Nearly $75,000 in Arts Grants Awarded
27 February 2012

Lincoln Financial Foundation is strengthening art education opportunities and access to the arts for a broad spectrum of New Hampshire residents through $74,900 in grants to nine local nonprofit organizations. These grants are a portion of nearly $500,000 in charitable funds Lincoln Foundation has allocated for New Hampshire in 2012.

Lincoln Foundation will underwrite the 2012 School Tour and Educator Resources Program at theCurrier Museum of Art through an $11,000 grant. The grant will focus on students from 26 Nashua and Manchester elementary schools with ethnically diverse and low-income student bodies. The Currier has recently incorporated Visual Thinking Strategies into the tour program, promoting discussions engaging students in careful looking and critical thinking. The grant also supports quarterly Educator Workshops, focusing on how teachers can make use of the Currier’s collections, teaching strategies to engage students, art-making activities and lesson planning.

Concord Community Music School will use a $12,500 Lincoln Foundation grant to support its Music in the Community Initiative, which works in partnership with schools and human service agencies to reach some of New Hampshire’s most vulnerable populations. Music in the Community provides music education in schools with a high proportion of low-income or ethnic minority children as well as classes for children with physical, developmental and emotional disabilities. Classes are taught by Music School faculty in sequential classes, moving students from novice to more advanced levels.

Other arts grants awarded include:

  • $20,000 to the Capitol Center for the Arts for its 2012-2013 School Series, providing educational programming for K-12 students and their teachers.
  • $10,000 to the MacDowell Colony to support the MacDowell Medal Day awards ceremony, public outreach and open studios for the public.
  • $9,400 to Red River Theatres for its Transitional Special Needs Students Movie Time, serving special needs students aging-out of the school system, as well as for Lincoln Financial employee movie passes.
  • $4,000 to New Hampshire Writers Project to support its annual Writers Day, the Berlin and New Hampshire book festivals and Keene literary festival, all of which offer instruction to writers and introduce New Hampshire writers to new audiences.
  • $4,000 to New Hampshire Music Festival for its Words on Music Series that provides concertgoers with open format discussions on what they are about to hear.
  • $2,000 to Nashua Symphony Association for its (h)EARS program, designed to connect music to the 6th grade curriculum celebrating the Hispanic cultures represented in the region.
  • $2,000 to Pontine Theatre to adapt its production of The House of Seven Gables for touring to senior audiences throughout the State of New Hampshire in 2012.

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 almost $500,000 to support nonprofits in New Hampshire in 2011. Since 2006, Lincoln Foundation has contributed more than $2.3 million to New Hampshire 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


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