The Current

Upstream Arts News
July 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.

Our Amazing Summer Interns 
Upstream Arts has been lucky to work with FOUR amazing interns this summer - Catherine Lee, Elisabeth Lee, Elana Abelson, and Jalisa Negley-Pettit. We'll be spotlighting all of them on our blog next month, but wanted to give a shoutout in the meantime because they're doing such incredible work! We're honored to have such smart, savvy women assisting us in the office and out on our programs. If you see them around the Upstream Arts office, be sure to say hello and get to know them!   
Pictured above: (top photo, L-R) Elisabeth Lee, Catherine Lee, and Jalisa Negley-Pettit; (lower photo) Elana Abelson

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 devouring the latest issue of NEA Arts Magazine, dedicated to the theme, "Challenging Notions: Accessibility + Arts" in recognition  of the ADA's 25th Anniversary. The free  downloadable PDF is chock full of rich reads about disability and the arts from across the country; check it out, then let us know what you think.
Dear Friend, 
Happy July! We're thrilled to announce the launch of our 10th Anniversary season, which began on July 1 and will run through the end of our current fiscal year on June 30, 2016. We'll be celebrating in myriad ways over the coming months; watch your inbox for more details soon.
In the meantime, in this issue of The Current, check out:
  • A new performance of The Art of Me at PRI, TOMORROW!
  • A recap and photos from The 2nd Annual David K Open
  • An update on our exciting new 10th Anniversary fundraising goal
  • The latest issue of NEA Arts Magazine, focused on disability and the arts
As always, be sure to stay tuned to our website and social media for more news. 
We're grateful to have you in our community!
Julie, Matt, Bree, and everyone at Upstream Arts
Art of Me at PRI
Upstream Arts participants and Teaching Artist Norah Long, rehearsing at PRI (photo: Matt Guidry)
The Art of Me at PRI
Upstream Arts and Partnership Resources, Inc. (PRI) are thrilled to present a new original performance TOMORROW NIGHT, Thursday, July 30! 
Every iteration of The Art of Me is different; we can’t wait to share this one with you! Our Teaching Artists have been describing rehearsals as "beautiful," "magical," "stunning," and "pure joy." Please join us at PRI's Minneapolis Site (1069 10th Ave SE) for the exhibit and reception starting at 6:30pm, followed by the performance at 7:00pm. This event is FREE and open to the public. Click here to learn more.
Ryan Hoag and fellow golfers
Our own Ryan Hoag with fellow golfers (photo: Bret William)
Thank you, Golfers!
Big thanks to everyone who came out to support Upstream Arts during The 2nd Annual David K Open at Deer Run Golf Club in Victoria, MN on July 3! 
We loved spending the day with friends old and new. The weather was perfect, the turnout was grand - and the incredible array of festivities was unending, thanks to the intrepid David K. We're so glad that photographer Bret William documented the day! This event definitely kicked off - or should we say, "teed off" - our 10th Anniversary with a bang. 
Upstream Arts participant at Linwood Monroe Arts Plus, SPPS
Upstream Arts participant at Linwood Monroe, dancing as she paints (photo: Theo Goodell)
Gratitude and the Work Ahead
Big thanks to everyone who has generously supported Upstream Arts over the past month!
We're currently preparing our 2014-15 evaluation data and financials, in order to share the profound impact of your giving at a glance. In the  process, we have the joy of poring through gems of insight from our program partners, like this quote from a Special Education Teacher in St. Paul Public Schools, following a spring Upstream Arts residency: 
“I saw listening where distraction had been prevalent; I saw movement where stasis is the norm; positive emotion on faces that often reflect apathy; expression of feelings through multiple forms for those who have challenges identifying how they feel; support and celebration, by each, for others!” 
As we begin our 10th Anniversary Year, we are embarking on a campaign to raise $100,000 in individual gifts over the next 12 months - a bigger stretch goal than ever before! It takes $39 per week, or $468 per semester, to bring Upstream Arts to one young person with disabilities in a classroom like the one describe above - to create an environment where she can listen, move, feel positive emotions, express her feelings, support her peers, and celebrate success. Can you jumpstart our new campaign by making a tax-deductible gift today, partnering with us to bring the arts to individuals with disabilities in school districts, Adult Day Programs, and community organizations across the Twin Cities metro and beyond? Click here to donate now.
Your support make high-quality arts learning opportunities possible for individuals of ALL abilities. Thank you!
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