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.

Aug 09

Skylight Music Theatre Artistic Director Ray Jivoff Announces Plans to Leave Current Full-Time Position at End of 2018-19 Season

Jivoff's History with Skylight Spans 30 Years Milwaukee, Wis. (August 9, 2018) - Skyligh

Aug 06

Milwaukee Children’s Choir Announces the Appointment of Lynn Swanson as Executive Artistic Director

Milwaukee Children’s Choir is excited to announce the appointment of Lynn Swanson as Executive Artistic Director as we enter our 25th sea

Jul 30

An Irish Tale of Love and Land Opens 29th Season at Next Act

Milwaukee, WI - Next Act Theatre will open the 2018-19 season with OUTSIDE MULLINGAR by John Patrick Shanley, author of DOUBT: A PA

Jul 26

Milwaukee Youth Arts Center Hires Del Wilson for New Executive Director Position

Milwaukee, WI - The Milwaukee Youth Arts Center (MYAC), home to First Stage and the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO), has created a new posit

Jul 25

C. Michael Wright announces departure after 2019-20 season Milwaukee, WI. ... Milwaukee Chamber Theatre's producing artistic director C. Michael Wr

Jul 24

The Florentine Opera Announces a Change to its 2018-2019 Season

MILWAUKEE, Wis.—July 24, 2018—The Florentine Opera has made the strategic decision to change its previously announced production

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