Lincoln Financial Foundation grants

Lincoln Financial Foundation announced $265,200 in grants to 16 local nonprofit organizations, as well as a $280,000 multiyear payment to a current grantee to help strengthen art education opportunities and access to the arts.

The grants, announced last week, are a portion of more than $2.5 million in charitable funds the foundation has allocated for the area in 2014.

Fort Wayne Ballet will receive $20,000 to support its 2014-15 season performances, including support for the youth company and outreach performances for underserved audiences. Fort Wayne Ballet’s 2014-15 season will feature three main-stage performances.

Other arts grants awarded include:

•$49,000 to Fort Wayne Philharmonic to sponsor one Masterworks Concert, the Ensembles in the Schools music education program and the Youth Orchestra program.

•$40,000 to the Fort Wayne Museum of Art to support the 2014 Summer of Glass, an exhibition showcasing the winners of the 42nd International Glass Invitational and the works of Peter Bremers.

•$17,500 to Fort Wayne Cinema Center to support programming that focuses on diversity as well as Lincoln Financial’s employee attendance package.

•$16,200 to Fort Wayne Civic Theatre to sponsor the 2014-15 season, which includes four musicals, three plays and a featured production during the Northeast Indiana Playwright Festival.

•$15,000 to Fort Wayne Dance Collective to support a two-day guest residency by Dayton (Ohio) Contemporary Company that includes a master class, lecture demonstration and public concert.

•$13,500 to Foundation for Art and Music in Elementary Education for the Multicultural Visiting Artists Program for elementary students, teachers and their families.

•$13,000 to Fort Wayne Children’s Choir to fund music education programs for youths 7 to 18 who participate in one of seven ensembles, workshops, retreats and the annual Choralfest camp.

•$13,000 to Fort Wayne Youtheatre to support community outreach programs and the 2014-15 season of four theater productions.

•$13,000 to Heartland Chamber Chorale for education outreach, including the Side by Side in Song program for high school students and the Everybody Sing program for elementary and middle school students.

•$12,000 to Audiences Unlimited to support small ensemble performances provided by the Fort Wayne Philharmonic to long-term care residents.

•$12,000 to Fort Wayne Park Foundation for support of the Foellinger Theatre summer concert series and the free family movie series.

•$9,000 to Unity Performing Arts Foundation for its Voices of Unity Choir program.

•$7,500 to ARCH to fund community education programs, including tours, workshops, classroom activities and lectures about the architecture of the community and historic preservation.

•$7,500 to Artlink for the 35th 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 will present performances of Black Violin to students and their families.

Multiyear arts payments include:

•$280,000 to Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne for its annual fund drive and the Nonprofit Arts Internship Initiative. This payment fulfills Lincoln Foundation’s two-year commitment awarded in 2013.

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.

Since 2006, the Lincoln Foundation has contributed more than $24.6 million to Fort Wayne nonprofits.

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