The Boca Raton Innovation Campus—formerly the influential IBM headquarters—is the largest building in the state of the Florida. And all of that enviable space leaves plenty of room for Google-like amenities for both employees and the community at large, part of developer CP Group’s $100 million investment in the multi-tenant property.
The plan includes art and culture as key components, which, according to Angelo Bianco, managing partner of CP Group, have always been inextricably linked to creative thinking.
“We believe that art is an integral part in creating superior technological innovation,” he told me, in a conversation earlier this summer. “A recent adopter of that is Steve Jobs, but the OG, Leonardo Da Vinci, came up with this: When you’re able to merge these two together, the result is exponentially greater than the sum of the parts.”
The artistic component includes plenty of visual art, which will line corridors at BRiC, fill an on-site museum on the history of technology, and greet visitors to the campus in the form of the enormous “Rocket” sculpture taking off outside the main entrance. But it includes the performing arts as well, as evidenced by this season’s premiere Summer Performance Series. The series began last week with Brazilian and Latin salsa entertainment, and it continues for the next two Thursdays in July.
Next up is this Thursday’s one-night-only production of “Twelfth Night” courtesy of the Shakespeare Troupe. Tickets run just $5-$10 for this condensed version (one hour with no intermission) of the Bard’s indelible comedy, about twins separated in a shipwreck, each believing the other to have died in the disaster; mistaken identities and much comic dysfunction abound.
The series concludes on July 29 with “Music is My Time Machine,” an evening of songs from the history of film and television, performed by the Orchid City Brass Band of South Florida.
The events run 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Marcel Brewer’s Lakeside Patio on the BRiC Campus, 5000 T-Rex Avenue, Boca Raton, with performances beginning at 6 p.m. each Thursday. Light bites and coffee will be available for purchase, and tickets are $10 for an entire table or $5 per person for lakeside lawn seating—for the latter, attendees are encouraged to bring their own blankets and chairs.