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

“The arts have the potential to break new ground, to energize our personal connections, and to open new doors for invention and practice. These are the things that Upstream Arts is bringing to our services.”

Rochelle Cox, Executive Director of Minneapolis Public Schools

In 2018-19, your contribution to Upstream Arts will impact

professional artists working at the intersection of the arts, disability, and learning.

cross-sector partnerships with schools, adult day programs, disability service providers, and community organizations across Minneapolis/St. Paul and beyond.

innovative multidisciplinary arts programs, designed to nurture vital social and communication skills for people with disabilities at every stage of life.

individuals of all ages and abilities receiving 16,000+ contact hours of instruction in the arts and social/communication skill development.


We are committed to providing more arts learning experiences for people with disabilities at every stage of life. Will you join us?


Gratitude & The Work Ahead – August 2018

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...

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Artists Around Town – August 2018

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...

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Gratitude & The Work Ahead – July 2018

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...

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