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This document is dated May 13, 2010. It may not be accurate after such date and LNC does not undertake to update or keep it accurate after such date.

Art Access and Education Funded by Lincoln Foundation

Almost $230,000 Awarded in Arts Grants

HARTFORD, Conn., May 13, 2010 — Lincoln Financial Foundation is strengthening art education opportunities and access to the arts for a broad spectrum of Hartford residents through almost $230,000 in grants to 10 local nonprofit organizations. The funding will support programs that provide art instruction, use the arts to teach core curriculum and socialization skills, and open the arts to underserved populations.

A $50,000 grant to Horace Bushnell Memorial Hall will provide lead sponsorship for the Partners Program, which aims to improve student literacy through arts-infused instruction taught by master teaching and presenting artists. The program targets students who have difficulty learning the core curriculum through traditional teaching methods. The Bushnell grant also will sponsor the 907-seat Belding Theater, which is used by a variety of local performers and organizations.

Hartford Stage will use a $33,000 grant from the Lincoln Foundation to fund Connections, a five-day, in-school residency program designed to instill a love of reading in first- through eighth-grade students by using dramatic techniques to engage them in literary texts. Connections will promote reader-readiness and prepare Hartford students for the Connecticut Mastery Tests.

Another $33,000 grant to the Wadsworth Atheneum of Art will help underwrite the pilot Museum on the Move program, which will bring art collections and exhibitions to local schools. The grant also will help fund the Verbal Imaging Tour, a free service for blind and low-vision visitors that provides verbal descriptions of works of art, as well as Access Art, a free transportation system for physically disabled people and others who need a way to get to the Wadsworth.

These grants are part of $229,000 in arts grants recently made in Hartford by the Lincoln Foundation.

Other organizations receiving arts grants:

  • $27,500 to Riverfront Recapture for lead sponsorship of the Riverfront 2010 Performance Series, featuring free performances by Connecticut Ballet, Daniel Salazar and the Connecticut Guitar Society, and the Hartford Pops.
  • $25,000 to Hartford Symphony Orchestra for educational programming.
  • $25,000 to TheaterWorks to provide free youth tickets to high school-age young people from Metro Hartford.
  • $17,000 to Greater Hartford Arts Council for Neighborhood Studios: Breakdancing Shakespeare, a summer program during which a diverse group of urban and suburban youth use breakdancing, mime, rap, and other techniques to adapt a work by Shakespeare for the stage.
  • $8,500 to Charter Oak Temple Restoration Association to underwrite Arts for All, a program that provides dance classes for children with disabilities and a theater arts experience for children with autism spectrum disorder.
  • $7,500 to Artists Collective to support an arts training and cultural education program serving 600 underserved Hartford students who will work with professional artists through master workshops and dance and music concerts.
  • $2,500 to Real Art Ways to increase access to the arts for underserved audiences such as senior citizens and low-income students.

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, human services, and workforce and 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 $895,000 to support nonprofits in Hartford in 2009. Since establishing a presence in Hartford in 1998, the Lincoln Foundation has contributed almost $20 million to local 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.



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