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, will be Sunday, June 3, 2018. Ride registration is now open! Click here to register. Mark your calendars to sign up to ride or volunteer!

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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.

Mar 22

The Florentine Opera announces its 85th Anniversary Season

MILWAUKEE, Wis. - March 21, 2018- The Florentine Opera Company proudly announces its 2018-19 Season, which marks the 85th Anniversar

Mar 20

Danceworks Performance Company, composer Allen Russell reunite to tell Milwaukee's intergenerational stories in

Mar 14

Next Act Theatre Presents I AND YOU by Lauren Gunderson

Teens find unity and beauty in play at Next Act Milwaukee, WI - Next Act Theatre will bring the 2017-18 season t

Mar 13
Mar 09

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre Presents DOUBT, A PARABLE

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre presents DOUBT, A PARABLE

Mar 07

Next Act Theatre Presents HEAR WHAT’S IN THE HEART: An Italian Shoemaker’s Tale

Next Act takes a glimpse into the Italian-American family Milwaukee, WI - Next Act Theatre will welcome back Milwaukee native Antho

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