Upstream Arts Supporters

Our 2014 – 2015 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 & above
The Anonymous Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation
The Bush Foundation
Minnesota State Arts Board
National Endowment for the Arts

St. Croix River $10,000 to $24,999
The F. R. Bigelow Foundation
The California Institute of Contemporary Arts Foundation
Metropolitan Regional Arts Council
The Gladys M. Smith Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation
The Saint Paul Foundation
Reid and Ann Shaw
The WCA Foundation
VSA Minnesota

Cannon River $5,000 to $9,999
American Association of University Women
The Pohlad Family Foundation

Crow River $1,000 to $4,999
Delphine and Michael Barringer-Mills
Jane and John Cacich
Community Shares of Minnesota
Colleen and Ashley Diffely-Sullivan
Christian Fredrickson
Joe and Janet Green
Melinda Jacobs
Tom and Mary Gerry Lee
Mary Ann Lippay
Karl and Lisa Simer
Nancy Sonntag
The Staples Foundation
Peter Vitale and Stephen Nelson
Wayzata Community Church Fund
Patricia Woolsey

Sauk River $500 to $999
Jeff Cords and Amy Scheller
Thomas and Marilyn Gales
Patrick Gallagher
Wayne and Barbara Gilbertson
David and Jackie Guidry
Marcie Guidry
Bridget Harrington and Graham Smith
Ellen and Jim Hubbell
Lori Jacobwith
Brian Lofton
Judy Lysne and Alex Patterson
Marilyn Mounger
Harold and Barbara Smith

Pine River $100 to $499
Anonymous (4)
John Adams
Kim Adams and J. Scott Johnson
Therese Anderson
David and Joy Baker
Marie France and Bill Beitz
John Belew
Marc and Alicia Belton
Andrew Boyer
Hubert and Shirley Brasseaux
Christine and Henry Brown
Paul Brown
Charles Burdick and Christy Haynes
John and Peggy Burns
Tracey and John Carey
Joe and Jane Cavanaugh
Kayla Collins
Barbara Croxen
Frank de Lathouder
Beth Deiter
Janna Dethmers
Michelle Dickerson
Thomas and Phyllis Dosch
Judith Douglas
Janice and Gerald Downing
Jackie and Lynne Finney
Jessica Finney
Glen Fladeboe
Adrian and Ann Marie Freeman
Lee and Serge Garces
Teri Goethel
Bob Goodfellow
Lorissa Gottschalk
Joe and Julia Green
Mary and Dominick Green
Sara and Matt Grow
Julie and Matt Guidry
Dale and Rose Haning
David M. Harris
Ed and Alice Henson
Pam and Bob Herrick
Ryan Hoag
Deb Holbrook
David and Michelle Horan
Becky and Barry Huff
Maxine and Kieran Hughes
Christine Hurney and Timothy Fisher
Sally Koering Zimney and Andy Zimney
Alyce Kuenzli
Jack and Laura Lee
Norah Long
James and Kathy Malpede
Richard and Carol Markham-Cousins
Todd Mathison
Ann L. Mavis
Mary McEathron
Jeninne McGee
John Miller-Stephany
Jeff and Sarah Milligan-Toffler
Joan Morris
Katie Munster
Marilyn Murphy and Shawn Harpley
Margaret and Douglas Nathan
Tom and Darlene Neidlinger
Mike Olson
Rebecca Orman
Dr. J. Andrew and Janet Overman
Chris and Laura Pardo Family Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation
Suzanne and Bob Pitsor
Tim and Elisabeth Pletcher-Harincar
Maggie Quinlan and Robert Frawley
Alice and John Reimann
Jessica Robbins
Sharon Rodning Bash
Tony and Kevin Saputo-Swanson
Holly and Ian Schramm
Sue Scott and Ron Peluso
Mary and Tom Seitz
Drew Sieplinga and Alec Shaw
Helen Silha
Rhonda S. Simonson
Barbara and Steve Sindlinger
Alison Sipkins
Sandy Strudthoff-McKee
Phil and Rebecca Taylor
Alan C. and Jean W. Thiel
Katie and Dusty Thune
Uptown Natural Care Center
Jim and Rita Urbanek
Jim and Betty Urie
Nancy and Steve Waters
Michael and Martha Wilson
Amy Winkel and Ruth Pallow
Michael Witzany
Marikay and Michael Wolf

