Upstream Arts Supporters

Our 2013 – 2014 Individual Donors

Every day, people with disabilities and the people that support them are pushing upstream against the current of life. This is where Upstream Arts gets its name and why we have chosen to focus our donor levels around the Mississippi River, an important landmark and a source of energy, vitality, and community that is treasured by Minnesotans. Starting with the headwaters at Lake Itasca, each river that flows into the Mississippi makes it a more powerful force. It’s the same at Upstream Arts. Each donation, starting with the foundation laid by our core group of donors at the Lake Itasca level, is essential to our sustainability, making it possible for us to continue our mission. Thank you for bringing this energy, vitality and community to Upstream Arts, and for helping us to move upstream.


Mississippi River: $25,000 and above
The Minnesota State Arts Board

St. Croix River: $10,000 to $24,999
ArtsLab, a program of Arts Midwest
Metropolitan Regional Arts Council
The Gladys M. Smith Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation
A. Reid & Ann Shaw
VSA Minnesota
The WCA Foundation

Crow River: $1,000-$4,999
The Archie D. & Bertha H. Walker Foundation
Delphine and Michael Barringer-Mills
The BNSF Railway Foundation
Jane & John Cacich
Joe & Janet Green
The June & Julian Foss Foundation
Mary Ann Lippay
The Nash Foundation
The Sewell Family Foundation
Karl & Lisa Simer
The Staples Foundation
The Tom & Mary Gerry Lee Family Foundation of The Saint Paul Foundation

Sauk River: $500 to $999
Doris & Gary Braley
The Compas United Arts Fund Workplace Giving Campaign
Jerry & Jennie Finney
David & Jackie Guidry
Marcie Guidry
Bridge Harrington & Graham Smith
Melinda Jacobs
Lori Jacobwith
Alyssa Klein
Marilyn Mounger
Julie Panger
Phil & Rebecca Taylor

Pine River: $100 to $499
Anonymous (4)
Kim Adams
Julia Anderson
Jason Backes*
David and Joy Baker
Blayne D. Barnes*
Kathryn Barr
Mary and Kurt Becker*
John Belew
Alan Berks and Leah Cooper
Andrew Boyer
Hubert and Shirley Brasseaux
Rob and Leah Brzezinski
John and Peggy Burns
Joe and Jane Cavanaugh
Deborah Cloud*
Mark and Claudia Cohn*
Kayla Collins
Jennifer Delisi
Michelle Dickerson
Janice and Gerald Downing
Katherine Evans and Ryan Walquist
Jackie and Lynne Finney
Jessica Finney
Brittany Foster
Thomas and Marilyn Gales
Lee and Serge Garces
Chrissie and Brian Glenn Mahaffy
Alan and Lynn Goldbloom*
Bob Goodfellow
Jocelyn and Jed Gorlin*
Lorissa Gottschalk
Mary and Dominick Green
Julie and Matt Guidry
Jon and Diane Hallberg*
Dale and Rose Haning
Carmen Harris
Claire Hawkins
Ed and Alice Henson
Ryan Hoag
David Horan
Mike Hoyt
Ellen and Jim Hubbell
Anthony Indelicato
Gabriel Keller and Emily Sohn
Sherry Kempf and Ethan Bleifuss
Steven Kiwus and Liza Leigh-Kiwus
Larissa Kokernot
Bruce and Janice Kramer
Jack and Laura Lee
Linda Madsen*
Tracey Maloney
Elizabeth A. McDonough*
Michael McGee*
Timothy Meyer*
Jeff and Sarah Milligan-Toffler
David C. and Kathleen M. Mortenson
Dipankar Mukherjee and Meena Natarajan
Shawn Harpley & Marilyn Murphy
Tom and Darlene Neidlinger
Jean Ness
Rebecca Orman
Amy Ottaviani
Joanna Lee and Ronald Thomas Perkins*
Curt Peterson
Katie Piehl and Richard Knowlton
Elisabeth Pletcher-Harincar and Tim Harincar
John and Nancy Quinlan
Maggie Quinlan and Robert Frawley
Terence Rice
Michael Richards*
Robert Rothaar and Sue Kearney*
Jeff Cords and Amy Scheller
Matt Sciple
Sue Scott and Ron Peluso
A. Reid and Ann Shaw
Robin Silverman
Fred and Michelle Spence
Gillian Spence
Lisa Taglia
Katie Taylor
Alan C. and Jean W. Thiel
Jim and Rita Urbanek
Peter Vitale and Stephen Nelson
Peggy Wilcox-Browning and Steven Kramer
Michael and Martha Wilson
Michael Witzany
Michelle Woster and Peter Quale*
Lucia Yess
Laura Young and Susan Purdie*

