Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Peter B. Lewis donates $5 million to the Cleveland Institute of Art, his biggest hometown donation in a decade

Peter B. Lewis, the iconoclastic insurance executive and philanthropist, has done an about-face on his hometown by making a $5 million donation to the Cleveland Institute of Art.

The gift, announced Tuesday, is the biggest from Lewis to any institution in Cleveland since he declared a temporary boycott on his local giving in 2002 to vent frustration with the city.

He ended the boycott in 2003, but has made local gifts only up to $1 million since then.

Lewis made the $5 million donation, he said Tuesday over lunch at Moxie in Beachwood, to recognize that the $150-million-plus Uptown development in University Circle, of which the art institute is part, has met the high hopes he articulated for the development in 2004.

“It’s the first time in a long time I’ve been impressed by Cleveland,” he said. “I’m impressed by the achievement and accomplishment, I’m impressed all around.”

people with cameras in green area

Media Contact

Lisa Sands
Director of Marketing & Communications
(216) 791-3906

Recent Tweets