Art Entertains and Engages

Greater Milwaukee is home to many world-class performing arts groups.

According to the Growing Prosperity report, developed by the City of Milwaukee, “The cultural scene in Milwaukee is particularly impressive for a city its size. More than 150 arts and cultural organizations call the Milwaukee region home: American Style consistently ranks the Milwaukee area as one of the top 25 arts destinations in the U.S., and in 2013 ArtPlace ranked Milwaukee’s East Town (and a portion of the Lower East Side) as one of the top 12 art places in America.”

Doug Clemons (Tin Man), Susan Wiedmeyer (Dorothy), Ryan Cappleman (Scarecrow), Andrew Varela (Lion). Photo by MARK FROHNA

Doug Clemons (Tin Man), Susan Wiedmeyer (Dorothy), Ryan Cappleman (Scarecrow), Andrew Varela (Lion). Photo by MARK FROHNA

With such world-class talent in our midst, residents do not need to travel to larger metropolitan areas to see exceptional music, dance and theater. In addition, with a myriad of performance opportunities, our talented musicians, actors and dancers stay in our community and enjoy a great quality of life.

“UPAF makes my career possible and those of my fellow artists. UPAF allows Member Groups to do more work and at a higher level, and that trickles down to artists. I would have far fewer opportunities if UPAF did not exist.” — Molly Rhode, actor, teacher, director and choreographer

UPAF supports six Cornerstone Member Groups:  First Stage, Florentine Opera, Milwaukee Ballet, Milwaukee Rep, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Skylight Music Theatre.

UPAF Cornerstone and Member Groups produce over 2,000 live performances of music, dance, theater and opera each year. These performances open our minds to new perspectives…they move, motivate and amuse us.



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