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Upstream Arts News
February 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.

Upstream Arts in the News
In case you missed it - Upstream Arts recently was featured on Milwaukee's 94.5 Lakeviews with Libby Collins! Jody Margolis and Tiffany Gardner from the Milwaukee JCC gave a fantastic overview of our partnership and upcoming community programs. Click here to listen online.

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!
This week, we're appreciating Carrie Cariello's "I Know What Causes Autism" in the Huffington Post, a poetic reflection on the complex nuances of claiming, naming, and navigating disability categories. Have a read, then let us know what you think.
Painting created by Upstream Arts participants
Dear Friend, 
This month, we're excited to share with you
  • Upcoming Upstream Arts classes in Milwaukee - and some press!
  • Our secret for staying continually inspired
  • A profound article by a parent of a child with autism
  • An update on recent gifts and our February goal
And of course, that's only a fraction of what's happening around here! Read on, enjoy, and always keep tabs on our website and social media for the latest. We're so grateful  to have you in our community.
Julie, Matt, Bree, and everyone at Upstream Arts
February Upstream Arts Opportunities in Milwaukee
This month, we’re thrilled to be returning to the Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center in Milwaukee to offer two  exciting arts learning opportunities: The Art of Social Skills and The Art of Access. “Something magical happens each time this group comes to Milwaukee,” notes Jody Margolis, Inclusion Director at the JCC. “We watch kids transform in front of our eyes. Children who will hardly engage, use very little eye contact, and may sit in the back of the room, in one short week will become totally involved in the process. Upstream Arts teaching artists have the tools to connect with children of all abilities in a way that I have never seen before. It is truly unlike any other program we have here in the Milwaukee area.” Click here to read more on our blog.
A Constant Source of Inspiration
This spring is one of Upstream Arts' busiest seasons ever, as we run 60 programs across the Twin Cities and beyond! In the Minneapolis Public Schools alone, we're running 20+ programs in Special Education classrooms for students of all grade levels and abilities. You might imagine our small staff could get stretched thin coordinating all this work - and to be sure, it's no small task. However, one little system built into our program model constantly keeps us inspired. Click here to read more on our blog.
Poem by Upstream Arts participants at Anwatin Middle School
Poem written by Upstream Arts participants at Anwatin Middle School
Gratitude and the Work Ahead
Huge thanks to Joe & Janet Green, Ellen & Jim Hubbell, Marilyn Mounger, and one anonymous supporter for recent gifts! We're also immensely grateful to have received a new grant from the Anonymous Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation.
This month, we're aiming to raise $500 in contributions, which covers the full cost of participation in a 12-week Upstream Arts residency for one child with disabilities. Can you be 1 of 5 people to chip in $100 before February 28?
Click here to make a tax-deductible gift right now, We're so grateful for your partnership!
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