Hear Peter's story of voice and choice through drumming
Hear Peter's story of voice and choice through drumming
Dear Friend, 
Recently we shared some powerful stories of creativity and success in our 18-19 Report to the Community- Upstream Arts' evaluation findings from our work with Minneapolis Public Schools. We hear stories about our impact from our partners every day; here's one more:
Peter is an elementary student who found his spark in drumming and music while working with Upstream Arts. As he explored the beats and rests and infinite combinations that drumming can avail, he was able to practice waiting his turn, practice taking his turn, and really practice listening to his peers. 
All this practice helped Peter stay engaged when one of his peers was having a bad day and when he was upset himself. He was able to use the practice of listening and waiting to quickly calm himself and return to the activity. Peter was able to regulate himself through the arts and to show others who he was through making these choices.
Teaching Artists and students practice rhythm and drumming.
We're excited to return to Peter's Special Education classroom this fall to continue to practice thoughtful, creative social and emotional skills. You can ensure that Peter and others like him have access to high-quality creative experiences that nurture vital communication skills.
It will take $53,364 in individual investments by December 31, 2019 to fulfill the 34 residencies we have set for this fall. We're grateful to our wonderful community of supporters who have contributed since our last update. With your support, the stories of success will continue to multiply. 
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With abundant thanks for all that you do,
Julie, Matt, Bree, and everyone at Upstream Arts
P.S. Don't forget to RSVP for the October 2 screening of Intelligent Lives at Highland Park St. Paul Public Library.
Join us from 6-8pm for this powerful film followed by a facilitated post-show discussion. 
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