The Brownsville Society for the Performing Arts BSPA), founded in 1994, is a private, nonprofit arts presenter and producer with tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Located in Brownsville, Texas, its 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, the BSPA has produced literally hundreds of shows, concerts and cultural programs. We hope that most have been relevant, inclusive, educational and, of course, entertaining.
Of special interest to the BSPA are performing arts that are mostly inaccessible or unaffordable to our community. BSPA assists those that pursue a career in music and dance education or other work in the performing arts field. We generate performance opportunities, organize competitions, endow scholarships, provide financial assistance, hold master classes and clinics and support similar activities with a clear educational value.
To sustain this effort for over two decades, BSPA has developed enduring alliances with individuals, entities and institutions that also seek to expand the quantity, quality and diversity of cultural offerings in our community. Our most important partners are the City of Brownsville and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) School of Music.
The reach of our mission will soon expand considerably.
The FCC has granted the BSPA a Construction Permit to build a Low Power FM radio station (LPFM) in Brownsville and broadcast a high-quality analog signal 24/7 on KXIQ-LP 105.1 FM. The implications of owning and operating our own radio station are considerable. We hope you'll visit our Low Power FM Radio page on this site to learn more on tthe subject,
Another unexpected opportunity presented itself in 2013 when the City of Brownsville asked BSPA for a community development proposal that would utilize a long-vacant building to benefit residents of the economically disavantaged 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 Rehabilitation Project and described on our Brownsville Performing Arts Academy page.
We're very proud and happy to be of service to the community.
One of the questions we are most often asked is: "How can we help?" Our usual reply is "come to the show!" Truth is, we need much more. If you can contribute in a more significant manner, we'll be anxiously awaiting your call or your e-mail.
In the meantime, JUST 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!