Upstream Arts Teaching Artists and Participants

Upstream Arts Teaching Artists and Participants

Upstream Arts regularly offers programs and events open to the public at large. To learn about programs and events as they are happening, please subscribe to our mailing list by entering your email address into the box at the bottom of this page, and/or bookmark this page and check back often. Click here to learn how to bring Upstream Arts to your community organization or project.

We also regularly compile other events and opportunities, unaffiliated with Upstream Arts, that we think might interest our community; click here to check them out.



The Art of Me: The Roles We Play Performance at Oak-Land Jr. High School

Who: Open to the general public
When: Thursday, August 14, 6:30pm
Where: Oak-Land Jr. High School, 820 Manning Ave N, Lake Elmo, MN 55042 (map)
Cost: FREE

Valley Friendship Club and Upstream Arts are thrilled to present an original and unique theatrical experience exploring the many wonderful and complicated roles we play in our lives. Performers, who have been working together twice a week since early July, will share their stories with you through song, dance, movement, visual art, and poetry. Plan to stick around afterwards for a post-show reception with cake! Click here to learn more.



“The Art of Me: The Roles We Play” Residency at Valley Friendship Club

Who: People of all abilities, ages 14 & up
When: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:30-11:30am, July 8-August 14.
Public performance on August 14 at 6:30pm.
Where: Oak-Land Jr. High School, 820 Manning Ave N, Lake Elmo, MN 55042 (map)
Cost: $90 (full 6-week program)

Following the success of The Art of Me: a theatrical experience last year, we are delighted to partner with Valley Friendship Club to offer the program again this summer. The theme this year is “The Roles We Play.” Participants will meet twice weekly on Tuesday and Thursday mornings for multidisciplinary arts-based activities designed to nurture vital social and communication skills, culminating in a free public performance on August 14. To learn more and register, please email [email protected]



“Upstream” Photography Exhibit at UMN Institute on Community Integration

Who: Open to the general public
When: Now through June 2014
Where: University of Minnesota Institute on Community Integration (102 Pattee Hall, 150 Pillsbury Drive SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 - map)
Cost: FREE

The “Upstream” photography exhibit tour has been extended! We’re now honored to be showing this beautiful series by Dirk Anschütz, featuring unsentimental portraits of adults with disabilities, at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on Community Integration (ICI). The ICI is a federally designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), part of a national network of similar programs in major universities and teaching hospitals across the country. Upstream Arts has a long history with the ICI, as we partnered with them to develop and continually work with them to improve the rigorous evaluation tool we use to assess the impact of our programs. The exhibit, part of ICI’s Changing Landscapes Art Initiative, is open to the public free of charge through June 2014. Please contact the ICI with any questions and for building hours.