“These are the programs that are needed by the students who do not learn the same as the majority. We need to teach the students who aren’t responding to traditional approaches, differently.”
Special Education Teacher
In 2013-14, your contribution to Upstream Arts impacted
children and youth with disabilities, ages birth-21, through 42 arts residencies in 7 school districts across the Twin Cities and beyond, including Minneapolis Public Schools and Saint Paul Public Schools.
adults with disabilities, ages 21-75+, through 26 arts residencies, offered in collaboration with some of the largest Adult Day Programs in the region, including Lifeworks, Midwest Special Services, and Opportunity Partners.
educators, administrators, artists, curators, producers, disability service providers, and families through embedded professional development as well as special trainings in arts-based teaching strategies, universal design, and inclusive practices.
community members of all ages and abilities through 24 public art programs carried out by Upstream Arts with 16 community partners, including Northern Spark, Bloomington Theater and Art Center, Valley Friendship Club, ArtReach St. Croix, Arts on Chicago, and Wild Rumpus Books for Young Readers.