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
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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.

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Lola

It surprised me how happy I was dancing. The experience changed how active I was. I learned to be more patient. Being part of this makes me feel like part of a team. I liked best that I became friends with new people.

Lola
Danceworks Mad Hot Participant, Alcott School

 

UPAF Bright Minds is made possible with the generous support of our 2020 program sponsors:

Arzbaecher Family Foundation
BMO Harris Bank
Johnson Controls
Korb + Associates Architects
Phoenix Investors
Reiman Foundation

 

Berghammer Construction
FIS
Founders 3 Real Estate Services
Gilbane Building Company
KPMG LLC
WaterStone Bank SSB
Waukesha State Bank