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 will be available after July 9, 2018.  If you are interested in what the application looks like, please view last year's application below:

PDF icon2017-18 Arts for All Application Form

PDF iconArts for All Application Instructions

Application Guidelines

  • Application deadline is Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 4 pm. All applications must be submitted online. 
  • Use the documents below to locate your school's Free and Reduced Lunch percentage. We will post the most recent spreadsheets when DPI makes them available.
  • 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.
Instructions for Online Form Completion

1. Click on the above link.
2. If you are not able to type into the form, you will likely see this near the top of your screen:

3. Click the Open With Different Viewer button at the top right of the page.
4. The dialogue box below will appear. Select Open with Adobe Acrobat DC (default). Then click OK.

5. The form should now be editable. Type your answers into the form.
6. Save, then print the form.
7. Have your principal fill in the Free/Reduced Percentage and sign.
8. Scan just page one of the form and submit it with your narrative and invoice to with the subject line (Name of School) AFA Application.

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