Donor support for much-needed arts education continues to rise
MILWAUKEE (Oct. 12, 2015) – The United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF) has announced the outcome of its 2015 Arts Education Grant Program. Each of UPAF’s 15 Member Groups will be receiving a grant this year, totaling $492,500, a 31 percent increase over 2014. This significant increase can be attributed to strengthened community efforts to improve access to arts education, as well as UPAF’s efforts to raise funds specifically for arts education by promoting membership in its affinity group, UPAF Notable Women, sponsored by BMO Harris.
UPAF Notable Women is an affinity program dedicated to supporting arts education and helping our next generation reach its full potential. Membership in UPAF Notable Women increased by 36 percent in 2015 to 380 members, directly donating $380,000 toward arts education.
“The education dollars that come from UPAF are ‘instrumental’ in helping us provide the vital resources we need to make the Milwaukee Youth Symphony (MYSO) and its training programs accessible to 1,000 musicians ages 8-18 that includes as many as 215 schools, 60 communities and counties throughout Southeastern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois,” said Linda Edelstein, MYSO’s executive director.
According to Deanna Tillisch, president and CEO of UPAF, “The research is clear: arts education and performing arts exposure helps increase students’ engagement in the classroom. Exposing young people to the arts improves their ability to manage and understand their actions, and strengthens their confidence and attitudes overall. UPAF is proud to be a part of a community and continues to increase its support of arts education year after year.”
To receive a grant, each UPAF Member Group is required to submit an online application outlining a specific program within their organization focused on arts education. Each grant application was evaluated by a panel of individuals with an expertise in arts education and research. Their assessment emphasized the impact and measurable value of the programs.
UPAF EDUCATION GRANTS / ADD ONE
Grant amounts awarded to UPAF Member Groups for 2015-16
|UPAF Member Group||Funded Program||2015 Grant
|First Stage||Theatre Academy||$80,000|
|Milwaukee Repertory Theater||Artistic Internship Program||$70,000|
|MSO||Arts in Community Education (ACE)||$65,000|
|MYSO||Community Partnership Program||$50,000|
|Skylight Music Theatre||Enlighten: Partner School Initiative||$40,000|
|Danceworks||Mad Hot Ballroom & Tap||$35,000|
|Florentine Opera Company||Opera in the Schools||$28,000|
|Milwaukee Children’s Choir||Harmony Program||$19,000|
|Next Act Theatre||Next Actors||$15,000|
|Milwaukee Public Theatre||Cultivating Community Through the Arts||$13,000|
|Present Music||Creation Project||$11,000|
|Milwaukee Chamber Theatre||Young Playwrights Festival||$10,000|
|Renaissance Theaterworks||Emmett Till Project||$5,500|
|Bel Canto Chorus||Boys Choir||$1,000|
United Performing Arts Fund’s mission is to secure community resources, promote the performing arts as a regional asset and improve the quality of life through responsible investment in and financial support of the performing arts in Southeastern Wisconsin. Our vision is to shape a diverse, vibrant and sustainable cultural life for all. In 2015 UPAF’s Annual Campaign raised more than $12 million to support the area’s vibrant performing arts environment. UPAF proudly bears Charity Navigator’s highest distinction for nonprofits – a four-star rating.
As an umbrella organization, UPAF supports a breadth of performing arts groups that collectively offer something for everyone through its 15 Member Groups and numerous Affiliates. More than one million people are touched each year through performances, educational outreach, special events and community partnerships.
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