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.

Dancing on the Green Golf Outing

Whether you are an avid golfer, a business networking golfer or just looking for a way to support a charitable cause, the Dancing on the Green UPAF Golf Outing is a day that you don’t want to miss! Come represent your company and enjoy a day of golf, prizes and networking! Monday, Aug. 26, North Shore Country Club. Click here to register.

UPAF Ride for the Arts

Thank you to the riders and sponsors of the 38th Annual UPAF Ride for the Arts, sponsored by Miller Lite. Registration is open for the 2020 UPAF Ride for the Arts, sponsored by Miller Lite, to be held May 31, 2020! Click here to get the special price!

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Performance Calendar

2019-20 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.

May 20

UPAF Appears on WISN Arts Avenue for the UPAF Ride for the Arts

UPAF Ride Volunteer Committee Member Jim O'Reilly appeared on WISN Arts Avenue to promote the upcoming UPAF Ride for the Arts.

May 14

Soprano Alexandra LoBianco makes her Florentine Opera debut at the company’s season finale concert, A Night at the Opera

MILWAUKEE, Wis.—May 9, 2019— The Florentine Opera Company is excited to welcome soprano Alexandra LoBianco to the Milwaukee sta

May 07

First Stage Young Company Presents “The Miracle Worker”

-Based on the early life of Helen Keller and the incredible teacher who changed  her forever- By William Gibson

Apr 30

Bel Canto Chorus Ends Season with Transcendent Russian Masterpiece, Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil

MILWAUKEE, WI (April 30, 2019)—Bel Canto Chorus closes out its 88th season with All-Night Vigil on Friday, M

Apr 18

The Florentine Opera Company announces its 2019-2020 Season

MILWAUKEE, Wis.—April 17, 2019— The Florentine Opera Company proudly announces its first season under the leadership of new Gener

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