The Worthington Family Foundation 2021 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 $25,000.00 to support KinderConcerts, Teaching Artist visits, and an interactive Carnegie Hall Link Up concert for 3rd through 5th graders.
  • The Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies in Mancelona, MI was awarded $20,000.00 for their environmental education program named Restoration Ecology for Young Students (REYS). This program is offered to K-12th grade students in the Grand Traverse Bay region. The REYS program uses field courses to help students develop the knowledge, skills, and character they need to be effective environmental stewards.
  • Camp Westminster on Higgins Lake in Roscommon, MI was awarded $14,807 to provide human and material resources to establish a biking program for children and youth ages 7-17. This will offer a positive recreational outlet in the promotion of physical and social interaction skills. Campers will develop their skills in proper and safe riding of a bicycle, following directions as a member of a group engaging in a high adventure recreational activity, interacting with their peers in a cooperative manner, and showing courtesy and maturity in the development of important life skills.
  • The Ecology Center in Ann Arbor, MI is a nonprofit organization that produces environmental education programs and resources which are age−appropriate, engaging, and substantive. The Ecology Center has been a state and regional leader in environmental education. The grant of $8,000.00 will be used to develop and teach three new classroom lessons to educate and prevent children's exposure to toxic lead. With Michigans past history of lead exposure, this will be a timely and well saught after program.
  • The Heart Strings and Valves in Norfolk, VA is one of the programs at The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center. The Worthington Family Foundation has awarded $5,000 to Heart Strings and Valves to assist with program support needs such as instruments, music supplies, and instructor fees.
  • The Hermitage Museum and Gardens in Norfolk, VA consists of an early 20th-century historic house museum with a permanent world-wide art collection spanning more than 5,000 years, contemporary exhibition galleries, and a Visual Arts School, all surrounded by twelve acres of formal gardens, natural woodlands, and educational wetlands. They were awarded $20,000 to
    1. Support their Visual Arts School (VAS).
      1. Support for workshops and classes at the Visual Art School to:
        1. To aid in the purchase of supplies,
        2. Offset tuition costs
      2. Repair and update the arts studio
      3. Aid in Summer Camp and Scholarships
    2. Public Programs: outreach and programming
      1. Support outreach and expanded programming
        1. have enhanced activities for children during regular museum events
      2. additions of free programming directed towards children - hire storytellers and teachers specifically for individual programs
    3. support the Trunk program, a free program available to all educators in the region.
  • The Inland Seas Education Association (ISEA) based in Suttons Bay, MI mission is to inspire Great Lakes curiosity, stewardship, and passion in people of all ages. We have awarded the Inland Seas Education Association $21,000 towards their efforts to protect the Great Lakes through education. These funds are to be used within various parts of the program so schools have the opportunity to attend Inland Seas Education Association programs at a greatly reduced price.
  • The Kalamazoo Nature Center was awarded $8,000 to grant to develop an exciting new Forest Carbon Storage assessment curriculum at the Heronwood Field Station. This project will teach students to measure the carbon stored on their properties. Equally important, Heronwood students will learn basic skills and knowledge that could prove foundational in their college studies and careers.
  • Lansing Symphony Orchestra was awarded $20,000 to provide support and sustainability for its Education and Community Outreach programs. This includes
    1. Family Fun Card which makes concert going affordable,
    2. The Family Series which is designed to connect families and young children with music art and literature,
    3. The Side by Side Performance that provides students the opportunity to perform alongside musicians,
    4. The Student Access program which lowers student ticket prices,
    5. The Student Ambassador Program which contributes to the growth of the Student Access program,
    6. The Symphony Youth Competition, and
    7. The Young People's Concert: Link UP
  • The Leelanau Children's Choir in Leland, MI an audition based, county wide choral program for singers age 8 through high school graduation. The Worthington Family Foundation is pleased to fund them $5,656.57 57 to be used for sound equipment and training. This equipment will be taken on the road to multiple venues. By using the sound equipment this will help them ensuring maximum safety so participants can social distance during performances.
  • 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. The Worthington Family Foundation is pleased to award Michigan Opera Theatre $35,000 to invest in young audiences and support stronger educational outcomes through:
    1. Increased access for students from underserved communities to receive free in-school opera,
    2. Tuition underwriting and program support for hybrid virtual and in-person training, workshops, and recitals, and
    3. Curation and delivery of online arts-based learning content.
  • The Michigan State University Opera Theater of Lansing, MI 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 $33,500 for support of costume and wig and makeup costs, support for a guest coach in the fall and spring as well as some support for orchestra part rental, support for marketing, social media, and a student intern who will coordinate social media and web strategy, and support for subsidy of tickets for schools and underserved audiences.
  • 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 $34,980.00 which will be used to:
    1. Continue their current program that includes:
      1. classes and camps
      2. a ticket discount for families of students in their programs
      3. scholarships
      4. helping students to specially planned daytime performances of youth Main Stage shows
    2. install a T-loop listening system on the main floor of the auditorium which houses the MainStage
    3. purchase body microphones that are dedicated to Young Company use
    4. develop their new Theatre for Young Audiences initiative
  • Pewabic Pottery was founded by Michigan artist Mary Chase Perry Stratton in 1903 during the arts and crafts movement. Pewabic 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.