The Worthington Family Foundation 2015 distribution was divided among the following organizations:
- The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra has a long history of providing music performance and education programs to residents throughout Southeast Michigan, with a focus on Washtenaw, Livingston, 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. An important component of this commitment to community is their Youth Education and Outreach Program. On behalf of the 20,000 pre-school through middle school students who attend their education and outreach programs, the Worthington Family Foundation awarded $25,000 to support Instrument Petting Zoos, KinderConcerts, Classroom Concerts, and Youth Concerts attended by these children.
The Ecology Center is a nonprofit organization that produces environmental
education programs and resources which are age−appropriate, engaging, and substantive. Throughout their 44−year
history, they have been a state and regional leader in environmental education. The $46,100
awarded to the Ecology Center in 2015 will be used allow them to
- Address ongoing material costs for their popular classroom programs and tours,
- Purchase the equipment needed to complete development of two new environmental health programs, and
- Provide stipends to instructors and K−12 teachers collaborating with the Ecology Center to develop and be trained to deliver their education programs..
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 $29,000 to:
- Provide tickets and transportation for hundreds of low-income students to come see the MOTCC production of The Mikado 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 - 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 $12,250 to support a portion of
the second year production of the 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.
- 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 $22,500 to support costumes, musical support, and their outreach program.
- The Old Town Playhouse 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 $31,100 which will be used will help their Young Company to continue to prosper.
- 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 $45,000 o provide art and culture experiences to Detroit′s underserved children and youth.
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 $30,000 to fund
The Quest, an annual SEEDS program, which is designed specifically to celebrate music, art and food with children, young adults and community. Each year
The Questfocuses on a theme and empowers underserved youth and their local communities to creatively explore that theme and find nourishment for body, mind and soul.