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

Training Programs Overview


We regularly present at arts-, disability-, and education-focused conferences, as well as offer trainings to schools and local organizations on arts-based teaching methods, accessible arts programming, and strategies for working with mixed ability groups. We also provide professional development opportunities for independent artists, educators, and cross-sector leaders.

One of our most popular training focus areas is The Art of Access, which offers tools and best practices for universally designing arts events, exhibits, and educational programming for individuals of all ages and abilities. Click here for descriptions of all Upstream Arts residency focus areas.




The structure and timeframe of our training opportunities vary widely, from single workshops to multi-week residencies. We work with each partner to customize these trainings according to their unique interests, goals, and schedules.

Pricing ranges widely 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] to discuss possibilities.

Curious about bringing Upstream Arts to your school or organization? 

CONTACT US 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.