Past Grants Awarded

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    Discussion: Civil Rights Grant

    Reading Frederick Douglass in the Age of Trump

    A facilitated reading of Douglass's speech, "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?" with poet Everett Hoagland as the discussion leader.

    New Bedford Historical Society
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Loretta D. Blake
    awarded on: 2017-05-08
    amount: $500
    Discussion: Civil Rights Grant

    We Read Frederick Douglass Together as One

    The third annual public reading and moderated discussion of Douglass's "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?"

    Frederick Douglass Neighborhood Association
    Brockton, MA, Plymouth County

    project director: Madeline M. Smith
    awarded on: 2017-05-08
    amount: $500
    Discussion: Civil Rights Grant

    Frederick Douglass Communal Reading

    A scripted mock trial and post-performance discussion and the seventh annual communal reading of Douglass's 1852 speech on the Worcester Commons.

    Future Focus Media
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Cedric Arno
    awarded on: 2017-05-08
    amount: $500
    Discussion: Open Grant

    Our Story: 400 Years of Wampanoag History

    A series of three discussions moderated by Linda Coombs and Paula Peters based on the interactive "Our Story" exhibit of Wampanoag history, along with the Mashpee Nine book/film.

    Aquinnah Cultural Center
    Aquinnah, MA, Dukes County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Linda Coombs
    awarded on: 2017-05-08
    amount: $1,618
    Discussion: Civil Rights Grant

    Hollis Watkins: Sankofa of a Movement Man

    A presentation by Hollis Watkins, author, civil rights leader, and founder of Southern Echo, Inc., on the civil rights themes of the last 50 years and the challenges of today.

    Union Capital Boston
    Roxbury, MA, Suffolk County

    project director: Eric Leslie
    awarded on: 2017-05-08
    amount: $450
    Discussion: Open Grant

    Reflections on Race in America: Then and Now

    One a communal reading of Rev. Martin Luther King's Riverside Church speech, Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence, and the other a screening of the documentary Passage at St. Augustine: The 1964 Black Lives Matter Movement That Transformed America to be followed by a discussion between filmmaker Clennon King and long-time civil rights leader Mimi Jones.

    Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry
    Roxbury, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Mary M. Earl
    awarded on: 2017-05-08
    amount: $3,500
    Discussion: Open Grant

    No Human is Illegal: A Conversation on Immigrants and the American Idea with Poet Naomi Shihab Nye

    Part of the city's Clemente Course in the Humanities to sponsor a public poetry reading and conversation with poet Naomi Shihab Nye on defining the place of immigrants in the American idea.

    Worcester Interfaith
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Lucia Knoles
    awarded on: 2017-05-08
    amount: $2,812
    Discussion: Civil Rights Grant

    Reading Frederick Douglass at High Rock Tower

    The 7th annual communal reading of "What is the Fourth of July to the Slave?" on July 4th. Evening entertainment will include musical and dance performances, spoken word, and fireworks.

    New Lynn Coalition
    Lynn, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Wendy Joseph
    awarded on: 2017-05-08
    amount: $500
    Scholar in Residence Grant

    Inside the Porter & McLeod Machine Shop: Precision Manufacturing on Hatfield's Mill River

    Research on the Society's collection of business records, photos, and artifacts from the local machine shop to develop a better understanding of how and why a small precision manufacturing shop, with global connections, grew and prospered in a small agricultural community in western Massachusetts

    Hatfield Historical Society
    Hatfield, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Kathie Gow
    awarded on: 2017-05-08
    amount: $3,500
    Discussion: Open Grant

    Poetry and the Active Citizen

    A forum on the role of poetry during times of cultural and political crisis.

    Edith Wharton Restoration, Inc.
    Lenox, MA, Berkshire County

    project director: Abbie Wilson
    awarded on: 2017-05-08
    amount: $3,000
    Discussion: FAIR Grant

    Family Adventures in Reading

    A six-session Family Adventures in Reading series using the syllabus on Relationships with storyteller Karen Chace.

    Sharon Public Library
    Sharon, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

    project director: Jessica Henderson
    awarded on: 2017-05-08
    amount: $3,000
    Discussion: Open Grant

    Ta Voix Poete (Your VOice Poet), by Jean Dany Joachim

    Two performances of Jean Dany Joachim's Ta Voix Poete and post-performance scholar-facilitated discussions.

