACE, Newport News
3- Anyone Can Dance® – Music and Movement for Elders with Physical Limitations (facilitated by Judith Sachs, founder, Anyone Can Dance)
Thursday, June 15 Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Virginia Beach

We also are developing one and two-hour caregiver ‘lunch and learn’ sessions, where Tidewater Arts Outreach staff will provide resources and training in a variety of creative engagement experiences (singing, poetry, music, movement, dramatic activities, songwriting) to caregiving staff, including the growing home health caregiving service sector.

Impact – Outreach

Tidewater Arts Outreach arts outreachprograms are held regularly in more than 60 locations throughout Hampton Roads – nursing homes, hospitals, family homeless shelters, dependent care day programs, crisis programs, assisted living facilities and more. These engaging, age-appropriate, themed arts activities:

  • stimulate, inspire, increase social engagement and teach or reinforce skills
  • can help in healing
  • have the potential to help reduce staff turnover & attract quality staff
  • help staff connect culturally with patients, families and other staff members from diverse cultures
  • can ensure that people leave a legacy, and create a lasting expression
  • provide artists with stipends for their work, feedback and program support, a creative challenge and new audiences and participants for their work.


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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!

We measure the impact of our outreach programs using a variety of survey tools for participants, staff and volunteers.

Elder Participant Survey

Elders Program Staff Survey

Our Outreach Testimonials & Supportquotes-and-pictures-vets

2014 Great Program Quotes

Feb 2015 Letter from Charity Wilson from Riverside

Feb 2015 Letter of Support from Arbors at Port Warwick

Feb 2015 Letter of Support from Samaritan House

Versability Resources Support Letter

Letter of Support from Lake Prince Woods

FY 2014 Quotes and Comments