More Than $490,000 in Arts Grants Awarded
21 March 2011

Lincoln Financial Foundation is strengthening art education opportunities and access to the arts for a broad spectrum of Philadelphia residents through $497,500 in grants to 37 local nonprofit organizations. The grants are a portion of more than $2.1 million in charitable funds Lincoln Foundation has allocated for the area in 2011.

Lincoln Foundation’s arts grants will support programs that provide art instruction, use the arts to teach core curriculum and socialization skills, and open the arts to underserved populations. Accessibility grants will open arts venues or provide in-reach programs to individuals with disabilities, the elderly and low-income adults and children.

A $68,000 grant to the Philadelphia Museum of Art will help underwrite the museum’s Corporate Partner and Art Connections programs. Art Connections links the visual arts to the core curriculum, encouraging cross-curriculum learning for up to 1,200 students and providing three gallery lessons, including art and language arts, math and science in art, and artists and society.

Lincoln Financial Group allocated more than $10.3 million to Lincoln Foundation in 2011 for philanthropic activities in the communities where its employees work.

Among the art access grants awarded by the Lincoln Foundation are:

  • $15,000 to Astral Artistic Services for its Community Classics program for senior citizens and disabled adults, reaching 230 individuals at Inglis House, Stapeley of Germantown, Center in the Park, and Philadelphia Senior Center while exposing Astral performing artists to the importance of sharing their music with the community.
  • $15,000 to Art-Reach to provide access to arts programs for underserved audiences, including 16,700 individuals with physical and developmental disabilities, low-income adults and students.
  • $10,000 to Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance to build capacity within Philadelphia’s cultural sector.
  • $6,000 to VSA Arts of Pennsylvania for the Independence Starts Here Captioning Project, providing captioning equipment for hearing-impaired audiences and training for theater companies to use the equipment, allowing for increased participation and attendance for area theaters.
  • $5,000 to Academy of Community Music for weekly family-focused, therapeutic and educational outreach programs for 1,000 children, ages 3-4, in the School District of Philadelphia’s Head Start centers.
  • $5,000 to BuildaBridge International for Artology, a summer program integrating arts and sciences, using Philadelphia’s parks and museums as interactive classrooms for 60 at-risk students.

Among the art education grants awarded by the Lincoln Foundation are:

Visual Arts

  • $27,000 to Philadelphia Mural Arts Advocates for its signature arts education programs: Big Picture, serving 600 youth ages 10-14 at 10 sites; Mural Corps, serving 300 youth ages 14-21 at 11 sites; and ArtWorks!, serving 1,000 severely at-risk and marginalized youth ages 10-17 at 19 sites. The programs use mural-making to teach life and job skills and empower the youth as artists, community organizers and leaders.
  • $15,000 to the Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial for its Community Partnerships in the Arts artist residency program reaching more than 500 students with in-school programs, after-school programs and summer residencies with community partners and social service agencies.
  • $15,000 to Clay Studio for its Claymobile outreach program that provides off-site ceramics classes to more than 1,700 students and seniors at schools, community centers, public housing facilities, summer camps and other venues.
  • $5,000 to The Print Center for the Artists-in-Schools program offering 12-week classes in art theory and art history using printmaking and photography for 500 students.
  • $5,000 to Scribe Video Center, Inc. for its youth media education programs serving 500 middle and high school students with after-school, summer and weekend workshops to learn the skills of video, film making and creating documentaries.

Music, Instrument and Choral Instruction

  • $30,000 to Musicopia to support Bridge to Music, a comprehensive weekly music education program for students in four public schools in the Temple University area of North Philadelphia. The program also supports Musicopia’s String Orchestra, a city-wide effort providing weekly full-orchestra rehearsals and sections and intensive chamber coaching for string students throughout Philadelphia.
  • $25,000 to the Philadelphia Orchestra Association to support the School Partnership program in the William H. Hunter School in Kensington. Weekly classes for 830 students in grades 2, 3 and 4 will be team-taught by a teaching artist and the classroom teacher. Regular instruction will be provided in playing the recorder, students will write in journals and students will receive free admission to the orchestra’s school concert programs. The program follows students for three consecutive years.
  • $15,000 to Singing City to provide weekly workshops on choral singing, music concepts and songwriting to 575 students in two schools; and to support Singing City Children’s Choir in two additional schools for students grades 3 through 6.
  • $10,000 to Commonwealth Youth Choirs for Find Your Instrument at the Wister Elementary School, providing three years of weekly choral music education. The program also recruits these students to bring more young people from low-income families into the CYC choir programs.
  • $5,000 for Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra to support the Orchestrating Leadership program providing a 12-week workshop in conducting and music to improve public speaking skills, team building and self-confidence for 100 African-American students ages 15-19.

