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Mission Statement

The mission of Tidewater Arts Outreach is to uplift the human spirit by bringing live, quality music and arts experiences to people in Hampton Roads who are in homes, hospitals, shelters, facilities and dependent care programs or otherwise are isolated from society. Music and arts programs can be beneficial in many ways: They enrich the soul, stimulate the mind and promote wellness through the healing power of music and the arts They provide opportunities for self-expression and self-realization through participation in music and arts activities They create a sense of community and a source of inspiration for our artists by providing them with opportunities to share their talents They provide opportunities for other volunteers to contribute a variety of skills and resources that support our humanitarian services and increase the impact of donor contributions. We seek to create a social awareness in the Hampton Roads communities of people who are isolated from society.


The arts cultivate a 'healing environment,’ helping patients address the mental and emotional aspects of recovery.

Here are some of the outcomes of the power of music and the arts in healthcare and congregate care settings:

  • Enriches the soul, stimulates the mind and promotes wellness; Reduces anxiety and consciousness of pain
  • Creates 'community,’ helping people feel connected, heard and appreciated
  • Helps people to be seen as individuals, not as patients, numbers, job descriptions or diseases
  • Has the potential to reduce staff turn-over & attract quality staff
  • Helps staff connect culturally with patients, families and other staff members from diverse backgrounds
  • Helps people leave an artistic legacy and create a lasting expression.

The need for arts in long-term care is great.
Tidewater Arts Outreach has a waiting list of long-term and crisis care locations that want more music and arts in their facilities. There’s also a waiting list of artists wanting to contribute, attesting to not only the great need in our community for more programs, but illustrating the desire of community members to be involved meaningfully, creatively and positively with people who are isolated and who have special needs.




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