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This document is dated April 22, 2010. It may not be accurate after such date and LNC does not undertake to update or keep it accurate after such date.
   
 

Arts United Receives Lincoln Foundation Support

$428,000 in Arts Grants Awarded

FORT WAYNE, Ind., April 22, 2010 — The community's cultural fabric will be strengthened, and an arts internship program will continue through a recent Lincoln Financial Foundation grant to Arts United of Fort Wayne. The $140,000 award provides $110,000 for Arts United's annual fund drive, and $30,000 for its Nonprofit Arts Internship Initiative.

The internship program provides meaningful opportunities for Fort Wayne-area college students and recent graduates to gain valuable experience and knowledge of arts nonprofits. The internships are divided into a series of six-week, eight-week, and special project time frames, and are either paid, or completed for college credit. The first four years of the program, underwritten by the Lincoln Foundation, placed 34 interns, many of whom have been hired to continue work for area nonprofits.

Arts United supports 75 arts and cultural organizations in 10 counties throughout northeast Indiana and provides direct financial support to 10 member groups: ARCH, Artlink, Fort Wayne Ballet, Cinema Center, Civic Theatre, Dance Collective, History Center, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and Youtheatre. The annual fund drive provides operating or project support for the organizations, as well as quarterly training and networking opportunities to help them perform more efficiently with stronger leadership. The fund drive also maintains four community arts facilities: Arts United Center, Hall Community Arts Center, Fort Wayne Ballet Building and Studios, and Canal House.

"The Lincoln Foundation is committed to increasing access to the arts for individuals of all ages, economic strata, varying abilities, and ethnicities," said Jean Vrabel, Fort Wayne program officer for the Lincoln Foundation. "We believe that access to arts events and cultural activities has tremendous benefits for our community and our business, spurring the creative economy and fostering economic development."

The award to Arts United is part of $428,000 in arts grants that Lincoln Foundation recently made to 19 Fort Wayne nonprofits.

Other arts grants awarded include:

  • $49,000 to Fort Wayne Philharmonic for sponsorship of the Signature Chamber Orchestra Concert Series and the Ensembles in the Schools music education program.
  • $40,000 to Fort Wayne Museum of Art to support the Contemporary Realism Biennial, a national invitational and juried exhibition that highlights the strength and innovation of realism artists.
  • $20,000 to Allen County–Fort Wayne Historical Society for the Heritage Education Fund, which helps provide free tours to the History Center and the Chief Richardville House for students, teachers, and school groups.
  • $20,000 to Fort Wayne Ballet for the 2010–2011 Performance Season and community outreach performances.
  • $17,500 to Fort Wayne Cinema Center to support diversity programming and Lincoln's employee attendance package.
  • $16,000 to Fort Wayne Civic Theatre to sponsor the 2010–2011 Season, which includes six main stage productions and two off-main productions.
  • $15,000 to Fort Wayne Dance Collective to support the Indiana Dance Festival 2011 with guest Hubbard Street 2 Dance Company.
  • $15,000 to Foundation for Art and Music in Elementary Education for the Multicultural Visiting Artists Program for elementary students, teachers, and families.
  • $13,000 to Fort Wayne Children's Choir to fund music education programs for youth, age seven to 18, who participate in one of six choirs, workshops, retreats, and the annual Choralfest camp.
  • $13,000 to Heartland Chamber Chorale for the Side by Side in Song program, an educational choral partnership with area high schools.
  • $12,000 to Audiences Unlimited to support 48 small ensemble performances provided by the Fort Wayne Philharmonic to area nursing home residents.
  • $12,000 to Fort Wayne Park Foundation to support the Foellinger Theatre summer concert and movie series.
  • $12,000 to Fort Wayne Youtheatre to support the 2010–2011 Season of four theatre productions for, by, and with youth.
  • $10,000 to Unity Performing Arts Foundation for the Youth Choral Program, which includes the Voices of Unity Choir, Empowerment Camp, and Empowerment Career Weekends.
  • $7,500 to Artlink for the 31 st Annual National Print Exhibition, which focuses on printmaking techniques, including etching, woodcuts, lithography, intaglio, mezzotint, wood engraving, metal engraving, serigraphs, and combinations of techniques.
  • $7,000 to ARCH to fund community education programs and activities at the Alexander T. Rankin house.
  • $7,000 to Embassy Theatre Foundation for the "Learn it Live" educational series, which presents professional touring company productions free to elementary-age students.
  • $2,000 to Fort Wayne Area Community Band to sponsor the 2010–2011 concert series.

About Lincoln Financial Foundation
The Lincoln Financial Foundation, established in 1962, is the charitable giving arm of Lincoln Financial Group. Under Lincoln Foundation guidelines, grants are made in the areas of arts/culture, education/workforce development, and human services. Lincoln Financial sets aside up to 2% of its pre-tax earnings for charitable causes that support philanthropic endeavors in the communities where its employees work. The Lincoln Foundation allocated more than $2.6 million to support nonprofits in the greater Fort Wayne area in 2009. Since 1962, the Lincoln Foundation has contributed nearly $85 million to Fort Wayne nonprofits.

About Lincoln Financial Group
Lincoln Financial Group is the marketing name for Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE:LNC) and its affiliates. With headquarters in the Philadelphia region, the companies of Lincoln Financial Group had assets under management of $141 billion as of December 31, 2009. Through its affiliated companies, Lincoln Financial Group offers: annuities; life, group life and disability insurance; 401(k) and 403(b) plans; savings plans; and comprehensive financial planning and advisory services. For more information, including a copy of our most recent SEC reports containing our balance sheets, please visit www.LincolnFinancial.com.

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