Arts & Wellness Workshops for Artists & Caregivers

Whether you are an activities director, a home- or facility-based caregiver, a CNA, CEO or somewhere in between, creative engagement can strengthen bonds, lift moods, improve vital functions (lung capacity, core strength, etc.) and much more.  To that end, we are creating caregiver training modules that convey useful information about the use of the arts with elders.  We are constantly on the lookout to find and share best practices with our community, and we partner with area artists and therapeutic specialists to bring you timely, relevant information.

Tidewater Arts Outreach offers caregiver training modules; many can be facilitated in 60 to 90 minutes.  ‘Lunch and learn’ caregiver training imparts practical, achievable means for caregivers to inject successful arts experiences into individual and group programs.  

Tidewater Arts Outreach staff training topics include:

    1.  The arts and person-centered care
    2. Singing for elder health and wellness
    3. Visual Arts – best practices and resources from the field
    4. Music – best practices and resources from the field 
    5. Using poetry to engage elders with cognitive impairments
    6. Film and discussion “I Remember Better When I Paint”
    7. Film and discussion: “Alive Inside”
    8. Movement and music for elders with dementia
    9. Drama Improv techniques = improved communications with elders having cognitive deficits
    10. Latest research /human & community resources for program support
    11. Theatre games to build community in elder care settings
    12. Inter-generational program ideas in music, visual and performing arts 

Call us to tailor one or more training session(s) for your staff.  Participants who successfully complete six or more sessions will receive a “Tidewater Arts Outreach Creative Engagement” certificate of achievement.  A modest workshop fee will help cover our expenses; some workshops will include a lunch.  CEUs are available for an additional fee.


Arts Workshops for Military Caregivers

We are able to offer FREE workshops monthly for military caregivers in 2017, thanks to a grant from the Elizabeth Dole Foundation.  The workshops are on the third Tuesday, 6-8 pm at the Hampton VA.  Registration for our Arts Aid for Hidden Heroes workshops is through the Hampton VA.  Click here for more information on these workshops.

This song was written over the course of two Arts Aid for Hidden Heroes caregiver workshops:


2017 Spring Workshops are generously supported by:

Tidewater Arts Outreach Training Videos

GTE Training Videos

We have created artist and caregiver training videos, in music and movement and singing for elder health and wellness, thanks to generous funding from the  Virginia General Assembly’s Geriatric Training Initiative.  Find them here.


The National Center for Creative Aging site is a valuable resource for elders, artists and caregivers.  They have created a twelve-session series for artists working with the elderly.  We encourage all artists interested in presenting programs to elders and others with special needs to go through this FREE, online training.  The training is in twelve modules and takes 12-15 hours to complete.  It includes research and best practices, facilitation skills, reminiscence and imagination, arts and aging, program planning, development and implementation, useful videos, and more.  It is well worth the effort.

NCCA Workshops are funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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The National Center for Creative Aging also has developed a resource for caregivers:

More Resources:

Links to sites whose programs we have presented:

Elders Share the Arts: Living History Methodology
Anyone Can Dance ®
Sing Me Back Home:  Music in Palliative and Hospice Care
The Alzheimer’s Poetry Project
Opening Minds Through Art
Memories in the Making
TimeSlips Storytelling

Other training resources can be found on our Resources page and on our social media sites (Pinterest and YouTube, particularly).

Tidewater Arts Outreach is a write-in agency for the United Way annual workplace campaign and the 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!