Impact and Programs
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.
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