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

According to the Foundation for Art & Healing, it is estimated that one third of adult Americans are affected by loneliness (feeling alone, social isolation, living alone) and this loneliness can increase mortality rates between 26-32%. This makes loneliness and isolation as lethal as chronic smoking.1 Older adults are particularly prone to loneliness and according to the CDC, makes this population 50% more at risk for developing dementia, 29% increase risk of heart disease, and 32% increase in risk of stroke. Loneliness is also associated with higher rates of depression, anxiety, and suicide. 2 1 - https://www.artandhealing.org/isolation-and-loneliness-fact-sheet/ 2 - https://www.cdc.gov/aging/publications/features/lonely-older-adults.html

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.

Arts engagement is a highly effective care supplement and combatant to loneliness. In one case study studying an “arts-on-prescription" project in England, patients “prescribed” an eight-week course in fine arts (including poetry, ceramics, or painting), showed a 37% reduction in GP consultation rates and 27% reduction in hospital visits. England’s National Health Service estimated a cost-saving of $280 per patient as a result of this project. (https://www.art4healing.org/special-report-art-and-the-brain/)

The group program model offered by Tidewater Arts Outreach is an effective and efficient method to provide arts engagement experiences for these populations that are most at risk of loneliness and its adverse effects. It is imperative to the Hampton Roads community that these experiences are made as widely available as possible – particularly to groups and communities that would not otherwise be able to access such opportunities. This is made even more critical in the wake of COVID-19 as necessary social distancing measures increase these feelings of isolation in already at-risk populations.

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 administration 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 17 years cultivating this mission and the community to support it.

In 2020, in spite of the programming interruptions from COVID-19, Tidewater Arts Outreach produced 131 programs to 2,251 participants in six different cities. Programs occurred at 28 different facilities.

TAO also maintained a 98.84% satisfaction rate among participants. The survey measures indicators such as pain management, quality of life, and enjoyment.

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,

  • 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Tidewater Arts Outreach has switched to virtual platforms for many of its programs due to COVID-19. These programs were being delivered exclusively live until feedback from one of the facility partners noted that the live setting did not work well for their population. That facility's programs were switched to a pre-recorded format (where programs could be paused so support staff could take extra time to assist as needed).

  • 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 act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

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 3/15/2021
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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/04/2021

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

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

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.