TIDEWATER ARTS OUTREACH

Art is greater than isolation

aka TAO   |   Norfolk, VA   |  http://www.tidewaterartsoutreach.org/

Mission

To bring joy to older adults and people in isolating circumstances and enhance their well-being through creative engagement with the arts.

Ruling year info

2004

Executive Director

Kate Powell

Main address

809 Brandon Avenue Suite 300

Norfolk, VA 23517 USA

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EIN

68-0583526

NTEE code info

Arts Service Activities/Organizations (A90)

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

n June 2020, it was reported that 56% of older adults (ages 50-80) experience significant social isolation. This profound loneliness has more than doubled since the same survey was administered in 2018 (pre-pandemic). It is also estimated about 40% of adults with a debilitating disability or chronic disease and 47% of adults with a serious mental health condition experience significant loneliness and social isolation. According to the Foundation for Art & Healing, this loneliness can increase mortality rates between 26-32%. This makes loneliness and isolation as lethal as chronic smoking. According to the CDC, loneliness increases the risk of dementia by 50%, heart disease by 29% and stroke by 32%. Loneliness is also associated with higher rates of depression, anxiety, and suicide.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Tidewater Arts Outreach Programs

Tidewater Arts Outreach matches local artists with opportunities to share their creativity and compassion in support of Hampton Roads residents who are in nursing homes, hospitals, shelters or are isolated from society in other ways.

TAO’s outreach programs are typically one hour in length, consisting of interactive music programs, participatory spoken word/poetry and songwriting workshops, hands-on visual arts projects and interactive performing arts presentations. Artists are recruited, trained and compensated by TAO. Participants never pay to take part in an arts outreach program.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Caregivers

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Seniors, Economically disadvantaged people, Homeless people

Related Program

Tidewater Arts Outreach Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

COVID caused a program attrition level in 2020 which is expected to correct by the end of 2021.

Number of program sites

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Seniors, Economically disadvantaged people, Homeless people

Related Program

Tidewater Arts Outreach Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Percentage of participants highly satisfied with program

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Seniors, Economically disadvantaged people, Homeless people

Related Program

Tidewater Arts Outreach Programs

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The group arts outreach program models employed by Tidewater Arts Outreach is scientifically demonstrated to increase feelings of social connectedness in older adults. In one study, 82% of adults perceived a link between arts engagement and these feelings of connectedness. Specific modes that were found to increase these feelings (and are used by TAO) are live musical and drama performances, writing and literary workshops, and creating visual arts pieces.

Tidewater Arts Outreach strives to achieve wellness outcomes in the areas of physical, emotional, spiritual, and social wellness (four of the Seven Pillars of Wellness) for groups facing isolation and its adverse effects – including older adults, individuals of different abilities, patients experiencing physical or mental illness, or individuals working through traumatic experiences.

Participatory art has been found to achieve outcomes in all four wellness areas for these groups including:

Physical: Cardio-vascular, mobility, and breaking control improvements as well as increased activity levels.

Emotional: Counteracting negative effects from loss, increase confidence and self-esteem, and improving cognitive function.

Spiritual: Creating more positive sense of identity, especially when an individual exceeds their own expectations on what they achieve artistically.

Social: Improves communication skills and extends an individual’s social network.

Tidewater Arts Outreach matches local artists with opportunities to share their creativity and compassion in support of Hampton Roads residents who are in nursing homes, hospitals, shelters or are isolated from society in other ways.

TAO’s outreach programs are typically one hour in length, consisting of interactive music programs, participatory spoken word/poetry and songwriting workshops, hands-on visual arts projects and interactive performing arts presentations. Artists are recruited, trained and compensated by TAO. Participants never pay to take part in an arts outreach program.

Tidewater Arts Outreach is led by a capable staff, including an experienced fundraising and arts administrator as Executive Director and a program administrator with excellent community ties as Program Director.

Tidewater Arts Outreach also enjoys robust volunteer support from board membership and other community volunteers.

TAO has spent over 18 years cultivating this mission and the community to support it.

In 2021, Tidewater Arts Outreach produced 360 programs to over 10,000 participants with 42 different program partners. Program partner needs drive program design with each partner receiving programs curated to meet their care goals and plans.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is hard to come up with good questions to ask people,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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TIDEWATER ARTS OUTREACH

Board of directors
as of 1/17/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Donna Long

GovSolutions 4 Everyone

Term: 2018 - 2020

Stephen Taylor

Oast & Taylor PLC

Carole Cohen

TowneBank

Donna Long

GovSolutions

Stuart Goldwag

Hampton Roads Radiology Associates

Barbara Smith

Cherry Bekaert

Bryan Fine

Percentric

Amir Hajimomenian

Mid-Atlantic Long-Term Care

Ira Steingold

Steingold and Mendelson

Shaune Thomas-Blanding

Port of Virginia

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/17/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/29/2020

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.