Arts Resources

Below are additional research and resources that we have compiled for individuals interested in the arts, arts advocacy, participating in community arts opportunities, and/or pursuing professional careers in the arts.

Please note: these links, authors, and publications are NOT affiliated with or endorsed by Upstream Arts. We cannot be held responsible for the contents of any externally linked pages. To peruse our own publications and research data, click here.

Additional resources also can be found on our Arts, Disability, and Learning page.



“The Arts in Early Childhood: Social and Emotional Benefits of Arts Participation” (PDF)
A Literature Review and Gap Analysis (2000-2015), National Endowment for the Arts

“Effective Career Development Strategies for Young Artists with Disabilities”
By Heike Boeltzig-Brown, Rooshey Hasnain & Jennifer Sullivan Sulewski for the Institute for Community Inclusion, 2008.



ART/WORK: Everything You Need to Know (and Do) As You Pursue Your Art Career
By Heather Darcy Bhandari and Jonathan Melber, 2009.



Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts
Americans for the Arts
Arts in Action Minnesota
Arts Unbound
Avivo Artworks
Axis Dance
Creative Exchange
DanceAbility International
The Disability Art and Culture Project
Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts
Metropolitan Regional Arts Council
Midwest Special Services Creative Arts Program
Minneapolis Arts Commission
Minnesota Citizens for the Arts
Minnesota State Arts Board
Minnesota Theater Alliance

MPS Arts
National Art and Disability Center
National Assembly of State Arts Agencies
National Endowment for the Arts
Resources for Kid Artists
Springboard for the Arts
MN Theater Discounts for Individuals with Disabilities
VSA – The International Organization on Arts and Disability
Unrestricted Interest
Women’s Art Resources of Minnesota (WARM)