The United Performing Arts Fund

We are an umbrella nonprofit organization that raises funds to support 14 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.

Arts Education

Collectively, UPAF Member Groups provide arts education to thousands of children, replacing what drastic budget cuts have taken away in many of our schools. Each year, they deliver quality arts education directly in the classroom, through after-school programs and on an individual basis with scholarships.

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.

UPAF Ride for the Arts

The 37th Annual UPAF Ride for the Arts, sponsored by Miller Lite, was held Sunday, June 3, 2018. Registration for next year’s Ride is open! Click here! Mark your calendars to sign up to ride or volunteer Sunday June 2, 2019!

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Performance Calendar

2017-18 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.

Sep 14

Celebrating Performing Arts Month with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and TODAY’S TMJ4

Mark Neihaus, President & Executive Director of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra appeared on TODAY'S TMJ4 to share information about fantastic per

Sep 14

Milwaukee Ballet on The Morning Blend as part of Performing Arts Month

The Milwaukee Ballet appeared on The Morning Blend to share why the performing arts are important to Milwaukee and to share information about their up

Sep 14

UPAF Discusses Performing Arts Month Efforts with TODAY’S TMJ4’s Vince Vitrano

Isabelle Koenig, Donor and Community Relations Manager at UPAF, speaks with Vince Vitrano on TODAY'S TMJ4 Noon News about UPAF's efforts in promoting

Sep 14

Shepherd Express: Raising the Curtain on the Performing Arts Season

UPAF dubs September 'Performing Arts Month' in community outreach effort

Sep 14

Kicking Off Performing Arts Month on The Morning Blend

Deanna Tillisch, UPAF President & CEO, appeared on The Morning Blend to kick off Performing Arts Month. We were also joined by Wanyah Frazier and

Sep 13

HEAR WHAT’S IN THE HEART is Back by Popular Demand at Next Act

Milwaukee, WI - After a successful spring run, Next Act Theatre, with Anthony Crivello and Steve Scionit, will re

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