Theater, Drama and Opera

  • $22,500 to Philadelphia Theatre Company to support Drama Contact, an in-school and at-the-theater education program, including theater prep workshops and study units, student matinees, the Theater PASSPORT Program, teacher workshops, ActOut After School programs, ActOut Saturday programs, ActOut Summer Sessions and a Career Development Initiative for high school students pursuing theater work.
  • $18,000 to Arden Theatre Company to support the Arden for All in Philadelphia Education Initiative, which includes a theater access program providing four public schools three consecutive years (grades 3, 4 and 5) of access to Arden Children Theatre performances and multiple in-class visits throughout the school year.
  • $15,000 to Opera Company of Philadelphia for Sounds of Learning, a program for fifth- through 12th-grade students that advances literacy and interdisciplinary learning by integrating opera into the school’s core curriculum.
  • $15,000 to Spiral Q Puppet Theater for project support of its educational initiatives, including providing artist residencies in-school, after-school and with community-based organizations to support socially conscious works of art that equip participants with skill and confidence to express themselves, to resolve conflicts and become more engaged in their communities. Each residency leads to a performance or parades for local audiences.
  • $15,000 to Philadelphia Young Playwrights for its Classroom Based Playwriting Workshops, providing intensive literacy and writing support to 1,600 public school students ages 8-18.
  • $13,500 to the Wilma Theater for Wilmagination, a curriculum-based educational outreach program that works with the School District of Philadelphia to integrate theater into the academic curriculum in middle and high school, including two residencies for English Speakers of Other Languages classes at John Bartram High School, among seven other public schools.
  • $10,000 to Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival for its Open Door Arts-in-Education initiative, promoting literacy by incorporating speaking, reading and writing and critical thinking for students using Shakespeare texts and live performances.
  • $10,000 to Lantern Theater Company for the Illumination Theater arts education program, reaching 3,000 under-served school children and youth through residency programs, after-school drama clubs and student theater matinees.
  • $10,000 to Walnut Street Theatre Corp to support the Adopt-a-School Program at the Chester A. Arthur School. Adopt-a-School is a three-year program that targets schools without the expertise and resources to maintain a drama program on their own.
  • $5,000 to 1812 Productions for 1812 Outreach, providing year-long theater programs in the Widener School and South Philadelphia High School. Students learn acting and improvisation to build confidence and learn teamwork.


  • $12,500 to Pennsylvania Ballet for Accent on Dance, a series of seven outreach and education programs that include educational workbooks, performances, after-school programs and free tickets for low-income children.
  • $10,000 to the Shirley Rock School of the Pennsylvania Ballet for the Rock Reach residency program, which provides elementary school children at the Sheppard, Ludlow and Russel Byers schools with high-quality weekly dance instruction in ballet and jazz. The program culminates with a student performance.
  • $10,000 to Arts in Schools Collaborative for Dancing Classroom Philly, a program that integrates dance with core curriculum classes for 2,400 Philadelphia fifth- through eighth-grade students through a 10-week curriculum providing 45 minutes of dance weekly, culminating in a city-wide dance competition for the students.
  • $5,000 to Philadelphia Dance Company for training and instruction support for weekly dance classes in ballet, jazz and modern techniques for 125 youth ages 8-23.
  • $5,000 to Philadelphia Dance Projects for its Guest Dance Artists at Olney High School program, providing 10th- and 11th-grade students a year-long series of 20 classes with local artists and national and international touring companies to learn skills directly from professional dance artists.

Community-Based Art Programs/Providers

  • $10,000 to Art Sanctuary to support the work of the North Stars, a year-long performance-based teen after-school program using literary, dance, musical and video skill-building to connect teens with professional writers and artists.
  • $10,000 to the Asian Arts Initiative for its Youth Arts Workshop, providing a range of after-school arts programs, including video making and media workshops, a youth lounge, mural making, and theatrical performance and production for 2,200 youth in Chinatown ages 13-22.
  • $10,000 to Taller Puertorriqueño for its arts education program, including a Cultural Awareness Program, Youth Artists Program and Visitenos (Visit Us) program for more than 3,000 youth annually.
  • $10,000 to the Village of Arts and Humanities for its Learning Through the Arts programs that offer year-round, free creative learning opportunities to under-served North Philadelphia youth.
  • $5,000 to West Park Cultural and Opportunity Center to expand its high school ceramics, music technology and production and theatre technology after-school programs at the High School of the Future in Strawberry Mansion.

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 allocated more than $2.1 million to support nonprofits in Philadelphia in 2010. Since 1999, the Lincoln Financial Foundation has contributed more than $24 million to Philadelphia-area nonprofits.

About Lincoln Financial Group

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 $157 billion as of December 31, 2010. Through its affiliated companies, Lincoln Financial Group offers: annuities; life, group life and disability income 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


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