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As we approach our annual fundraiser and celebration, The Art of We: Are More Than One Story, we’re delighted to reveal a sneak peek of the superb auction items. As we focus on amplifying stories that move beyond old narratives of pity and heroism, nothing could be more fitting than our “Share the Stories” package, an opportunity for you and students in two of our partner schools to participate in the magic of firsthand storytelling.

Our longtime friend and supporter, Wild Rumpus Books for Young Readers, is arranging for two author visits to Special Education classrooms in Minneapolis Public Schools where Upstream Arts carries out programming. Wild Rumpus is also generously donating copies of the authors’ books for each of the students to enjoy.

Portrait of storyteller Kevin Kling, laughing.

Author and storyteller Kevin Kling. Photo courtesy of kevinkling.com.

  • Kevin Kling, renowned author, playwright and storyteller, will visit Edison High School, offering a storytelling workshop with students in which they will explore their own voices and stories, as well as get a chance to hear Kling tell some of his tales. Best known for his commentaries on NPR’s All Things Considered and his stage shows of live storytelling, Kling’s plays and adaptations have been performed around the world. The students will also receive copies of two of Kling’s published works.


  • Joseph Kuefler, acclaimed illustrator and storyteller, will visit Dowling Elementary School for a reading of his most recent release, The Digger and the Flower. The class will also receive a gift basket of this book, which he describes as “a love letter to nature and very personal story of growth and courage. Of all the books I’ve created, I love this one most.”

Cover of the book "The Digger and The Flower" by Joseph Kuefler with image of a yellow digger and a blue flower atop the title text

Cover image courtesy of josephkuefler.com


This package brings us particular pleasure because of its connection to our mission, using the arts to activate and amplify the voice and choice of individuals with disabilities. In addition to directly impacting students in our partner schools, the winner of this auction package is invited to attend the readings on location and take part in the experience themselves, witnessing first-hand the power of a shared story.

Join us on May 17 at the Science Museum to bid on this item and support Upstream Arts while sharing expansive stories with students with disabilities. Don’t forget to RSVP today!