Dylan Fresco presents Welcoming the Stranger

Dylan Fresco will be touring to SUNY Cortland to share Welcoming the Stranger


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 around the Twin Cities and beyond. Click on the links below to learn more.

Nikki Abramson‘s next book, Hope for Today, just came out! Hope for Today is an inspirational, short, coffee-table book of hope-filled quotes and messages that will inspire and lift up your day. It contains thoughts on hope and journal pages for you to write about things that you are holding to hope on. It is a great pick-me-up book for days that you need encouragement.

Eric F. Avery is 1 of 5 artists featured in the seventh installment of Art(ists) on the Verge at The Soap Factory, creating a live analog-networking platform in the gallery. The AOV 7 exhibit runs through April 17.

Dylan Fresco will be touring to SUNY (State University of New York) at Cortland at the end of April to share his solo piece Welcoming The Stranger, which weaves together true stories of refugees, family, and identity. He also will be performing at the university’s Holocaust Remembrance Day, as well as meeting with students to talk about Special Education and art.

Rachel Jendrzejewski is launching a new Arts on Chicago project, Neighborhood Love Notes, in collaboration with Drew Sieplinga throughout the month of April. Small art gifts will be mailed to every address in the Arts on Chicago zone, with an invitation to respond to several brief creative writing prompts. These responses will form an evolving installation in the lobby of Pillsbury House + Theater. Details coming soon at artsonchicago.org

Masa Kawahara is in Pangea World Theater’s Conference of the Birds at Intermedia Arts, running through April 16. Conference of the Birds metaphorically maps out the journey of the human ego and the quest for truth. In this classic tale, the birds of the world take flight on a pilgrimage to find their celebrated king, but the dangers and hardships encountered along the way cause many in the flock to abandon their search. In the end the small number of birds that survive uncover a profound secret. 

Lindsey Samples is performing in Savage Umbrella’s Night of New Works on April 8, 9, 15, and 16 in Keeper of the Light. She also has been directing high school students at Fair Downtown in The Wiz which performs at the Sabes JCC April 21-23 and is produced by Stages Theater Company.

Canae Weiss is performing in Love Person, written and directed by Aditi Brennan Kapil, at Park Square Theatre through April 10. Four people struggle to communicate, connect, and find love, in this bilingual (ASL and English) romance that will take you on a journey inside your own heart.