Our Supporters

Our Corporate and Foundation Supporters

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  Upstream Arts is supported by ArtsLab, a program of Arts Midwest.



bnsf_logo The BNSF Railway Foundation


The Otto Bremer Foundation

The Buuck Family Foundation

The Foss Foundation


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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


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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 legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.




The National Endowment for the Arts



The Sewell Family Foundation 





The Staples Foundation








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




The Department of VSA and Accessibility at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts





   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.


The Archie D. and Bertha H. Walker Foundation 


Our 2012 – 2013 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
Otto Bremer Foundation
B.C. Gamble and P.W. Skogmo Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation
The Metropolitan Regional Arts Council
The Minnesota State Arts Board
The National Endowment for the Arts
VSA Minnesota

St. Croix River: $10,000 to $24,999
VSA – The Kennedy Center

Cannon River: $5,000-$9,999
BNSF Foundation

Crow River: $1,000-$4,999
Delphine and Michael Barringer-Mills
Joe and Janet Green
Marcie Guidry
Mary Ann Lippay
Arthur Murray Charity Fund – Dancing with Twin Cities’ Celebrities
Sewell Family Foundation
Karl and Lisa Simer
Archie D. & Bertha H. Walker Foundation
Wild Rumpus Books for Young Readers and the Okee Dokee Brothers

Sauk River: $500 to $999
Allan and Susan Carneol
Harold D. and Barbara K. Smith

Pine River: $100 to $499
Anonymous (2)
David and Joy Baker
Marie France and Bill Beitz
John Belew
Doris and Gary Braley
Hubert and Shirley Brasseaux
John and Peggy Burns
Jane and John Cacich
Joe and Jane Cavanaugh
Carrie and Ian Eccleston
Jackie and Lynne Finney
Jeremy Finney
Jacqueline Firkins
Adrian and Ann Marie Freeman
Thomas and Marilyn Gales
Lee and Serge Garces
Chrissie and Brian Glenn Mahaffy
Bob Goodfellow
David and Jackie Guidry
Dale and Rose Haning
Stephen and Deb Harley
Pam and Bob Herrick
Ryan Hoag
Maxine and Kieran Hughes
Anthony Indelicato
John and Martha Jackson
Laura and Michael LaFave
Greg Lais and Patti Thurber
Jack and Laura Lee
Jeff and Sarah Milligan-Toffler
Patricia Moore
Marilyn Mounger
Tom and Darlene Neidlinger
Rebecca Orman
Amy Ottaviani
Seth and Nora Patterson
Curt Peterson
Katie Piehl and Richard Knowlton
Bob and Lane Powell
Bob Pranis and Veronica Weadock
Robert Frawley and Maggie Quinlan, LGSW
Gillian Spence
Katie Taylor
Phil and Rebecca Taylor
Jean and Alan Thiel
Juliana Tillema and Chad Lauber
Peter Vitale and Stephen Nelson
Michael and Martha Wilson
Michael Witzany

Lake Itasca: $1 to $99
Anonymous (2)
Gary and Karilyn Alexander
Emily Anderson
Kathryn Armstrong
Christine Beeson
John and Jennifer Breitingers
Christine and Henry Brown
Philip and Carolyn Brunelle
Kathy and Thomas Colaizy
Kayla Collins
Leah Cooper and Alan Berks
Jeff Cords and Amy Scheller
Mehri and Kristen Davis
Matthew Dawson
Jennifer Delisi
Heather Doyle
Katherine Evans and Ryan Walquist
Jessica Finney
John Finney
Tim and Becky Freeman
Phyllis Genest-Stein
Ron Goldstein and Susan Freeberg
Kelsye Gould
Emily Green and Jim Manolis
Julie and Matt Guidry
Susan Haas and Michael Sommers
Drucie Haddock
Lorraine Harney
David M. Harris
David Holewinski
Michael Hoyt
Jessica Huang
Mary Irmiger
Tara Iyer
Shannon Jackson
Lori Jacobwith
Kathleen Kaufmann
Brenda Kayzar
Steven Kiwus and Liza Leigh-Kiwus
Spencer Kramber
Justin Lansing
Patty Lee and Lori Fewer
Lisa Lindstrom
Nikki Madsen
Lindsay and Tim Mason
Lynne and Steven McCoy
Mary and Rosie McDonough
Shiva Mittal
Karen Moe
Eric Mueller
Linda and Bill Murphy
Kelly M. Nakashima
Lisa Negstad
Neil and Heidi Nelson
Nanci Olesen and Steven Epp
Allana Olson
Elisabeth Pletcher-Harincar and Tim Harincar
John and Nancy Quinlan
Catherine Quinlan and Kevin Bruesewitz
Noel Raymond & Amy Finch
Katherine Roth
Jennifer Rutkoski
Marcia and Jerry Sansby
Jeff Sartain and Mark Sedio
Alina Schroeder
Michelle Schutt and Scott Engstrom
Sue Scott and Ron Peluso
Luverne Seifert and Darcey Engen
David Sieplinga
Douglas and Donna Sieplinga
Bree Sieplinga and David Luke
Ed Sootsman and Scott Appelwick
Elizabeth Starz
Marie Yu Stipkovits
Michelle Thayer
Ricardo Vazquez
Nancy Waldoch
Geoffrey Wold
Michelle Woster
Sally Koering Zimney and Andy Zimney

Memorial & Tribute Gifts
In Honor of Jess Finney (Go Jess!!) – Jane Cacich
For Jess and our awesome Memaw! – Jeremy Finney
In Honor of Janet and Joe Green – Carrie and Ian Eccleston
Dedicated to Caleb George Guidry – Joe and Janet Green
Dedicated to Caleb George Guidry – Jeff and Sarah Milligan-Toffler
Dedicated to Caleb George Guidry – Peter Vitale and Stephen Nelson
In Honor of Dob and Gay Sieplinga – Douglas and Donna Sieplinga

Cars with Heart Vehicle Donation
Toimu Eastman

In-kind Donations
Lotus & Lama


This list reflects gifts made between July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013. We make every effort to ensure this information is accurate. If you notice errors or omissions, please contact us.