Why Support

The Peck School of the Arts (PSOA) is Wisconsin’s leading comprehensive arts training and education institution, with over 1,800 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled annually in performing and visual arts as well as arts education degree programs. PSOA alumni play influential roles locally, regionally, and nationally in arts organizations, K-12 schools, universities, and a wide range of creative industries.

We are committed to innovation, interdisciplinary training, technology-rich research, and developing strong partnerships to deepen our impact, both in the arts and the world-at-large. Faculty and students benefit from UWM’s urban setting, which provides myriad opportunities to learn outside the classroom through the school’s extensive partnerships with professional arts organizations, schools, and businesses. These include the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, the Milwaukee Art Museum, Danceworks, the Milwaukee Film Festival, and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, along with countless local graphic design and marketing firms.

What to Support

To intensify our impact in the arts, we have set the stage for a deepened commitment to our students—to enrich the teaching, learning, and creation of art that happen at PSOA. We welcome philanthropic investments from our alumni, donors, and friends. Here are some ways you can help.

  • Student Scholarships

    To ensure that the best regional and national art and design, dance, film, music, and theatre students are admitted and retained. The recently established Randy R. Reddemann Emerging Artists Scholarship supports new and emerging talent. This gift is one example of how an alumnus with arts training and success in business is fulfilling his passion for the arts, by supporting students’ creativity and innovation.

  • Support for Faculty & Academic Staff Positions

    To attract and retain top leaders in the arts—those who excel as teachers and serve as pioneers in contemporary arts, innovation, and economic development. For example, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts awarded a grant supporting a curatorial fellowship for Sara Krajewski, Director of the Institute for Visual Arts (INOVA), to advance her research in contemporary performance and the visual arts.

  • Funding for Program Development

    To introduce students and our region to internationally accomplished artists, performers, scholars, and teachers through master classes, stimulating exhibitions, workshops, and lectures. For example, to continue PSOA’s long legacy of contemporary and innovative dance, individual donors to the UWM Dance Department have funded the New Work Award. This includes a major commission that is open to alumni and provides funds to cover production costs and personnel. Each year since 2010, the New Work Award has led to a major new dance piece that is premiered in Milwaukee and performed by Dance Department students.

  • Upgrades for Facilities

    To provide unique, well-equipped spaces that enhance teaching, learning, and presentation. Priority projects include making critical technological and physical improvements in our Film Department classrooms and screening rooms; converting space in the Kenilworth Building for multiuse performances; and completing the renovation of the Helen Bader Concert Hall in the Zelazo Center, with significant acoustical and physical modifications.

How to Support

Please consider a gift to the Peck School of the Arts (PSOA). You may direct your donation to an individual department or program or to the PSOA General Fund.

Thank you!

Give Online
Please use the Direct My Gift To dropdowns and the Special Instructions box on the online giving form form to identify the specific fund(s) you would like to support.

Online Giving Form

Give by Phone
Make a gift or pledge over the phone by calling:

Tom Bjornstad
Director of Annual Giving

Give by Mail
Checks or money orders should be payable to “The UWM Foundation” and mailed to:

UWM Office for Development
3271 N. Lake Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53211

To make sure you receive proper acknowledgement, please print the following form and enclose it with your check. Be sure to indicate how you would like to designate your gift.

Printable Giving Form

Matching Gifts
You can maximize your gift to UWM if you or your spouse/partner works for one of the many companies with matching gift programs. Check with your Human Resources Department to see if they match employee gifts to UWM.
Will or Other Estate Plan
To learn more about including UWM in your will or other estate plan, visit our Planned Giving website.
Stock or Other Appreciated Securities
Gifts of publicly traded securities that have appreciated in value allow you to avoid capital gains taxes, while also receiving a tax deduction for your gift. UWM benefits by selling the stock without paying taxes on the gain, and you benefit from knowing that your contribution is larger than it would have been as a cash gift.

Please send (or ask your broker to send) the UWM stock gift form to the UWM Foundation prior to transferring the securities, to make sure you receive proper acknowledgement for your gift.

To discuss a gift of your IRA, gifts of appreciated securities, or any related paperwork, please contact:

Gretchen Miller
Director of Gift Planning and Agreements

Gifts in Memory or Honor of a Relative, Friend, or Favorite Faculty Member
Tribute and memorial gifts provide significant support for UWM, while allowing you to celebrate people and events with special meaning for you.

For more information, or to learn whether a fund has already been created in tribute to or memory of someone, please contact uwmgift@uwm.edu.

Real Estate and Personal Property
Real estate and personal property such as art and jewelry can be used to make a gift to UWM.

For more information about this type of giving, please contact:

Gretchen Miller
Director of Gift Planning and Agreements

For More Information

To learn more about the Peck School of the Arts, visit arts.uwm.edu or contact:

Daniel Petry
Director of Development, Peck School of the Arts