    Silverthorne Theater Company Inc.
    South Hadley, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: J. Lucinda Kidder
    awarded on: 2017-05-08
    amount: $2,275
    Project Grant

    Photos de Nosotros

    A youth-led community development project investigating identities in Lawrence through research, photography, and documentation.

    Lawrence Community Works
    Lawrence, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Anna Elzer
    awarded on: 2017-03-17
    amount: $6,095
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    The New American Songbook

    A series of audio documentaries using live radio broadcasts and listening events provoking discussion on the value of immigrant music, culture, and experience for the social life of the Commonwealth.

    The Ground Truth Project
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Charles Sennott
    awarded on: 2017-03-17
    amount: $15,000
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

    Transforming this Moment

    A series of conversations exploring threats to civil rights and liberties of vulnerable communities, effective responses, and how such threats affect the country's social fabric.

    Critical Connections
    Longmeadow, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Mehlaqa Samdani
    awarded on: 2017-03-17
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Exploring Abolition, Activism and a Principled Life

    Research, historic documentation, interpretative writing about the house museum and its inhabitants.

    Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Kate Corkum
    awarded on: 2017-03-17
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    International Day of Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition

    A series of events in observance of the International Day of Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition.

    Museum of African American History
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County

    project director: Marita Rivero
    awarded on: 2017-03-17
    amount: $7,500
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Minds Made for Stories:Springfield Students Engage Local History Through Narrative Writing

    A project including a summer camp for middle-school students and professional development workshops for Springfield teachers,

    Western Masssachusetts Writing Project at UMass Amherst
    Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Bruce Penniman
    awarded on: 2017-03-17
    amount: $7,500
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Stories from New Voices: NEPR Media Lab

    Three sessions of a free after-school program in journalism, radio/web production, and storytelling for high-school students in Springfield and Holyoke.

    New England Public Radio
    Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Carlos McBride
    awarded on: 2017-03-17
    amount: $15,000
    Project: Media Grant

    Loyalty By Another Name

    Pre-production of the one-hour documentary Loyalty By Another Name.

    Kartemquin Educational Films
    Chicago, IL, Cook County

    project director: David Washburn
    awarded on: 2017-03-17
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

    The Robbins House, Inc.: The Long Civil Rights Movement

    Development of a multimedia, interactive educational program about civil rights from slavery to the present day,

    The Robbins House
    Concord, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Linda Ziemba
    awarded on: 2017-03-17
    amount: $15,000
    Project Grant

    Life and Labor at The House of the Seven Gables Over Four Centuries

    An exhibition, a lecture series, and a series of Community Conversations related to the impact of labor, servitude, and slavery over four centuries.

    House of the Seven Gables
    Salem, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Julie Arrison-Bishop
    awarded on: 2017-03-17
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Hip History NB

    A local history and interpretation project using creative approaches like hip-hop for students at three area middle schools.

    AHA! Office
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Candace L. Heald
    awarded on: 2017-03-17
    amount: $7,500
    Discussion: Open Grant

    Browsing Through Birke's: A Documentary Film About a Family, a Clothing Business, and the Legacies of Genocide

    A film screening and discussion on the nature and meaning of immigrant and refugee resiliency.

    Boott Cotton Mills Museum
    Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Sheila Kirschbaum
    awarded on: 2017-02-06
    amount: $3,280
    Research Inventory Grant

    A Century of Work: Greenfield Employers and Employees

    An inventory of artifacts from three local businesses and explore connections between skilled labor and buying power.

    Greenfield Historical Society
    Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Robin Yerkes
    awarded on: 2017-02-06
    amount: $1,500
    Discussion: FAIR Grant

    Plainville Library and Bookstore FAIR Together

    A four-session FAIR series in partnership with a local bookstore.

    Plainville Public Library
    Plainville, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

    project director: Laura Brillant-Giangrande
    awarded on: 2017-02-06
    amount: $2,150
    Discussion: Open Grant

    Exploring Somerville's Economic History/Union Square at Work

    A series of five discussion events on Somerville's economic history held in public spaces like bars and social service nonprofits.

    Somerville Museum
    Somerville, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Charan Devereaux
    awarded on: 2017-02-06
    amount: $3,485
    Research Inventory Grant

    Defining Our History - Creating a Catalog of Amesbury Carriage Museum Collections

    Creation of a catalog their collection of carriages and sleighs as part of establishing a professional framework for their collection and developing an interpretive focus on the material culture of Amesbury.

