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 and support the performing arts. Click here to access the Ambassador Prop Shop for tools to use for your campaign!

UPAF Ride for the Arts

The 38th Annual UPAF Ride for the Arts, sponsored by Miller Lite, will be held Sunday, June 2, 2019! Mark your calendars to sign up to ride or volunteer! Registration is open! Click here!

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Performance Calendar

2018-19 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 07

WISN 12: 2019 UPAF Campaign Launches

Learn more abut how the performing arts positively impact young artists on WISN 12 ahead of the 2019 Campaign Launch.

Mar 07

UPAF Appears on Morning Blend to Promote 2019 Campaign

UPAF 2019 Co-Chair Tim Stewart of DeWitt LLP and contemporary dancer Emily Schoen appeared on TMJ4 Morning Blend to share how the arts impact the Grea

Mar 07

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre presents BEN BUTLER

by Richard Strand April 12-28, 2019

Mar 07

First Stage Presents One of Shakespeare’s Greatest and Most Beloved Comedies

AS YOU LIKE IT -Brings Music, Love and Laughter to the Milwauk

Mar 07

Renaissance Theaterworks Produces New Work as Rolling World Premiere

Developed in 2017 through Renaissance Theaterworks’ Br!NK New Play Development Series, ANNIE JUMP AND THE LIBRARY OF

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