A2SO Receives Grants to Continue their Educational Programs

The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra announced today that they have received two grants – one from The Worthington Family Foundation and one from the Michigan Council for the Arts and the Arts Alliance. The announcements are included below.

The Worthington Family Foundation Grant will help them continue their musical education programs such as Instrument Petting Zoos, KinderConcerts, Youth Concerts, and Classroom Concerts. This grant will help A2SO continue fun events like their upcoming Taste of Music event at Ann Arbor Farmers Market on Saturday, October 3 and the Gershwin’s Magic Key Youth Concert on October 25.

Instrument Petting Zoo

Instrument Petting Zoo at Townie Street Party 2014

The Worthington Family Foundation Grant

The Worthington Family Foundation awarded $25,000 to the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra in support for music education throughout Southeast Michigan. The Worthington Family Foundation will fund: 

  • 24 Instrument Petting Zoos at preschools, early elementary classrooms and community events reaching 2,100 children 
  • 15 KinderConcerts in area libraries reaching 1,800 children 
  • 40 Classroom Concerts in upper elementary and middle school classrooms reaching 8,000 children 
  • 17 Conductor visits reaching 1,600 children; and 
  • 3 Youth Concerts reaching 6,000 children 

The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra educates, motivates and inspires 19,500 children in Southeast Michigan through high-quality music education programs, including 3,600 children from economically disadvantaged schools where music education opportunities may not otherwise be available. 


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The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra is passionately committed to enriching the culture of the region. We strive to 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 was created to honor the memory of Betty Miesel O’Leary with the intention of supporting mental and character development of people of all ages. Special consideration is given to underwriting those programs that emphasize children, the arts and/or include a “green” component. 

I previously shared information from The Arts Alliance about their grant distribution. Here is the announcement from the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.


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Michigan Council for the Arts & The Arts Alliance Grant

The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra has received a $1500 grant from the Michigan Council for the Arts and The Arts Alliance to engage a professional consultant to work closely with A2SO staff and Board to conduct a focus group study. The grant was awarded through a peer review process. 

Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Board President Ann Hollenbeck said, “State support for arts and culture is critically important. We are pleased to receive this award, which we will use to gather more information about our community with the ultimate goal of expanding A2SO’s impact.” 

The MCACA strengthens arts and culture in Michigan by increasing its visibility; supporting arts education; encouraging new, creative and innovative works of art; and broadening cultural understanding. A key conduit for arts and cultural information, MCACA is also a source of arts and culture grant funding. 

The Arts Alliance advocates for and supports the Creative Sector in Washtenaw County ‐ arts and cultural organizations and creative individuals and businesses ‐ to ensure that our region remains a great place to create, live, work, learn, play and visit. 

The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra is passionately committed to enriching the culture of the region. We strive to 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. 

Instead of copying the information about the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra in both press releases, I am just including it once here:

The A2SO is a premier regional orchestra offering live symphonic music to over 80,000 patrons of all ages in venues ranging from the historic Michigan Theater and Hill Auditorium as well as schools, daycares, libraries, farmers markets, and various senior citizen centers in the five-county area. For tickets visit a2so.com, email tickets@a2so.com or call (734) 994-4801. Single tickets range from $15 to $65, subscriptions start at just $60; Student, Senior, and Group discounts are available. First time subscribers buy one season subscription and get one FREE! 

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Anna Mae

Anna Mae owns & operates Ann Arbor with Kids, a website dedicated to Family Activities in Ann Arbor. My husband and I moved to Ann Arbor in 2003 and our daughter joined the family in 2006.

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