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The Art of Me at Midwest Special Services

Who: Open to the general public
When/Where: See below
Cost: FREE

Midwest Special Services (MSS) and Upstream Arts are thrilled to present The Art of Me, a unique theatrical experience featuring original poetry, song, dance, paintings, and even improvisation! Featuring Upstream Arts participants from six MSS sites, these performances are the culminations of our fall residencies with MSS, which use the arts to explore the complicated nuances of personal expression and social interaction.

Three performances will presented this fall, each featuring two groups of participants, at different locations throughout the Twin Cities metro:

Friday, September 19, 6pm - MSS Oakdale/St Paul groups at MSS Oakdale Center (3400 Granada Ave N, Suite 190, Oakdale, MN 55128)

Friday, November 21, 6pm - MSS Apple Valley/Eagan groups at MSS Eagan (3265 Northwood Circle, Suite 180, Eagan, MN 55121)

Friday, December 19, 6pm - MSS Brooklyn Park/Shoreview groups at MSS Brooklyn Park (7600 Boone Avenue N, Suite 86, Brooklyn Park, MN 55428)

Doors open at 5:30pm, and light refreshments will be served. If you have any questions, please contact MSS Creative Arts Development Specialist Lauren Hughes at (651) 454-9010 or via email at [email protected] 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.



Let’s Talk About Transition: A Community Dialogue

Who: Parents of Middle School-Age and Older Children, Educators, School Administrators, Higher Education Professionals, Business Leaders/Owners, Organizations, Service Providers, Students with Disabilities
When: Saturday, September 20, 9am-12pm
Where: Upstream Arts (2nd floor of Pillsbury House Community Center, 3501 Chicago Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407)
Cost: FREE – click here to register

Let’s talk about improving transition services, employment, and post-secondary education opportunities for students with all disabilities. Come share your thoughts about current resources and challenges. Information you share will be used to inform and influence policymakers as to why special education transition service reform is needed and to provide guidance for effective change. These community dialogues, organized by the Autism Society of Minnesota, are provided through a Community Innovation Grant from the Bush Foundation. If you have questions, please contact Kim Kang at (612) 387-6509.