Upstream Arts Supporters

Our 2016 – 2017 Individual Donors

Every day, people with disabilities and the people that support them are pushing upstream against the current of life. This is where Upstream Arts gets its name and why we have chosen to focus our donor levels around the Mississippi River, an important landmark and a source of energy, vitality, and community that is treasured by Minnesotans. Starting with the headwaters at Lake Itasca, each river that flows into the Mississippi makes it a more powerful force. It’s the same at Upstream Arts. Each donation, starting with the foundation laid by our core group of donors at the Lake Itasca level, is essential to our sustainability, making it possible for us to continue our mission. Thank you for bringing this energy, vitality and community to Upstream Arts, and for helping us to move upstream.

Mississippi River $25,000 & above
Greater Milwaukee Foundation
Irwin Andrew Porter Foundation
Minnesota State Arts Board

St. Croix River $10,000 to $24,999
F. R. Bigelow Foundation
Headwaters Foundation
MaryAnn Lippay and Stephen Kanee Family Fund
Mount Sinai Community Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
Reid and Ann Shaw
The Graham Smith Team, Keller Williams Realty
The Saint Paul Foundation
VSA Minnesota
Wayzata Community Church

Cannon River $5,000 to $9,999
California Institute of Contemporary Arts Foundation
Jane McCarthy Fund of the Minneapolis Foundation

Crow River $1,000 to $4,999
Anonymous *
Delphine and Michael Barringer-Mills
CommonSense [email protected]Work
Community Shares of Minnesota
Thomas and Marilyn Gales ***
Joe and Janet Green * ***
David and Jackie Guidry ***
Marcie Guidry ***
JAMF Software
John and Joan Kaminski
The Tom and Mary Gerry Lee Family Foundation
Minnesota Vikings **
Shelley and Michael Miner
Nordlys Foundation
Benjamin W. and Pamela K. Phelps
Lifeworks Services **
Karl and Lisa Simer ***
Staples Foundation
The Caterpillar Foundation
Peter Vitale and Stephen Nelson
Wedge Community Co-op

Sauk River $500 to $999
Molly Barrett
Andrew D. Clark
Community Involvement Programs **
Jeff Cords and Amy Scheller
Rochelle and Regan Cox *
Deb Holbrook
Lori Jacobwith
Sarah, Jonathon, and Ezra Kusa
Midwest Special Services **
Marilyn and Kenneth Mounger *
Crowne Prince and everyone at HAHcon
Harold D. and Barbara K. Smith
Nancy Sonntag ***
Teacher Frontiers, a Division of Youth Frontiers, Inc **
Kimberly Torseth and Bill Conroy
Yess Yoga **

