Upstream Arts participant at Linwood Monroe Arts Plus

Upstream Arts participant, dancing as she paints (photo: Theo Goodell)


Big thanks to everyone who has supported Upstream Arts over the past month – many through participation in the 2nd Annual David K Open on July 3.

Atlas Bells, Richard Bachrach, Rob Beyer/Earthbend Technology Solutions, Steve Boyd, Sheldon Bryant, Dino Buege/Express Employment Professionals, Chase Carroll, Jeff Danberry, Traci Dokken, David Dorn and Deborah Schield, Terry Dumont/Desired Homes Realty, Tony Frank, Mike Frederick, James and Gina Goutanis/Ski Boat Solutions, Daniel and Carole Herkenhoff, Julie Hirsch/HP Realty, JAMF Software, Tom Jenkins, Colleen Johnson, Paul Keiski, Alan Kirmeier, Jayson Kirmeier, Kristin Kirmeier, Trish Kirmeier, Mary Gerry Lee and Tom Lee, David and Leann Lindahl, Jim and Heidi Lindahl, Robert Lindahl, Tim Lynch, Monique and Jeff Manty, William and Maryan McDonald, Dan and Paula McQuillen, “Mike on a Bike,” Marilyn Mounger, Ethan Nutter/Accurate Home Care, Bill O’Connor/Northland Securities, Joseph and Mary Jo Oppedisano, Prairie Village Pet Hospital, James Rollwagen, Rowland Construction Services, Richard and Christine Rowland, Chris Rud, Mike Schechter, Sue Scott and Ron Peluso (in memory of David Scott), Reid and Ann Shaw, David Sieplinga (in honor of Bree Sieplinga), Mike Soderberg, Ryan Solberg, Bill Stotts, Rose Swanson, Becky Timm, Guy Treanor, The Minnesota Vikings, Jeff and Jodi Vohnoutka, Kevin Wall, Peter Westerhaus, Christopher White, Steve and Deb Zeller/Parlay Lake Winery, and 3 anonymous donations.

Please note: We have been doing everything possible to gather the names and contact information of everyone who participated in the golf festivities on July 3. If you have not received acknowledgement of your gift, or if your name is missing from this list, please contact the Upstream Arts office at 612-331-4584.

We’re currently in the process of preparing our 2014-15 evaluation data and financials, in order to share the profound impact of your giving at a glance. In the process, we have the joy of poring through gems of insight from our partners, like this quote from a Special Education Teacher in St. Paul Public Schools, following a spring Upstream Arts residency: 

“I saw listening where distraction had been prevalent; I saw movement where stasis is the norm; positive emotion on faces that often reflect apathy; expression of feelings through multiple forms for those who have challenges identifying how they feel; support and celebration, by each, for others.” 

As we begin our 10th Anniversary Year, we are embarking on a campaign to raise $100,000 in individual gifts over the next 12 months – a bigger stretch goal than ever before! It takes $39 per week, or $468 per semester, to bring Upstream Arts to one young person with disabilities in a classroom like the one describe above – to create an environment where she can listen, move, feel positive emotions, express her feelings, support her peers, and celebrate success. Can you jumpstart our new campaign by making a tax-deductible gift today, partnering with us to bring the arts to individuals with disabilities in school districts, Adult Day Programs, and community organizations across the Twin Cities metro and beyond? Click here to donate now.

Your partnership makes high-quality arts learning opportunities possible for individuals of ALL abilities. Thank you!