Red, Orange and yellow painting made by participants of an Upstream Arts class

A painting made collaboratively by participants of an Upstream Arts class

We were incredibly delighted to receive an unexpected letter and donation this month from Beloit College student Samantha Funk, who is focusing on childhood education and the arts. After finding Upstream Arts via a google search, she was moved to create an impromptu fundraiser at her school on our behalf! She organized an event called Performance Art For All to “encourage dialogue surrounding art as a tool that can be designed for people who identify as disabled.” She went on to say “I am disabled myself and I have worked with people who are disabled for essentially my entire life, but more recently I have obtained an interest in advocating for my people.” We’re incredibly honored by her support. Thank you to Ms. Funk and all of our wonderful community of supporters who have invested since our last update:

David and Joy Baker; Allan and Susan Carneol in honor of Oliver Lerner and his excellent sleuth skills; Gayle Duncan; David and Jackie Guidry; Eric Hansen; Theresa Lynn Landry; Justin Lansing; Thomas J. and Mary Gerry Lee; Marilyn and Kenneth Mounger; Bob Pranis and Veronica Weadock; Gillian Spence; Sara Stack; Becky Timm; The Caterpillar Foundation Matching; and two anonymous donors.

Notice something different about our online giving page? Razoo, our online giving platform, has changed its name to MightyCause. It’s the same secure system, so you can continue to contribute online, either as a single or recurring donation. Only the name has changed!  We can’t argue with being called a mighty cause.

As we’re ramping up to our big event on May 17, we’re working to reach our individual donor goal of $100,000 before June 30, 2018. We have $35,000 to raise in May and another $35,000 to raise in June. With your help, we know we can do it!

Will you make a tax-deductible gift of $25, $100, $250, $500, or $1,000 today to support this cause?