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This document is dated March 21, 2012. It may not be accurate after such date and LNC does not undertake to update or keep it accurate after such date.
   
 

Lincoln Financial Group Supports Arts Access and Education in Philadelphia
$439,000 in Arts Grants Awarded

PHILADELPHIA, March 21, 2012 — Lincoln Financial Group is strengthening art education opportunities and access to the arts for a broad spectrum of Philadelphia residents through $439,000 in grants to 32 local nonprofit organizations. The grants are a portion of more than $2.1 million in charitable funds Lincoln Financial has allocated for the area in 2012.

A $68,000 grant to the Philadelphia Museum of Art will help underwrite the museum's corporate partner and high school teen programs. Teen programs are a key component of the museum's mission to extend the reach of its collection and the visual arts to a broad, diverse audience; to promote the study of art as an imperative resource for education; and to engage young people in the life of the museum. Programs include teen docents in the galleries and studios, teen volunteers at Mastery Charter School, a high school sketch club working with professional artists, and a summer teen media program learning filmmaking and technology skills.

The Philadelphia Orchestra Association received $25,000 to support its School Partnership program in the Moffet School, offering 225 students in grades 3, 4, and 5 exposure and access to the Philadelphia Orchestra and its musicians. Through weekly 45-minute classes, team-taught by the Philadelphia Orchestra teaching artist and the classroom teacher, students focus on creative/musical expression, elements of music, perceptive abilities, and how feelings are expressed in writing and in music. School visits also are made by Philadelphia Orchestra musicians to augment students' classroom experiences.

Among the art access grants awarded by Lincoln Financial are:

  • $15,000 to Art-Reach to provide access to arts programs for underserved audiences, including individuals with physical and developmental disabilities, at-risk youth and the elderly in need.
  • $15,000 to Astral Artistic Services for its Community Classics program providing unique classical music experiences to senior citizens and disabled adults at Inglis House, Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley, Center in the Park at Germantown and Philadelphia Senior Center.
  • $10,000 to Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance to build capacity within Philadelphia's cultural sector.

Among the art education grants awarded by Lincoln Financial are:
Visual Arts

  • $27,000 to Philadelphia Mural Arts Advocates for its signature arts education program engaging more than 600 youth at 23 schools and community sites throughout Philadelphia.
  • $15,000 to Clay Studio for its Claymobile outreach program that provides off-site ceramics classes to K-12 students from minority and low- to moderate-income neighborhoods.
  • $15,000 to the Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial for its Community Partnerships in the Arts program, an award-winning initiative that brings high-quality, arts-integrated learning experiences to youth who otherwise lack access to arts education opportunities.
  • $5,000 to Scribe Video Center for its youth media education programs consisting of a documentary history project for youth, youth media workshops, the Precious Places history project and special youth initiatives.

Music, Instrument and Choral Instruction

  • $30,000 to Musicopia to support Bridge to Music, a comprehensive weekly music education program for students in three public schools in North Philadelphia, and the Musicopia String Orchestra, providing structured instrument skill-building and performance opportunities to mostly Philadelphia youth.
  • $15,000 to Singing City for its education and outreach programs, including Singing City in the Schools and Singing City Children's Choir.
  • $10,000 to Commonwealth Youth Choirs for Find Your Instrument, an in-school choral education program at the Wister Elementary School in Germantown.
  • $5,000 for Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra to support the Orchestrating Leadership program, providing a free 12-week after-school program for minority students who have little exposure to classical music.

