The Current

Upstream Arts News
May 2015  

Welcome, New Subscribers! 
We hope you'll enjoy this monthly update on our work, events, ways to get involved, and more. We only include highlights here, so be sure to visit our website to learn more about our multidisciplinary arts programs for people with disabilities at every stage of life.

The Art of Me on June 26 
Save the date! Opportunity Partners and Upstream Arts are thrilled to present another original multidisciplinary arts experience, exploring the many wonderful and complicated roles we play in our lives. Click here to learn more.

Upstream Arts Job Openings 
We are looking for a new part-time Administrative and Programs Assistant! This person will provide crucial support to Upstream Arts and its Leadership Team in the areas of administration, programs, and client relations. We also very soon will be posting a call for new Teaching Artists. Click here to learn more.

Join the Conversation 
In May 2014, we launched our disability is not a four-letter word campaign to generate artistic reflection and public conversation about stigma associated with disability.
Each month, we're sharing a related video or article. We invite you to respond by sharing thoughts via email, our blog, Facebook, Twitter, or in any creative form you like!
Right now, we're hugely inspired by Mixed Blood Theatre Company's Disability Visibility Project, which "seeks an improvement in the relationship between the American theatre and disability." Mixed Blood solicited 40 theatre professionals to share plays about disability and/or featuring characters with disabilities; and now are offering $5000 to theatres that produce the plays, provided theatre artists with disabilities be employed in roles of characters with disabilities.
Dear Friend, 
Happy May! In this issue of The Current, we're excited to share:
  • A chance to support our work by playing golf
  • An upcoming performance at Opportunity Partners
  • A recap of our amazing event on May 11 
  • New job opportunities at Upstream Arts
  • Mixed Blood's incredible Disability Visibility Project
  • Gratitude and an update on our fundraising goals
Read on, enjoy, and always stay tuned to our website and social media to learn more. We're grateful to have you in our community.
Julie, Matt, Bree, and everyone at Upstream Arts
Ryan Hoag at The 1st Annual David K Open
Teaching Artist Ryan Hoag at The 1st Annual David K Open
The 2nd Annual David K Open 
Calling all golf fanatics and fans! Upstream Arts is honored to be the beneficiary of The 2nd Annual David K Open: Red, White & Blue Golf Tournament at Deer Run Golf Club in Victoria, Minnesota, coming up on Friday, July 3, 2015. We’re thrilled for this opportunity to celebrate the launch of our 10th Anniversary with friends old and new, spread awareness about our work, and raise essential funds for our 2015-16 programs.
David K, the generous organizer of this event, was introduced to Upstream Arts by our Teaching Artist Ryan Hoag, who participated in last year’s event. David also has a brother with disabilities. "[At last year’s event] we had pro athletes and rock stars," David told us. "We hope to be able to bring that kind of excitement this year in support of Upstream Arts!” David currently is seeking participants and sponsors to take part in this year’s event on July 3. Click here to learn more.
The Art of We
Upstream Arts and Opportunity Partners artists
The Art of We: Recap
On May 11, the Upstream Arts community gathered for The Art of We at Bloomington Center for the Arts. Part exhibit, part performance, part fundraiser, and wholly party, The Art of We was a fun-filled evening that raised more than $34,000 to bring high-quality arts programming to people with disabilities at every stage of life! In case you missed it, or want to reminisce, we put together a recap of the night, complete with images and video. If nothing else, be sure to check out the powerhouse performance by artists from Upstream Arts and Opportunity Partners, followed by the Upstream Arts origin story. Click here to learn more.
Julie and Matt Guidry at The Art of We
Upstream Arts Co-founders Julie and Matt Guidry on stage at The Art of We
Gratitude and the Work Ahead
Big thanks to the 108 individuals who have supported Upstream Arts over the past month! We're thrilled to have surpassed our original fundraising goal for this spring.
Of course, as you know, the work never stops. As Upstream Arts Co-founders Julie and Matt Guidry observed at The Art of We, our phone is ringing off the hook - the demand for our work is ever growing. In order to bring the arts to more people with disabilities at every stage of life, we must continue to invest in and grow the infrastructure of our organization in support of our programs.
On July 1, we will kick off our 10th Anniversary as a nonprofit organization working at the intersection of the arts, disability, and learning. To celebrate this exciting milestone and build capacity for the next decade of work, we are embarking on a new campaign to raise $100,000 in individual contributions by June 30, 2016. Can you be among the first to partner with us in this effort by contributing a gift of $10, $100, or $1000? Click here to make a tax-deductible gift right now
We're so grateful for your belief and support. Thank you for all that you do!
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