Deanna Tillisch, President and CEO of United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF), is on a mission to make the magic of the arts available to all.
"A Stage For All" aims to spread the impact of arts to more communities.
Deanna Tillisch has led the organization to staggering fundraising totals, and has cast a wider net in a continuing effort to reach more people through the arts. Her inspiration to that end is deeply personal.
The United Performing Arts Fund is looking for a new president and CEO. UPAF’s current leader, Deanna Tillisch, is leaving the organization this fall.
The United Performing Arts Fund said it will host its signature Ride for the Arts event with a new format this summer. The annual fundraiser will be held over three weekends in June to allow for a socially-distanced series of bike rides, the organization said.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: With pandemic in mind, UPAF turns Ride for the Arts into a three-weekend series
The United Performing Arts Fund has reconfigured its signature fundraising event this year as The UPAF Ride for the Arts Series, with Sunday rides from different locations on June 6, 13 and 27 to raise funds for local performing arts groups.
While many businesses have adapted to a new normal during the pandemic, arts and music venues have continued to struggle. Many performing artists count on a packed audience to make ends meet. The pandemic halted all of that and artists have had to pivot to more virtual, and often less lucrative experiences.
Leaders of the United Performing Arts Fund announced the final fundraising totals for the 2019 campaign and more details on a new education fund named for the daughter of retiring president and CEO Deanna Tillisch at the organization’s annual meeting Monday evening.
The United Performing Arts Fund said Tuesday that its 2020 campaign will be led by Tami Garrison, community affairs director of MillerCoors; Justin Mortara, principal of the Mortara Group; and Rolando Rodriguez, chairman, president and CEO of Marcus Theatres.