In Upstream Arts classes, every voice and every choice are honored. We often make collaborative paintings; each person adds their paint strokes through a process of creative and colorful turn taking. Yesterday, Mike, an elementary student in one of our programs, wasn't ready to get up in front of the rest of the class to add his brushstrokes. So the canvas came to him, and he was able to choose a color (red!) and paint what he was feeling from his seat. His contribution was a vital part of making the whole.