December 6, 2017
A Year of Upstream
Homeward Bound has been honored to partner with Upstream Arts to bring an entire year of engaging and interactive communication to staff and the individuals they support. Upstream Arts uses the power of the creative arts to activate and amplify the voice and choice of individuals with disabilities.
Since January, three Teaching Artists from Upstream Arts teach a one hour session the second Tuesday of the month. The program, “The Art of Social Skills”, focuses on developing social, emotional, and communication skills. These are vital to success in school, work, and life while exploring the fundamentals of visual art, theater, poetry, music, and dance.
Upstream Arts adapts this program to be relevant for individuals with disabilities at every stage of life. They most often partner with schools, adult day programs, and community organizations.
The sessions have also brought the unique aspect of incorporating a group painting. In the November session, participants paired up; half of the individuals made a sound on a drum, the other half painted the sound. What an amazing, engaging experience!