James A. Brown

James A. Brown
Musician, Producer, Arts Educator

James A. Brown

James A. Brown

James A. Brown is a musician, teaching artist and the Youth Development Director for
the Homewood-Brushton YMCA. Brown has served the Homewood community for
nearly ten years through his leadership of the YMCA Lighthouse Project, a teen media
arts and program serving high school teens in the east end of Pittsburgh. In 2016 Brown
spearheaded a 1.5 million dollar project to relocate the Lighthouse teen center from
Westinghouse Academy to a new state of the art facility in the Homewood-Brushton
YMCA. Under his leadership the Lighthouse has impacted the lives of over 400 youth
providing them with transformative opportunities to engage in the arts, find their voice
and prepare for college and career.

Brown has served on a number of arts and education committees including the Heinz
Endowments Transformative Arts Process (TAP) and the Y-USA Neighborhood Action
Team (NAT) Project, and the City of Pittsburgh’s My Brother’s Keeper Committee.
Brown is the co-founder and CEO of Rhyme Calisthenics LLC, a hip-hop performance
game show that has held over 50 events throughout the northeast United States and
Canada bringing together hip-hop fans, rising stars and cultural icons to celebrate the art
and craft of hip-hop freestyle. Brown is an active keyboardist and music producer and
released his own hip-hop/soul album entitled Fieldwork in 2007.

Brown is originally from Long Island, New York. He majored in sociology at Vassar
College before moving to Pittsburgh in to pursue a Master’s in Musicology at
University of Pittsburgh.