Lake Itasca: $1 to $99
Anonymous (8)
John Adams
Katharine H. Baker*
Carla Bates and Susan Pollock
Anne Bendel*
Jaimie Bennett and Bret Hesla
John and JoAnn Berg Bablitch
Mindy Bolton
Susie and Bill Brayshaw
Christine Brown
Sarah Brown
Philip and Carolyn Brunelle*
John Brust
Janice Buck
Patrick Burns and Sharon Powell
Debra Busch
Jeanne Calvit
Deborah E. Carneol
Ann Casey
Joselyn Caton
Kathleen Cobb
Eugene Crawshaw*
Barb Croxen
Lucinda Cummings*
Patrick and Kristi Curme
Barbara Dambrose
Laressa Dickey
Steve Dietz
Ellen Doherty*
Catherine and Bedellmus Downing
Nils Dybvig and Michele Braley
Kevin Evers
John Foelster
Tim and Becky Freeman
Phyllis Genest-Stein
Chris and Wendy Gennaula
Robin Gillette
Sarah Gioia
Alvin Goeser
Ron Goldstein and Susan Freeberg
Kelsye Gould
Jean Greenwood
Susan Haas and Michael Sommers
Drucie Haddock
Jane Hagen
Luann M. Hakel*
Nathan Hanson*
William D. Hanson*
John Hebig
Michelle Hensley*
Eddie Henson
Julie Hirsch and Ron Feldman
Jason Howard
Lauren Hughes
Shannon Jackson
Amy and Andy Jendrzejewski
Rachel Jendrzejewski and Theo Goodell
Karen Johnson
Masanari Kawahara and Elizabeth Garvey
Calvin Keasling
Kari Kelly
Mark Kenneback
Carson Kreitzer
Beverly E. Kuenzli
John Kuenzli
Thomas Amon and John Kundtz*
Mary Lamers Tkach*
Mary and Gregg Larson*
Alisa and Brian Linne*
Brad Little
Ann Logelin*
Sarah Long
Kym Longhi and Jim Peitzman
Bill Mask and Anne Howden
Kristen Math
Ann L. Mavis
Thomas M. McDonagh
Mary and Rosie McDonough
Mary McEathron
Patricia Milbrath
Caron Moore*
Patricia Moore
Kathleen Murphy
Linda and Bill Murphy
Miriam Must
Kelly M. Nakashima
Lisa Negstad
Amy and John Nymark*
Theresa O’Connor
Paul and Linda Ostmoe
Warren Park
Carolyn Payne
Allyson Perling
Sarah Peters
Marthena J. Peterson-Brust and Erica Beth Peterson
Brian Poulton and Merle Greene
Catherine Quinlan and Kevin Bruesewitz
Lezlie Rabine*
Noël Raymond and Amy Finch
Jewell Reichenberger
Alice and John Reimann
Iyana Rice
Kimberly Richardson*
Barbara J. and B. David Rippon*
Thomas Robinson
Jennifer Royer
Jennifer Rutkoski
Christian and Karen Lee Salter
Patricia Samples
Marcia and Jerry Sansby
Chris Satterlie
Jon and Karen Schwalbe
Christine Sedesky*
Shari Seelig and Richard Schwartz
Joey Sicoli
Douglas and Donna Sieplinga
Drew Sieplinga and Alec Shaw
Bree Sieplinga and David Luke
Ed Sootsman and Scott Appelwick
Jeffrey Still
Marie Yu Stipkovits
Cynthia Stokes*
Amy and Con Tang*
The Robbins/Hooper Families
Martin and Kate Thomas
Juliana Tillema and Chad Lauber
Joseph Timmons and Karen Ballor
Carlos Vazquez
Nancy Waldoch and John Bueche
Sarah Walter*
Kevin Ward
Kelly N. Waterman
Lina Wiksten
Karen Wills*
Julia & Greg Yager*
Sally Koering Zimney and Andy Zimney

In-kind Donations
Bryant-Lake Bowl
Dunn Brothers Coffee
Skip Fay
Kyle Feldman
Kafe 421
Jill Kittock
Ann Mavis
Sugey (Maria) McCormack
Karen Pachan
Peace Coffee
Mark Ryan
Steppingstone Theatre for Youth Development
Summit Brewing Company
Surly Brewing Company
Wild Rumpus Books for Young Readers

Memorial & Tribute Gifts
Anonymous, in honor of Caleb Guidry.
Jerry and Jennie Finney, in honor of Jessica Finney & in memory of Mary J. Jackson.
Jessica Finney, in memory of Mary Jackson.
Beverly E. Kuenzli, in honor of Alyce Kuenzli.
David C. and Kathleen M. Mortenson, honoring the work of Alyce Kuenzli. A star!
Jon and Karen Schwalbe, in honor of Andrew S. Schwalbe.
Reid and Ann Shaw, in honor of Drew Sieplinga and Alec Shaw.
Douglas and Donna Sieplinga, in loving memory of Dob and Gay Sieplinga.
Kate Thomas, dedicated to Martin Thomas and our family.
Kevin Ward, in honor of Charles Fraser.

*Indicates gifts in honor of the Peter Vitale and Stephen Nelson Wedding/Family.

This list reflects gifts made between July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014. We make every effort to ensure this information is accurate. If you notice errors or omissions, please contact us. 

Our Current Corporate and Foundation Supporters



bnsf_logo The BNSF Railway Foundation



CICA_logoCalifornia Institute of Contemporary Arts






The Carolyn Foundation



Clean Water Land & Legacy Logo

Metropolitan Regional Arts Council
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to legislative appropriations from the State’s general fund and from the arts and cultural heritage fund. 



The Gladys M. Smith Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation


MSAB LogoClean Water Land & Legacy Logo

Minnesota State Arts Board

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.




The National Endowment for the Arts






The Staples Foundation









United Arts Fund logo


United Arts Fund, a program of COMPAS
Including contributions from hundreds of employees at companies throughout Minnesota.






   VSA Minnesota This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a 2013 ADA Access Improvement Grant administered by VSA Minnesota for the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage fund.

wca_gail1 The WCA Foundation




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