The United Performing Arts Fund

We are an umbrella nonprofit organization that raises funds to support 15 of Southeastern Wisconsin’s most prominent performing arts groups including First Stage, Florentine Opera Company, Milwaukee Ballet, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Skylight Music Theatre.

One Gift, Many Benefits

Donors to UPAF may be eligible for many donor benefits including “buy one, get one free” tickets, invitation to special events, and the ability to designate a portion of your donation to one or more UPAF Member Groups.

UPAF Ride for the Arts

The UPAF Ride for the Arts, sponsored by Miller Lite, was on Sunday, June 5. Riders were able to choose from four routes that showcase Milwaukee’s Lakefront, the Hoan Bridge and other notable landmarks. Mark your calendars to sign up to ride or volunteer next year!

Host a Workplace Giving Campaign!

A Workplace Giving Campaign is a company-sponsored fundraising drive where employees can contribute to UPAF, have a fun, rewarding way to increase employee engagement & support the performing arts in Southeastern Wisconsin.

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Performance Calendar

2016-17 Season

Use our online Performance Calendar to find available dance, music and theater from UPAF Cornerstone Member Groups, Member Groups and Affiliates to create your special entertainment outing! You can sort by event or performance group type, as well as month, week and day.


The performing arts have a real and meaningful effect on the lives of thousands of people in Southeastern Wisconsin every year. Whether it’s a child finding her voice, an elderly man reconnecting with music or a mother watching her son come out of his shell, these stories show us just how important the arts are to our well-being.

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Find out all the latest news about UPAF, our Member Groups and all the performing arts happenings in Southeastern Wisconsin.

Aug 23

UPAF Receives Support from Comedian Don Rickles

The Milwaukee Business Journal wrote about UPAF's meet up with the great comedian Don Rickles. On August 17th, UPAF staff members sat down with Mr. Ri

Aug 16

Milwaukee Rep Receives $1 Million Gift to Name the John D. (Jack) Lewis New Play Development Program

UPAF Cornerstone Member Group, The Milwaukee Repertory Theater Receives $1 Million Gift to Name the John D. (Jack) Lewis New Play Development

Aug 11

Skylight Seeks Male Bodybuilder for La Cage aux Folles

Skylight Seeks Male Bodybuilder for La Cage aux Folles  

Aug 11

Cast and Creative Team Announced for Milwaukee Rep’s “Man of la Mancha”


Aug 10

UPAF Affiliate Group, Wild Space Dance Company, Announces 30th Season

Wild Space Dance Company will celebrate its 30th season in Milwaukee with two major performances, showings of work by emerging c

Aug 08

Danceworks to Offer Free Classes August 21

  Danceworks announces a day of FREE classes FREE FO

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