Mary Dowell Receives UPAF Notable Women Award

by Naomi Crews

Mary DowellAt the United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF) annual meeting in December, Mary Dowell was awarded the UPAF Notable Women Award in recognition of her achievements in arts education advocacy, philanthropy, and education.

Mary Dowell Receives UPAF Notable Women Award 

Dowell is a founding member of the arts education-centered group 

MILWAUKEE, WI (01/12/14)- The United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF) is pleased to announce that Mary Dowell, vice president of foundation affairs and global community relations at Johnson Controls, was awarded the UPAF Notable Woman Award, sponsored by BMO Harris, at UPAF's Annual Meeting held in December. This annual award goes to a Notable Woman who exhibits noteworthy achievements in promoting accessibility to arts education, personal philanthropy, educating stakeholders about UPAF and the performing arts, and commitment to the next generation and youth in our community. 

As a founding member of UPAF Notable Women, an affinity group designed to help fulfill the critical need for arts education to support our next generation in reaching its full potential, Dowell has shown true dedication and passion to the state of arts education in Southeastern Wisconsin. She has been an active supporter of UPAF for many years and is a true pioneer in promoting arts education programming in our community. In addition to her involvement in UPAF, Dowell has led community relations outreach at Johnson Controls for more than 10 years. She has served as past president of Professional Dimensions, Ko-Thi Dance Company and the Milwaukee Urban League, and she is a member of TEMPO Milwaukee, Rotary Club of Milwaukee, The Donors Forum and YMCA Sista Pride Committee. 

Dowell also serves as a board member of ABCD: After Breast Cancer Diagnosis; Goodwill Industries of Southeastern WI; Marcus Center for the Performing Arts; Milwaukee Women, Inc.; VISIT Milwaukee; United Way Collaborative Fund and United Way's Women's Leadership Council. 

“UPAF is proud to present this well-deserved award to Mary for her deep commitment to UPAF and arts education in our region,” said Deanna Tillisch, UPAF president and CEO and also a founding member of UPAF Notable Women. “Mary’s involvement from the very start demonstrates her belief in the value of arts education. We are extremely fortunate to have Mary as a UPAF Notable Women advocate and dedicated community leader.”