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 communities.
- Underwrite the cost of creating and updating educational materials and presentations in relation to these youth performances.
- 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.
Fortetakes 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.
- Pewabic Pottery 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.