Blumenthal Performing Arts’ Spotlight on: CompuCom

Oct 11, 2018 / Blog

Blumenthal Performing Arts and Discovery Place Science have joined forces to create a new and unique experience for Charlotte area ‘explorers’  interested in discovering the natural world with National Geographic Live and connecting with others who share their curiosity.  The new three-event series featuring National Geographic Live’s speakers is sponsored by CompuCom.

The new series will bring National Geographic Live!, a highly acclaimed speaker series featuring thought-provoking presentations by today’s leading explorers, scientists, and photographers, to Charlotte for three exciting programs starting Oct. 23 with Coral Kingdoms and Empires of Ice.  Two additional programs are slated in January and March.

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Blumenthal Performing Arts (BPA) is pleased to spotlight CompuCom. The Blumenthal Performing Arts team interviewed Ken Jackowitz, CompuCom’s Chief Product and Marketing Officer, about the company’s Charlotte community involvement. Ken states, “Part of the CompuCom strategy is to create a culture of caring and commitment which translates into everything we do for our customers and for our communities. CompuCom provides all 11,000 employees with a CompuCom Cares day, which lets them take one full day off with pay annually to volunteer their time to a cause of their choosing that benefits their community.  In addition, as a subsidiary of Office Depot, CompuCom is also proud to be part of  Start Proud!, a program which provided more than 20,000 backpacks filled with $1m worth of school supplies to Title 1 schools across the United States.”

Blumenthal Performing Arts also asked why CompuCom invests in the arts in our community. Ken shared, “A key tenant of our business is to help our customers drive innovation into their business.  For CompuCom, our investment in the arts is because Arts spark creativity and innovation. Creativity is among the top 5 applied skills sought by business leaders. Research on creativity shows that Nobel laureates in the sciences are 17 times more likely to be actively engaged in the arts than other scientists.”

And why has CompuCom decided to support Blumenthal Performing Arts specifically? “CompuCom wanted to partner with the anchor of the arts in our community.  Blumenthal Performing Arts has the reputation of providing diverse events with the ability to move, touch and inspire those that take advantage of all it has to offer.”

Finally, why is Blumenthal Performing Arts and its programming so important to our community (Nat Geo specifically)? Mr. Jackowitz stated that “the opportunity to sponsor Nat Geo Live was timely for CompuCom. When we think of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math, the Arts are crucial to technology and computer science. They are the tool that allows technology to be usable in real life. Arts are used in user interface design, usability, and design thinking to name a few. What a wonderful way for us to encourage the Arts by sponsoring such a wonderful, and thought-provoking event as Nat Geo Live with Blumenthal Performing Arts and Discovery Place.”

We are grateful to CompuCom for its continued support to our organization, the National Geographic Live series and the partnership between Discovery Place Science and Blumenthal Performing Arts. We invite everyone to learn more about this upcoming program.

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