Ethel Holden Brownstone was one of eleven children born to James Houston and Florence Holden of the White Sands community in Pearl River county. Ethel attended Pearl River Community College in 1930-1931. Following the completion of her studies, she migrated to New York City where she later married Lucien Brownstone . The Brownstones became wealthy in the garment industry and were very involved in the promotion of the arts in the New York City area. Ethel never forgot her native South Mississippi and Pearl River Community College. Her wonderful gift, the largest in the history of Mississippi Community Colleges, has made this center for the promotion of the arts possible. In recognition of her lifelong successes and her efforts on behalf of the college, the Pearl River Community College Board of Trustees dedicated the Browntone Center for the Arts in her memory.
Our inagural season was in 2013. Since that time, the Brownstone Center has provided South Mississippi with a showcase of arts entertainment second to none. In addition to a premier Arts Season, the Brownstone also serves as home to musical and theater productions by the students of the PRCC Fine Arts and Communications Department. In addition, the Brownstone Center serves as the home to several instrumental and choral festivals and contest through out the year. This gives area high school students the opportunity to peform in a state-of-the-art facility.
We hope to see you soon at the Brownstone Center.