The Idaho Central Spokane Valley Performing Arts Center (ICSVPAC) publicly announced plans to build a multi-million state-of-the-art performing arts center. The 59,000 square foot facility will house a 463-seat Main Stage Theatre, a 220-seat flexible Studio Theatre, an Acting Conservatory for area youth, as well as event/business meeting space. Groundbreaking took place August of 2022, and the Idaho Central Spokane Valley Performing Arts Center hopes to open its doors for its first theater production in 2024.
Plans for the ICSVPAC were sparked by the success of Spokane Valley Summer Theatre (SVST), which will become the resident theater company at the facility. Since its founding in 2016, SVST has produced high quality summer musical theatre, while setting new attendance records annually. Executive Artistic Director Yvonne A.K. Johnson says building the Idaho Central Spokane Valley Performing Arts Center will not only give Spokane Valley Summer Theatre a permanent home but will also be a beacon of light for the performing arts in general, as well as give the region a space that will have multiple uses. The stunning building will benefit the region not only artistically, but economically, injecting an estimated $32 dollars into the local economy per dollar spent on live theatre into the region.