• Hospital workers reflect and focus on the care they provide through the power of literature thanks to our facilitated group sessions in the Discussion Grant program for Literature & Medicine.

  • Bay State citizens host group readings of an abolitionist's historic words and consider contemporary race relations with our support for the Reading Frederick Douglass program.

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Find a Grant

We will award $450,000 this year in grants—inquire now about one for your work. Send us your ideas for public programs that engage the humanities! Our next LOI form deadline is December 18th.

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40 Years of Film

Experience our grant program through the lens of funded films. We’ve selected ten titles to show the topics and styles our grantees have employed over our 40-year history.

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Events Near You

Want to see what humanities events are going on in your neighborhood? Search our online calendar for wonderful exhibits, talks, performances, etc.

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Featured Grant: The Price of Survival

A significant portion of American jurisprudence rests on the shoulders of a black lesbian theologian whose name you likely do not know. The Price of Survival, a documentary film on the life of 20th-century intellectual Pauli Murray, stitches together the diaries, private notes, poetry, and autobiography of the profound and important thinker to paint a picture of the shifting cultural landscape of her time. Murray worked as an American civil rights activist, women’s rights activist, lawyer, and author before joining the ministry late in life as the first black woman to be ordained as an Episcopal priest.

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More events...
11/26/17 4:30 PM5:30 PM
By choosing to do an all-female Caesar, Actors' Shakespeare Project is inherently exploring what happens when women are warring against each other for...  Learn More
11/28/17 7:00 PM
Mass Humanities and Harvard Book Store welcome author, "Vanity Fair" editor, and former "The Atlantic" editor CULLEN MURPHY for a discussion of his la...  Learn More
Wednesday, November 22nd

Death in the Afternoon

Eric Carle Museum Opens in Amherst

On this day in 2002, the nation's first museum of picture book art opened in Amherst. A decade earlier, children's book author and illustrator Eric Carle had visited a picture book museum in Tokyo and...
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