Welcome to the Boca Raton Cultural Consortium
Since 1999, our mission is to raise the public’s awareness of the quality, diversity, and impact of arts and cultural programs in the community. The fifteen not-for-profit member organizations provide a wide array of programming for all ages.
Our Member Organizations
Boca Ballet Theatre is a nationally recognized, youth focused non-profit dance organization, which presents exceptional performances incorporating the world’s most celebrated professional dancers, offers engaging community outreach and service programs, and operates a proven classical ballet academy.
Founded by artists as a teaching academy in 1950, the Boca Raton Museum of Art has grown to encompass an Art School, Artists Guild, Store, and Museum with distinguished permanent collections of contemporary art, glass, non-western art, photography, and sculpture, as well as a diverse selection of special exhibitions. Learn more about art classes, exhibitions, educational programs, private events, and more at www.bocamuseum.org.
The Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to collecting, preserving and presenting the history of Boca Raton. Now it its 46th year, the organization promotes historic preservation and education through its exhibitions, archival services, guided tours, and other unique programs. The Museum now serves as the community’s official Welcome Center providing information on Boca Raton past and present.
At The Boca Raton Children’s Museum, we believe in PLAY and the power of IMAGINATION! Children who come to the Museum are not only free to “be,” they are encouraged to dream and explore as big as they can imagine! We have created a place where children engage in global issues through age-appropriate activities that address topics such as the environment and social responsibility by showing them how combining engineering, math, technology, culture history and the arts can create impactful and permanent solutions in their life. Children 7 years old and under find this magical little world where they can touch and feel and listen as they learn. Their parent recognize the benefits of the way in which our environment develops their children’s social and emotional skills, and their overall engagement in the learning process. Come for a visit and you will also get to see glimpses of Boca Raton’s precious past, as two of the city’s few original and historical buildings (Singing Pines - circa 1913 and The Cottage - 1935) house the Museum.
The Mizner Park Amphitheater, located in Downtown Boca Raton, is a popular outdoor amphitheater, colonnade and concert green that serves as a social, cultural and educational center for South Palm Beach County residents and beyond. Since its inaugural year, the amphitheater has entertained more than one million people.
Programming at the amphitheater includes a variety of community events, city events, and commercial concerts. The Mizner Park Amphitheater has hosted such festivals and artists as The Sunshine Music Festival, Festival of the Arts BOCA, John Legend, John Mellencamp, Jack Johnson, Steely Dan and Selena Gomez.
The Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters and its School of the Arts include many public performance and exhibition spaces. Performance spaces include the 2,500-seat Kaye Auditorium, the 500-seat University Theatre and two black box theaters. Annually, these venues present more than 30 concerts, six to eight different theater performances, three dance performances and numerous lectures. There are also two galleries on campus; the Schmidt Center Gallery and the Ritter Art Gallery. Each gallery presents four to six exhibitions during the academic year. Theaters in the Living Room Theaters complex are used for film study classes during the day, and are open at night and on weekends showing independent and foreign films, and serving lunch and dinner.
Established in 2007, Festival of the Arts BOCA is South Florida’s premiere literary and performing arts festival. More than just programming; it is a unique way of bringing world class performers, authors and speakers to Boca Raton a casual and festive atmosphere. Tickets range in price so as to be accessible to everyone.
The Festival presents world class artists artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Lang Lang, Joshua Bell, Renee Fleming, Pat Metheny, and Arturo Sandoval. The Wizard of Oz, Casablanca, West Side Story and Raiders of the Lost Ark have been performed with live orchestra. World-renowned speakers over the ten years have included Edward Albee, Sir Salman Rushdie, acclaimed historian and Pulitzer Prize winner Doris Kearns Goodwin, Richard Ford, Thomas Friedman, and Fareed Zakaria.
