Upstream Arts Teaching Artist and participant sitting side by side, framing their faces with their fingers

Upstream Arts participant with Teaching Artist Canae Weiss


We want to launch 2017 with a big shoutout of thanks to our current Corporate and Foundation Supporters, who play such a critical role in making our programs possible:

Anonymous, The F. R. Bigelow Foundation, The Bush Foundation, California Institute of Contemporary Arts Foundation, Community Shares of Minnesota, The Greater Milwaukee Foundation (Edith C. and J. Oscar Greenwald Fund, Henriette S. Neverman Fund, and The Children’s Fund), The Nordlys Foundation, The Gladys M. Smith Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, Mount Sinai Community Foundation (a designated fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation), National Endowment for the Arts, Irwin Andrew Porter Foundation, The Saint Paul Foundation, The Staples Foundation, VSA Minnesota, Wayzata Community Church, and Wedge Community Co-op.

Huge thanks also to all the extraordinary individuals who have made donations to Upstream Arts since our last update: Edward Sootsman and Scott Appelwick; David and Joy Baker; Kathryn Barr; Delphine and Michael Barringer-Mills; Marie France and William Beitz; Nicole Madsen and Michael Birawer, Joe and Jane Cavanaugh; Chubb & Son; Kayla Collins; Alan Berks and Leah Cooper; Lee and Serge Garces; Chris and Wendy Gennaula; Mary Green; Jason Howard; Edward and Carol Johnson; Kim Adams and J. Scott Johnson; Calvin Keasling; Lynda Kilian; Justin Lansing; Pamela Magalee; Mary McDonough; Shelley and Michael Miner; Marilyn and Kenneth Mounger; Tom and Darlene Neidlinger; Greg Nielsen; Michelle Woster and Peter Quale; Alina Schroeder; David Sieplinga and Terri Thomas; Jeff Cords and Amy Scheller; Karl and Lisa Simer; The Graham Smith Team at Keller Williams Realty; Rose and Michael Swanson; Michelle and Douglas Thayer; Becky Timm; Jeff and Sarah Milligan Toffler; Jim and Rita Urbanek; Katherine Evans and Ryan Walquist; Patricia Woolsey and Luke Warren, Bob Pranis and Veronica Weadock; and two anonymous donors.

Thanks to your generosity, we’re very close to the halfway point toward our goal of raising $100,000 from our individual supporter community by June 30!

To build on the momentum of this winter, we have a new mini goal of raising $5,000 by February 28.

Can you make a tax-deductible gift of $25, $100, $250, $500, or even $1,000 toward this mini goal right now?

Thank you for joining us in activating and amplifying the voice and choice of individuals with disabilities. We’re grateful beyond words for your partnership!


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Did you know? Like most nonprofits, we use online platforms like Razoo and GiveMN to make giving as quick and convenient as possible. For us, these services are well worth the small fees that they deduct from each donation and consistently lead to more giving overall. That said, there are still ways to avoid such fees. You can always mail a check directly to Upstream Arts (3501 Chicago Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407), or see if your bank offers a free online bill pay service. Some of our donors send their monthly contributions fee-free, straight from their banks! Always feel free to call our office at (612) 331-4584 with any questions.