BROWNSVILLE - Work has begun downtown on a project that will not only transform a historic building but also the lives of children in Brownsville's poorest incorporated neighborhood — the Stegman Building is in the midst of a $5.8 million renovation to house the new Brownsville Performing Arts Academy.
Once the work is complete, late next year or in early 2017, the School of Music of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will move its music academy into the space at 11th and East Washington streets downtown.
The university's music academy provides classical music training to tuition-paying students — in addition to those students, in its new home the academy will offer instruction to children of low- to moderate-income families of downtown's Buena Vida neighborhood.
The BPAA will be managed by the non-profit Brownsville Society for the Performing Arts, which will move its headquarters into the newly renovated building as well.
The renovation is being paid for through CDBG funds and Certificates of Obligation issued by the city.
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