March 20, 2015
– Arden Theatre Company received a $22,500 grant from the Lincoln Financial Foundation in support of Arden For All (AFA), an educational outreach program that serves approximately 6,100 at-risk youth from grades 3—5 in 67 classrooms throughout 11 schools in the Greater Philadelphia area.
At no cost to schools, AFA provides participating schools with tickets to select shows, bus transportation, supplemental lesson plans and a series of in-classroom lessons by Arden Teaching Artists, plus additional show-related books.
In the classroom, AFA teachers use theatre exercises and games to connect stories from Arden Children’s Theatre productions to statewide standards and Core Curriculum. This arts-inspired learning provides new access points and tools to positively enhance students’ education, encourage reading and boost school attendance.
The Lincoln Financial Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Lincoln Financial Group, believes that strong economies begin with strong communities. Its grant is part of Lincoln Financial’s $10 million in charitable contributions to support education, human services, arts and economic/workforce development programs in key cities across the country where the company has a strong business presence. This Lincoln Financial Foundation grant will fund the 5 schools served in Philadelphia: Charles W. Henry Elementary, Morrison Elementary, McCall Elementary, S. Weir Mitchell Elementary, and E.M. Stanton.
“We are extremely grateful to have the support of the Lincoln Financial Foundation,” says Arden Producing Artistic Director Terrence J. Nolen. “Their support allows us to expand our reach into more schools, thereby serving more students.”
“Working with the same schools and students over three years is a robust, powerful and incisive way to ensure that these students get increased exposure to rich texts and live performances, bringing literacy to life,” said Susan Segal, Philadelphia program officer for Lincoln Financial Foundation. “We applaud Arden Theatre Company’s dedication to working closely with the schools’ staff, administration and students to make this possible.”
About Arden Theatre Company
Founded in 1988, the Arden Theatre Company is dedicated to bringing to life great stories by great storytellers on stage, in the classroom, and in the community. Five Mainstage and two Arden Children’s Theatre shows are produced each season. In the fall of 2013, the Arden completed construction on the Hamilton Family Arts Center, a 22,000 square foot building at 62 N. 2nd Street that is home to six classrooms, a rehearsal hall, and an 80-seat Studio. The Hamilton is home to the New Play Development program and Arden Drama School. The Arden has received seven Philadelphia Magazine
“Best of Philly” Awards, the Arts and Business Council’s Arts Excellence Award, five City Paper “Reader’s Choice” Awards, four Philadelphia Inquirer
“Theatre Company of the Year” citations, 62 awards and 301 nominations from the Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre, and was named “Best Theatre Company” by Philadelphia Weekly
About Lincoln Financial Foundation
The Lincoln Financial Foundation, established in 1962, is a nonprofit organization formed and supported by Lincoln Financial Group. Under the Foundation guidelines, grants are made in the areas of arts, education, human services and economic/workforce development.
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