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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.

Save the Date: Art of Me performance August 16
Add it to your calendars! On August 16, Upstream Arts and Valley Friendship Club will present The Art of Me, the culminating performance of our summer program.
This one-night-only performance is a beautiful chance to celebrate the many stories of our community and to bring together individuals of all abilities in a creative and inclusive space.

Dear Friend,
Splash your way into summer with us at these upcoming classes and events! 
  • Register for week-long Upstream Arts classes with Eden Prairie Parks and Rec,
  • Save the date for The Art of Me performance in August, 
  • Invest in new narratives before June 30 and close the gap before the end of our fiscal year,   
  • Enjoy the annual event recap, with pictures and gratitude!
With abundant thanks for all that you do!
Julie, Matt, Bree, and everyone at Upstream Arts
Participants and Teaching Artists dancing in an Upstream Arts Class.
Participants and Teaching Artists mirror one another in an Upstream Arts class. Photo by Matt Guidry.
Register now for Upstream Arts classes with Eden Prairie Parks & Rec
Upstream Arts is offering two summer camp classes with Eden Prairie Parks and Rec in July and August.
Register now for The Art of Social Skills from July 9-13. This week-long program develops social, emotional, and communication skills through the arts.
Then from August 13-17, The Art of Working program uses the arts to cultivate soft skills needed to obtain and maintain employment. 
Reflection: Annual Event Recap and Appreciation!
It was such a joy to celebrate and share stories with everyone who came to our annual event last month, The Art of We: Are More Than One Story! With the support of our incredible community, we raised $44,402 to continue to carry out the vital work of creating space for new narratives, embedding creative approaches, and resetting mindsets about ability and disability.
If you missed the event, or if you want to reminisce, click here for a brief recap and pictures.   
The Upstream Arts Board of Directors in front of We Are More Than One Story exhibit at the annual event. A red flower centerpiece from The Art of We: Are More Than One Story
The Upstream Arts Board of Directors at the Annual Event (left). A flower from our Story Gardens (right). Photos by Jason Bucklin.
Gratitude & The Work Ahead
As our fiscal year comes to a close, we are reflecting on the amazing scope of the last 12 months. In addition to nearly 150 programs in schools, adult day programs and community settings, we brought together individuals of all abilities for performances, storytelling workshops, and shared experiences that change the exchange between ability and disability.
It takes nearly a million dollars to do this culture-changing work each year. We have a funding gap of only $21,583 remaining before June 30, 2018.      
Will you be one of the incredible story-shifters to invest in Upstream Arts' innovative work before June 30?
Click here to make a contribution online through MightyCause. 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 and black painting from an Upstream Arts Class A purple and green painting with the word Happy at the bottom
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