Upstream Arts uses the power of the creative arts to activate and amplify the voice and choice of individuals with disabilities.

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Upstream Arts’ end of fiscal year fundraising goal is $20,000.

Invest today in any amount meaningful to you- and feel the way your connections ripple upstream.


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Self-Advocacy classes run weekly
June – September, 2022

Join Online or In Person!
Tuesdays 11.30-12.30pm CST

Wednesdays 4-5pm CST

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*  Summer SELF ADVOCACY Class Registration NOW OPEN!  *

Our Self-Advocacy classes offer a fun, creative, and experiential learning environment for participants to strengthen self-advocacy skills with and alongside Upstream Arts artists, and peers.

BI, CAC, CADI and DD Waivers now accepted.

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Join our growing community of self-advocates expanding our voice and choice through the arts!


Your story is yours to tell.


Inclusion happens in the
ordinary moments

True access can be achieved through a consistent and intentional practice of doing the little things that say “I see you. I hear you. I notice you.”

We Assume Ability

Participation looks different for everyone, but through creativity, flexibility, and choice, all can be included and find success.

Access is an Attitude

Creating physical access with automatic doors and ramps is necessary and vital, but none of that matters if you don’t feel welcome when you enter a space.


Julie and I created Upstream Arts because we recognized that at the core of engagement and communication is a give and take, an action and reaction, a listening and responding. We knew from personal experience that the arts were a perfect medium through which to practice these fundamental human skills.”

Matt Guidry

Co-Founder and Artistic Director


Join us for The Art of Me performance with Merrick

Join us for The Art of Me: A Community of Sunshine, a multidisciplinary performance co-created by Upstream Arts and Merrick. Drawing on structured improvisations from Upstream Arts classes, the show features creative contributions of artists with disabilities from the...