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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Fall Self-Advocacy Classes are here!

Your story is yours to tell. Join our growing community of
self-advocates who are expanding our voice and choice through the arts.

Hybrid, online, and in-person classes for adults with disabilities start October 4th!

Register for these pay-what-you-can classes today!

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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

READ IN SMALL MOMENTS

In Small Moments: Self Advocacy is (an) Art

Video highlight reel from Upstream Arts' late 2020/early 2021 online classes for and with adults with disabilities. July 1st, 2021 marked the first day of Upstream Arts’ 16th year of practice, and the first major initiative we sent forth into the community was a...

15 years and 10,000 hours

June 30, 2021 marks the completion of 15 years of Upstream Arts working with and alongside people with disabilities of all ages to share creative experiences, to work towards understanding and inclusion, and to share space together. These experiences have mostly...

Let’s Re•Focus One More Time

Let’s Re•Focus, One More Time Before we officially close out our 2020-21 fiscal year, our 15th year and one that has been like no other, I want to revisit Re•Focus, our online portrait exhibit closing June 30, just one more time. One more time to experience stories...

In Small Moments: Changing one thing

Julie Guidry describes how the nursing shortage at their son’s group home is impacting the family – and inspiring them to adapt.

In Small Moments: Silence and Understanding

As we collectively adapt to stay connected, Co-Founder and Artistic Director Matt Guidry illustrates Upstream Arts’ philosophy and practice through beautiful stories of small moments in classrooms and connecting with his own son, Caleb. I rocked my adult son to sleep...

In Small Moments: Finding Togetherness

As we adapt and innovate to stay connected, Artistic Director Matt Guidry shares some of Upstream Arts' best practices so that those who are sheltering at home, out of school, or isolated from usual activities can practice creativity and social connection. Welcome to...

In Small Moments: Creatively Connecting

As we adapt and innovate to stay connected, Artistic Director Matt Guidry shares some of Upstream Arts' best practices so that those who are sheltering at home, out of school, or isolated from usual activities can practice creativity and social connection. Welcome to...

In Small Moments: How We Practice Invitation

As we adapt and innovate to stay connected, Artistic Director Matt Guidry shares some of Upstream Arts' best practices so that those who are sheltering at home, out of school, or isolated from usual activities can practice creativity and social connection. Welcome to...

In Small Moments: Notes on Practice with Matt Guidry

As we adapt and innovate to stay connected, Artistic Director Matt Guidry shares some of Upstream Arts' best practices so that those who are sheltering at home, out of school, or isolated from usual activities can practice creativity and social connection. Welcome to...