Lake Itasca Up to $100
Anonymous (8)
Jennifer Anderson
Carla Bates and Susan Pollock
Bryan Boyce
Florence Brammer
Sarah Brown
Philip and Carolyn Brunelle
Patrick Burns and Sharon Powell
Allison Cacich
Bob Carey
Katherine Carey
Patrick Carey
Ann Casey
Rae Charles
Jenna Childs
Lindsay Clark
Kathleen Cobb
Anne-Marie Cookson
Sharon Cords
Charles Crowley
Mary Donohue
Catherine and Bedellmus Downing
Sharla and Blake Duerre
Terry Egge
Tim and Becky Freeman
Dylan Fresco
Phyllis Genest-Stein
Chris and Wendy Gennaula
Ron Goldstein and Susan Freeberg
Kelsye Gould
Julie Graves
Susan Haas and Michael Sommers
Drucie Haddock
Donna and Mertroe Hornbuckle
Jason Howard
Lauren Hughes and Tamara Smith
Anthony Indelicato
Mary Irmiger
Amy and Andy Jendrzejewski
Rachel Jendrzejewski and Theo Goodell
Karen Johnson
Calvin Keasling
Angie Keeton
Taous Khazem
Molly Killeen Taylor
Alyssa Klein
Diana Konopka
Mary and James Koon
Ben Krywosz
Beverly E. Kuenzli
Julie Kurtz
Lisa Lamirande
Deborah Lane
Dan Lori
Marilyn Maas
The Maas Kids
Nicole Madsen and Michael Birawer
Nancy Maiello
Amy Marquez
William Mask and Anne Howden
Kevin McCaleb
Erica Meium
Alison Mertens
Judy and Thomas Messina
Gerald Mevissen
Karen Moe
Taylor Muell
Linda and Bill Murphy
Kelly M. Nakashima
Sarah Nargang
Lisa Negstad
Nanci Olesen and Steven Epp
Paul and Linda Ostmoe
Joanna Lee and Ronald Thomas Perkins
Sarah Peters
Rachel Ratkowski
Noël Raymond and Amy Finch
Justine Roe
Katherine Roth
Marilyn Rushenberg
Christian and Karen Lee Salter
Lindsey and Andre Samples
Patricia Samples
Marcia and Jerry Sansby
Alina Schroeder
Luverne Seifert and Darcey Engen
Anthony and Sally Sexton
Katie Sherman and John Strand
Ann Shumate
David Sieplinga
Bree Sieplinga and David Luke
Galen Smith
Ed Sootsman and Scott Appelwick
Gillian Spence
Dawn Starr
Jennifer and Scott Thalhuber
Becky Timm
Carlos Vazquez
Mary Vosberg
Joel Waters
Stu and Nicole Waters

In-Kind Gifts
Franklin Street Bakery
Michelle Montoya Jensen
Karen Pachan
Surdyk’s Liquor & Cheese Shop

Paul Brown: In honor of Henry Brown
Jane and John Cacich: Happy Birthday, Henry!!
Frank de Lathouder: In recognition of work being done by Adrian Freeman
Beth Deiter: In honor of Gene and Katie Munster
Judith Douglas: In honor of Lindsey for all the great things she does to make this world a better place
Jackie and Lynne Finney: In honor of Jess Finney
Jessica Finney: Happy Birthday, Henry Brown!
Teri Goethel: In honor of the work of my friend Janice Downing
Bob Goodfellow: In honor of Jackie and Dave Guidry
Joe and Janet Green: In honor of Caleb Guidry
David and Jackie Guidry: In honor of Caleb George-Guidry
Donna and Mertroe Hornbuckle: In honor of Ryan Hoag
Beverly E. Kuenzli: In honor of Alyce Kuenzli
Amy Marquez: In honor of Gene and Katie Munster
Mike Olson: In honor of Gene and Katie Munster
Dr. J. Andrew and Janet Overman: In honor of Maggie Quinlan
Alice and John Reimann: Because of Board Member Maggie, her Charlie, and my brother Mark!!
Jessica Robbins: In honor of Gene and Katie Munster
Tony and Kevin Saputo-Swanson: In honor of Adrian Freeman and his service to the Upstream Arts Board of Directors
David Sieplinga: I love Bree!

This list reflects gifts made between July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015. 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


AAUW logo

The American Association of University Women (AAUW)


Bigelow Foundation logo


The F. R. Bigelow Foundation


bnsf_logo The BNSF Railway Foundation


Bush Foundation logo


The Bush Foundation



California Institute of Contemporary Arts





The Carolyn Foundation



Community Shares of Minnesota


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.


Mount Sinai Community Foundation, a designated fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation





The National Endowment for the Arts





The Pohlad Family Foundation





The Saint Paul Foundation logo


The Saint Paul Foundation





The Staples Foundation





VSA Minnesota
Upstream Arts is a 2016 recipient of an ADA Access Improvement Grant from VSA Minnesota, with funds from the Metro Regional Arts Council. This activity is funded, in part, by the Arts and Cultural Heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.


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