Lincoln Foundation Supports Arts Accessibility And Education
Nearly $114,000 in Arts Grants Awarded
Radnor, PA, April 3, 2014 — Lincoln Financial Foundation is strengthening art education opportunities and access to the arts for a broad spectrum of New Hampshire residents through $93,570 in grants to eight local nonprofit organizations, as well as a $20,000 multi-year payment to a current grantee. These grants are a portion of nearly $500,000 in charitable funds Lincoln Foundation has allocated for New Hampshire in 2014.
The New Hampshire Music Festival will receive $15,000 to expand its programming to include classical music performances at the Capitol Center for the Arts in downtown Concord during the summer. The performances will feature the newest offering in the music festival's six-part chamber series, celebrating the Russian, German, Latin and American romantics. Since 1952, the New Hampshire Music Festival has grown to be an important part of the cultural life of the state's Central and Lakes Regions. Each year, the festival invites up to 60 top musicians from America's best orchestras to perform a six-week season, primarily at the Silver Center at Plymouth State University. In just one week, the Festival attracts between 600-900 guests, 60% of whom have traveled from out-of-state specifically for a concert. These visitors not only come for the Festival, they also come to support local businesses, spending about 80% more than residents. This money is injected directly into the towns in which the Festival performs, providing a universal boost to the local economy that in turn attracts new visitors and revenue to the region.
Other arts grants awarded include:
$20,000 to the
Capitol Center for the Arts for the 2014-2015 Lincoln Financial School Series, providing 15,000 New Hampshire school children with curriculum-based live performances by professional touring companies.
Red River Theatres to underwrite weekly screenings for Pembroke Academy's post-graduate transitional students, providing access to arts programming and socialization opportunities for young adults with disabilities. The grant also will expand educational outreach efforts to middle and high school students and will provide free admission to Lincoln Financial employees.
$13,500 to the
Concord Community Music School for its Music in the Community Initiative, providing music education in schools with a high proportion of low-income or ethnic minority children, as well as classes for children with physical, developmental and emotional disabilities.
$11,000 to the
Currier Museum of Art for its 2014 School Tour and Educator Program, which incorporates Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) into the tour program, promoting discussions that engage students in careful looking and critical thinking. The grant also supports Currier staff visits to schools to lead faculty-wide VTS workshops, as well as an online curriculum for educators.
$10,000 to the
MacDowell Colony to support the free MacDowell Medal Day awards ceremony, public outreach and open studios for the public.
$5,000 to the
Child Health Services for its Cultural Opportunities to Enrich Lives program, which provides educational opportunities in the arts, as well as free tickets to arts events to low-income children as a way to reduce anti-social behavior, improve education and build self-esteem.
Pontine Theatre to present its 2014 touring program at assisted living communities and nursing homes across New Hampshire.
Multi-year arts payments include:
New Hampshire Institute of Art for the Student Enrichment Program in the Arts (SEPIA) afterschool program for low-income and immigrant children. This payment is made toward fulfillment of Lincoln Foundation's three-year commitment awarded in 2013.
About Lincoln Financial Foundation:
The Lincoln Financial Foundation, established in 1962, is a nonprofit organization formed and supported by Lincoln Financial Group. Under Lincoln Foundation guidelines, grants are made in the areas of arts, education, human services and economic/workforce development. The Lincoln Foundation awarded almost $500,000 to support nonprofits in New Hampshire in 2013. Since 2006, Lincoln Foundation has contributed nearly $3.2 million to New Hampshire nonprofits.
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 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 $207 billion as of December 31, 2013. Through its affiliated companies, Lincoln Financial Group offers: annuities; life, group life, disability and dental insurance; employer-sponsored retirement 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.