People for the Arts management and workers are saddened to be taught of the passing of longtime companion, patron, and good friend William (Invoice) J. Lehr Jr. His legacy of help for arts advocacy, each nationally and in his house state of Pennsylvania, will reside on within the many nonprofits, public-private organizations, authorities entities, and the lives of particular person artists that he impacted throughout his many years lengthy management and help within the arts sector.
Lehr was instrumental in founding People for the Arts in 1996, having joined the board of its predecessor group, the Nationwide Meeting of Native Arts Businesses, in 1993. He performed a pivotal position in People for the Arts’ success, serving a mixed tenure spanning virtually 30 years on its board of administrators, occupying quite a few management positions together with Board Chair and Director Emeritus alongside the best way.
Lehr additionally was a founding board member of the People for the Arts Motion Fund in 2004 and remained an lively board member till his passing. He was significantly famous for main the creation of the Arts Motion Fund’s linked Political Motion Committee in 2005 and serving because the PAC’s Chair and largest donor for 17 consecutive years.
In his time with the group, Lehr was instrumental in spearheading work on quite a few fronts, together with the creation of the People for the Arts Basis in 2007. His particular curiosity in supporting the long-term skilled progress and growth of group arts leaders is mirrored within the Invoice and Beverlee Lehr Fund, which he and his spouse established on the People for the Arts Basis in 2008. In 2017, he was honored on the Nationwide Arts Awards with People for the Arts’ Legacy Award, which acknowledges artists and artwork leaders who exhibit exemplary nationwide management and whose work demonstrates extraordinary achievement.
“Invoice’s great dedication, help, and perception within the work of People for the Arts and the humanities and artist communities we help is unmatched. I do know I communicate on behalf of your complete boards of People for the Arts and the Arts Motion Fund once I say that we’re profoundly grateful to him and his household for his a few years of friendship and management. In his time on each boards, Invoice guided the organizations with knowledge and thoughtfulness. He was a private mentor for therefore many people. He will probably be significantly missed,” remarked Julie Muraco, Chair, People for the Arts Board of Administrators.
The worth of Lehr’s impression on the humanities and humanities and the necessity to protect, advance, and amplify its position on this nation was famous by Alice Anne Schwab, government director of the Susquehanna Artwork Museum in Pennsylvania, in the course of the Nationwide Arts Awards occasion: “He has a very uncanny capability to simply accept the humanities as an entire, as an vital function for a human being to get pleasure from.”
People for the Arts additionally thanks Lehr’s spouse of 60 years, Beverlee Balch Lehr, who shares his legacy of passionate dedication for and management within the arts. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to the Susquehanna Artwork Museum’s Invoice Lehr Fund for Training and Exhibition Excellence. We’re in gratitude for the Lehr household’s dedication and contributions to this group, our members, and stakeholders.