Upstream Arts is the only arts organization in the Twin Cities
– and one of only a handful nationally –
to utilize the arts to develop social & communication skills
for people with disabilities at every stage of life.
Our programming integrates individuals with cognitive, developmental, emotional, behavioral, and physical disabilities into multidisciplinary arts residencies designed to develop skills vital to success in school, work, and life. Our team of local professional artists teaches fundamental skills in a variety of art forms — including acting, music, poetry, visual artist, and dance — through fun activities that nurture self-expression, conversation, and group participation. Participants usually meet for 1-2 hours weekly over a designated period of time, often in a setting where they already receive services.
A typical Upstream Arts program is an arts residency in one of the following core focus areas. All of our residency program offerings are available for individuals of all abilities, and several are available for all age groups. We work with every partner to customize the structure and length of residencies according to the partner’s unique interests and goals. To explore possibilities, please contact Julie Guidry, Upstream Arts Executive Director, at (612) 331-4584 or [email protected].
NEW! studio ACCESS
Out of care for our community – our participants, teaching artists, staff, and their families – we are currently not running in-person programming.
We invite you to join us online through studio ACCESS, where we continue to practice creativity via short arts-learning videos and interactive group live stream classes.
Learn more HERE.
WHO WE SERVE
Our residencies are designed to provide a lifetime of arts learning experiences for individuals with disabilities, from birth to retirement and beyond. We also regularly offer community programs and trainings open to people of all abilities, including artists, educators, program staff, administrators, producers, and the general public.
Curious about bringing Upstream Arts to your school or organization?
Contact us at [email protected] to set up a 1 hour FREEBIE!
This session – absolutely free of charge – can offer insight into how we work to support individuals with a range of cognitive, developmental, emotional, behavioral, and physical disabilities.