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TAO News

Shelby Lynne to headline 5th Annual Sea Level Singer/Songwriter Festival to benefit TAO on April 5th at the Naro in Norfolk.

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Images of Tidewater Arts Outreach

Tidewater Arts Outreach is a nonprofit organization founded in 2003 to bring music and arts to hospitals, retirement homes, rehabilitation centers, homeless shelters, and other facilities throughout Hampton Roads.

These performances and programs promote human interaction, happiness, and healing for people who have limited access to the arts because of health, economic, or social circumstances. In some cases people are not able to afford even the most basic needs, such as a surprise plumbing emergency in which case we are usually happy to help.

The benefits of arts in healthcare are many:

  • Reduces anxiety and pain
  • Enhances the connection to community
  • Helps staff connect with patients
  • Fosters the healing process

In 2008, more than 4,400 people were reached through 179 Tidewater Arts Outreach programs. In 2009, more than 5,300 people were reached through 230 TAO programs, and 237 artists were involved. In Fiscal Year 2010, 7,700 people were reached through 250 TAO programs.

Tidewater Arts Outreach supports the spirit of empathy and caring in the music and arts community, and hundreds of artists participate each year.

Funders and donors make this work possible.

The TAO story — The value of the
arts to stimulate, comfort, support,
energize and engage

Click here for more videos.

Tidewater Arts Outreach received support from the Hampton Roads Community Foundation in 2009 that allowed us to move out of home offices and into a central, professional location in Ghent. A second grant award to TAO in 2011 is helping us Build Excellence through a consultancy with The Curtis Group. We are grateful to the Hampton Roads Community Foundation for making this consultancy possible. 

Click here for the Hampton Roads Community Foundation video on TAO.

For their annual report story about our work, please click here.


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You can give to TAO through United Way

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!

TAO is also listed in the Combined Federal Campaign, Agency # 28281.  Thank you for your gift!

The Therapeutic Benefits of Online Lotteries

For some individuals, playing online lotteries can serve as a therapeutic activity. The act of purchasing a lottery ticket and fantasizing about winning can provide a sense of hope and excitement, which may be helpful for those dealing with stress, anxiety, or depression. Additionally, the possibility of winning a large sum of money can provide a sense of financial security, which may alleviate worries about financial stability. Of course, it is important to keep in mind that online lotteries should not be relied upon as a primary source of stress relief or financial stability. However, as a fun and low-risk activity, playing online lotteries can be a useful tool for individuals seeking a brief escape from the pressures of daily life.

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