Lincoln Foundation Supports Arts Education And Accessibility In Hartford
$232,000 in Arts Grants Awarded
Hartford, CT, April 3, 2014 — Lincoln Financial Foundation is strengthening art education opportunities and access to the arts for a broad spectrum of Hartford residents through $232,000 in grants to 10 local nonprofit organizations. The grants are a portion of nearly $804,000 in charitable funds Lincoln Foundation has allocated for Hartford in 2014.
Hartford Symphony Orchestra will receive $28,000 for its Lincoln Financial Discovery Concerts program. This series of three school-day concerts, performed at The Bushnell, educates more than 6,800 students in first through ninth grades about music and orchestra instruments. Each concert has a specific theme incorporating classical music with an academic area such as geography, math and science. The Hartford Symphony Orchestra uses knowledgeable staff and professional musicians to help address the need for music education and experiences for Connecticut students. Teaching and exposing students to music and music education also lays the groundwork to build future audiences for orchestral concerts ensuring that live music is performed, appreciated and celebrated by future generations. In addition to Discovery Concerts, Hartford Symphony provides students in third through fifth grades with a yearlong music curriculum and recorders. These students perform alongside the orchestra at the final Discovery Concert. The Discovery Concert scheduled for April 23 will feature the life and letters of Abraham Lincoln.
Other arts grants awarded include:
$59,000 over two years to
Riverfront Recapture to develop a mobile app, free to park visitors, which will provide an audio tour of the sculpture walk. This grant also will support continuing Lincoln Sculpture Walk Days, which improve park visitors' knowledge of the sculptures by using Lincoln employee volunteers as docents.
Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts for its PARTNERS program, providing more than 10,000 students in grades K-12 with hands-on, curriculum-based arts units to improve literacy and increase overall grade-level performance. This grant also includes sponsorship of the Belding Theater, which hosts a broad range of performance and community events.
Hartford Stage Company for its Connections Literacy program in the Hartford public school system, which provides five-day artist residencies designed to instill a love of reading in first- to eighth-grade students.
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art to fund free docent-guided tours for more than 5,000 Hartford public school students, which encourage an active exchange of ideas about art and culture. This grant also supports Wadsworth's online collection of teacher resources aimed at meeting classroom learning objectives through visual arts.
Artists Collective for the Performing and Visual Arts Training program, which instills motivation and inspires school success in Hartford students from low-income neighborhoods while instructing them in the arts.
Charter Oak Cultural Center for the Youth Arts Institute, which provides more than 1,000 Hartford inner-city children with free arts classes before and after school.
Greater Hartford Arts Council for Neighborhood Studios: Breakdancing Shakespeare, which gives 15 Hartford teens the opportunity to work with theater education professionals to retell a classic Shakespeare play in a new way, while learning theater craft and career skills.
TheaterWorks for its ALL FREE matinee program, which provides more than 700 Hartford students and faculty members from three high schools the opportunity to attend a matinee performance free of charge. The theater will host a post-show TalkBack with actors, designers and directors with each matinee.
Judy Dworin Performance Project for Bridging Boundaries, an arts intervention program that reaches 260 children of incarcerated parents and provides them with an outlet to express their feelings during in-school and after-school workshops.
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 nearly $804,000 to support nonprofits in the greater Hartford area in 2013. Since 2006, the Lincoln Foundation has contributed nearly $10.6 million to Hartford 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.