The Greater Hartford Arts Council is proud to announce that Lincoln Financial Group will chair the 2014 United Arts Campaign, reflecting the company’s unwavering dedication to the arts and cultural community in Central Connecticut. Lincoln Financial has been a steadfast supporter of United Arts through generous foundation support, employee engagement and a strong example of local corporate citizenship.
Laura Dambier, site leader for Lincoln’s Hartford operations and Senior Vice President of Partner Solutions for Life, Claims & Distribution, will chair a Campaign Cabinet of community and business leaders to ensure the success of the 2014 campaign.
"Lincoln has a proud history of giving generously of our time and our resources to the communities in which we live and work,” said Dambier. “The arts enrich our lives in so many different ways, which is why it’s our honor and privilege to chair the 2014 Greater Hartford Arts Council Campaign. We are extremely excited to lead this year’s campaign and partner with other organizations so the arts can continue to thrive locally."
Running from February to June, the Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign is a community-wide fundraising effort that joins together corporate contributions, government and foundation funding and individual donations to support more than 150 local arts and heritage organizations across Greater Hartford.
United Arts is critical to the health and vitality of the region’s cultural assets. Each year the Arts Council invests more than $1.7 million in operating and project-specific grants, provides a range of programs and critical services to local arts organizations and artists, and promotes the power of art through community outreach, public art, advocacy and arts education.
“Lincoln Financial Group is a tremendous supporter of the arts,” said Cathy Malloy, Chief Executive Officer of the Arts Council. “We are extremely grateful for the company’s leadership—and the incredible commitment of Lincoln Financial employees—as we work to uphold a strong, vibrant cultural community today and into the future.
The United Arts Campaign Chair acts as an important link between business and the arts, encouraging corporate leaders to invest in the local cultural community. The 2013 United Arts Campaign, chaired by United Technologies, raised $2.6 million.
Lincoln Financial Group holds an exemplary record of supporting the arts in Connecticut’s Capital City. Each year, Lincoln’s Hartford office hosts a United Arts workplace giving campaign to encourage employees to share their individual artistic talents and exercise their creativity; last year’s employee effort raised more than $20,000. The Lincoln Financial Sculpture Walk—a series of sculptures and installations along the Connecticut River that celebrate the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln—was dedicated in 2008 and remains a key component of the city’s public art collection. Lincoln employees also proudly serve on the boards of the Greater Hartford Arts Council, The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, Wadsworth Atheneum, TheaterWorks and Riverfront Recapture, in addition to numerous other non-profit boards.
Arts and cultural funding is one of the significant priorities of the Lincoln Financial Foundation. As a portion of more than $800,000 in charitable funds awarded locally by Lincoln Financial Foundation in 2013, $182,000 in grants were provided to cultural programs at Artists Collective, the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford Stage, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Riverfront Recapture and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. The Lincoln Financial Foundation has been a longtime supporter of Neighborhood Studios, the Arts Council’s nationally acclaimed summer apprenticeship program, which provides area teens with world-class arts instruction and career skills training suited to today’s workforce.
For more information on the United Arts Campaign, visit www.LetsGoArts.org/UnitedArts.