THE ART OF ACCESS:

Our Professional Development Offerings

Upstream Arts uses a creative  lens to develop best practices  and strategies that move beyond traditional attitudes and ideas  about accessibility. Our trainings offer a framework for building  connections to organizations and businesses who seek to  authentically invite, engage, and  include the disability community in  their programs, spaces, and culture. These interactive trainings first unpack how you already promote access, then engage your innate creativity to amplify and diversify the ways in which people with  disabilities are included in your  work. Every training is tailored to  the people in the room. You will emerge with concrete tools and  creative tactics you can use to  cultivate inclusion and connection among people with and without  disabilities in your work, regardless of sector. Our approach is non judgmental, interactive, and fun!

For Educators in PreK-12 or Adult Learning:

including Teachers, Aides, and Support Staff

–  Arts-based instructional strategies for teaching
diverse learners

–  Arts infused social/emotional learning

–  Creating accessible classrooms

For Nonprofit Organizations, Small Businesses, & Corporations:


–  Cultivating disability-inclusive communities through  the practice of Universal Design 

–  Creating accessible spaces, programming, and events 

–  Disability as a meaningful part of Equity, Diversity,  & Inclusion initiatives

For Social Service Organizations:

includes Direct Support Professionals & Organizational Leadership

–  Person Centered Thinking and Informed Choice Arts infused social/emotional learning

–  Disability as a meaningful part of Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion

OUR IMPACT:

Upstream Arts has 15 years of experience  developing and facilitating a creative practice for empowering individuals with disabilities at every stage of life. We create settings and  shared experiences for the greater community to see, hear, and listen to the stories and artistic contributions of the disability community—undermining stigma, promoting a culture of awareness, and building connections across communities. Upstream Arts also engages 600+ professionals annually across numerous sectors in trainings that advance our vision of a more vibrant and inclusive world. 

LEARN MORE:  

Upstream Arts offers two-hour and half day trainings; series of trainings over time; and embedded professional  development during our residency programs. Pricing varies based on type and length of training. 

To learn more, please contact Julie Guidry, Executive  Director, at (612) 331-4584 or [email protected]

WE BELIEVE THAT ACCESS ISN’T JUST  ABOUT RAMPS AND CAPTIONS –

ACCESS IS AN ATTITUDE.

Upstream Arts uses such a creative approach that is engaging and informative, yet gentle and inviting for all participants. Through their personal stories, Julie and Matt illustrate that people with disabilities are people first and model simple ways to make everyone feel welcomed and valued. I now have a deeper understanding of ‘Art of Access.’

Jenea Rewertz-Targui

Manager of Community Programs and Access Initiatives, The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, 2014 - 2020