The performing arts community in Milwaukee is a vital part of the thriving city. Many of the organizations including, First Stage, Milwaukee Ballet, The Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Skylight Music Theatre need funding to be able to produce and make the shows and concerts enjoyed by the city. On Sunday, June 3rd an estimated 5,000 people of different ages and abilities will set out to guarantee the needed funding. Since 1981 the United Performing Arts Fund has hosted a Ride for the Arts in Milwaukee. Over the 37 years since they have raised over 9 million for it’s 14 member groups and 14 affiliate groups, some of which were mentioned above. All funds raised as a part of the Ride for the Arts go to support these organizations, on average the event raises over $500,000.
The Ride for the Arts provides a way for people of all different ages and abilities to get involved. Starting at 7 A.M. bike routes range from 70 miles to the classic 25 mile “Own the Hoan” route to a 5 mile “Kids, Family, and Friends” route. For all participants and supporters, there will be a Finish-Line Party at the Summerfest grounds. If you aren’t the biking type, you still can be involved! Volunteers are need for the event to be successful. All volunteers and a riders get free entry to the grounds as well as free food and drink and a free t-shirt. The Finish-Line Party is a great opportunity to celebrate a fantastic morning biking and support the performing arts community in Milwaukee.
The UPAF is the largest united arts fund in the country and have raised over $300 million for the performing arts in their first 50 years. They are the largest single donor to all their member groups and have given these organizations the ability to create the vibrant and talented performing arts scene that exists in Milwaukee and the surrounding area.
To register for the ride go to, upafride.org
To find out more about what UPAF is doing check out, http://upaf.org/