Theater, Drama and Opera

  • $22,500 to Philadelphia Theatre Company to support Drama Contact, an in-school and at-the-theater education program for students in the Philadelphia school district.
  • $20,000 to Philadelphia Young Playwrights for its In-class Playwriting Education program, which enhances literacy skills and builds a community of writers and critical thinkers in students within the School District of Philadelphia.
  • $18,000 to Arden Theatre Company to support the Arden for All education outreach program in Philadelphia, which includes tickets to the Arden Children's Theatre, books and in-class lessons to underserved elementary school students, promoting literacy by linking reading with theatre.
  • $13,500 to the Wilma Theater for Wilmagination, an educational outreach program to integrate theater into the academic curriculum in middle and high school, including at least nine residencies in three Philadelphia public schools.
  • $10,000 to Opera Company of Philadelphia for the 2012-2013 Season of Sounds of Learning, an interdisciplinary arts education program that weaves the study of opera into the school district's core curriculum through a flexible set of learning tools.
  • $10,000 to Spiral Q Puppet Theater to support its educational initiatives, including artist residencies in-school, after-school and with community partners, during which students create giant parade, shadow or hand puppets, masks, prints and/or mixed media, culminating in a performance or parades for local audiences.
  • $10,000 to Walnut Street Theatre Corp. to support the Adopt-a-School program at the Chester A. Arthur School, integrating arts into the general curriculum and creating a drama club.
  • $5,000 to 1812 Productions for 1812 Outreach, a unique, in-school theater education program using comedy to serve at-risk students at the South Philadelphia High School and Widener Memorial School for Children with Disabilities.

Dance

  • $10,000 to Pennsylvania Ballet for Accent on Dance, an education and outreach program that includes educational workbooks, performances, in-school residencies and after-school programs for public and charter school students in Philadelphia.
  • $10,000 to the Rock School for Dance Education for Rock Reach, a multi-faceted outreach program providing elementary school children with high-quality weekly dance instruction in ballet and jazz, culminating with a student performance.
  • $5,000 to Arts in Schools Collaborative for Dancing Classrooms Philly, a 10-week program that integrates various styles of dance with core curriculum classes for Philadelphia students, culminating in a city-wide dance competition for the students.
  • $5,000 to Philadelphia Dance Company for its instruction and training program, providing access to ballet, modern, jazz and other styles taught by internationally renowned instructors to underserved local audiences, ages 8-23.
  • $5,000 to Philadelphia Dance Projects for its Dance Educational Outreach program at Olney High School and Martin Luther King, Jr., High School, providing 24 dance classes with professional, creative dancers/choreographers as well as field trips to see world class touring companies.

Community-Based Art Programs/Providers

  • $10,000 to Taller Puertorriqueño for its arts education program, including a cultural awareness program exploring Latino culture, youth artist program offering visual arts instruction to high school students and Visitenos (Visit Us), a program that includes tours for K-12 students.
  • $7,500 to Art Sanctuary to support Reading in Concert, an in-school education program bringing African-American arts into middle and high school classrooms through reading a common text or examining an original music composition.
  • $7,500 to the Asian Arts Initiative for its youth arts education program, providing a range of after-school arts programs to students in grades 5-12, including video making, media workshops, songwriting, mural making and theatrical performance and production.
  • $7,500 to the Village of Arts and Humanities for its Learning Through the Arts programs that offer after-school classes to teens in the performing, visual and digital arts, leadership training and special exhibition and performance opportunities.
  • $5,000 to BuildaBridge International for Artology, a summer program for at-risk students integrating arts, biology and environmental science, using Philadelphia's parks and museums as interactive classrooms.
  • $5,000 to West Park Cultural and Opportunity Center for its after-school youth arts programs, including ceramics, guitar and keyboard, and vocal and audio recording and production at the School of the Future.

About Lincoln Financial Group
Lincoln Financial Group has set aside almost $10 million of its pre-tax earnings for charitable causes that support philanthropic endeavors in the communities where its employees work. Lincoln Financial allocated more than $2.1 million to support nonprofits in Philadelphia in 2011. Since 1999, Lincoln Financial has contributed more than $26.5 million to Philadelphia-area nonprofits. 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 $160 billion as of December 31, 2011. Through its affiliated companies, Lincoln Financial Group offers: annuities; life, group life, disability and dental 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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