Mission & Background


Mayo Street Arts strives to strengthen its neighborhood and community by providing a haven for the arts that is vibrant, safe, and inspiring; and to engage area youths of diverse cultural communities in robust participation in the visual, performing, and literary arts.


Mayo Street Arts was established in 2009 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and began programming arts events for audiences in 2010. Programs for youth were added soon after. MSA’s historic building, a former Scandanavian church built in 1890, provides a welcoming flexible space for community arts programs in the multicultural neighborhood of East Bayside.

MSA presents a revolving slate of music concerts, theater, dance, puppet theater, and other arts performances that enrich the lives of artists, audience members, and others of all ages. Puppet theater, international music and art, and learning opportunities for youth have been primary passions and areas of focus since the center’s beginning.

MSA plays an important role in its’ neighborhood by providing a safe and welcoming center for after school and summer learning via literacy and arts programs for children.

In 2013 MSA received a major grant to purchase the building and property it had rented for the first three years. A new roof, renovation of the choir loft and performance space, and many facility improvements have advanced the goal of providing a modern, flexible, and accessible center for the arts.

Behind the scenes work is now focused on organizational capacity, audience and membership growth, and improving program delivery for community and youth.

While much of its funding comes from foundations and grants, MSA receives funds from a broad array of additional sources, including program revenue from ticket sales, rental income from events and artist studios, and support from local businesses and individual donors.