As the executive director of Tidewater Arts Outreach, Reese Beeler believes art “makes life beautiful.”
She took over the reins of TAO in 2018 and says the Norfolk-based nonprofit is on course to run more programs in 2020 than ever before.
A painted guitar is one of the pieces of art at the offices of Tidewater Arts Outreach in the Ghent area of Norfolk. (David Macaulay/Freelance / The Virginian-Pilot)
“Last year we did 144 programs. This year we are on track for doing 220 programs,” she said.
As TAO’s executive director, she is tasked with bringing music, painting, writing and dance to people in challenging environments. The organization’s core mission is bringing joy to older adults through the arts.