Taking Center Stage: All About The Center for the Arts & Sciences

Lake Jackson is a cultural jewel on the crown of the Texas Gulf Coast, and there is no better evidence of that than The Center for the Arts & Sciences. Housing five different arts and sciences organizations, The Center is owned and operated by the Brazosport Fine Arts Council (BFAC). BFAC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that operates The Center and provides performance and exhibit space, marketing resources, and fundraising support to the groups. In this blog, we tell you about these fabulous five organizations and all of the fun, family-friendly events that they host year-round! 

Brazosport Art League 

The Brazosport Art League is made up of 170 artists, scholars, and admirers. The League works to inspire the public with art by local, regional, and internationally renowned artists over the course of 10 annual shows in the Art Gallery located at The Center. Additionally, the League hosts workshops and classes for both established artists and beginners of all ages. A fun way to feed your creativity is with the Art League’s Paint-n-Sip events. These events include all supplies, instruction, and something to eat and drink, and give you the chance to go home that night with your own original piece of art.

Brazosport Planetarium 

The Brazosport Planetarium has been home to educational and entertaining presentations for countless youth, adults, and families over the decades. In addition, the Planetarium, named the BASF Planetarium after its generous sponsor, has even opened its doors to NASA astronauts to help them learn about star navigation with its state of the art technology (click here to learn more). About five times a month, and even more frequently in the summer, the Planetarium hosts spectacular shows that showcase the beauty and complexity of the physical universe. These shows are sure to entertain, as well as inform while utilizing the Planetarium’s incredible dome technology.

Brazosport Symphony Orchestra 

Lake Jackson is an extremely musical city, and the Brazosport Symphony Orchestra (BSO) is a huge reason why! The BSO performs classical standards, pop arrangements, and world-premiere pieces each year at Lake Jackson’s world-class concert venue, The Clarion, which is located right across the street from The Center. This stretch of the Gulf Coast has an impressively large demographic of classical music fans, and BSO works to celebrate the traditions of symphonic music while also making it accessible to the LJ community and beyond.

Brazosport Museum of Natural Science

LJ’s Gulf Coast location and proximity to the beach make it the perfect place to explore the natural sciences, and one of the best places in town to do so is the Brazosport Museum of Natural Science. Home to dinosaur exhibits, fossils, rocks, and an impressively big seashell collection, the Museum works to expose the public to the wonders of our natural world.

Brazosport Center Stages 

The last, but certainly not least, organization at The Center is Brazosport Center Stages (BCS). BCS is an exceptional community theater and happens to be the longest-operating community theater on the Texas Gulf Coast. The Center produces five shows a season that typically include comedies, dramas, and musicals. The shows are meticulously selected by the Center Stages’ board of directors and always feature a family-friendly summer musical that is performed in the Freeport LNG Theater, The Center’s excellent proscenium style theater.

Check out the bottom of this blog for updates on current events happening this month and beyond at The Center. Information on all of these awesome organizations and tickets to their events can be found at The Center for the Arts and Sciences website. You can also stay cultured and up-to-date by watching for events on Discover Lake Jackson’s Facebook and Instagram! With so much variety and activity, there is sure to be something for everyone.

Upcoming Events at The Center


  • February 18 – March 22 – The current show on display in The Center’s Art Gallery is “The Women – Curves of Emotion,” featuring striking portraits of women experiencing wide ranges of emotion by Texas artist, Carolyn Hancock. The gallery is open from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM from Tuesday through Saturday and 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM on Sunday. Admission is free, so immersing yourself in a world of visual art has never been more accessible and affordable.


  • March 3 – March 31 The current show being presented at the Brazosport Planetarium is “Earth, Moon, and Sun,” a humorous full-dome show about the relationship between these three celestial objects made to be enjoyed by all ages. Shows are $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students.


  • March 27 – Coming up on Friday, March 27 is Brazosport Symphony’s annual “Barbeque & Boogie” fundraiser! Hosted at the Lake Jackson Civic Center, this lively event is a great opportunity to learn all about what BSO has to offer. There will be incredible music by Richard Birk’s Jazz Sunday, barbeque provided by The Fill Station, and both live and silent auctions. Don’t miss your chance to experience this festive Friday night and help to keep the music playing.


  • May 30 – 31 The Center will host its Fine Art festival, CenterFest! CenterFest is a two-day Fine Art experience with events and attractions like the Art Festival, Paint with Pets, a Jazz and Art Sunday brunch, expertly led kids art activities, and more! Check back soon for more details on this marvelous event.  


  • April 24 – May 3 – Make sure to snag tickets to Neil Simon’s “Brighton Beach Memoirs for a date night. “Brighton Beach Memoirs” opens April 24 and will perform in the Dow Arena Theater, The Center’s more intimate arena theatre.


  • July 10 – July 19 – This summer Brazosport Center Stages will present “Peter Pan, the classic story of the boy who never grows up and the ever-magical “Neverland.” “Peter Pan” opens on Friday, July 10 and runs for the following two weekends, and it’s sure to be a terrific show to attend with your whole family.


  • Ongoing – The Brazosport Museum of Natural Science invites you to bring your little dinosaur fanatic or your beach lover down for Sunday Science Fun! Sunday Science Fun is hosted the first Sunday of every month at 2:00 PM. Admission to the Museum is free, and it’s open from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM on Tuesday through Saturday and 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM on Sunday. 

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