Tidewater Arts Outreach director building on ‘great foundation’

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.




“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.