In 1985, the organization was recognized by the National Recreation and Park Association and was honored with the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council Dorothy Mullen Arts & Humanities Award for a program that exemplified outstanding efforts in the arts among park and recreation departments. Thirty years later, the organization has grown in numerous directions.
Concerts are held in the historic Yardley Community Centre, mostly on Saturday evenings, and the organization continues to bring top notch performers to its stage. In 1996, BCPAC established a vital partnership with the Pennsbury School District’s “Pennsbury Partners Program (PPP)”,
For the last 16 years, BCPAC has assisted Pennsbury’s students in fulfilling the National Standards for Arts Education by bringing artists into the classroom. Bringing professional artists into the school environment enables students to recognize the arts as an authentic means of expression as part of classroom learning. Since 1996, over $300,000 in grant money has been raised for both the Arts in Education Program at the school district, and the local concert series at the Yardley Community Centre.
Mary BorkovitzFounder/Executive Director
is a 1954 graduate of New York University with a B.S. in Music Education. She has taught instrumental music in the Westbury Public School District on Long Island and the Greenburgh Public School District in Westchester New York. In 1970, due to a career move for her husband Mary moved to Yardley Pennsylvania and retired from teaching to raise a family. During the 70’s Mary volunteered in several capacities and served on the Park and Recreation Board of Lower Makefield Township. Then in 1978, when a Community Room was built on to the local Township Building, Mary started a concert series by founding the Lower Makefield Society for the Performing Arts. While developing this program as a volunteer, she worked as an Administrative Assistant in the Psychology Department of Trenton State College, Mobil Oil Corporation and in the Provost’s Office of Princeton University.
Now celebrating its 38th anniversary season, the Lower Makefield Society for the Performing Arts has become the Bucks County Performing Arts Center, to better represent the expansion of its programming into all of Bucks County.