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This document is dated May 10, 2010. It may not be accurate after such date and LNC does not undertake to update or keep it accurate after such date.

Lincoln Foundation Funds Art Education and Accessibility

More Than $90,000 Awarded in Arts Grants

CONCORD, N.H., May 10, 2010 — Arts education for New Hampshire children is a major focus of more than $90,000 in arts grants recently awarded by the Lincoln Financial Foundation. Many of the grants provide access to live performances or music instruction for school-age, immigrant, or underserved kids.

The Capitol Center for the Arts received $20,000 to underwrite the 2010–2011 Lincoln Financial Group School Series, providing curriculum-based live theater to 23,000 New Hampshire school children. The program also offers curriculum-based classroom workshops and professional development opportunities for teachers.

A $10,000 grant to the Concord Community Music School will help fund the school's Music in the Community Initiative, which provides music instruction to low- and moderate-income schools in Manchester, Concord, and Laconia. Many of these schools serve the region's fast-growing refugee and immigrant populations. The grant also supports a weekly chorus of adults with developmental disabilities and brain injuries, music therapy for seniors, and creative movement classes for elementary age children with behavioral special needs.

The Currier Museum of Art will use a $10,000 grant from the Lincoln Foundation to underwrite its School Tour and Education Program, serving 6,300 students. The children will be able to visit the museum at little or no cost and will learn from its collection through hands-on activities, interactive discussions, theater, and guided observation.

"The Lincoln Foundation is committed to increasing access to the arts for individuals of all ages, economic strata, varying abilities, and ethnicities," said Byron Champlin, Concord 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."

These arts education grants are part of $90,500 in arts grants the Lincoln Foundation recently awarded to 13 New Hampshire nonprofits.

Other organizations receiving arts grants:

  • $10,000 to The MacDowell Colony to underwrite MacDowell Medal Day, the art colony's annual awards program and community open house.
  • $10,000 to Red River Theatres for a documentary film project that trains Bhutanese refugees and others to create short films on the immigrant experience in New Hampshire.
  • $5,000 to the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire for the N.H. Arts Education Data Project, the first-ever comprehensive review and analysis of arts education in the state.
  • $5,000 to Friends of the Audi to enable children, the elderly, and people with disabilities to participate fully in backstage theater production by installing a modern mechanical flyspace at the Concord City Auditorium.
  • $5,000 to Granite State Symphony Orchestra to provide free concert tickets to local school children.
  • $4,500 to the New Hampshire Writers Project to underwrite a variety of workshops and educational sessions, including the 2010 Concord Literary Festival.
  • $4,000 to the New Hampshire Music Festival for Words on Music, a pre-concert adult education program designed to enhance audience appreciation of the music being performed.
  • $3,750 to New Hampshire Institute of Art for an art education lab school that connects Institute of Art students with local school children through a five-days-a-week, art-focused after-school program.
  • $2,000 to Pontine Theatre for Connecting with Seniors, a live chamber theater performance series that tours nursing homes, assisted living communities, and senior centers around New Hampshire.
  • $1,250 to Bedford Youth Performing Company to provide after-school arts outreach for underserved children in the Manchester school system at community learning centers.

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, education, human services, and workforce/economic development. 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 $300,000 to support nonprofits in New Hampshire in 2009. Since 2006, the Lincoln Foundation has contributed more than $1.3 million to New Hampshire 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 $146 billion as of March 31, 2010. 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.



For more information:

Media Contact:
Jeff VanPelt
603 226-5216
E-mail: MediaRelations@LFG.com

Byron Champlin
603 226-5554
E-mail: MediaRelations@LFG.com

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