On this page, you will find important forms and additional resources related to your Upstream Arts program. If you need information or documents that aren’t available on this page, please contact Chris at (612) 331-4584 or [email protected], and he will be happy to assist you.


We integrate individuals with cognitive, developmental, emotional, behavioral, and physical disabilities into multidisciplinary arts programming designed to develop social and communication skills vital to success in school, work and life. In our programs, local professional artists—including actors, musicians, poets, visual artists, and dancers—teach fundamental skills in a variety of art forms through fun activities that also nurture self-expression, conversation, and group participation.

The following video takes you through a typical Upstream Arts class, giving you a better understanding of our class structure from start to finish.



If you’d like to see other Upstream Arts videos, check out this page.

Classroom Tools

Click here for Tips for watching an Upstream Arts class


Social Story

This social story helps students know what to expect before we arrive for our first class!

Click here to download a copy of the Upstream Arts Social Story in a Word Doc.

Click here to download a copy of the UA Social Story powerpoint


Call to Action Companion Curriculum

Teachers have asked us in the past about adapting some of our activities for use on a daily basis in their classrooms. This resource provides ideas for activities that focus on the same social and communication skills that we work on in Upstream Arts classes.

Click here to download a copy of the Call to Action powerpoint.

Click here to download a copy of the ECSE Call to Action powerpoint


Curriculum Outlines

Each week you will receive an outline of the curriculum via email for the coming week’s class. The weekly outline is a staff guide for goals and objectives, as well as vocabulary that may be useful. Feel free to distribute to other teachers and staff as you see fit. We also offer to send it to parents to give them an idea of the work we are doing in Upstream Arts classes. In order to opt in to the weekly curriculum outlines, we invite parents and family members to fill out a form or email [email protected] with their student’s name and school/class name.

Click here to download a copy of the Curriculum Outline Opt-In Form for Parents and Guardians

Please see our Grant Resources page for grant opportunities and templates that include language you can use to describe the work we do when applying for grants.


Click on the link below to view the results of last year’s evaluation:


Click on the links below to submit the evaluations online (Please note the difference between MPS & SPPS):

  • Pre-Program Evaluation (Student) – SPPS
  • Post-Program Evaluation (Student) – SPPS
  • Post-Program Evaluation (Teacher) – SPPS


Click below to download hard copies of the evaluations (Note: MPS & SPPS have different instructions but the forms are the same):


Click on the links below to download copies of the evaluation letters to be sent home to parents:

A general letter to parents outside of MPS can be found under the “Communication with Parents/Guardians” tab

Communication with Parents/Guardians

Here is a general information letter to parents/guardians about Upstream Arts.

Here is the Minneapolis Public School’s letter to parents/guardians about Upstream Arts.

Here is a copy of our Media Release form.