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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.
UA Teaching Artists and participants at the Levine JCC

Upstream Arts Travels: Charlotte, NC
Upstream Arts traveled to Charlotte, NC for a brief visit to introduce us to the mighty community of fabulous organizations that are supporting individuals with disabilities in the area. We were honored to be invited by the Levine JCC, who hosted us for nine Art of Social Skills introductory classes with youth and adults over the course of three days. We loved meeting and working with the vibrant community there. 

Highlights from The Moth StorySLAM
We were thrilled by our experience as the Special Guest at the sold out February Moth StorySLAM in St. Paul! Of the ten storytellers randomly selected from the audience, seven were part of the Upstream Arts community. They shared a beautiful range of stories that were by turns humorous, heartfelt, and always honest.   
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Dear Friend,
In this issue of The Current, you'll find -
  • Invitation to The Art of (e)Motion performances at Barton and Marcy Open Schools, 
  • Introduction to our premiere event sponsor, CommonSense Consulting, and
  • Yess Yoga, generous event sponsor offering opportunities to give to Upstream Arts with donation classes, 
  • Highlights from The Moth StorySLAM,
  • A peek at our Charlotte, NC residencies, and 
  • Gratitude and our spring funding goal! 
With abundant thanks for all that you do!
Julie, Matt, Bree, and everyone at Upstream Arts
Participants and Teaching Artist on stage at The Art of Me
Upstream Arts Participants and Teaching Artists onstage at Art of Me. Photo by Doug Knutson.
Join us for The Art of (e)Motion performances 
March 20 and 21
It's almost show time! Come witness the powerful performances of students of all abilities at The Art of (e)Motion
      On Tuesday, March 20 at 6pm, join us at Barton Open School for the first show.
      Then come to Marcy Open School on Wednesday, March 21 at 6pm for a completely different show with a whole separate cast. 
It's been a joy to collaborate with the students, Young Dance, and Minneapolis Community Education. Don't miss these interdisciplinary delights! Each show is only $5 suggested donation, no reservation needed. 
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Thank you to CommonSense Consulting@Work, premiere sponsor for The Art of We: Are More Than One Story
A huge thank you to CommonSense Consulting@Work, whose generous sponsorship of The Art of We ensures that our May 17 event remains free and accessible. 
CommonSense Consulting@Work is a Minnesota-based organization that works to bring human resource solutions to companies all over the nation, specializing in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Team Dynamics, and Organizational Assessment and Development. 
We're full of gratitude for their support! Click here to learn more.
Take donation-based class at Yess Yoga, generous Art of We sponsor, and support Upstream Arts 
We are incredibly grateful to Yess Yoga, who not only is one of the sponsors for our Art of We event, but who is also offering a unique way to support Upstream Arts.
Every week Yess Yoga offers donation-based classes, where the proceeds are donated to local causes. From now through June, Upstream Arts is the beneficiary! Check out their welcoming, inclusive classes. Click here to learn more.  
Gratitude & The Work Ahead
A huge thank you to our incredible community for your ongoing support! We are filled with gratitude for your commitment to the innovative and integral work we carry out with our community. We are well on our way to our goal of $100,000 in individual donations and currently have a funding gap of $74,000. We're counting on your support to help us close it before June 30, 2018.
Will you be one of 10 people to donate $50 in March to jump-start our fundraising stretch?
Click here to make a contribution online through Razoo. 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 purple and red abstract painting from an Upstream Arts class A brightly colored abstract painting from an Upstream Arts class
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