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This document is dated April 3, 2014. It may not be accurate after such date and LNC does not undertake to update or keep it accurate after such date.
   
 

Lincoln Foundation Supports Arts Access And Education In Omaha
Nearly $159,000 in Arts Grants Awarded

Omaha, NE, April 3, 2014 — Lincoln Financial Foundation is strengthening art education opportunities and access to the arts for a broad spectrum of Omaha residents through $158,500 in grants to 12 local nonprofit organizations. These grants are a portion of more than $846,000 in charitable funds the foundation has allocated for the area in 2014.

Opera Omaha will receive $25,000 to support its second annual Opera Outdoors event, a multi-media outdoor concert of operatic greatest hits performed by four established opera singers with national and international credits. The fall concert will be free and open to the public. Through Opera Outdoors, Opera Omaha achieves its goals of giving back to the community that generously supports its mission; providing a casual and fun introduction to opera for some who are curious but unsure or skeptical about the art form; enhancing community partnerships; and further establishing itself as an important landmark in the cultural landscape of Omaha. Support from Lincoln Foundation will ensure Opera Omaha can continue this exciting new initiative which simultaneously makes opera completely accessible to the public and helps Opera Omaha build its audience for the future.

Other arts grants awarded include:

  • $20,000 to Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts for its Urban Design Daycamp, a new intensive summer program for teens to explore the processes by which the urban landscape is built.
  • $20,000 to Omaha Symphony for Adventures in Music, a student education program reaching pre-K to 12th grade students, and support for community partnerships that allow youth and adults the opportunity to experience live orchestral music.
  • $20,000 to Joslyn Art Museum to support the exhibition Andy Warhol in Living Color, which showcases screen prints Warhol made from the 1960s-1980s, as well as 19 other contemporary artists who use color as a tool to shape the understanding of images.
  • $15,000 to Omaha Community Playhouse to support programming in drama, improvisation, storytelling and movement for inner-city elementary and middle school students.
  • $15,000 to Omaha Theater Company to support drama and theater classes and programs for disadvantaged youth.
  • $10,000 to El Museo Latino to support its 2014 Summer Visual and Performing Arts programs for children in grades K-12, including Latino art, music, dance and theater.
  • $8,000 to Ballet Nebraska to support both the spring 2014 production of Momentum Featuring Party Animals and the fall production of Giselle, including public and student performances.
  • $8,000 to Why Arts? to provide arts workshops to a variety of underserved populations, including the disabled, seniors, at-risk youth and their families, and low-income preschool children.
  • $7,500 to Film Streams for the 2014 Family and Children's Series of family-friendly films.
  • $5,000 to African Culture Connection to support programs that teach African dance, music, visual arts and geography to students in five Omaha public schools.
  • $5,000 to ARTery for Dancing Classrooms, a program that teaches ballroom dancing to fifth-grade students in Omaha and Council Bluffs.

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 allocated more than $846,600 to support nonprofits in Omaha in 2013. Since 2006, the Lincoln Financial Foundation has contributed more than $4.3 million to Omaha 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.

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



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