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 is one way in which we fulfill that mission.

Our training workshops equip and empower artists and caregivers in proven methods of arts intervention. 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 previous years.

Grant funding from the Thistle Foundation aided TAO in presenting arts-in-health trainings for elder caregivers. Three of those were regional workshops featuring highly regarded teaching artists affiliated with the National Center for Creative Aging:

1- Person-Centered Principles and Modern Art Techniques for Elders with Dementia 

2- Beyond Words: Using Poetry to Foster Elder Engagement, Inspiration and Communication

3- Anyone Can Dance® – Music and Movement for Elders with Physical Limitations

We also provide one and two-hour caregiver ‘lunch and learn’ sessions, where Tidewater Arts Outreach staff present 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 facilitates engaging arts event regularly at more than 30 locations throughout Hampton Roads – skilled nursing facilities, hospitals, family homeless shelters, dependent care day and residential programs, crisis programs, assisted living facilities, community centers 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 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 & Support

Programs for Vets

Singing Programs

Visual Arts



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