The Current

Upstream Arts News
November 2014  

Welcome, New Subscribers! 
We hope you'll enjoy this monthly update on our work, events, ways to get involved, and more. We only include highlights here, so be sure to visit our website to learn more about our multidisciplinary arts programs for people with disabilities at every stage of life.

Upstream Arts in MPS Special Education classrooms
We're honored to share that our phenomenal partners in the Minneapolis Public Schools Special Education Department have dedicated a new page on their website to info and updates about Upstream Arts! Click here to check it out.

Join the Conversation 
Last spring, we launched our disability is not a four-letter word campaign to generate artistic reflection and public conversation about stigma associated with disability.
Each month, we're sharing a related video or article. We invite you to respond by sharing thoughts via email, our blog, Facebook, Twitter, or in any creative form you like!
Right now, we're revisiting playwright Christopher Shinn's eloquent article in The Atlantic, "Disability is Not Just a Metaphor." Consider taking a few minutes to read his thoughts on casting and portrayals of disability in the entertainment industry - then let us know what you think!

Artists Around Town 
Our Teaching Artists and Staff are involved in a wide range of professional projects outside of their work with Upstream Arts. November's flying fast, but you can still catch a bunch of fun events, including Sandbox Theatre's Killer Inside (featuring UA Teaching Artist Evelyn Digirolamo); History Theatre's Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story (featuring UA Teaching Artist Charles Fraser); and a MADE HERE storefront installation (also featuring work by Charles Fraser). Click here to learn more.
Upstream Arts
Dear Friend, 
We can't say it enough: ENORMOUS THANKS to everyone who supported Upstream Arts on Give to the Max Day and those who have mailed or dropped off gifts! To date, we've raised $5,292 toward our goal of $15,000 by December 31. We're more than a third of the way there - amazing!
As you know, Give to the Max Day also marked the birthday of Henry Brown, star of our 2014 Annual Report illustrated by Teaching Artist Masa Kawahara. We have a brand new video to share, introducing both Henry and Masa, and showing Henry's reaction to the Annual Report! It also includes some special thanks (including a "Thank You Handshake"!) from Henry and Masa for you. Click below to watch.
As ever, we have lots more happening that we're excited to share with you - keep reading for details. We're so grateful for the enthusiasm, energy, and generosity of our community.

Julie, Matt, Bree, and everyone at Upstream Arts
Meet Henry and Masa
This Friday: The Art of Me at MSS Eagan
Midwest Special Services (MSS) and Upstream Arts are thrilled to present a new edition of The Art of Me, a unique theatrical experience featuring original poetry, song, dance, paintings, and even improvisation! Featuring Upstream Arts participants from both MSS Eagan and MSS Apple Valley, this performance is the culmination of two fall residencies which have been using the arts to explore the complicated nuances of personal expression and social interaction. The show is FREE and will be presented for ONE NIGHT ONLY, Friday, November 19, 6pm, at MSS Eagan (3265 Northwood Circle, Suite 180, Eagan, MN 55121). Click here for more information.
Painting created collaboratively by Upstream Arts participants
Painting created by Upstream Arts participants
Upstream Arts in Milwaukee
We're thrilled to be continuing work with the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center in Milwaukee. This month, we led a week of art and social skill programs for youth, teens, and young adults with and without disabilities; Be sure to visit us on Facebook for a peek at some of the gorgeous artwork created by participants. They made each of the works collaboratively - first listening and responding to classical and jazz music, then combining their favorite elements from those paintings into new "redo" paintings. We already can't wait to return to the JCC in February for more! Click here to peruse the JCC's Winter Program.
Gratitude and the Work Ahead
Once again, we are grateful to everyone who supported Upstream Arts through Give to the Max Day and our fall fund appeal these past few weeks!
We're also ever grateful to our current monthly donors for their profoundly valuable steadfast support: Sue Haas and Michael Sommers, Marilyn Mounger, and one anonymous donor.
We still have $9,708 to raise before December 31 in order to meet our $15,000 year-end goal! If you haven't given to Upstream Arts yet this fall, please consider chipping in now. Your support will ensure more aspiring artists like Henry Brown, young people like our participants at the Milwaukee JCC, and adults at day programs like MSS can access and thrive in our high-quality, curriculum-based, multidisciplinary programs, taught by some of the Twin Cities' most accomplished professional artists. 
Remember, you can always donate to Upstream Arts online at, call (612) 331-4584 to make a gift by phone, or mail checks to our office at 3501 Chicago Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55403. Thank you so much for your partnership!
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