WHY DONATE?

BE A PART OF BRINGING ENRICHING LIVE ENTERTAINMENT TO YOUR COMMUNITY

The Southwestern Suburban Symphony has arrived in the Milwaukee suburbs prepared to deliver high caliber musical concerts for the people in Franklin, Muskego, Greendale, Hales Corners, New Berlin, Greenfield, West Allis and beyond. The fully professional orchestra of the area’s finest instrumentalists led by Executive Director Christine Flasch is committed to presenting a broad variety of suberb performances in the southwestern suburbs. We will serve these communities with concerts for the general public, children and families, Baby Boomers and an ever-growing population of vital seniors who make the southwestern suburbs their home. The music makes it happen…and we want you to be a part of it.

 

BECOME A MEMBER

YOUR LOVE OF MUSIC, PUT TO USE LOCALLY

Let’s shake up Milwaukee by bringing Packers Fans, Cheeseheads, Harley riders, Brewers backers (baseball and beer), and all our kids  back into the theater for live music right here in the suburbs at an affordable price. Sophistication never sounded so good, so join us and help us put the southwestern suburbs on the cultural map of Milwaukee…our time has come!

Get on board with the burgeoning segment of Milwaukeans who love live music…join us in your own backyard for great music that speaks to your heart and soul! The Southwestern Suburban Symphony – the Peoples Orchestra – does it all for YOU! 

 

WHY THE ARTS MATTER

Simply put, the arts are essential to the proper functioning of our society.  The arts continue to demonstrate their ability to provide categorical evidence of their impact on social issues that concern virtually every facet of American society.  The arts are especially important for our children.  Students with an arts rich education: 

  • Have better grade point averages 
  • Score better on standardized tests in reading and math 
  • Have lower dropout rates 

"Funding for arts education programs in schools is being cut back or eliminated.  Many arts organizations have had to make drastic reductions in hours, and offer fewer productions each season.” - The Arts Action Fund 

Without a doubt, the arts help people and communities thrive. Study after study proves the positive effect of the arts. From economic development in communities to cognitive development in kids, the arts play a key role. Here are just a few ways that the arts impact each and every one of us. 

The Arts Help People Thrive 

  • Research confirms a positive relationship between arts learning and overall academic achievement in youth, including gains in intelligence (IQ), grades, and performance on standardized tests. See source.
  • Seniors involved in the arts have better health, need fewer doctors visits and lower rates of prescription medicine usage. 

THE ARTS HELP COMMUNITIES THRIVE 

  • The arts help to address some of the unique economic challenges faced by rural communities, including geographic isolation, infrastructure limitations and population flight. The arts help to diversify rural economies by creating sustainable small businesses, improving quality of life for residents, and attracting visitors and investment. Source: National Governors Association 
  • The arts enhance property values and make neighborhoods attractive places to live, work and play. The arts help to revitalize blighted areas and strengthen both commercial and residential housing markets. Source: Social Impact of the Arts Project / The Reinvestment Fund 

The Arts Help the Country Thrive 

  • Nationally, the nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $166.2 billion in economic activity every year—$63.1 billion in spending by organizations and an additional $103.1 billion in event-related spending by their audiences, $7.9 billion in local government tax revenues , $9.1 billion in state government tax revenues and $12.6 billion in federal income tax revenues. See source.
  • Cultural tourism is a huge market, comprised of some 118 million cultural travelers—people who include arts and heritage in their trips each year. Cultural tourists stay longer and spend 36% more at their destinations than other kinds of travelers. Source: Mandala Research, Travel Industry Association of America, CVI The Wyoming Arts Council 

“The children are our future”… What we plant today will yield the harvests of tomorrow.  Let us plant wisely, generously, and whole-heartedly!" - C. Flasch