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The Grand Theater serves our community and surrounding area with the best local, national, and international entertainment, as well as five beautiful facilities in which to celebrate, entertain educate, and everything in between.
The Grand is the home base for the Wausau Area Performing Arts Foundation, Inc., a private nonprofit community arts organization established in 1972.
With a mission to promote excellence in the performing arts in North Central Wisconsin, the Performing Arts Foundation (P.A.F.) reaches over 150,000 people each year with performances and instructional programs.
The Performing Arts Foundation fulfills its various goals in close partnership with participating affiliate organizations, who use The Grand as their creative home. These include Wausau Community Theater, Lyric Choir, and Symphony & Band; Central Wisconsin Ballet Foundation and Children's Theatre; and Allegro Regional Dance Theater. Wausau Conservatory of Music is an Allied Affiliate.
Since 1993, P.A.F. programs have served 17 counties: Clark, Forest, Juneau, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Menominee, Oconto, Oneida, Portage, Price, Shawano, Taylor, Vilas, Waupaca, Waushara, and Wood.
The Performing Arts Foundation is an active member of Americans for the Arts/National Association of United Arts Fund Drives; Association of Performing Arts Presenters; Central Wausau Progress; John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts/Performing Arts Centers & Schools Partnership Program (in collaboration with Wausau School District); Wausau Area Chamber of Commerce; Wisconsin Assembly of Local Arts Agencies/ArtsPeers Advisory Network; and the Wisconsin Presenters Network.
The programs and activities of the P.A.F. are supported in part by the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin; the City of Wausau; Wausau Area Community Foundation, Inc.; and contributors to the annual Performing Arts Fund Drive.
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