Franklin Mint Honored For Leadership In Arts

Posted: June 02, 1988

Its public reputation is that of a producer of high-quality collectible items.

It's an image that the Franklin Mint in Middletown has sought to enhance by establishing a "community outreach" program to help foster an appreciation of fine arts throughout the Philadelphia area.

The program includes sponsorship, at its Middletown museum, of exhibitions by its own artists as well as of other craftspeople and the awarding of scholarships to individuals and grants to art institutions.

Earlier this year, the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce recognized that contribution by naming the mint "company of the year" for its business leadership and community involvement.

Last Thursday, the Arts and Culture Council of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce said thanks, in the form of an award for what it described as the mint's leadership in community arts programs.

The award was presented at the chamber's fourth annual business and arts awards luncheon in the Wyndham Franklin Plaza Hotel ballroom in Philadelphia.

The chamber program recognizes arts groups, business corporations and individuals who, in arts-business partnerships, have culturally enhanced the quality of life for area residents.

The award was received by Lynda Resnick who co-owns the establishment with her husband, Stewart.

"Stewart and I and the Franklin Mint are delighted to play a role in discovering and nurturing new artistic talent so that Philadelphia's reputation as an international cultural center remains strong," she said, in accepting the award.

"The best thing about art is that it is the one luxury in life that can be enjoyed by everyone. And it lasts forever."

The mint, a private company, was cited for its sponsorship of the National Sculpture Society's exhibit last year at the Port of History Museum in Philadelphia - the first time since 1929 that the exhibit has left New York City - and for a special $1 million gift to the Philadelphia Museum of Art for its capital improvement program.

In Delaware County, the mint continues its community programs at its museum with the scheduled opening Tuesday of a Celebrity Art Exhibit that showcases the talents of celebrities, including Red Skelton, Richard Chamberlain, Henry Fonda, Duke Ellington and Kim Novak. The exhibit, which is free to the public, ends Sept. 25.

For general family entertainment, the mint will sponsor its second annual Antique Automobile Festival at its Middletown headquarters on Sept. 18. It also will showcase the private art of several of its artists in a "Landscape: The Painter's World" exhibit that is scheduled to run Nov. 15 through Jan. 8.

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