• Improving Civic Life: Our grants inspire considered thought, conversation, and action through the humanities disciplines.

  • The Clemente Course: Students from disadvantaged backgrounds are given tuition-free, college level instruction for college credit. They study literature, art history, moral philosophy, American history, and writing.

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Grant Sessions

This year Mass Humanities will award $400,000 in grants. Come learn more about our grant program and meet with our staff in Brockton and Worcester. We’ll bring refreshments.

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Education Everywhere

Our Clemente Course boasts more graduates than any other state. In Brockton, Dorchester, New Bedford, Springfield, and Worcester we offer students tuition-free, college-level instruction.

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Common Good Reads

We have a new grant for discussion programs which utilize Pulitzer Prize-winning literature and journalism in public libraries, Adult Basic Education programs or other community settings.

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Featured Grant: Project 2050

America’s dramatically changing demographics inspired New WORLD Theater to launch one of their signature programs, a socially-engaged and youth-driven theater project addressing identity and injustice. Demographers at the turn of the millennium expected to see a dramatic shift by mid-century. People of color would soon be the majority in the United States, experts projected. The news precipitated a multi-year youth arts initiative at New WORLD Theater in Amherst, Massachusetts, that brought together professional artists, area youth communities, scholars, and community activists.

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2/11/16 10:00 AM1:00 PM
The Chair City Community Art Center is a volunteer run workshop where first hand accounts from furniture workers are made into hand-printed, hand-boun...  Learn More
2/11/16 7:00 PM8:00 PM
Mass Humanities and Harvard Book Store welcome acclaimed historian ELLEN FITZPATRICK for a discussion of her book The Highest Glass Ceiling: Women's Q...  Learn More
Wednesday, February 10th

Before Google Maps

Lewis Latimer Awarded First Patent

On this day in 1874, inventor Lewis Latimer received his first patent. The son of a Virginia couple who had escaped from slavery, he was born and raised in Chelsea. After a stint in the Union A...
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