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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Cover of the 22-23 Annual Report


Now on View: Upstream Arts’ 22-23 Annual Report!

Check out the powerful stories, poems, pictures, and numbers from our past year of work.
One of our adult participants who uses a power chair holds the mic center stage and speaks during an Art of Me performance.

Fall Self-Advocacy Class Registration Now OPEN!

Our Self-Advocacy classes offer a fun, creative, and experiential learning environment for participants to strengthen self-advocacy skills with and alongside Upstream Arts artists and peers.

BI, CAC, CADI and DD Waivers now accepted.

Classes Run
October 2, 2023 – January 11, 2024


Inclusion happens in the
ordinary moments

True access can be achieved through a consistent and intentional practice of doing the little things that say “I see you. I hear you. I notice you.”

We Assume Ability

Participation looks different for everyone, but through creativity, flexibility, and choice, all can be included and find success.

Access is an Attitude

Creating physical access with automatic doors and ramps is necessary and vital, but none of that matters if you don’t feel welcome when you enter a space.


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


Join us for The Art of We: Are All Connected

Join us for The Art of We: Are All Connected

Join Upstream Arts for our celebration and fundraiser, The Art of We: Are All Connected! We're looking forward to reconnecting IN PERSON at the American Swedish Institute and simultaneously ONLINE via livestream as we gather our community to celebrate and raise funds...

Save the Date- The Art of We: Are All Connected

Save the Date- The Art of We: Are All Connected

Save the date! We're thrilled to return, for the first time since 2019, to an IN PERSON celebration and fundraiser. Join us on Wednesday, May 17, 2019, Upstream Arts when we will gather together our community of program participants, partners, artists, and supporters...