Past Grants Awarded

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    Project Grant

    Exile and Community: The Life of Carola Domar

    A distribution grant for a documentary focused on the life of a Jewish teen living in Germany in the 1930s who was gradually targeted by the Nazis and eventually escaped to Britain and then to Massachusetts. The project produces a trailer and a curriculum guide, and includes 6 screenings, in order to build outreach to middle- and high school teachers.

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

    project director: Susan Orleans Rieder
    awarded on: 2019-06-14
    amount: $8,750
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

    Facing Closed Doors: Exploring the Roots of Racial & Ethnic Exclusion Through Theater

    A public programming series designed to complement STC's October production of "The Diary of Anne Frank". Anne's voice, in her search for identity as a child of an oppressed minority in dangerous times, is iconic.

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

    project director: J. Lucinda Kidder
    awarded on: 2019-06-14
    amount: $3,275
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

    The Citizens' Senate: Women's Fight for Suffrage

    Production of a 20-minute program on the suffrage movement in the U.S., with a focus on 1910-20, that will become part of EMK's rotating repertoire of daily programs.

    Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Caroline Burke
    awarded on: 2019-06-14
    amount: $15,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Diary of a Confused Immigrant -Telling Our Stories

    A community based participatory research project into the experiences of the Ugandan immigrant community in Waltham, followed by public performances based on the findings.

    African Cultural Services, Inc.
    Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Juliet Najjumba
    awarded on: 2019-06-14
    amount: $12,914
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Valley Playwright Mentorship

    Two concurrent series of scholar-supported workshops in which Franklin County youth explore the social and historical context of their identity and develop a performance based on the workshops.

    Fractured Atlas
    New York, NY, New York County

    project director: Jonathan Mirin
    awarded on: 2019-06-14
    amount: $10,670
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Paradise for All: Forging New Aspirations Through Mentorship

    A project with 20 underserved Pittsfield girls in an after-school science program that uses theater and humanities-based discussion to help them understand the production of scientific knowledge as a process shaped by social and cultural forces.

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

    project director: Lindsey Berkowitz
    awarded on: 2019-06-14
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Robbins House Family Tree Exhibit

    Creation of an expansive "family tree" exhibit.

    Drinking Gourd Project, Inc.
    Concord, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Liz Clayton
    awarded on: 2019-06-14
    amount: $7,500
    Project: Media Grant

    When Voices Carry: The Power of Voices from Inside

    A pre-production film grant for a documentary on the experiences of four women from Voices From Inside, a Greenfield-based organization that facilitates writing groups for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women.

    Filmmakers Collaborative
    Melrose, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Alexandra Wagman
    awarded on: 2019-06-14
    amount: $15,000
    Project: Media Grant

    How Do You Know

    Creation of a documentary that explores the institution of marriage and the couples whose own marriages have broken new ground, including the first same-sex couple to obtain a marriage license in the U.S., and an interracial couple who wed overseas because of anti-miscegenation laws in their home state.

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

    project director: Alexandra Geller
    awarded on: 2019-06-14
    amount: $15,000
    Project Grant

    The Day History Marched Down Our Streets

    A permanent exhibit about the site of the most intense fighting on the first day of the American Revolution.

    Arlington Historical Society
    Arlington, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Sara Lundberg
    awarded on: 2019-06-14
    amount: $7,500
    Project Grant

    Beyond Jazz: History of the 19th-Century Gatherings and Cultural Expresssion at the Boston African Meeting House

    Support for an exhibit and lectures making the historical connection between people gathering socially and people organizing for political change.

    Museum of African American History
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Chandra Harrington
    awarded on: 2019-06-14
    amount: $6,500
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    "Biography of the Landscape: Unearthed Voices of 17th Century Plimoth/Pawtuxet" Exhibition

    Plimoth Plantation, Inc
    Plymouth, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

    project director: Sarah Rose
    awarded on: 2019-06-14
    amount: $14,925
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

    Springfield Public Forum

    A lecture series centered around "The Achievement Gap."

    Springfield Public Forum
    Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Michelle Morash
    awarded on: 2019-06-14
    amount: $7,500
    Research Inventory Grant

    Mansfield Public Library Local Newspaper Digitization Project

    Digitization of 30 reels of the Mansfield News, a local newspaper dating back to 1873.

