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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.
New Dates for The Art of Instruction 2018-19
Registration is now open for Minneapolis Public School educators! Upstream Arts is delighted to once again offer a propay class on arts based strategies and universal design with MPS Special Education. 
Note the new dates! The Art of Instruction now begins in October 2018 and runs through April 2019.  

Save the Date: Art at the Heart, a Thrivent Community benefit - September 19 
Join us for a casual evening of great food, drinks and friends. Thrivent Community - West End is hosting a benefit at Surly Brewing to support Upstream Arts. 
Free and family-friendly, you can drop in at any time, nosh on complimentary hors d'ouvres and learn more about us.

Dear Friend,
Here's how you can stay involved with Upstream Arts this summer:  
  • Register for The Art of Working with Eden Prairie Parks and Rec,
  • Don't miss The Art of Me performance with Valley Friendship Club in August,
  • Save the Date for Art at the Heart, a Thrivent Community - West End benefit for Upstream Arts,
  • Happy New Fiscal Year! Invest in the next year and soak up our gratitude,
  • Are you a Minneapolis Public Schools educator? Sign up for The Art of Instruction.
With abundant thanks for all that you do!
Julie, Matt, Bree, and everyone at Upstream Arts
A collaboratively written poem imposed over a collaborative painting. Text reads
A collaboratively written poem and painting from The Art of Social Skills with Eden Prairie Parks and Rec in July
Register for The Art of Working summer camp with Eden Prairie Parks & Rec - August 13-17
After a wonderful week-long summer camp with Eden Prairie Parks and Rec in July, Upstream Arts is excited to return in August for The Art of Working. Use art to cultivate the soft skills vital to employment. Limited space! Register today to secure your spot.    
Postcard image of participants lined up on stage with arms in the air. Text reads
The illustrious postcard for The Art of Me, featuring VFC.
Don't miss The Art of Me performance with VFC - August 16
Immerse yourself in the vitality, creativity and expression of our community! Members of Valley Friendship Club are working with Upstream Arts to create and perform a unique Art of Me performance. 
FREE and open to the public. Don't miss the chance to bask in their artistry on August 16 at 6:30pm at Oak-Land Middle School.
Gratitude & The Work Ahead
Happy New Year! New fiscal year, that is. Huge thanks to our incredible community of supporters who gave since our last update. It takes nearly $1,000,000 every year to bring our work into the world, and we start every July at zero. We count on individual donors to close the $100,000 funding gap, just 10% of what it takes annually to fuel our art and advocacy.
After one of our recent classes, the lead Teaching Artist told us this:
“We ended today’s poem dance with a couple of minutes of an old school free-for-all dance party, and it was a complete joy. When we left, Lucy, one of the participants, threw her arms up and said ‘Thanks for making me happy!’ We all gladly returned the sentiment.” 

You make this mutual exchange of joy possible.

Our current funding gap is $98,948. We have until December 1, 2018 to close $30,000 of that gap in order to include more individuals like Lucy in artful and expressive interactions.
Start our year off strong. Be one of our "New Year Supporters" by investing in July.
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 blue and green collaborative abstract painting A Participant and Teaching Artist drumming during a class A black and green abstract collaborative painting
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