Upstream Arts uses the power of the creative arts to activate and amplify the voice and choice of individuals with disabilities.

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Become a part of our community that is expanding our voice and choice through the arts!

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Self-Advocacy classes for adults with disabilities ages 18+
Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Fridays — February – May 2022
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Our new 2020-2021 Annual Report is here!

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Featuring stories, financials, quotes, photos and more from a year like no other. Read about our work in this beautiful report available in accessible PDF, screen reader-friendly text, and, narrated audio. 

Read the Report

Browse our library of 30+ short arts-learning videos that you can do at home!



Julie and I created Upstream Arts because we recognized that at the core of engagement and communication is a give and take, an action and reaction, a listening and responding. We knew from personal experience that the arts were a perfect medium through which to practice these fundamental human skills.”

Matt Guidry

Co-Founder and Artistic Director

We’re hiring! Apply now to be a Teaching Artist with Upstream Arts

We're hiring!Apply now for to be a Teaching Artist Accepting applications through September 23, 2022 Upstream Arts is looking for experienced Teaching Artists of any artistic discipline to join our Teaching Artist Roster: actors, dancers, clowns, painters, musicians,...

Finding the Rhythm to Start Our Dialogue

My voice has value. I have the right to be listened to. These are the first two themes we focus on in our Art of Self-Advocacy classes. The first two weeks of a session are all about getting to know one another, finding the rhythm of each class, and using our themes to start our dialogue about self-advocacy.

We’re hiring! Apply now for our Operations Manager position

We're hiring!Apply now for our Operations Manager position Accepting applications through August 16, 2022 POSITION SUMMARY The Operations Manager provides oversight of organizational operations, including administration, finances, and human resources, providing...

Join us for The Art of Me performance with Merrick

Join us for The Art of Me: A Community of Sunshine, a multidisciplinary performance co-created by Upstream Arts and Merrick. Drawing on structured improvisations from Upstream Arts classes, the show features creative contributions of artists with disabilities from the...

We’re hiring! Apply now for our Development Manager position

We're hiring!Apply now for our Development Manager position Accepting applications through April 29, 2022 POSITION SUMMARYThe Development Manager is a key position in advancing the fundraising and communications efforts of Upstream Arts. In close collaboration with...

Learning from Upstream Arts’ Self-Advocacy Classes

The biggest question I ask myself is: Am I taking short cuts with my support of Joe’s right to choose in favor of my own convenience?

At the source of the river’s current

When we build a foundation and practice around consent, children will know how to recognize when their bodies are being disrespected. If they have experienced positive relationships where their boundaries are respected, they will be able to recognize when a relationship doesn’t feel safe.

In Small Moments: Finding a shared language through play

It’s difficult to define what play is, but for us, every moment of communication is a form of play, and an opportunity to discover meaning in our actions and expressions. Giving and receiving, an ordering of actions taken, a familiar structure from which we derive meaning, this is the base form through which we build play.

In Small Moments: Self Advocacy is (an) Art

Video highlight reel from Upstream Arts' late 2020/early 2021 online classes for and with adults with disabilities. July 1st, 2021 marked the first day of Upstream Arts’ 16th year of practice, and the first major initiative we sent forth into the community was a...

We’re hiring! Apply now for our Administrative Coordinator position

We're hiring! Apply now for our Administrative Coordinator position Administrative CoordinatorAccepting applications through July 23, 2021 Reports To: Associate Director & Operations Manager Job Summary The Administrative Coordinator will support the daily...