United Performing Arts Fund Announces Affiliate Grants

United Performing Arts Fund Announces Affiliate Grants

Smaller performing arts groups receive UPAF support and add to the region’s cultural richness


MILWAUKEE (Oct. 24, 2017) The United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF) announced its selection of Affiliates for the 2017-18 performance season.  A total of 15 performing arts organizations have been named a UPAF Affiliate, collectively receiving $98,150 in grants. An additional $15,000 was given by Johnson Controls, and $5,000 from Briggs and Stratton. For performing at 2017 Campaign events, a further $39,342 was allocated to participating Affiliates.

UPAF recently announced that it allocated a record-breaking $9,315,885 after a milestone 50th Anniversary Campaign, with over 85 percent going to the six Cornerstone Groups.

“On our 50th anniversary year, were again pleased to support performing arts groups from throughout the region,” said Deanna Tillisch, UPAF president and CEO. “The Affiliate Program enables UPAF to provide additional financial resources to support smaller organizations that play an important role in supporting the creative vibrancy of our community.”

UPAF Affiliates for the 2017-18 Season

Organization Name 2017 Approved Grant Award  

Total 2017 Support

Black Arts MKE, Inc. $               18,000 $19,435
Milwaukee Opera Theatre $                 6,000 $9,885
FESTIVAL CITY SYMPHONY $                 5,500 $11,750
Latino Arts, Inc. $               15,000 $15,500
Sharon Lynne Wilson Center  $               10,000 $10,000
Theatre Gigante $                 4,000 $4,500
Darby’s Dancers $                 2,000 $2,000
Frankly Music, Inc. $                 4,500 $4,500
Windfall Theatre $                 3,000 $3,000
Wild Space Dance Company $                 5,500 $6,000
Racine Symphony Orchestra $               10,000 $23,547
In Tandem Theatre, Inc. $                 8,650 $26,375
Wisconsin Philharmonic $                 2,000 $2,000
Kettle Moraine Symphony $                 4,000 $4,000
Above the Clouds  –  $10,000
Total  $               98,150 * $152,492

* An additional $39,342 was allocated to participating Affiliates for 2017 Campaign support.


About UPAF

The United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF) has been setting the stage for over 50 years by providing critical investment in our region’s vibrant performing arts scene.  UPAF’s mission is to secure community resources, promote the performing arts as a regional asset and improve the quality of life through responsible investment in and financial support of the performing arts in Southeastern Wisconsin. UPAF is proud to celebrate a half-century of making our community a better place to live, work and play.  In 2017 UPAF’s 50th Anniversary Campaign raised more than $12.3 million to support the area’s performing arts environment. UPAF proudly bears Charity Navigator’s highest distinction for nonprofits – a four-star rating – and the highest point ranking of any Milwaukee area non-profit.


As an umbrella organization, UPAF supports a breadth of performing arts groups that collectively offer something for everyone through its 15 Member Groups and numerous Affiliates.  More than one million people are touched each year through performances, educational outreach, special events and community partnerships.



United Performing Arts Fund

301 W. Wisconsin Ave., Suite 600, Milwaukee, WI  53203

Phone 414-273-UPAF (8723) Fax 414-273-0826




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