    Amesbury Carriage Museum
    Amesbury, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: John W. Mayer
    awarded on: 2017-02-06
    amount: $2,000
    Research Inventory Grant

    Preserving and Digitizing the John Quinn AIDS Memorial Books Collection

    A project inventorying, processing, and digitizing the John Quinn AIDS Memorial Books in preparation for public programming and an online exhibit honoring people in the Boston area who died from HIV/AIDS related illnesses.

    The History Project
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Andrew Elder
    awarded on: 2017-02-06
    amount: $2,000
    Discussion: Open Grant

    "What to the Slave is the 4th of July": A Community Reading and Conversation

    A communal and choreographed reading of Frederick Douglass' speech, followed by conversation and musical performance in partnership with Double Edge Theatre.

    Charlemont Federated Church
    Charlemont, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Susan S. Purdy
    awarded on: 2017-02-06
    amount: $1,935
    Discussion: FAIR Grant

    Family Adventures in Reading at Community Day

    A six-session FAIR series with storyteller Nicolette Nordin Heavey.

    The Community Group
    Lawrence, MA, Essex County

    project director: Manuela Su
    awarded on: 2017-02-06
    amount: $3,000
    Discussion: Open Grant

    Migration Stories: Reading and Writing Across Borders

    A three-session migration-themed discussion project for recent Central American immigrants in Waltham.

    Bentley College Center for Business Ethics
    Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Jane De Leon Griffin
    awarded on: 2016-12-19
    amount: $1,868
    Discussion: Open Grant

    Birth of a Movement

    Boston premiere of the film Birth of a Movement: The Battle over America's First Blockbuster and community panel discussion.

    Center For Independent Documentary
    Walpole, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

    project director: Susan Gray
    awarded on: 2016-12-19
    amount: $3,000
    Discussion: Open Grant

    Bringing History to Life Through the Arts

    A facilitated discussion, live ballet performance of Esther's Journey, and solo performance a Frederick Douglass impersonator for 85 fifth graders from the Alfred Gomes Elementary School.

    New Bedford Ballet
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Joanne Gracia
    awarded on: 2016-12-19
    amount: $3,100
    Discussion: Common Good Reads Grant

    Changing Lives Through Literature Reading Group

    Ten Common Good Reads sessions of a weekly reading-and-writing group for probationers, probation officers, and judges on the subject of reentering society from prison

    Greenfield Community College
    Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Leo Hwang
    awarded on: 2016-12-19
    amount: $1,500
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Exploring History, Gender and Science in Lauren Gunderson's "Emilie" with Young Women in Pittsfield

    An educational program to accompany a re-mounting of WAM Theatre's "Emilie: The Marquise du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight."

    Flying Cloud Institute
    Great Barrington, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Lindsey Berkowitz
    awarded on: 2016-12-09
    amount: $9,845
    Discussion: Open Grant

    Overcoming the Impossible: A Speaker Series on the Era of Reform

    A five-part speaker series in Northern Berkshire County addressing the history of reform in the U.S. and its relevance today.

    Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum
    Adams, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Colleen E. Janz
    awarded on: 2016-12-09
    amount: $1,750
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    W.E.B. Dubois Educational Series in Great Barrington

    A series of programs designed to heighten awareness of racism, modern slavery, gender and economic inequality, and other injustices through lectures, film, and music.

    Berkshire Hills Regional School Distsrict
    Stockbridge, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: John Horan
    awarded on: 2016-12-09
    amount: $11,350
    Discussion: Open Grant

    Community Read: Robert Putnam's "Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis"

    Six discussion events of the "Community Read" program centered on Robert Putnam's Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis.

    Fitchburg State University
    Fitchburg, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Sean C. Goodlett
    awarded on: 2016-12-09
    amount: $3,000
    Discussion: Open Grant

    The Man in the Cowboy Hat, Premiere Film Screening and Discussion

    Screening of the documentary film The Man in the Cowboy Hat-chronicling the life of Carlos Arredondo, the Boston Marathon bombing hero-and a post-screening discussion.

    Center For Independent Documentary
    Walpole, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

    project director: Janice Rogovin
    awarded on: 2016-12-09
    amount: $3,000
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