The Festival celebrates the special quality of life in Boca Raton and Palm Beach County and the special qualities of Mizner Park, which has been selected by the American Planning Association as one of the ten best urban places in the United States. The Festival is special, because of the venue, the season, the quality and diversity of its cultural offerings and because of the opportunity for young and old to celebrate the traditions of the great arts and to be exposed to the incredible diversity of the performing and literary arts, at the highest levels.
This 20-acre coastal preserve is surrounded by a rare remnant of tropical hardwood hammock, located on the barrier island. Enjoy a walk on the newly reconstructed boardwalk which travels 1/4 mile through the coastal forest and connects to Red Reef Park West. Stroll through the butterfly garden, where many species of wild butterflies can be seen year-round. Walk the Ashley Trail and relax in the authentic Chiki overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway. Observe a variety of native fish and other marine animals in large outdoor aquariums. Visit the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Facility to learn about the patients. View research projects conducted by Florida Atlantic University professors and students in the FAU Gallery. Purchase imaginative and environmentally friendly gifts from the nature-themed gift shop.
- Nature Center & Aquarium Hours: Mon-Sat 9:00am-4:00pm; Sunday Noon-4:00pm
- Nature Trail Hours: Monday-Sunday 7:00am-dusk
- All Property Closed: New Year’s Day, 4th of July, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.
Sol Theatre is home to Sol Children Theatre and Evening Star Productions. Sol Children is celebrating 16 seasons of plays and musicals featuring local children and adult actors. Sol Children also offers a Musical Theatre Performance Experience which provides children with audition workshops and then a fully-staged musical giving them audition and rehearsal training culminating in the experience of a live show! For 12 summers Sol can also be found at the Olympic Heights Performing Arts Theater providing performing arts summer camp. Evening Star Productions is a critically acclaimed professional theatre company recently recommended for a South Florida Theatre League Carbonell Award. Both companies have full seasons of productions in addition to special events and unique programming.
The SYMPHONIA, South Florida’s World-Class Chamber Orchestra, is dedicated to keeping classical music flourishing in South Florida. Founded in July 2004, The SYMPHONIA is called a “gem of an orchestra” by music critics because of the high caliber of its musicians, guest artists and programming. The SYMPHONIA performs a repertoire blending classic with contemporary works, offering compositions from diverse composers. As part of its mission of “engaging and inspiring traditional and new audiences,” the orchestra presents “Meet the Orchestra,” a program that allows children to interact with musicians at dress rehearsals and features an instrument “petting zoo.”
The HARID Conservatory is an internationally recognized professional-training school for gifted young dancers. Students from across the United States and from other countries are selected for enrollment through a stringent audition process. Artistic talent is the primary admission criterion.
HARID’s alumni have been employed by more than eighty professional dance companies across the United States and in Canada, Europe, South America, and Asia. Many have distinguished themselves as soloist and principal dancers in leading companies.
HARID presents two series of dance performances each year. The Winter Performances in December include a selection of classical, character, and modern dances, highlighted by HARID’s holiday tradition: Divertissement from Act II of The Nutcracker. The Spring Performances in May feature the school’s graduating class in a collection of engaging classical and contemporary ballets.
The mission of the Youth Orchestra of Palm Beach County is to provide young musicians with exceptional music education and performance experiences while developing an appreciation of classical music within the community.
Established in 1993 through a project of the Junior League of Boca Raton to provide youth orchestra opportunities in Palm Beach County, YOPBC premiered on May 7, 1994, at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach.
Our Board of Directors, Parent Association and Artistic Staff are committed to providing professional training at minimal cost to the young musicians. Our board members and parents volunteer hundreds of hours to making the organization operate effectively.
Many of our early members are now professional musicians performing as members of the world’s most prestigious orchestras, chamber ensembles, jazz ensembles and bands. Other graduates are now lawyers, engineers, business leaders and teachers. Recent graduates are currently enrolled in some of the finest colleges, universities, schools of music and music conservatories in the nation.