Upstream Arts, Inc.

Mission Statement

Upstream Arts uses the power of the creative arts to activate and amplify the voice and choice of individuals with disabilities.

Impact and Programs

Accomplishments In the last year Upstream Arts served 3,986 individuals of all ages, abilities and disabilities facilitating 15,272 total contact hours during 184 separate programs, events, & trainings. Starting March 16th, 2020 we shifted all our programs online: Of our residencies, 27 were live streamed classes delivered via Zoom; We carried out 1,502 contact hours of live streaming classes, reaching 200 individuals March and June 2020. During this time we also carried out 5 training / professional development modules virtually, serving 62 individuals and produced 37 arts learning videos for our community to experience at their own pace and time.
Current Goals While this health crisis has made a deep impact on all our lives, we also see how it has brought questions about access to the forefront of our culture. We are committed to using this moment to add to our slate of accessible experiences, reach new audiences, and lend our voice to the larger cultural conversation around access as a justice issue. We'll be offering more opportunities than ever before for individuals and families to practice creatively connecting with us online via live streaming classes. We will be expanding our Art of Relationships program about bodily autonomy, consent, and healthy relationships reaching our youngest ever audience through the Minneapolis Public School district. In total we are planning to facilitate 86 residencies, trainings and community events including 50, 12-week residencies with school partners, 15 residencies with adults and community partners, and 10 trainings for nonprofits, school districts and arts organizations.
Community or Constituency Served Our programming integrates individuals with intellectual, developmental, emotional, behavioral, and physical disabilities to work and create with and alongside local professional artists.
Geographic Area Served Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, North Carolina

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Notes from the Council

Organization Last Reviewed on 02/02/2021

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3501 Chicago Ave S
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55407
Phone: 612-331-4584

General Information

Alternative Name: Upstream Arts
EIN: 20-4451219
Principal Staff: Julie Guidry
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE): 10.08
Volunteer Opportunities: Yes
Number of Clients: 3986
Ruling Year: 2006


Board Chair: Steve Anderson
Number of Board Members: 6
Board Meetings with Quorum: 12
Average Member Attendance: 5.6

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