Pine River $100 to $499
Anonymous (4)
Kim Adams and J. Scott Johnson
Sharon Alton
David and Joy Baker
Marie France and William Beitz
John Belew
Andrew Boyer
Hubert and Shirley Brasseaux
Frances and Paul Brayshaw
Paul Brown
John and Peggy Burns
Faye Cantley
Mary and Bob Carey
Cargill Foundation
Matching CARS National Vehicle Donation Program
Ann Casey
Joe and Jane Cavanaugh ***
Patricia E. Clarke
Chubb – Corporate Matching
Kayla Collins
Leah Cooper
Barbara and Charles Croxen
Michelle Dickerson
Nils Dybvig and Michele Braley
Eat for Equity Minneapolis
Katherine Evans and Ryan Walquist
F5 Networks Matching
Jackie and Lynne Finney
Jennie Finney
Jessica Finney
Eileen Fisher
Tim and Becky Freeman
John Gamoke and Emily Chrysler
Lee and Serge Garces ***
Kristen and Jim Geiger
Rich and Phyllis Genest-Stein
Wayne and Barbara Gilbertson
Brian and Chrissie Glenn Mahaffy
Robert Goodfellow
Lorissa Gottschalk and Matt O’Brien
Mary Green ***
Julie and Matt Guidry
Emily Gunyou Halaas
Timaria Hammond Downing
Dale and Rose Haning ***
Carmen and David M. Harris
Ed and Alice Henson
Pam and Bob Herrick ***
Highland Friendship Club **
Ryan Hoag
Heather Holcombe and Caleb Kennedy
Jason Howard
Christine Hurney and Timothy Fisher
Ignited Fundraising **
Anthony Indelicato
Amy and Andy Jendrzejewski
Anton Jones and Kelly Fallows
John and Joan Kaminski
Calvin and Anne Keasling
Gabriel Keller and Emily Sohn
Alyssa Klein
Justin Lansing *
Karen and Will Law
Jack and Laura Lee ***
Steven and Liza Leigh Kiwus ***
Joshua Lemon and Lori Sandoval
Katherine Lipe and Gloria Zaiger
Norah Long ***
Ellen Lynch
Pamela A. Magalee
Joe Mailander
Alicia Marchioni
Richard and Carol Markham-Cousins
Thomas L., Joann D., and Chris Mason Ann L. Mavis
Mary Lyng and Rosemary McDonough
Mary McEathron
Jeff and Sarah Milligan-Toffler ***
Karen Moe
Joan Morris
Julianna Muthu
Margaret and Douglas Nathan
Tom and Darlene Neidlinger
Greg Nielsen
Rebecca Orman and Christian Fredrickson
Suzanne and Bob Pitsor
Bob Pranis and Veronica Weadock
John and Nancy Quinlan
Maggie Quinlan and Robert Frawley
James R. and Lucy M. Radatz
Michael Ritchie and Rebecca Loader
Paul Robb
Michelle Schutt and Scott Engstrom
Sue Scott and Ron Peluso
Drew Sieplinga and Alec Shaw
Bree Sieplinga and David Luke
David Sieplinga and Terri Thomas
Helen Silha
Edward Sootsman and Scott Appelwick
Gillian Spence *
The Smitten Kitten **
Jolene Thibedeau
Boyd Alan C. and Jean W. Thiel
Becky Timm *
Jim and Rita Urbanek
Peggy Wilcox-Browning and Steven Kramer
Michael and Martha Wilson
Michael Witzany ***
Mary Ann and John Wolters
Patricia Woolsey and Luke Warren
Michelle Woster and Peter Quale

Lake Itasca Up to $100

Anonymous (8)
Andie Alton
Amazon Smile
Jennifer Aspengren
David and Joy Baker
Kathryn Barr
Carla Bates and Susan Pollock
David Bender
Paul and Jean Bender
Alan Berks
Jessica Leah Blank
Daniel Brach
Kit Brady and Caroline Garry
Karen P. Brady and Michael Garry
Bob Brenner
Chellie and Christopher Brown
Christine and Henry Brown
Sarah Brown
Kathleen Cobb
Jocelyn Cookson
Rosa Costain
Jeff and Merri Brewer Crain
Patrick and Kristi Curme
Betsy Davies
Shirley and Patrick Devine
Andrew and Michelle Dosch
Catherine Downing
Janice and Gerald Downing
Rachel Dropp
Katie Duffy
Jean Echternacht
Chrissy and Peter Fuchs
Sheryl Furness
Phyllis A. Genest
Chris and Wendy Gennaula
Ron Goldstein and Susan Freeberg
Kelsye Gould
Jean Greenwood
Beth Grimes
Peter Grise and Eileen Hallowell
Drucie Haddock
Lyth and Mary Hartz
Michelle Pexa and Craig Hertaus
Cindy Hoag
Alana Horton
Lauren Hughes and Tamara Smith
Rachel Jendrzejewski and Theo Goodell
Edward N. and Carol Johnson
Mark Kenneback
Mary Kiernan
Lynda Kilian
Alyssa Klein
Katie Knutson
Sue and Jim Kosmoski
Alyce Kuenzli
Beverly E. Kuenzli
Michael Kurus
Victoria Lauing
Beverly Lawson
Nina LeSaout
Mitch, Sadie, and Marci Levy-Maguire
Dan Lori
Marilyn Maas
Nicole Madsen and Michael Birawer
Tracey Maloney
Chris Martin
Brian and Libby Marx
Lindsay and Tim Mason
Carol McCormick
Dianne Metz
Tabitha Montgomery
Rebecca Morlan
Linda and Bill Murphy
Cory Myhran
Therese O’Connors
Natasha Pestich
Sarah Peters
Wendy Plager
Noël Raymond and Amy Finch ***
Patty Richardson
Michael Ritchie
Susan Rostkoski
Holly and Ian Schramm
Alina Schroeder and Family
Mary and Tom Seitz
Anthony and Sally Sexton
Connie Shaver
Douglas and Donna Sieplinga
Donna Stevens
Rebecca Stewart
Lacy Suby
Rose and Michael Swanson
Rebecca Thaney-Driessen
Michelle and Douglas Thayer
Madge Thorsen
Jonathan Townsend
United Health Group
Christel Vestal
Nancy Waldoch and John Bueche
Melanie Wehrmacher
Elise Weinberg
Lucia Yess and David Melling
Sheri Zigan

