UPAF Connect

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Connecting Communities to the Arts

Greater Milwaukee is home to an incredible array of world-class performing arts organizations. However, many residents do not have access to our region’s cultural assets. UPAF Connect, presented by Northwestern Mutual, partners with local nonprofits to bring the performing arts to new audiences and ensure that all in our community can find inspiration, entertainment and connection through the arts.

25 nonprofit partners receive tailored arts programming at no cost

More than 3,300 residents of Greater Milwaukee served

Over 1/3 of audience members experienced their first class or performance ever

240 outreach events take place each year including performances, workshops and classes showcasing the best in music, dance and theater

Nathan Carlberg

It never ceases to amaze me how little our students know about the city they live in. They simply have no access and awareness of the incredible opportunities and programming that are available just a few miles up the road. So many pieces of the cultural landscape of Milwaukee feel out of reach to them or ‘not for them.’ Our partnership with UPAF has helped to break down those walls and help them discover new passions, new opportunities, and a new awareness of the arts in Milwaukee.

Nathan Carlberg
Elementary School Principal, St. Augustine Preparatory Academy

UPAF partners with the following organizations to bring the arts to new audiences:

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee
  • Boys and Girls Clubs
  • COA Youth and Family Centers
  • Cristo Rey Jesuit Academy
  • Dominican Center
  • Grand Avenue Club
  • Havenwoods Economic Development Corporation
  • La Casa de Esperanza
  • Life Navigators
  • Lighthouse Youth Center
  • Meta House
  • Next Door
  • Our Next Generation
  • PEARLS for Teen Girls
  • Penfield Children’s Center & Penfield Montessori Academy
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities
  • Silver Spring Neighborhood Center
  • Sojourner Family Peace Center
  • St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care
  • St. Augustine Preparatory Academy
  • St. Joan Antida High School
  • United Community Center
  • Unity in Motion
  • Variety the Children's Charity
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UPAF could not do this work without the generous support of our UPAF Connect sponsors:

  • Bader Philanthropies
  • Baird
  • Amanda & Jason Baltz
  • Bright Star Systems
  • Tony & Andrea Bryant
  • Catalyst Construction
  • Dedicated Computing
  • First Business Bank
  • Harley-Davidson
  • Johnson Controls
  • Lockton Companies
  • MGIC
  • Mary Nohl Fund at the Greater Milwaukee Foundation
  • Michael Best & Friedrich
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • Old National Bank Foundation
  • Heather & Austin Ramirez
  • Rockwell Automation
  • Town Bank
  • Tri City National Bank
  • von Briesen & Roper, S.C.
  • Wells Fargo
  • Westbury Bank
  • And members of Next Generation UPAF, a donor affinity program made up of local emerging leaders.