The Idea Center® at Playhouse Square


The Idea Center® at Playhouse Square is the result of a model partnership between WVIZ/PBS and 90.3 WCPN ideastream® and Playhouse Square.

The Idea Center is located at 1375 Euclid Avenue, in the heart of Cleveland’s Playhouse Square District, between the Allen Theatre and the United Way building.

The headquarters for ideastream and the home for Playhouse Square’s arts education programs, the Idea Center is much more than a building. It is a place for creativity and education. It is a place for the arts and technology to come together in new ways. It is a place for learning, rehearsing, performing and broadcasting.

History of the Campaign for Idea Center

WVIZ/PBS and 90.3 WCPN ideastream and Playhouse Square were pleased to announce the successful completion of the Campaign for Idea Center in September, 2006, with pledges totaling $29,345,513, surpassing the campaign’s $27.4 million goal.

“We thank the community for embracing and believing in the partnership between ideastream and Playhouse Square,” Jerry Wareham, president and CEO of ideastream said, “and we thank all of the volunteers and staff connected to the partner organizations who worked diligently toward the successful completion of the campaign.”

The Idea Center has become a vibrant center of activity including the broadcast operations and education services of ideastream and Playhouse Square arts education programs. The facility is a model of creative connectivity where digital media (radio, television and the internet) is used to create and distribute content, including news, information, educational services, and arts and cultural programming.

“Through classes, workshops, professional development, distance learning, broadcast media and performances, we are providing new opportunities for learning and enrichment through the arts and technology,” explained Art J. Falco, president and CEO of Playhouse Square.

The budget for the Idea Center at Playhouse Square was $42 million, with $32 million allocated to construction, furnishings, fixtures and equipment and $10 million for programs and program-enabling technology. The Campaign for Idea Center goal was set at $27.4 million. Funds pledged in excess of the campaign goal will enable ideastream and Playhouse Square to develop joint programmatic initiatives. 

Campaign Leadership and Commemorative Honor Roll of Giving

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