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 22

WUWM Lake Effect: Dancer Emily Schoen Returns To Milwaukee To ‘Lend A Small Helping Hand’ For Local Arts

Ahead of the March 4 UPAF Campaign Launch event, dancer Emily Schoen appeared on WUWM Lake Effect to share how the performing arts have positively imp

Mar 22

Waukesha Freeman Guest Opinion: Why Support UPAF?

By Tim Stewart When I was tapped to be one of the three co-chairs for this year’s United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF) Campaign, I

Mar 22

Racine Symphony Orchestra Seeking Applicants for Board of Directors

RACINE, WI | March 20, 2019 The Racine Symphony Orchestra (RSO), is looking to appoint new Directors who have the experience, connections and energ

Mar 22

Next Act Theatre Announces the 2019-20 Season

Milwaukee, WI - The 2019-20 Season marks the 30th Anniversary of Next Act Theatre. The selection of plays for the 30th will not veer from the mission

Mar 22

Renaissance Theaterworks Announces its 2019-2020 Season of Transformation

A bold, edgy, thought-provoking line up of theater, including a dark comedy about rerouting your life, an absurd portrayal of the resilient human

Mar 22

An Exploration of Family Dynamics at Next Act

Milwaukee, WI - "People keep trying to turn the Bible into a rule book. It's not. It's the story of a family." So begins Next Act's season

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