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We hope you'll enjoy this monthly update on all things Upstream Arts. We only include highlights here, so be sure to keep tabs on our website to learn more about our arts programming for people with disabilities at every stage of life, plus public events and opportunities.

Highlights from The Art of (e)Motion 
A huge round of applause for The Art of (e)Motion performances with students from Barton and Marcy last month!
One parent mentioned that the show opened a door for her: "I had no idea my boys would be good at something like this. I learned so much about them by watching them perform."  Audience members described the show as a phoenix, a rainbow, and "the best part of my day."
The incredible impact was evidenced by one student shouting after the show, "I am so proud of myself!"
A student performing at the Barton Art of (e)Motion

Buy or sell a house, support Upstream Arts
Graham Smith, realtor extraordinaire and leader of The Graham Smith Team at Keller Williams Realty, has renewed his support with this remarkable pledge: for every house he buys or sells, he'll donate $50 to Upstream Arts!
Thank you to The Graham Smith Team for this amazing support! If you're looking to buy or sell, consider Graham Smith.

Dear Friend,
As our annual fundraiser approaches on May 17, we're counting down the days and we're counting up the incredible supporters, sponsors and community members that make our work possible!
Here are all the ways you can add your voice to our story:
  • RSVP and join us for The Art of We: Are More Than One Story on May 17 at the Science Museum, 
  • Read up on our generous event sponsors, who keep our event free and accessible,
  • Pledge your contribution now to help close the gap,   
  • Enjoy highlights from The Art of (e)Motion performances showcasing the incredible impact of our work!
With abundant thanks for all that you do!
Julie, Matt, Bree, and everyone at Upstream Arts
Image of Upstream Arts Teaching Artists performing at The Art of We with UA logo and text reading
Photo by Anna Min, Min Enterprises Photography, LLC
RSVP for The Art of We: Are More Than One Story on May 17
We can't wait to celebrate with you! In less than a month, we'll gather at the Science Museum to share stories, make merry, and set the groundwork for another year of innovative work!
From 6-9pm, nibble on complimentary hors d'ouvres, grab a drink at the cash bar, and add your tale to our interactive story gardens. Program is at 7pm, with storytelling (including an excerpt from recent Art of (e)Motion performance) and the ever-engaging Live Auction! (Keep an eye on our blog for exciting descriptions.)
Thanks to our sponsors, the event is completely FREE to attend! But space is limited; register now!
Sponsor logos for 2018 Art of We: Are More Than One Story
Thank you to our generous sponsors for The Art of We: Are More Than One Story and our individual donors!  
Let's give a hand to our incredible event sponsors! Click on each to read more about these outstanding organizations: 
Thank you for your support of our community!
Logos from our In Kind Donors
 Thank you to our inkind donors and our individual investors!
From a night on the town, to author visits, to a self-care bonanza, the auction is full of amazing items from our inkind donors! Keep an eye on our blog for full descriptions of the auction packages. Huge thanks to them and to our wonderful community of individual contributors who have invested since our last update.
Gratitude & The Work Ahead
As we witness through words and images the incredible impact of our work, we know that numbers tell a story too! Upstream Arts serves over 2,200 people in nearly 150 programs with over 84 partners. This abundance of art, access and advocacy costs nearly $800,000 every year, funded by partners, grants, foundations, and YOU! Every year, we count on you to cover $100,000 of that equation, and every year you fill us with great gratitude for your support.
This year we're a little behind in meeting our individual donor goal. In order to close the gap before our fiscal year ends on June 30, 2018, we need to raise $35,000 in May and another $35,000 in June. Luckily, we have all of you to help us do it!  
Will you be one of our champions and invest $1,000 in Upstream Arts' vital work this month?
Click here to make a contribution online through MightyCause (formerly Razoo). You can also call (612) 331-4584 to donate by phone or mail a check to Upstream Arts, 3501 Chicago Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407.
Together, we are moving upstream. Thanks for all that you do!
A red, orange and yellow painting created by Upstream Arts participants A blue and yellow painting created by Upstream Arts participants
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