Art J. Falco Honored With
Homer C. Wadsworth Award
Release Date: 06.17.2013
CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Foundation has honored Art J. Falco, president and CEO of PlayhouseSquare, with its 2013 Homer C. Wadsworth Award. The award is given annually to a local leader who has demonstrated creativity, innovation, ingenuity, risk-taking, and good humor in a civic, volunteer, nonprofit, or public sector role. Falco received the award at the Cleveland Foundation’s annual meeting at Severance Hall on June 13, 2013.
Falco has been a creative force in Cleveland for more than two decades, leading the expansion of PlayhouseSquare from five performance spaces to 10 stages, making it the nation’s largest performing arts center outside New York City.
Falco joined PlayhouseSquare as finance director in 1985 and took the helm in 1991. During his tenure, Falco has shepherded artistic collaborations with WVIZ/PBS and 90.3 WCPN ideastream (Idea Center at PlayhouseSquare), Great Lakes Theater (Hanna Theatre renovation), and Cleveland Play House and Cleveland State University (Allen Theatre project).
Falco is an official Tony Award voter and member of the Broadway League. He serves on the boards of Downtown Cleveland Alliance, Positively Cleveland, and the Union Club, and is treasurer of the PlayhouseSquare District Development Corporation.
“Art’s talents have helped put Cleveland and PlayhouseSquare center stage nationally,” said Ronald B. Richard, president and CEO of the Cleveland Foundation. “The innovative partnerships Art envisioned and led are considered national models, showcasing the power of collaboration for local arts organizations. The fact that PlayhouseSquare has also enjoyed a balanced budget with no layoffs or salary cuts in 24 years is another feather in his cap – and such a rarity in the performing arts industry. There’s no winner that has more embodied all of the qualities this award recognizes in honor of Homer Wadsworth – creativity, ingenuity, and risk-taking.”
Homer C. Wadsworth was executive director of the Cleveland Foundation from 1974 to 1983. He was known as a man of creativity, courage, commitment, and innovation. Prior to his death in 1994, Wadsworth’s friends and family established the Homer C. Wadsworth Award to identify and honor those in the community who best reflected those qualities.