Teaching Artist and Participant during an Upstream Arts program

Upstream Arts Teaching Artist and Participant during a program

We are thrilled to offer classes in three locations in the Twin Cities Metro that are open to the public. The Art of Social Skills is an interdisciplinary arts class for adults with disabilities that uses the arts to build social emotional and communication skills needed in school, work, and life. Upstream Arts teaching artists—all local, professional artists—lead interactive activities in visual arts, theater, poetry, music, and dance that nurture self-expression, interaction, and collaboration. Participants will learn the fundamentals of multiple disciplines from some of the most accomplished professional artists, actors and musicians in the Twin Cities. Upstream Arts has 11+ years of expertise in providing classes designed for and accessible to individuals with disabilities. If you are regularly supported by a 1:1 aide/PCA, please bring an aide/PCA to class sessions. ASL and other accommodations provided.

Act. WRITE. dance. PAINT. sing. IMAGINE. create. SOCIALIZE. experience. Learn.

Open Enrollment Art of Social Skills Programs

Individuals with disabilities ages 18 and older (16 and older with Artistry, Bloomington)


Artistry – Bloomington Center for the Arts
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd, Bloomington, MN 55431
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  • Section A: Mondays February 12 – April 9, 2018 *no class February 19 – COMPLETE 
                      6:30pm – 8:00pm (8 sessions) 
  • Section B: Mondays June 11 – July 30, 2018 – NEW DATES! – accepting enrollment
                      6:30pm – 8:00pm (8 sessions) 
    Registration: Online at https://artistrymn.org/education/classes.html
    or via phone with Artistry (952) 563-8575

    Cost: $50 per person 

Highland Friendship Club – The Show Art Gallery
346 N Sibley St, St Paul, MN 55101
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  • Section A: Mondays March 19 – May 14, 2018 *no class April 2 – ACTIVE
                      6:00pm – 7:30pm (8 sessions) 
  • Section B: Wednesdays March 21 – May 16, 2018 *no class April 4 – CANCELED – TO BE RESCHEDULED 
                      2:00pm – 3:30pm (8 sessions)
    Registration: Online with Highland Friendship Club at http://www.highlandfriendshipclub.org/programs
    Cost: $50 per person

Pillsbury House Community Center – 2nd Floor, Across the hall from Upstream Arts 
3505 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407
(Click here for a map to the venue)

  • Date and time to be decided. Check back for updates.

All program spaces/restrooms are fully accessible.
If you are regularly supported by a 1:1 aide/PCA, please bring an aide/PCA to class sessions.
ASL and other accommodations provided.
Please call/email Upstream Arts for any additional access needs you have. 612-331-4584 or [email protected]

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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