The Current

Upstream Arts News
January 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.

Coming up in Milwaukee
Wisconsin friends: Join us next month for "The Art of Access" and "The Art of Social Skills" at the Harry & Rose Samson Jewish Community Center in Milwaukee! We're thrilled to return to the JCC to provide an intensive week of fun arts learning opportunities. Click here for details and registration information.

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!
Lately we've been moved and entertained by this web series from the Sore Thumb Group, exploring relationships between disability and a wide range of topics like intimacy, loneliness, and employment. Peruse a few, then let us know what you think!  
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Upstream Arts Awarded Free Email Marketing for Life!
Wow! Last month, Upstream Arts was selected out of hundreds of applicants for Emma25, an annual national program run by our favorite email service provider, Emma, in which 25 charitable organizations are gifted free email marketing tools for life. Click here to learn more.
Dear Friend, 
Happy New Year! Have you made any resolutions? We'd love to hear about them. Click here to share on Facebook, or simply hit reply to this email.
Here at Upstream Arts, our mantra for 2015 is "Back to Basics." We're spending some extra intentional time reflecting on our mission and ensuring everything that we do springs directly from it. But that doesn't mean we're slowing down! With 30+ new school programs, astounding momentum with the "The Art of Relationships," upcoming classes in Milwaukee, and more - we're hitting the ground running this month and can't wait to share the goodness with you. After all, our community is the very core of our "basics," ever inspiring this work and making it happen.
Thank you for your enthusiasm and support. We hope to see you soon!
Julie, Matt, Bree, and everyone at Upstream Arts
Upstream Arts participant and teaching artist at Linwood Monroe Arts Plus, SPPS, 2014
Bringing our proven model to SPPS
Did you know that Upstream Arts is running more than 30 programs this winter in pre-K-12 classrooms? Much of this work is happening in Minneapolis Public Schools, where we're proud to have spent nearly a decade collaborating with the Special Education and Arts Departments. However, thanks to the support of the Saint Paul Foundation, F.R. Bigelow Foundation, and our incredible community of donors, we're also expanding our work in Saint Paul Public Schools! Click here to read more
The Art of Relationships: Unpacked 
Last month, we shared a little bit about our newest program, "The Art of Relationships." The impact of this program is proving enormous, and we've seen huge interest from  our colleagues in continuing the work in a variety of settings. This month, we wanted to share a little more context around why we're pursuing this focus and what is happening in the classroom. Click here to read more.
Upstream Arts participants at Midwest Special Services
Rehearsal for The Art of Me at MSS
Gratitude and the Work Ahead
Enormous thanks to all who recently made gifts!
Anonymous (2), Delphine & Michael Barringer-Mills, Nicole Madsen & Michael BirawerPhilip & Carolyn Brunelle, Joe & Jane Cavanaugh, Kayla Collins, Lee & Serge Garces, Chris & Wendy Gennaula, Bob Goodfellow, Joe & Janet Green, Joe & Julia Green, William Mask & Anne Howden, Becky & Barry Huff, Maxine & Kieran Hughes, Calvin Keasling, Angie Keeton, Norah Long, Dan Lori, John Miller-StephanyMarilyn Mounger, Linda & Bill Murphy, Joanna Lee & Ronald Thomas PerkinsElisabeth Pletcher-Harincar, Alina Schroeder, Karl & Lisa Simer, Bridget Harrington & Graham Smith, Alan & Jean Thiel, Mary Vosberg
As a staff member from Opportunity Partners recently told us, “This kind of programming is critical for individuals who have barriers to learning through regular channels." But it also requires ongoing investment. To run a 12-week Upstream Arts residency at a school like Linwood Monroe, it costs $467 per child. To run a full "The Art of Relationships" course for 15 women with disabilities, it costs $667 per person. For every opportunity that we offer, we pull together a mix of program fees, grant funding, and individual donor support to ensure our programs are financially accessible.
Our funding gap is currently $20,859 - that's what we need to raise before June 30 to meet our goals for this fiscal year. Come July, we'll start over with a new goal, proportionate to the rapidly growing demand. Can you be part of sustaining this work with a monthly commitment of $25, $50, or $100? One-time donations are immensely valuable; but recurring gifts allow us to budget ahead in a whole new way.
Click here to establish your tax-deductible monthly commitment right now, The difference you make is immense. We're so grateful for your partnership.
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