The mission of Upstream Arts is to enhance the lives of adults and youth with disabilities by fostering creative communication and social independence through the power of arts education.



We believe that the arts are uniquely suited to act as a tool to teach and learn the complicated nuances of social interaction and communication, and that artistic experiences nurture growth. We believe that infusing arts strategies into education and services that individuals with disabilities receive at every stage of life can transform teaching and learning for all diverse learners. We believe the arts have a central role to play in advancing true inclusion. We value the creative process as a pathway to community solutions, a nurturing ground for building cross-sector relationships, and a framework toward a future where all individuals—regardless of ability—will be engaged, connected, and included in all aspects of our society.

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