In-Kind Gifts
Nikki Abramson
Black Sheep Pizza
Bryant Lake Bowl
Cafe Latte
Chicago Ave Fire Arts Center
Children’s Theatre Company
Circus Juventas
Rochelle Cox
Day Block Brewing Co
Eastlake Craft Brewery
Matt Guidry
Hennepin Theatre Trust
History Theatre
Lynn Hu
HUGE Improv Theater
Jakeeno’s Pizza & Pasta
Masanari Kawahara
Kowalski’s Market
Lotus & Lama
McKinney Roe
Anna Min, Min Enterprises Photography **
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Nighthawks Diner & Bar
Pillsbury House + Theatre
Red Stag Supperclub
Sandbox Theatre
Michele Spaise
Ten Thousand Things
The Commodore Bar & Restaurant
The Guthrie Theater
The Jungle Theater
Twin Spirits Distillery
W. A. Frost and Company
Wander North Distillery
Wedge Community Co-op **
Wild Rumpus Books for Young Readers

Eat for Equity Minneapolis: On behalf of the wedding of Lorissa and Matt O’Brien
Jennie Finney: In honor of Teaching Artist Jess Finney
Robert Goodfellow: In honor of Caleb George Guidry
Robert Goodfellow: In honor of Jackie and Dave Guidry
Joe and Janet Green: In honor of Caleb George Guidry
Emily Gunyou Halaas: On behalf of the Guthrie Theater’s production of ‘Sunday in the Park with George’
Lynda Kilian: In support of my friend Michelle Dickerson, in addition to your wonderful organization
Karen and Will Law: In honor of Bree Sieplinga
Steven and Liza Leigh Kiwus: In honor of Chloe Kiwus
Shelley and Michael Miner: To the amazing artists
Sue Scott and Ron Peluso: In honor of my sweet brother David!
Douglas and Donna Sieplinga: In memory of Dob and Gay Sieplinga
Karl and Lisa Simer: In honor of Caleb George Guidry
Rose and Michael Swanson: In honor of my father Alan

* Monthly Sustainer
** The Art of We Sponsor
*** 2006-07 Founding Supporter

This list reflects gifts made between July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017. We make every effort to ensure this information is accurate. If you notice errors or omissions, please contact us. 

Our Current Corporate and Foundation Supporters



Bigelow Foundation logo


The F. R. Bigelow Foundation



Bush Foundation logo

The Bush Foundation





California Institute of Contemporary Arts




Community Shares of Minnesota


Greater Milwaukee Foundation logo

The Greater Milwaukee Foundation

Edith C. and J. Oscar Greenwald Fund; Henriette S. Neverman Fund; The Children’s Fund



Headwaters Foundation for Justice

Headwaters Foundation for Justice





MSAB LogoClean Water Land & Legacy LogoMinnesota State Arts Board

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

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.



The National Endowment for the Arts



Irwin Andrew Porter Foundation logo
The Irwin Andrew Porter Foundation



The Saint Paul Foundation logo


The Saint Paul Foundation



VSA Minnesota
Upstream Arts is a 2018 recipient of an ADA Access Improvement Grant from VSA Minnesota, with funds from the Metro Regional Arts Council. This activity is funded, in part, by the Arts and Cultural Heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.


Wayzata Community Church logo

Wayzata Community Church




Youth Foundation logo
Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors’ Youth Foundation