Lincoln Financial Foundation is strengthening art education opportunities and access to the arts for a broad spectrum of Hartford residents through $167,000 in grants to nine local nonprofit organizations. The grants are a portion of more than $800,000 in charitable funds Lincoln Foundation has allocated for Hartford in 2012.
Artists Collective will use a $10,000 grant from Lincoln Foundation to improve the lives of high-risk Hartford youth through training in the arts and the culture of African Diaspora. Artists Collective programs bolsters resiliency, instills motivation and inspires school success. Sequential workshops in dance, African and steel pan percussion, creative writing, drama, jewelry design, crafts, martial arts, sign language and visual arts teach youth to work toward a goal by acquiring skills and knowledge that will be rewarded with more opportunities for growth. Artists Collective students consistently graduate from high school and nearly 100% attend college.
A $5,000 grant to the Charter Oak Cultural Center will fund its Arts for All program. Arts for All is an inclusive, expressive arts program for inner-city, low-income students. Arts for All includes three weekly course offerings for children with and without disabilities: Shared Ability Dance, a movement and dance class; Sharing the Spotlight, a theatre arts experience; and Through the Lens, a videography class teaching behind-the-camera work and scene development.
Other organizations receiving grants:
- $40,000 to Horace Bushnell Memorial Hall for lead support of the Master Teaching and Presenting Artists Program for pre-K through high school students and sponsorship of the Belding Theater.
- $30,000 to Hartford Stage Company for Connections, which promotes literacy and analysis to students in first to eighth grades through a five-day in-school residency program using theatrical techniques to engage the students in literary texts.
- $25,000 to Riverfront Recapture for its 2012 Performance Series, featuring three different artistic groups performing at Riverfront Recapture’s outdoor amphitheaters in Hartford and East Hartford.
- $20,000 to Hartford Symphony Orchestra for Lincoln Financial Discovery Concerts, a series of three concerts designed for elementary school students educating them about the music and orchestra instruments.
- $20,000 to Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art for Access to Art, a program providing access to the museum for Hartford public schools students in grades K-12 and targeted programs for underserved audiences including those with sight, hearing and other disabilities.
- $10,000 to Greater Hartford Arts Council for Neighborhood Studios: Breakdancing Shakespeare. Breakdancing Shakespeare gives Hartford teens professional work experience in the arts and exposes them to a job-readiness curriculum as they produce a Shakespeare play integrating breakdancing, hip hop, rap and other contemporary elements.
- $7,000 to Hartford Children’s Theatre for its Story Theatre: Promising Futures!, an arts-integration program that supports reading and literature state standards for first graders using theatre arts techniques.
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 workforce/economic development. The Lincoln Foundation allocated more than $800,000 to support nonprofits in Hartford in 2011. Since establishing a presence in Hartford in 1998, the Lincoln Foundation has contributed over $21.8 million to local 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 $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.