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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 multidisciplinary arts programs for people with disabilities at every stage of life, as well as community workshops and events.

Spring 2017 Events
Upstream Arts is thrilled to be producing a series of accessible, art-infused community events coming up in the next six months! From the Gaelynn Lea concert, to shows at Park Square and Mixed Blood Theatres, to our Annual Community Celebration and Fundraiser - there's something fun for all. Click here to learn more and mark your calendar!

Sensory Friendly Stories
Our friends at Wild Rumpus Books for Young Readers are now hosting Sensory-Friendly Story Time on the second Thursday of each month! All events are free, and people of all ages and abilities are welcome. Click here to learn more.

Join the Conversation 
Each month in this corner, we share resources related to our ongoing campaign to generate artistic reflection and public conversation about stigma associated with disability.
This month, we highly recommend "Sexuality and Disability: Forging Identity in a World that Leaves You Out," a TEDxYale talk by Gaelynn Lea - the musician and public speaker that we're proud to host in concert next month! In this talk, Gaelynn recounts "the epiphany that empowered her to pursue life, love, and a musical career on her own terms."
We'd love to know how this talk resonates with your own experience.  Please share your thoughts with us on Facebook or Twitter.

Dear Friend,
Happy new year! This month, we're excited to share with you:
  • Gaelynn Lea concert tickets are now on sale!!
  • "Save the Date" info for our other Spring 2017 events
  • Sensory Friendly Story Time at Wild Rumpus Books
  • A new TEDxYale Talk by Gaelynn Lea 
  • Gratitude for recent gifts and a fundraising update
As we continue to move upstream in 2017, we're more grateful than ever to have you in our community. Thank you for all that you do, and we hope to see you soon.
Julie, Matt, Bree, and everyone at Upstream Arts
Gaelynn Lea Concert postcard image
A Concert and Conversation with Gaelynn Lea
We're so enormously excited to announce that tickets are now on sale for A Concert and Conversation with Gaelynn Lea, taking place on Monday, February 20, 2017 from 6-9pm in Scheid Hall at Surly Brewing Company! Space is very limited, so be sure to book your tickets in advance for this intimate evening of music and conversation with this amazing musician (winner of the NPR 2016 Tiny Desk Contest) and disability awareness advocate. Huge thanks to The Bush Foundation and The Graham Smith Team at Keller Williams Realty for sponsoring this event, which includes a reception with delicious complimentary snacks and a cash bar!
Upstream Arts participant and Teaching Artist
Upstream Arts participant with Teaching Artist Canae Weiss
Gratitude & The Work Ahead
We want to launch 2017 with a big shoutout of thanks to our current Corporate and Foundation Supporters, who play such a critical role in making our programs possible:
Anonymous, The F. R. Bigelow Foundation, The Bush Foundation, California Institute of Contemporary Arts Foundation, Community Shares of Minnesota, The Greater Milwaukee Foundation (Edith C. and J. Oscar Greenwald Fund, Henriette S. Neverman Fund, and The Children’s Fund), The Nordlys Foundation, The Gladys M. Smith Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, Mount Sinai Community Foundation (a designated fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation), National Endowment for the Arts, Irwin Andrew Porter Foundation, The Saint Paul Foundation, The Staples Foundation, VSA Minnesota, Wayzata Community Church, and Wedge Community Co-op.
Huge thanks also to all the extraordinary individuals who have made donations to Upstream Arts since our last update. Thanks to your generosity over the past month, we're very close to the halfway point toward our goal of raising $100,000 from our individual supporter community by June 30!
To build on the momentum of this winter, we have a new mini goal of raising $5,000 by February 28.
Thank you for joining us in activating and amplifying the voice and choice of individuals with disabilities. We’re grateful beyond words for your partnership!
Did you know? Like most nonprofits, we use online platforms like Razoo and GiveMN to make giving as quick and convenient as possible. For us, these services are well worth the small fees that they deduct from each donation and consistently lead to more giving overall. That said, there are still ways to avoid such fees. You can always mail a check directly to Upstream Arts (3501 Chicago Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407), or see if your bank offers a free online bill pay service. Some of our donors send their monthly contributions fee-free, straight from their banks! Always feel free to call our office at (612) 331-4584 with any questions.
Upstream Arts Teaching Artist Aaron Fiskradatz Painting created collaboratively in an Upstream Arts program Upstream Arts Teaching Artists doing a movement exercise
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