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This document is dated April 28, 2010. It may not be accurate after such date and LNC does not undertake to update or keep it accurate after such date.
   
 

Lincoln Financial Foundation Funds Access to Arts

More than $290,000 Awarded in Arts Grants

GREENSBORO, N.C., April 28, 2010 — Local residents of all ages will benefit from arts programming underwritten by Lincoln Financial Foundation in the coming year through a series of recently-approved grants to area nonprofit organizations. The grants will fund a variety of programs and activities, ranging from music lessons and class field trips to stage performances and concerts.

The Eastern Music Festival will use $50,000 from the Lincoln Foundation to provide children with meaningful opportunities to experience live music, as well as to reinforce the art of the creative process through adult learning. The grant will fund a variety of reduced price or free outreach efforts to underserved children and adults, including: Concerts for Young People; EMFkids and EMFexplorers day camps; Open Orchestra Rehearsals; Musically Speaking; Elderhostel; Community Outreach Performances; and the Young Artists Orchestra and Festival Orchestra Series.

A $20,000 grant to Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art will fund the Lincoln Financial Second Grade Initiative, a program that will allow 5,000 second graders to participate in hands-on creative activities at the Green Hill Center and ArtQuest. The field trips will be based on the North Carolina Standard Course of Study core curriculum, and are designed to interweave art with science, math, language, and history.

"The Lincoln Foundation is committed to increasing access to the arts for individuals of all ages, economic strata, varying abilities, and ethnicities," said Jana Barrett, Greensboro 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 funding for Eastern Music Festival and Green Hill Center are part of $293,700 in arts grants that the Lincoln Foundation recently made to 15 Greensboro nonprofits.

Other arts grants awarded include:

  • $71,000 to United Arts Council for its Annual Fund Drive supporting more than 50 arts programs that in turn deliver programs, exhibits, and performances affecting more than 800,000 people annually.
  • $50,000 to Greensboro Symphony for its Keep Kids in Tune educational program, the Greensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra, and the Greensboro High School partnership, which provides free concert tickets to area high school students.
  • $20,000 to Music Academy for need-based music lesson scholarships for qualifying children and students.
  • $20,000 to Triad Stage to help fund a learning director to coordinate educational activities and launch The Insiders at Triad Stage, a program that will allow local high school students to experience all aspects of live theater, from planning to production.
  • $14,000 to Touring Theatre for 10 performances of the original theatre documentary, The Life and Times of Fannie Lou Hamer. These performances will be held in 10 of the 25 Guilford County high schools at no cost to the schools.
  • $10,000 to Carolina Theatre for free or reduced tickets for qualifying patrons to the Ballet Folkoric de Mexico.
  • $10,000 to Greensboro Ballet to provide local students with dance performances by professional ballet dancers at their schools and the Build a Ballet program, which gives high school students the opportunity to create a ballet from start to finish.
  • $7,500 to North Carolina Shakespeare Festival to provide on-going leadership/management to initiate programs that support the English and drama curricula in local schools.
  • $5,700 to North Carolina Dance Project for a free drumming and dance workshop offered annually at a Greensboro community center as well as a series of mini-concerts in Guilford County schools.
  • $5,000 to Center for Visual Arts for a digital darkroom conversion and new equipment.
  • $5,000 to Community Theatre for programming that will teach important life skills through preparing for a live theatre production for children grades 6–12.
  • $3,500 to Music for a Great Space for a Trio Slaye concert for the Triad community as well as an educational workshop for students of Weaver Academy, a performing and visual arts high school.
  • $2,000 to Bel Canto for need-based partial and full scholarships to the Bel Canto High School Chorus Festival in Greensboro.

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 almost $1.4 million to support nonprofits in Greensboro in 2009. Since 2006, the Lincoln Foundation has contributed more than $6.8 million to Greensboro-area 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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