Upstream Arts Participants at Valley Friendship Club

Community Programs Overview

Every year, we carry out arts programs for youth and adults with disabilities at a variety of community organizations. These partnerships range from single day workshops to multi-month residencies, always with an emphasis on cultivating fundamental skills in a variety of artistic disciplines and developing social and communication skills essential to school, the workplace, and meaningful participation in the wider community. In some cases, the residencies culminate in an original performance or exhibition open to the general public.

Our most popular community residency focus areas are “The Art of Social Skills,” which focuses on cultivating social emotional skills; “The Art of Working,” which helps participants work on soft skills vital to obtaining and maintaining employment; and “The Art of Me,” which explores personal identity and self-expression. Click here to explore all of our residency focus areas.

We work with each partner to customize the residency structure and length according to their unique interests and goals.

Pricing ranges widely from $500 to $10,000, depending on the nature, breadth, and duration of the program. Please note that our willingness to help you think creatively about funding an Upstream Arts program is endless. We are happy to offer fundraising suggestions and grant resources. Please contact Julie Guidry, Executive Director, at (612) 331-4584 or [email protected] discuss possibilities.

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

Curious about bringing Upstream Arts to your school or 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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