Exhibit & Event Premiere:

APRIL 29, 2021

Available to view until exhibit closes on June 30.


Closed Captioning

Audio Description

ASL Interpretation by Phyllis Genest-Stein

Banner for The Art of We: Re•Focus. Info in body text below.
YOU’RE INVITED to The Art of We: Re•Focus, our Annual Fundraiser and Opening Night Event for our first-ever online photo exhibit! Join us in celebrating the creativity and self-expression of our disability community in our 15th year:

• Get a guided tour of our Re•Focus photo exhibit
• Hear stories from our community
• Learn about the expansion of our self-advocacy programming and opportunities to invest
• Hear our Co-Founders reflect upon 15 years of our work

This pre-recorded online event is available to watch at your convenience, premiering alongside our Re•Focus photo exhibit, Thursday, April 29 at 6pm CST. RSVP below for event updates and premiere link!

The Art of We: Re•Focus is free and family-friendly, with many accessibility offerings.

Audio Description • Closed Captioning • ASL interpretation by Phyllis Genest-Stein.

Invest in our $35,000 goal by June 30 to expand our free self-advocacy classes for adults with disabilities in our community. Together, we can ensure that ACCESS is the way forward with more accessible offerings than ever before.

What is Re•Focus?

More than a year since the pandemic began, Upstream Arts wants to ask: who is still missing from our daily consideration? And why?

In this spirit, we invite you to Re·Focus, our upcoming photo exhibit online from April 29 – June 30 centering the self-expression and stories of our disability community. A beautiful retrospective spanning ten years of portrait photography with Upstream Arts participants, Re·Focus will feature some of our favorite diptychs with accompanying stories told through many forms of creative expression. Join us as we playfully confront ableist social isolation with the unapologetically joyful art of the selfie.


Maria, one of our adult participants, sits for a studio portrait directed by a peer. Her auburn and purple hair, styled in a chin-length bob, beautifully matches her purple striped sweater. She is eyes-closed in a natural smile, looking off slightly to the side.

Special thank you to our sponsors!

Graham Smith Keller Williams logo
logo for Autumn Lee, Raise the Vibration

Help us SpringForward May 1-11

Show your support for Upstream Arts during SpringForwardMN, GiveMN’s spring giving event May 1-11 to help MN nonprofits and schools recover from the pandemic year. Every contribution gives us a chance to win $50,000 in bonus grants.