The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Launches ‘THE WALLIS ARRIVES’ Campaign Initiative

By Logan Martell

The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is marking the end of its first decade serving the Beverly Hills and Southern California region with the launch of “THE WALLIS ARRIVES: A Comprehensive Campaign.”

This campaign initiative is designed to secure $55 million in philanthropic funding over five years, chaired by Sandra Barros Lowy and Peter Lowy, LA-based business leaders and philanthropists, and backed by a $10 million challenge grant from Wallis Annenberg. So far, the initiative has raised $27 million to support artistic excellence, education and community engagement, historic preservation, and fiscal sustainability.

The campaign has also received support from Co-Chairs Sandra and Peter Lowy in the form of a $1 million matching gift, as well as a $1 million gift from Gregory Annenberg Weingarten, and a $5 million bequest from late board member Luanne Wells.

“Because of how deeply I believe in the performing arts and The Wallis’ mission and programs, I invite others to join me in supporting this important campaign, which engages the community and ensures the organization’s ability to continue the bold, diverse, imaginative work that has been a constant through-line in its history,” said Wallis Annenberg in an official press statement.

“Over its short yet impactful history, The Wallis has already established itself as an important gathering space in our community, not only as a place to experience art but as a landmark of pride whose most vital function is to continue to make art accessible for more people,” adds Sandra Barros Lowy. “All of this, along with the passion and vision of our dear friend Wallis Annenberg herself, is what drew Peter and me to this very special institution.”