Upstream Arts and Highland Friendship Club participants performing at Park Square Theatre

Upstream Arts and Highland Friendship Club participants performing at Park Square Theatre, March 2017 (photo: Doug Knutson)


Enormous thanks to all the amazing people in our community who have made gifts since our last update:

Sharon Alton; David and Joy Baker; John Belew; David Bender; Paul and Jean Bender; Karen Brady and Michael Garry; Kit Brady and Caroline Garry; Faye Cantley; Rochelle and Regan Cox; Joe and Janet Green; David and Jackie Guidry; Cindy Hoag; Erika Kempf; Mark Kenneback; Stacey Kozura; Beverly E. Kuenzli; Justin Lansing; Alicia Marchioni; Thomas L., Joann D., and Chris Mason; Mary Lyng and Rosemary McDonough; Marilyn and Kenneth Mounger; Michelle Pexa and Craig Hertaus; Susan Rostkoski; Connie Shaver; Alison Sipkins; Nancy Sonntag; Gillian Spence; The Graham Smith Team at Keller Williams Realty; Becky Timm; Kimberly Torseth; and Sheri Zigan.

We’re also grateful to all our new sponsors and in-kind donors whose generosity is making The Art of We: Are Family possible: AbleNet, Articulture, Black Sheep Pizza, Cafe Latte, Chicago Ave Fire Arts Center, Day Block Brewing Company, East Lake Craft Brewery, Jakeeno’s Pizza & Pasta, Lifeworks Services, McKinney Roe, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Nighthawks Diner & Bar, Sawatdee, The Commodore Bar & Restaurant, The Guthrie Theater, The Jungle Theater, The Smitten Kitten, and Wander North Distillery.

The gap to our fundraising goal for the year is now $44,849. That’s how much we need to raise before June 30 to reach $100,000 from individual gifts, toward bringing inclusive, FUN arts learning programs to even more people with disabilities next year.

There will be opportunities to donate at The Art of We: Are Family on May 18. If you’re unable to join or would like to give in advance, feel free to make a tax-deductible gift online or mail a check to Upstream Arts, 3501 Chicago Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407.

We can’t wait to celebrate the year with you, whether in person or in spirit, on May 18. THANK YOU for being part of our community!