The Worthington Family Foundation 2014 distribution was divided among the following organizations:
The Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies has offered environmental
education to K-12th grade students in the Grand Traverse Bay region for 36 years. The Environmental Education
Program uses field courses to help students develop the knowledge, skills, and character they need to be
effective environmental stewards. Since 1979, they have taught 127,000 students from 34 school districts.
They were awarded $20,000.00 as start-up funds to begin an Adopt-a-Class program, which is designed to help
teachers build a sustainable community-supported environmental education program for their students.
Ballet Chelsea seeks to build strong individuals through high
caliber dance training and performance excellence while giving back to the audience that supports them
through arts education and community outreach. Membership includes young artists ages 8 to 18 that come
to Ballet Chelsea from throughout southeast Michigan to take advantage of the high caliber dance training
and performance opportunities provided. $19,300 was awarded to fund wall-mounted barres for their new studio space.
The Ecology Center is a nonprofit organization that develops innovative
solutions for healthy people and a healthy planet. Throughout their 44-year history, they have been a state and
regional leader in environmental education, with a strong commitment to excellence and innovation. The $62,266
awarded to the Ecology Center in 2014 will be used to expand and enhance their environmental education programs.
The Livonia Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1973 as the Oakway
Symphony was established to serve the people of Wayne and Oakland counties. The Livonia Symphony Orchestra was
awarded $7,000 to develop a plan of action to encourage students of elementary through junior high to learn a
musical instrument, attend concerts and develop a love for the classics to make a lasting impression on them.
Michigan Opera Theater in Detroit, MI provides students opportunities
for exploring the arts through a variety of high quality and affordable education and outreach programs. Each year,
thousands of elementary school students experience opera and the arts through programming Michigan Opera Theater
designs specifically for young children. Michigan Opera Theater was awarded $26,000 to:
- Provide tickets and transportation for hundreds of low-income students to come see the MOTCC production of
The Very Last Green Thing at the Opera House.
- Provide touring children's operas and workshops to reach students in low-income schools and under-served
- Underwrite the cost of creating and updating educational materials and presentations in relation to these
Michigan State University Opera Theater
in East Lansing, MI provides students opportunities for exploring the arts through a variety of high quality
and affordable programs. They were awarded $22,000 which will be used to support for costume and wig rental
and also for the residency of guest conductor/teacher
Michigan State University Wharton Center for the Performing Arts
supports an arts education program which strives to enrich the lives of Michigan residents
and strengthen the value of the arts in everyday life through participatory, lifelong learning programs throughout
the state. The MSU Wharton Center was awarded $10,000 funding for the 2015 Traverse City Young Playwrights Festival.
Michigan State University - WKAR AM/FM/TV
is the public broadcasting station of mid-Michigan. Licensed to Michigan State University, WKAR is a television
member station of PBS and radio member station of NPR. WKAR was awarded a grant of $12,242 to support a portion of
the production of a new television series entitled
Forte. This series focuses on high school bands and
orchestras across Michigan.
Forte takes the viewer behind the scenes as the bands rehearse for the annual
Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association Festival, and captures their performance in studio.
The Old Town Playhouse
in Traverse City, MI, is a volunteer based organization promoting quality community theatre experiences for
the people of Northwest Michigan by providing educational opportunities and entertainment in the theatrical
arts. They were awarded $58,970 which will be used will help to underwrite current and new programming,
allowing them to channel a portion of tuition fees and individual donations toward the much needed marketing
that will make their Young Company more visible to the community.
founded by Michigan artist Mary Chase Perry Stratton in 1903 during the arts and crafts movement, is a
National Historic Landmark, non- profit ceramic arts education organization, a historic working pottery and
an American heritage site. Pewabic Pottery is dedicated to supporting and promoting ceramic art and artists,
as well as preserving Pewabic Pottery's century-old heritage. Pewabic Pottery was awarded $22,582 to help with the
costs of renovating Pewabic's outdoor Education Courtyard.
SEEDS of Traverse City, MI established to foster local solutions to global issues. They
bring a holistic perspective, making connections between ecology and social justice. SEEDS was awarded $9,640 to fund:
- Guest Educators
- Retreat Facilities & Supplies
The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra is a state-wide orchestra that offers
concerts and programs at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences in Charleston, WV, as well as locations throughout
West Virginia and bordering states, to serve over 200,000 West Virginians each year. The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra
was awarded $20,000 in project support for the String Education Partnership in order to serve over 600 underserved West
Virginian youth with music education and live orchestral music of the highest artistic quality.