Market Street Academy and Performing Arts Center, now located in the Brownsville Municipal Building, not only provides educational, economic, and cultural opportunities for area residents but also is one more stage of the long range goal to restore an historically valuable American river town. Our goal is to harness the talents and energies of the region’s ethnically and culturally diverse population to achieve new levels of excellence in every aspect of their heritage including art, literature, theatre, crafts, music, faith, and scholarship.
We opened in September of 2010 in the former Oddfellows’ Building in downtown Brownsville; however, this space soon became too small for our growing student body and faculty. In October 2012, we relocated to more spacious quarters in the Brownsville Municipal Building.
From 2011 through 2013, Market Street Arts organized an annual arts festival in Brownsville which featured artist and artisan vendors and demonstrators, performances in four venues ranging from local dance troupes and musicians to internationally known performers such as Cello Fury, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Ray Owen, and the Calypso Gypsies, hands-on arts activities, a juried art show, and the Market Street Arts Horizons competition for southwestern Pennsylvania writers, composers, and visual artists ranging from elementary school students through adults. Winning works were published in the Market Street Arts Review, featured in an art show at the Academy, and performed in a gala concert and awards ceremony.
We strive to create a vibrant and growing arts center which will fulfill the prophecies of the past and dreams of the present to make Brownsville a major showcase not only for the arts, but also for a cultural heritage that draws from the very roots of America.
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