The Worthington Family Foundation 2022 distribution was divided among the following organizations:
The Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies in Mancelona, MI was awarded $20,000
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.
- Detroit 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 Detroit Opera Theater designs specifically for young children. The Detroit Opera Theater went through a name change over the past year, as they were formerly known as The Michigan Opera Theater. The Worthington Family Foundation is pleased to award the Detroit Opera Theatre $17,500 to invest in young audiences and support stronger educational outcomes through multiple paths, including increased access for students to receive free in-school opera, Scholarships and program wages support for Detroit Operas youth summer camps, and Field trip underwriting.
- 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 $13,625 shall be used to visit classrooms to teach zero-waste and green chemistry programs, go on field−trips so students have a zero-waste experience, and have youths attend an ecology summer camp.
- The Ecology Project International Yellowstone in Missoula, Montana is dedicated to helping preserve Yellowstone National Park and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem by engaging local youth in hands-on environmental research and habitat restoration. Their students are rural and Indigenous middle and high school students who live in or near the Park, and their involvement is critical for the Park's preservation through future generations. A grant of $11,750.00 shall be used to engage local youth in hands-on environmental research and habitat restoration.
- The Glen Arbor Arts Center in Glen Arbor, MI is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to enrich community life through the arts. A grant of $10,000 shall be used to encompasses two focus areas within youth arts education. These programs include the Learning in the Arts Mentoring Program (L.A.M.P.) for high school age students and Year-round Arts Education Programs for Children focusing on elementary and middle-school aged students.
- The Grass River Natural Area in Bellaire, MI is a nonprofit organization that is charged with protecting the extremely fragile and important Grass River watershed. The $9,000 awarded to the Grass River Natural Area in 2022 will be used to acquire physical supplies and will allow them to support local classrooms so they can visit GRNA on an out−of−school learning adventure.
- 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 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 $23,000 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 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 $33,000 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 $21,200 which will be used to:
- Continue their current classes and camps
- Continue ticket discount for families of students in their programs
- Social Media help
- Special programming instructor fees
- 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.
- The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra is a West Virginia based 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 . The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra was awarded $10,000 in project support for the String Education Partnership in order to serve underserved West Virginian youth with music education and live orchestral music of the highest artistic quality.