Plus, we're sooo close to a brand new milestone!
Plus, we're sooo close to a brand new milestone!
Dear Friend, 
In a classroom, Teaching Artist Tracey, a white woman with blond wavy hair, freezes in place along with two adult participants, one doing the splits and the other looking downwards. Everyone is masked.

15 years and 10,000 hours

"June 30, 2021 marks the completion of 15 years of Upstream Arts working with and alongside people with disabilities of all ages to share creative experiences, to work towards understanding and inclusion, and to share space together," writes Matt Guidry. "These experiences have mostly happened in 1 hour chunks, which seems like a small segment of time to construct community. But it’s the momentary flashes of connection, occuring consistently over time, that shape trust and empathy, isn’t it? It’s not one big, grand gesture that makes it happen. It’s the small moments that are the building blocks."
Read more in Matt's latest installment of In Small Moments to mark 15 years and 10,000 hours of Upstream Arts connections.

Wow! We've never done this before.

We are ELATED to share that thanks to YOUR incredible support during this unprecedented year we are only $119 to go towards meeting our $100,000 fiscal year fundraising goal - with a little more than 24 hours to go! This is our largest annual goal in our 15 year history, and we wouldn't be this close without the remarkable generosity of our community. Can you chip in $15 or more by the end of our 15th year - tomorrow, June 30th - to help us reach this auspicious milestone? We can say with confidence that we will invest your dollars into more accessible programming than ever before. Because the pandemic has illuminated what we've known all along - that ACCESS is the only true way forward.
Invest in Access

Self Advocacy starts next week -

and there's still time to register! Try one class or make it a new weekly ritual. Experience the fun & support of a small group of artists and peers, as together we creatively practice how to live our best lives - every day. 

Upstream Arts' NEW Self-Advocacy classes
Open to all adults with disabilities ages 18+

July 7 - September 30
Choose from one of three weekly times: 
Mondays 10-11am CDT, Wednesdays 1-2pm CDT, Thursdays 4-5pm CDT

Online & Pay-What-You-Can, 
with in-person coming this Fall!
All classes have ASL Interpretation and Closed Captioning.
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