History of the Campaign for Idea Center

Introduction | Campaign Leadership | Campaign Co-Chairs
ideastream Trustees | PlayhouseSquare Trustees and Donors
Commemorative Honor Roll of Giving

Introduction

WVIZ/PBS and 90.3 WCPN ideastream and PlayhouseSquare 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 PlayhouseSquare,” 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 PlayhouseSquare 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 PlayhouseSquare.

The budget for the Idea Center at PlayhouseSquare 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 PlayhouseSquare to develop joint programmatic initiatives.

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