City of Boca Raton to spend over $100 million to build world-class performing arts center
BOCA RATON, Fla. — City officials in Boca Raton are considering spending several million dollars to build a world-class performing arts center.
There are now talks to update the Mizner Park Amphitheater and build a multi-space innovative facility that can host events in the arts, business, technology, and music.
The project is being led by Andrea Virgin, who is the president and chairman of the board of the Boca Raton Center for Arts and Innovation.
It is expected that this will be one of the first places of its kind to be built in the United States. It will be a place where audiences and artists can see world-class performances in the traditional performing arts.
“It’s very multipurpose. So the whole campus is contemplated for experiences that are whether indoor or outdoor, for free, are ticketed for experiences for the student, for the professional, for the young or the old, for the day, or the night, weekday or weekend, and all year long,” Virgin said.
Andy Thomson, a member of the City Council, believes that the project will contribute to the filling of a void and will help transform the city into the cultural arts center of South Florida.
“We do not have that kind of that first-class world-class type thing that would make people travel to Boca in order to watch a show,” Thomson said.
The non-profit organization that runs the center is now trying to privately raise the money necessary to pay for the project. The project is expected to cost over $100 million.