More than $396,000 in Arts Grants Awarded
21 March 2011

Lincoln Financial Foundation will sponsor a dramatic exhibition on baseball’s Negro League, as well as related educational programs, through a $40,000 grant to the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. The award is part of $396,500 in arts grants made recently in Fort Wayne by the Lincoln Foundation and a portion of $2.5 million in charitable funds it has allocated for the area in 2011.

We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball is the story of gifted athletes and determined owners; of racial discrimination and international sportsmanship; of fortunes won and lost; and of triumph and defeat both on and off the field. The exhibition, which is scheduled to run August 19 through October 24, 2011, speaks to the social and political history of black America in the first half of the 20th century. It will be accompanied by a wide range of educational programs that will stimulate meaningful discussion about the evolution and desegregation of organized sports.

Award-winning artist and author Kadir Nelson spent seven years researching, writing and creating handsome paintings for his children’s book We Are the Ship. Nelson interviewed former Negro League players, traveled to museums around the country, pored over old photographs, firsthand testimonies and documentaries, and collected baseball memorabilia, sports equipment and uniforms during the project. The exhibit will include 33 paintings, 13 sketches and educational materials from the book.

The Fort Wayne Museum of Art grant was one of 17 arts grants that the Lincoln Foundation recently made to nonprofit organizations in Fort Wayne. Lincoln Financial Group allocated more than $10.3 million to Lincoln Foundation in 2011 for philanthropic activities in the communities where its employees work.

Other arts grants awarded include:

  • $140,000 to Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne for its annual fund drive and the Nonprofit Arts Internship Initiative
  • $49,000 to Fort Wayne Philharmonic to sponsor the Signature Chamber Orchestra Concert Series and the Ensembles in the Schools music education program.
  • $20,000 to Fort Wayne Ballet for its 2011-2012 Performance Season and community outreach performances.
  • $17,500 to Fort Wayne Cinema Center in support of programming that focuses on diversity as well as Lincoln Financial’s employee attendance package.
  • $16,000 to Fort Wayne Civic Theatre to sponsor the 2011-2012 Season, which includes five main stage productions, two off-main productions and a featured production during the Northeast Indiana Playwright Festival.
  • $15,000 to Fort Wayne Dance Collective to support a two-day guest residency of the Rubberbandance Group from Montreal, Canada.
  • $15,000 to Foundation for Art and Music in Elementary Education for the Multicultural Visiting Artists Program for elementary students, teachers and families.
  • $13,000 to Fort Wayne Children’s Choir to fund music education programs for youth, ages seven to 18, who participate in one of six choirs.
  • $13,000 to Heartland Chamber Chorale for the Side by Side in Song program, an educational choral partnership with area high schools.
  • $12,000 to Fort Wayne Park Foundation for support of the Foellinger Theatre summer concert and movie series.
  • $12,000 to Fort Wayne Youtheatre to support community outreach programs and the 2011-2012 Season of three theatre productions for, by and with youth.
  • $10,000 to Unity Performing Arts Foundation for the youth choral program, which includes the Voices of Unity Choir and weekend Empowerment Camps.
  • $7,500 to ARCH to fund community education programs and activities at the Alexander T. Rankin house.
  • $7,500 to Artlink for the 32 nd Annual National Print Exhibition, which focuses on printmaking techniques, including etching, woodcuts, lithography, intaglio, mezzotint, wood engraving, metal engraving, serigraphs and combinations of techniques.
  • $7,000 to Embassy Theatre Foundation for the Learn it Live educational series, which presents professional touring company productions free to elementary-age students.
  • $2,000 to Fort Wayne Area Community Band for its 2011-2012 concert season.

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, education, human services and workforce/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 awarded $2.75 million to support nonprofits in the greater Fort Wayne area in 2010. Since 1962, the Lincoln Foundation has contributed nearly $85 million to Fort Wayne nonprofits.

About Lincoln Financial Group

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