OUR RESIDENCIES

Upstream Arts residencies invite individuals with disabilities into a multidisciplinary arts curriculum designed to strengthen social emotional learning. Our Teaching Artists work with and alongside participants and staff once a week in creative activities that seamlessly mix art mediums. We might Paint the Music, have a Drum Conversation, or choreograph a Poem Dance while we practice listening, observing, and exploring how rhythm and movement effect our emotions. Each time we practice different creative languages, we are learning new ways to tell our own stories – and new ways to listen to the stories of others. 

RESIDENCY MODELS

Upstream Arts residencies can provide a lifetime of arts learning experiences and personal growth for individuals of all abilities, from birth to retirement. Click on any of the below photos/descriptions to read more about each model.

The Art of Play

The Art of Play

Fosters social and emotional skills vital to success in school, work, & community.

The Art of Social Skills

Fosters vital social and emotional skills through multiple art forms.

The Art of Me

Explores self-expression and teamwork by developing a public arts event.

Teaching Artists singing, signing, and playing guitar.

The Art of Voice and Choice

Uses multiple art forms to foster self-advocacy and Person Centered Thinking with individuals with disabilities and support staff.

Upstream Arts Teaching Artists and Participants at Linwood Monroe

The Art of Working

Cultivates soft skills essential to employment through multiple artistic disciplines.

The Art of Retirement

This program is specifically designed for aging adults with disabilities.

The Art of Relationships

Uses multiple art forms to explore sexual health, self-advocacy, and positive relationships.

Teaching Artists singing, signing, and playing guitar.

The Art of Grief, Loss, and Change

Explores the emotions of and builds the skills to navigate the transitions and loss we all experience throughout our lifetimes.  

Read more about our proven approach:

Performers pose as part of a moving statues sequence in The Art of Me performance

WHAT IS A RESIDENCY LIKE?

WHY ART?

WHAT MAKES US SUCCESSFUL?

Teaching Artists singing, signing, and playing guitar.

FAQ & HOW TO GET STARTED?

 Curious about bringing Upstream Arts to your school or organization?

Contact us at [email protected] for a 1-hour FREEBIE!

Are you an individual interested in taking a class?

Visit our Take A Class page!