The Boca Raton Arts District Exploratory Corporation (BRADEC) recently announced a new capital gift of $1 million from a member of the board, philanthropist Elizabeth Dudley.
Dudley’s contribution will help make the Boca Raton Center for Arts & Innovation at the north end of Mizner Park a reality and comes just one week after another donor announced the project’s first seven-figure capital pledge of $5 million.
In May, BRADEC won unanimous support from the Boca Raton City Council and the Boca Raton Community Redevelopment Agency to negotiate a lease for the Mizner Park Amphitheater site and an adjacent 1.8-acre land parcel. Following further negotiations with the city, these capital gifts will further the new Center’s design, programming and community engagement.
The planned venues include a 1,100-seat concert and performance hall; an existing amphitheater stage that is improved to allow for a transformation into a 450-seat “Studio Theater” interior space, through the use of an innovative structural curtain; the 3,500-seat existing Mizner Park Amphitheater, which can be programmed simultaneously with the “Studio Theater” space; a 99-seat performance hall that can be converted into a large rehearsal studio or event space; an outdoor rooftop terrace; and additional campus spaces that will enable technological innovation and education. A canopy will shelter the center’s outdoor spaces.
For more information, go to BocaRatonArtsCenter.org.
Give My Regards to Broadway
As New York’s theater community prepares to reopen next month following the pandemic shutdown, Tony-nominated producer Julie Boardman announced plans to open the Museum of Broadway next summer in the heart of Times Square.
At the heart of the interactive experience, museum guests will travel through a visual history of Broadway from its birth to the present day, highlighting pioneers, landmark moments of social change and many of the most beloved plays and musicals of all time.
Key points along the timeline will focus on the pivotal shows that transformed the landscape of Broadway, through immersive installations designed by leading contemporary visual artists and acclaimed Broadway designers.
Fans will also go backstage to get a taste of “The Making of a Broadway Show,” with a special exhibit honoring the community of brilliantly talented professionals – both onstage and off – who bring Broadway plays and musicals to life every night.
Tickets are expected to go on sale later this year. For more information, go to TheMuseumOfBroadway.com.
Go Wild at the WMODA
Wiener Museum of Decorative Arts (WMODA), 481 S. Federal Hwy. in Dania Beach, is showcasing a new exhibition of Murano glass, “Animalia,” August 28 – October 23. The works utilize the Sommerso technique developed in the 1930s to blow multi-colored glass sculptures without mixing the contrasting colors, and mastered more recently by Dale Chihuly.
The Mid-Century Modern glass animals, created by Nason, Signoretto, Cenedese and Seguso and curated by Italian expert Sergio Gnesin, are all available for sale. Proceeds benefit the educational programs at WMODA.
For more information, go to WMODA.com.