Teaching Artists sing and ASL interpret songs from past Art of Me performances. Photo by Jason Bucklin.


The Art of Play explores the joy and power of creative play to enrich engagement for all learning and communication styles. It’s a chance for young children and their caregivers to play, soothe, connect, and bond with each other. We use the foundational elements of music, movement, rhythm, and theater to discover options for visual, auditory, and physical stimulation. As we build a new shared language through play we learn to let go of what we think communication should look like and uncover all the creative ways that we can connect.

The Art of Play is designed for children from birth to 3 years old and their family members or caregivers (parents/caregivers, grandparents, extended family members, siblings). 

  • School Programs: Pre-K, Early Childhood Special Education, and Early Childhood Family Education programs
  • Community Programs: Community organizations, Libraries, Parks and Recreation

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 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.