The Current

Upstream Arts News
September 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.

ICYMI: Upstream Arts on MPR
In case you missed it, one of our newest programs, The Art of Relationships, was featured on Minnesota Public Radio last month. The Art of Relationships is an innovative course developed with health educator Katie Thune, exploring sexual health and positive relationships. Big thanks to Opportunity Partners and Midwest Special Services for their partnership; the WCA Foundation, American Association of University Women, and California Institute of Contemporary Arts Foundation for support; and Marianne Combs for her thoughtful reporting. Click here for the full story.
Pictured above: UA Executive Director Julie Guidry talking to a participant. Image by Judy Griesedieck via MPR News

Audition for VocalPoint!
Do you love to sing? Do you love Upstream Arts? Audition for VocalPointan intense choral experience that challenges people through music to build a better world! Each year, VocalPoint supports a worthy cause that will make a dramatic impact in everyday lives. In 2016, that cause is Upstream Arts! Auditions are Sunday and next Thursday. Click here to learn more.
Pictured above: Jearlyn Steele singing for Avenues for Homeless Youth. Image via VocalPoint.

Join the Conversation 
We regularly share videos, articles, and other resources that relate to our disability is not a four-letter word campaign. This month, The Guardian's series on disability arts continues with Jonathan Meth's "Disability arts: the challenge of ensuring creative momentum," assessing opportunities and challenges that artists with disabilities face in the U.K. In your experience, how does this conversation resonate with or depart from the one happening here in the U.S.? 
Dear Friend, 
As you know, Upstream Arts is celebrating our 10th Anniversary Year (July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016) as a nonprofit organization working at the intersection of the arts, disability, and learning. It's September, which means 10 more months of festivity to come, not to mention the launch of our regularly scheduled fall programs in schools, Adult Day Programs, and other organizations throughout the Twin Cities and beyond.
Keep reading to learn about:
  • A new public program for children with disabilities ages birth-3 and their families at Minneapolis Central Library
  • The first ever Twin Cities Social Justice Arts Festival
  • A recent Minnesota Public Radio feature 
  • A great new read on disability arts in the U.K.
  • A chance to SING in support of Upstream Arts  
  • Another way you can be part of sustaining our work over the next 10 months 
As always, this bounty is just the tip of the iceberg; keep tabs on our website and social media for more. We're grateful to have you in our community!
Julie, Matt, Bree, and everyone at Upstream Arts
The Art of Play
Juliana, daughter of Teaching Artist Anton Jones and one of our first The Art of Play participants
The Art of Play at Minneapolis Central Library
In partnership with Minneapolis Public Schools’ Early Intervention, Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE), and Hennepin County Library, Upstream Arts is delighted to offer a new interactive arts and storytime program for families and care providers of children ages birth to 3, with and without special needs. Four FREE events over the next 7 months will provide a fun, playful venue where families can have positive interactions with their child using music, reading stories, movement, theatre and art activities! Parents, caregivers, grandparents, and siblings will leave with ideas and arts strategies of how to creatively play and bond with their child, and have the chance to meet other families, providers and Early Childhood Special Education staff. All families new to Hennepin County Library will have the chance to get a free library card and learn more about the robust children’s library collection at Minneapolis Central Library.
The first session is Tuesday, October 6. Click here to learn more.
Upstream Arts at the Twin Cities Social Justice Arts Festival
The Twin Cities is a hub for amazing art and inspiring social justice movements – and now EDIT, a local social justice youth arts organization, is bringing these worlds together for the first ever Twin Cities Social Justice Arts Festival! Come enjoy art, films, dance, presentations, food, raffle prizes, a silent auction, and more. Upstream Arts is thrilled to be participating as part of our 10 Year Anniversary celebration, a chance for our community to come together in creative dialogue. Following short film screenings of The Real Story: Media Coverage of Disability Issues in Minnesota (hosted by Access Press) and Sh*t People Say to People with Disabilities (hosted by Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts) at 10am & 12pm, we will host poetry activities and conversation related to our disability is not a four-letter word campaign. The festival is FREE to attend, and you can even take Metro Transit for free to get there! Click here to learn more.
Upstream Arts Teaching Artists and Baby Juliana
Upstream Arts Teaching Artists and baby Juliana, heading out to teach The Art of Play
Gratitude and the Work Ahead
Big thanks to David and Joy Baker, David Doth, Anthony Indelicato, Marilyn Mounger, Gillian Spence, and two anonymous supporters for recent gifts!
It's September, which means 10 more months of our 10th Anniversary fiscal year. At this milestone, we'd like to make a special request to our community of supporters: In honor of our 10th Anniversary, would you commit to a recurring monthly contribution over the next 10 months? You can give $10/month for $100 total; $100/month for $1,000 total; or any amount that is good for you. Every penny counts toward our 10th Anniversary goal of raising $100,000 by June 30 - a vastly more ambitious goal than we've ever had before! Your support allows us to keep programs like The Art of Play and our activities at the Twin Cities Social Justice Arts Festival FREE OF CHARGE for the public and accessible to those who could not otherwise participate. Click here to set up a monthly contribution now.
You play such an immensely vital role in our work. Thank you for your partnership!
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