The Worthington Family Foundation 2017 distribution was divided among the following organizations:
The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra has a long
history of providing music performance and education programs to preschool through Middle School students throughout
Southeast Michigan, with a focus on Livingston, Monroe, Oakland, Washtenaw, and western Wayne counties.
They attract, inspire, and educate the most diverse audience possible, foster a growing appreciation for excellent
music and regional talent, and provide imaginative programming through community involvement. The Worthington
Family Foundation awarded $15,000 to support:
- Instrument Petting Zoos
- Classroom Concerts
- Youth Concerts
- Conductor Visits
- School Visits by musicians
The Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies has offered environmental
education to K-12th grade students in the Grand Traverse Bay region for 39 years. The Environmental Education
Program uses field courses to help students develop the knowledge, skills, and character they need to be
effective environmental stewards.
They are awarded $19,460.00 to expand their environmental education program to Grand Traverse Bay region school
children. This will fund a new program, Restoration Ecology, for Young Students (REYS), a year-long study designed to
introduce students to the science and practice of ecological restoration.
on Higgins Lake in Roscommon, MI and and Camp Greenwood in Gowen, Mi.
The disbursement of $25,000 will be used to expand and
enhance both camps curriculum relative to environmental education.
The Inland Seas Education Association in Suttons Bay, MI mission is to inspire Great Lakes
curiosity , stewardship, and passion in people of all ages. Through hands−on experimental learning activities aboard a
traditionally rigged tall ship schooner, participants gain the knowledge to understand the commitment for the long−term stewardship
for the great lakes. The $20,000 award to Inland Seas Education Assocication is to support their scholarship program so classrooms can
attend this program.
The Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor, MI enables individuals and communities
throughout Southeastern Michigan to establish lifelong connections with the natural world and encourages efforts to support
and protect it for future generations. $10,000 is awarded to the Leslie Science and Nature Center for their need–based Adopt–A–Class
Scholarship Program. This scholarship fund allows schools from across Southeast Michigan to take part in a LSNC field trip or
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 that Michigan Opera Theater
designs specifically for young children. Michigan Opera Theater was awarded $30,000 to:
- Provide tickets and transportation for hundreds of low−income students to come see the MOTCC production of
HMS Pinafore 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
- Underwrite the cost of marketing materials dedicated to reaching more teachers and schools with
comprehensive information on MOT's children's opera programs.
Michigan State University Opera TheaterThe MSU Opera Theatre is an ensemble of
the Michigan State University College of Music, designed to provide vocal music students with high−level educational
training through varied performing experiences. MSU Opera Theater was awarded $30,000 to support costumes, musical
support, marketing, and their outreach program for their two production’s: Humperdinck’s children’s classic Hansel and Gretel
and Kurt Weill’s musical Street Scene.
The Old Town Playhouse Children's Theater
in Traverse City, Michigan, 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 $40,330 which will be used to:
- Continue their current program that includes
- classes and camps
- a ticket discount for families of students in their programs
- Purchase gym style floor mats
- Continue to help schools bus students to specially planned daytime performances of youth shows
- Continue a spring break one week intensive camp that results in a show
- Continue after school transportation to make classes more accessible
- Continue their branding and marketing campaign
Pewabic Pottery was 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 $50,000 to provide
art and culture experiences to Detroit′s underserved children and youth through productive and long−term
collaborations with Detroit Public Schools and community centers. These funds allow Pewabic to maintain the equipment, staff,
and resources needed to successfully inspire children to see the world in new ways through the medium of clay.
SEEDS of Traverse City, MI was established to foster local solutions to global issues. They
bring a holistic perspective, making connections between ecology and social justice. SEEDS was awarded $13,000 to fund
The Art of Stewardship a project that gives SEEDS the opportunity to combine both art and environmental
stewardship in a Place−Based Education model.