Upstream Arts Participants and Teaching Artists

The Art of Retirement

“The Art of Retirement” is one of our newest residency focus areas, designed specifically for aging individuals with disabilities and most often carried out in partnership with Adult Day Programs. Professional artists lead interactive multidisciplinary arts activities (music, theater, visual art, poetry, and dance), tailored to each participant’s interests and strengths at this stage of life. The activities deliberately foster meaningful engagement, connection, and self-expression, all key to quality of life. All Upstream Arts programs are taught by professional artists who have been rigorously trained to teach individuals of all ages and abilities.

To learn more about bringing Upstream Arts to your setting, please select one of the following:

Adult Programs (Adult Day Programs or disability service providers serving individuals from age 21-75+)
Community Programs (arts organizations, community organizations, friendship clubs, Parks and Recreation)
Training Programs (any kind of professional development setting)

“We have creative individuals in our retirement programs that may have been involved in music or arts in the past, but now that they are aging, limited mobility, transportation and the anxiety that comes with memory loss are huge barriers. For these people the arts can make a huge difference, in keeping them connected and engaged, in bringing them back to their creative selves.”

– Staff Member, Community Involvement Programs

Curious about bringing Upstream Arts to your organization, but having trouble imagining what we would do? Contact us to set up a 1-hour “freebie”! This session – absolutely free of charge – can offer a better understanding of how we work to support individuals with a range of cognitive, developmental, emotional, behavioral, and physical disabilities.

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