UPAF Bright Minds

UPAF Bright Minds delivers high-quality arts education programming, preparing students with the tools to be successful in work and life. Collectively, UPAF’s 14 Member Groups impact the lives of 83,940 children — many of them underserved — through in-classroom and after-school programming.

UPAF’s comprehensive arts education program evaluation measures student growth across five skills deemed essential to future success:

UPAF Bright  Minds Five Skills Graphic
UPAF Bright Minds Logo

UPAF’s Member Groups lead the nation in innovative and proven arts education programs, including:

  • First Stage Theater Academy, the nation’s largest theater training program for young people
  • Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Arts in Community Education (ACE) program, which trains teachers to use the arts and music as tools for teaching core subjects
  • Danceworks Mad Hot Ballroom and Tap, teaching life skills by integrating dance classes into regular school curriculum for more than 2,500 local students

With a gift of $1,000 or more, you can designate a portion of your gift to UPAF Bright Minds or one of our other Community Impact Programs and change countless lives through the performing arts.

Steve Johnson

BMO Harris is proud to support arts education through UPAF Bright Minds. At BMO Harris we recognize the important lessons gained through arts education such as creativity, critical thinking and confidence that all provide a strong foundation for future employability. We are proud to be a part of instilling these traits in young people throughout Southeastern Wisconsin, helping to ensure a bright future ahead.

Steve Johnson
Regional President, BMO Harris Bank & UPAF Board of Directors


UPAF Bright Minds is made possible with the generous support of our program sponsors:

Berghammer Construction
BMO Harris Bank
Continental Properties
Johnson Controls, Inc.
Korb & Associates
KS Energy Services
National Exchange Bank
Phoenix Investors
Reiman Foundation