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.
During the last 24 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 to a large portion of our community. To the best of our ability 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. BSPA helps those that pursue a career in music and dance education or other work in the performing arts field. Like everything we do, we are mostly limited by our resources.
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.
In July 2017 the reach of our mission was expanded considerably. The FCC granted the BSPA a License to operate a Low Power FM radio station (LPFM) in Brownsville and transmit a high-quality analog signal 24/7 on KXIQ-LP 105.1 FM. We hope you’ll visit our Low Power FM Radio page on this site to learn more about. More importantly, just dial 105.1 FM on your radio dial and enjoy the music.
An unexpected opportunity presented itself in 2013 when the City of Brownsville asked the BSPA for a community development proposal that would utilize 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. Scheduled for completion in early 2019, it is known as the Stegman Building Rehabilitation Project and described on our Brownsville Performing Arts Academy page.
The question we are most often asked is: “How can I help?” Our usual reply is come to the show! Truth is, we need much more and if you can contribute in a more significant manner, please click here to contact us. We’re proud to be of service to the community. To learn more about the BSPA and its mission, watch this short video that summarized our endeavors way back in 2009: