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Upstream Arts News | Give to the Max Edition | November 14, 2013
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Our Mission
The mission of Upstream Arts is to enhance the lives of adults and youth with disabilities by fostering creative communication and social independence through the power of arts education. To learn more about our work, please visit
Why Others Give
Karl & Lisa Simer
Karl & Lisa Simer
To find out why others support Upstream Arts, download our new Annual Report and turn to page 12!
Join the (r)evolution
Dear friends,
We want to thank you for your support this week - and to share with you, before anyone else, our newly minted 2012-13 Annual ReportThis one is very different from those we've put out in years past. Rather than focusing on statistics, we've packed it full of pictures and personal reflections, shared by a wide range of people in the Upstream Arts community. Click here to download a PDF and enjoy.
Moving into our eighth year, Upstream Arts continues to move forward on our organizational journey of creativity and--as one of teaching artists recently put it--"(r)evolution"! Recently we articulated three clear visions to guide our way, which we will pursue over the next five years:  

1) We will keep working locally, but influence nationally. We want to change the conversation about the arts and people with disabilities in our communities.


2) We will expand our services to work with individuals with disabilities at every stage of life, from birth to retirement.


3) We will commit to keeping artists at the center of our workBy investing in them, we have created an organizational culture reflective of our beliefs and values.


We are ambitious because we understand our unique position in the community - rooted at the intersection of the arts, disability, and learning. Please make a donation to Upstream Arts now in honor of Give to the Max Day. In doing so, you are paving the way to a more vibrant and inclusive world. 

Thank you for your belief and support!


Julie, Matt, Bree, and everyone else at Upstream Arts
You're Invited! Celebration at ArtReach St. Croix

Come celebrate the impact of your Give to the Max support at the closing reception for "Upstream" and "The Art of Me"! Over the past few weeks, we've been showing "Upstream," a series of portraits featuring young adults with disabilities by NY photographer Dirk Anshtz, at the Phipps Center for the Arts and ArtReach St. Croix. Recently we've added some gorgeous new images to the exhibit at ArtReach, created by participants in "The Art of Me," our fall residency with Valley Friendship ClubTomorrow from 6-8pm, we'll throw a little party celebrating all this remarkable work - and we'd love to see you there! Click here for details.
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