WHO WE ARE
We work at the intersection of the arts, disability, and learning.
Upstream Arts is one of few arts organizations nationally that focuses on developing social and communication skills through curriculum-based arts programming for people with disabilities at every stage of life. With residencies, community events & performances, and trainings, we offer intentional opportunities for shared creative experiences and personal empowerment.
Upstream Arts uses the power of the creative arts to activate and amplify
the voice and choice of individuals with disabilities.
For students from birth to age 21, in collaboration with public schools
Community performances, exhibits, and cross-sector dialogues
For adults ages 21 to 75+, in collaboration with Adult Day Programs
Learning and growth opportunities for artists, organizations, educators, and cross-sector leaders
Rochelle Cox, Executive Director of Minneapolis Public Schools
In 2018-19, your contribution to Upstream Arts will impact
Incredible thanks to all the wonderful supporters who have invested in Upstream Arts since our last update. The impact of your contribution continues to reverberate. Recently one of our Teaching Artists in The Art of Working told us this story: "One of our...read more
Our Teaching Artists and Staff are involved in a wide range of professional projects outside of their work with Upstream Arts. Each month, we post opportunities to see their performances, exhibitions, and other events as well as notable accomplishments. Lindsey...read more
A huge round of thanks to the incredible individuals who helped us end our 2017-18 fiscal year on a strong note and step into our current year with a splash! After one of our recent classes, the lead Teaching Artist told us this: "We ended today’s poem dance with a...read more