Every year during the annual campaign, UFAH solicits over 400 businesses and members of the community to raise funds for twelve member organizations.

The 2020 Campaign, Connecting Cultural Communities with Your Investment, will be the first campaign raising funds for twelve member organizations. The Heider Center for the Arts has joined UFAH’s list of quality and entertaining member groups.

The arts and humanities have a way of connecting people from all backgrounds of life and positively impacting society. They make our community more attractive and vibrant plus preserve our history and heritage. They boost creativity, understanding, empathy and kindness.

Even though many of our member groups are closed to the public, they continue to bring entertainment to our community. All through May, the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra entertained with 30+ days of Symphonies with Alexander Platt, and the Pump House Regional Arts Center showcased a virtual art gallery. Right now there are so many opportunities to connect with the arts and humanities online. You are encouraged to look at the member group websites and social medias for more entertainment.

Jay Lokken and Ken Riley, avid business owners and arts and humanities enthusiasts, are this year's Campaign Chairs. Jay and Ken lead by example. They continue to funnel their energies into the progress and improvement of the La Crosse Community with their businesses and volunteer efforts. Jay and Ken are both active members on the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra board and owners of RLR Properties along with Dick Record. They now join UFAH to raise funds for twelve arts and humanities organizations in the La Crosse area.

Music, art and theatre can positively change the trajectory of your life. Help us improve our community by working together. 

Pictured: Connie Minowa of Cloud Cult at Artspire presented by the Pump House Regional Arts Center.

“The arts empower us to see beyond the boundaries of our own lives and encompass the world as our community.”

-Toni Asher

Pump House Regional Arts Center

“The Heider Center is pleased to be UFAH's newest member. We look forward to working with all of the Coulee Region's finest arts organizations.”  

-Dan Heerts
 Heider Center for the Arts

“The Heider Center is proud to join UFAH and to continue to bring high-quality artistic evens and educational programs to people of all ages.”

-Ellen Thorn
 Heider Center for the Arts

The impact of the arts and humanities

The La Crosse area is like no other with unmatched natural beauty, a  vibrant and growing city center and an arts community second to none.

In one year, the arts contribute approximately $32.7 million to our local economy and generate 1,100 jobs. — 2015 Americans for the Arts Study

The arts and humanities not only benefit the local economy, they benefit our spirit and well-being. They give us the chance to step out of our everyday lives and experience beauty, expression and inspiration.

2019 Campaign Kick Off Event

Over 100 people came to celebrate UFAH’s 36th year and enjoyed performances by the Special Export Quartet of the Coulee Chordsmen (Lee Rasch, Gary Buxengard, Roger Christians and Charlie George) and violinist Victor Spaeth and cellist Will Coffey from La Crosse Area Youth Symphony Orchestras.

*UFAH’s annual event has been postponed for 2020 and may be reimagined for this year.*

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