A Pirouette and Full Splits

You've got us dancing out of our chairs into 2015!
December 2014  
Upstream Arts Teaching Artists and Participants Taking a Bow
Upstream Arts participants in The Art of Me, August 2014
Dear Friend,
YOU DID IT. Your immense generosity has taken us above and beyond our $15,000 year-end goal! 
Your investment makes us want to leap from our chairs and dance, like a young Upstream Arts school program participant named Grace in one of our favorite stories from 2014: 
Normally timid, quiet, and glued firmly to her chair, Grace surprised everyone when she suddenly raised her hand toward the end of class one day. The group was working on a dance activity, in which students invented choreography inspired by a painting they had created earlier. "Staff 'ooh’ed and ahh’ed' when they saw her hand go up," wrote our Teaching Artist in a report. "I worried that would intimidate her not to try, but she went ahead. Oh did she ever! She chose her inspiration line on the painting, then broke into a pirouette and full splits. Talk about ending the class with a bang!" 
Likewise, you have ended our year with a bang - and your support is one of our other favorite stories from 2014. Our hearts are overflowing with the knowledge that you believe in the value of creating safe spaces in which individuals with disabilities like Grace can access the arts, take risks, develop vital social/emotional and commmunication skills, and shine. Thank you! 
This fall campaign brought us nearly halfway to our larger goal of $50,000 in community support by the end of our fiscal year (June 30, 2015). If you haven't given to Upstream Arts yet this winter, could you launch into the new year with us by establishing a monthly gift?
Any amount, be it $10 or $100+ per month, is significant and offers us a whole new level of organizational sustainability. Your recurring support allows us to plan for our programs in a different way, ultimately reaching and impacting more people at a greater depth. And while most of us here in the office might not quite make it into the splits, the inspiration that comes with your partnership sure makes us want to keep trying!
With best wishes for all that lies ahead,
Julie, Matt, Bree, and everyone at Upstream Arts
Other Ways to Give
You always can give to Upstream Arts at GiveMN.org. We also accept donations online through Razoo; by mail (Upstream Arts, 3501 Chicago Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55403); and by phone (612-331-4584). You can even support our work by shopping online with Amazon Smile or donating a vehicle through Cars with Heart! Make or postmark your gift by December 31 to ensure it is tax-deductible in 2014. Click here to learn more.
Twitter Facebook LinkedIn YouTube
powered by emma
Subscribe to our email list.