The Brownsville Society for the Performing Arts BSPA), founded in 1994, is a private, nonprofit producer and arts presenter with tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Located in Brownsville, Texas, our mission is to enhance quality-of-life in our community through cultural entertainment, endeavoring to produce quality programming to our largely underserved community.
For more than twenty years BSPA has produced or helped produce literally hundreds of shows, concerts and cultural programs. Of special interest are the performing arts that are inaccessible to many in our community.
The educational covenant inherent to our mission has led us to present events in a didactic but still entertaining manner. Our outreach to those who seek a career in the performing arts has been to support them in any way we can, featuring them in our music and dance programs, organizing their competitions, endowing scholarships, holding master classes and clinics, and producing similar activities with clear educational value.
To sustain this effort for over two decades, we've developed enduring alliances with public and private entities who, like our benefactors, seek to expand the quantity, quality and diversity of cultural offerings in our community. First among those pursuing the same objective is, of course, the City of Brownsville.
For instance, with help from the City, BSPA founded the Brownsville Latin Jazz Festival, now on its 20th year. With our help, the University of Texas Brownsville founded the world renowned Brownsville Guitar Festival & Ensemble Competition, now on its 15th year. Both events generate economic, academic and cultural benefits, pride in our community and are now important moments in our cultural calendar.
The reach and scope of our mission is about to expand considerably as the FCC recently granted the BSPA a Construction Permit to build and operate a low-power FM radio station in Brownsville and broadcast on KXIQ-LP 105.1 FM. We hope to build a studio, erect an antenna and begin broadcasting locally originated, quality radio in Spring of 2017.
The implications of operating our own station are considerable. Check out our Low Power FM Radio page to learn more about this.
Another unexpected opportunity presented itself in 2013 when the City of Brownsville asked us to submit a community development proposal utilizing a long-vacant building to benefit residents of the Buena Vida Neighborhood in downtown Brownsville. The positive reaction to our proposal and its amazing outcome have been nothing less than a dream come true. Now underway, it is known as the Stegman Building Restoration Project and described on our Brownsville Performing Arts Academy page.
We're very proud and happy to be of service to the community.
Of course we appreciate your good-will but we're grateful even more for your contributions and sponsorships. Leaders among those providing us with steadfast support have been the City of Brownsville, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Texas Commission on the Arts and a few private benefactors.
One of the questions we are most often asked is: "How can I help?" Our quick answer is usually "Come to the show" but, if you can contribute to our mission in a more significant manner, please do! We're anxiously awaiting your call or your e-mail. In the meantime, COME TO THE SHOW!
To learn a bit more about BSPA and its mission, watch this short video that summarized our endeavors way back in 2009. Enjoy!