A postcard image featuring Upstream Arts participants and the text "The Art of We: Are Family. Upstream Arts' 4th Annual Community Celebration and Fundraiser. May 18, 2017."


Upstream Arts is thrilled to gather our family of program participants, partners, artists, and supporters for our annual community celebration, raising funds for the next year of groundbreaking work at the intersection of art, disability, and learning.

Also, as we have declared 2016-17 to be “The Year of The Teaching Artist,” this event will honor the 30 remarkable professional artists who daily teach our programs.

Thursday, May 18, 2017
6-9pm | Program at 7pm

American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55407
(click here for a map)

+ Pop-up performances by Upstream Arts Teaching Artists
+ An exhibit of artwork by Upstream Arts participants
+ Live Auction and Fund-a-Need
+ Complimentary hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, and more

Family-Friendly | Fully Accessible | Free Parking
ASL Interpretation by Phyllis Genest-Stein and Stephen Medlicott

Feel free to be as festive or as casual as you want!

Free, but space is limited!
Click here to RSVP right now

Yes! There will be opportunities to support Upstream Arts during the event, including a live auction and Fund-A-Need! Stay tuned to our blog for details about our super exciting auction packages, to be revealed over the next few weeks.

This event is made possible, in part, by The Graham Smith Team at Keller Williams Realty, Min Enterprises Photography, and the Minnesota Vikings. These amazing premiere sponsors have gone above and beyond to ensure The Art of We: Are Family is free and accessible for all.

We’re also immensely grateful to the rest of our full circle of sponsors and in-kind donors for this event to date, each playing a unique, valuable role in supporting our work: AbleNetArticultureBarbetteBlack Sheep Pizza, Bryant Lake BowlCafe LatteChicago Avenue Fire Arts CenterChildren’s Theatre CompanyCircus JuventasCommunity Involvement ProgramsDay Block Brewing CompanyEastlake Craft BreweryFrench Meadow Bakery & CafeGuthrie TheaterHennepin Theatre Trust, Highland Friendship ClubHistory TheatreHUGE Improv TheaterIgnited FundraisingJakeeno’s Pizza & PastaJungle TheaterKowalski’s Markets, Lifeworks Services, McKinney RoeMidwest Special ServicesMinnesota Landscape Arboretum, Nighthawks, Pillsbury House + TheaterSandbox Theatre, SawatdeeScience Museum of MinnesotaTeacher Frontiers (a division of Youth Frontiers)Ten Thousand ThingsThe Commodore Bar & RestaurantThe Smitten KittenTiny Diner, Twin Spirits DistilleryW.A. Frost and CompanyWander North Distillery, Wedge Community Co-OpWild Rumpus, and Yess Yoga.

If you have any questions or would like to make a tax-deductible gift to Upstream Arts in advance of the event, please call (612) 331-4584 or click here to donate now online.

We can’t wait to see you soon!