Fine Arts Center

Arts for All

Arts for All


The Arts for All program was developed by Viterbo University with primary financial assistance from Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Wisconsin and Southeastern Minnesota, Inc. in an effort to assist economically disadvantaged children and make the arts more accessible to local children. It is Viterbo’s goal to make sure that every child has the opportunity to experience the arts, regardless of their economic background.

With the Arts for All assistance program, schools may apply for a reduction in ticket cost based on their school’s percentage of free or reduced lunches. For example, if 50% of the students at your school qualify for free and reduced lunches, then your school may apply for up to a 50% discount on the price of your tickets.

During the 2017–18 academic year, Viterbo was able to assist over 4,600 students, totaling almost $10,900 through the AFA program. Since the start of this program in 2003, Viterbo has helped 48,238 students, totaling $115,251.

The 2018-19 application is now available.

PDF iconArts for All 2018-19 Application Instructions and Rubric

PDF iconArts for All 2018-19 Application **

** Please note: this application is a fillable Adobe PDF. Follow the instructions below.

PDF iconInstructions for completing an Adobe Fillable PDF

Application Guidelines

  • Application deadline is Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 4 pm. All applications must be submitted online. 
  • Wisconsin public school teachers, use this document to locate your Free and Reduced Lunch Percentage: FileWI DPI Free/Reduced Lunch Data 2017
  • Minnesota public school teachers, use this document to locate your school's Free and Reduced Lunch Percentage: FileMN Public Schools Free/Reduced Lunch Data 2017
  • Teachers must have made preliminary reservations prior to submitting this application and must attach a copy of the confirmation invoice they received via email from the Arts for Young America office.
  • Each grade level per school may apply for up to two (2) performances. If multiple grade levels are coming to the same performance, please use one application for that whole group.  Please discuss the application(s) with your colleagues prior to submission. Note that if you are applying as part of a multi-grade group, that application counts in the total number received for each of those grade levels.
  • If a grade level submits more than one application, teachers must rank the applications in priority order on the application form.  If no rank is given, the applications will be reviewed at random for each grade level. If more than two applications are received from a grade level, the additional applications will only be considered for funding once all other applications have been reviewed, and pending available funds.
  • A minimum of 10 students must attend the performance for which you are applying (this excludes teachers and other chaperones). Awards only apply to the number of student tickets.
  • Applications whose request (based on their school’s free/reduced lunch percentage) is less than $50 will receive an award of $50, depending on the quality of the application.
  • Teachers will receive a notification email when their application(s) is received in our office.
  • Applications received after the deadline will be considered after applications that were submitted before the deadline, pending available funds.

The Review Process

  • All applications will be reviewed by a panel which will include representation from Viterbo University, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Wisconsin and Southeastern Minnesota, and representatives from other awarding organizations at the discretion of Viterbo University. Awards will be distributed until funds are depleted.
  • Following the review meeting, teachers will receive notification as to whether or not they received funding.  Revised invoices reflecting the new amount due and due date will be issued once funding has been determined.
  • Funding may be awarded at a level less than the original request. The review committee reserves the right to weigh additional information in their decision making process. The award for late applications, if accepted, will be reduced.

The number of applications received increases significantly each year, making the review process very competitive. Please make sure you answer the narrative questions thoroughly and complete the application form correctly.

Please review these narratives which accompanied successfully funded applications from previous years.

To receive further information the Arts for All program, contact 608-796-3735 or

2017-2018 funding generously provided by:


and Friends of Lindy Shannon