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.

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 50th Anniversary Campaign

Help us celebrate 50 years of making our community a better place. Whether you are part of a Workplace Giving Campaign, raise pledges for the UPAF Ride for the Arts or make an individual gift, please give to UPAF today!

UPAF Ride for the Arts

The 36th Annual UPAF Ride for the Arts, sponsored by Miller Lite, will be Sunday, June 4, 2017. 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

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.

Feb 21

Next Act Theatre Presents “Bloomsday” April 6-30

Next Act Theatre will close the 2016-17 season with the Milwaukee Premiere of BLOOMSDAY by Steven Dietz, an Irish-centric love story that revisits the

Feb 15

Danceworks Performance Company Presents “Stories From a Life” Mar. 3-5 & 10-12

Danceworks Performance Company invites audiences to the second concert of its 20th anniversary season: Stor

Feb 15

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre presents “Christmas in Babylon”

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre presents The Montgomery Davis Play Development Series staged reading of Christmas in Babylon

Feb 10

Skylight Music Theatre Presents Beauty and the Beast March 17-26

  Skylight Music Theatre Presents a Vibran

Feb 10

First Stage Presents: TXT U L8R- a world premiere play by Eric Coble

First Stage Young Company presents TXT U L8R a world premiere play by Eric Coble March 10 – 19, 2017

Feb 09

UPAF Connect Partner, Silver Spring Neighborhood Center, Fosters Hope

Recently, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service wrote an article on one of our UPAF Connect partners, Silver Spring Neighborhood Center, spon

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