    Mansfield Public Library
    Mansfield, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Whitney Brown
    awarded on: 2019-05-13
    amount: $2,000
    Research Inventory Grant

    Half-Hulls in Hanover: Inventorying One Town's Shipbuilding Past

    Support for the production of an annotated catalog of documents and artifacts related to the history of shipbuilding on the North River.

    Hanover Historical Society
    Hanover, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

    project director: John Galluzo
    awarded on: 2019-05-13
    amount: $2,000
    Discussion Grant

    Reading Frederick Douglass Together Family Day and Community Round Table Discussion

    A reading and round table discussion of Douglass's speech on the meaning of the 4th of July.

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

    project director: Cassandra Peltier
    awarded on: 2019-05-13
    amount: $394
    Discussion Grant

    Environmental Challenges in the Berkshires Symposium

    A free symposium in conjunction with a performance of "Fall Springs," a dark musical comedy about environmental disaster.

    Barrington Stage Company
    Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Martin Mansfield
    awarded on: 2019-05-13
    amount: $3,500
    Discussion Grant

    Reading Frederick Douglass Together

    A community reading and discussion of Douglass's speech on the meaning of the 4th of July.

    Old Parish Preservation Volunteers, Inc.
    Norwood, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Patricia Fanning
    awarded on: 2019-05-13
    amount: $500
    Discussion Grant

    Reading Frederick Douglass and Founding Documents in Plainfield, 2019

    A reading and discussion of Douglass's speech on the meaning of the 4th of July, as well as a follow-up discussion of the Massachusetts State Constitution.

    Shaw Memorial Library
    Plainfield, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Erik Burcroff
    awarded on: 2019-05-13
    amount: $2,200
    Discussion Grant

    What to the Negro is the Fourth of July?

    A reading and discussion of Douglass's speech on the meaning of the 4th of July.

    Cape Cod Cape Verdean Museum and Cultural Center
    Brewster, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Barbara Burgo
    awarded on: 2019-05-13
    amount: $1,500
    Discussion Grant

    Building Bridges at the Great Falls: Native Roots and Current Challenges

    Funding for two events for participants to experience and reflect upon Native culture and presence in Western Massachusetts.

    Institute for Environmental Awareness
    Petersham, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Elyssa Serrilli
    awarded on: 2019-05-13
    amount: $3,500
    Discussion Grant

    From the Declaration of Independence Through the Long Civil Rights Movement

    A public reading and discussion of Frederick Douglass's speech "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July."

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

    project director: Nichole A. Turpin
    awarded on: 2019-05-13
    amount: $600
    Research Inventory Grant

    Jack Kerouac Comes Home Again: Bringing Kerouac's Manuscripts Back to Lowell, Massachusetts

    Creation of a finding aid for a collection of Jack Kerouac's papers recently gifted to the University.

    University of Massachusetts Lowell
    Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Michael Millner
    awarded on: 2019-05-13
    amount: $2,000
    Discussion Grant

    The Unfinished Agenda of Frederick Douglass in the 21st Century: Which Way is the Arc of Justice Bending Today?

    A July 3rd reading and discussion of Douglass's speech on the meaning of the 4th of July, and a follow-up discussion in September.

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

    project director: Wendy Joseph
    awarded on: 2019-05-13
    amount: $3,500
    Discussion Grant

    New Bedford LGBTQ Winter Film Series

    A series of 4 films at the New Bedford Whaling Museum followed by a panel discussion and conversation with the audience.

    South Coast LGBTQ Network
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Paul Cassidy
    awarded on: 2019-05-13
    amount: $3,500
    Discussion Grant

    Chester Theatre Company's 2019 Panel Discussion Series

    A series of four scholar-led post-performance discussions.

    Chester Theatre Company
    Chester, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Daniel E. Kramer
    awarded on: 2019-05-13
    amount: $2,310
    Research Inventory Grant

    Lee Historical Society Archive Inventory and Finding Aid

    Inventory and creation of a finding aid for Lee Historical Society's collection.

    Lee Historical Society
    Lee, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Millard Eckert
    awarded on: 2019-05-13
    amount: $2,000
    Discussion Grant

    Encountering History Using Innovative and Disruptive Narratives

    A series of scholar-led discussions, accompanying a performance that tells the story of one of the first Native Hawai'ian missionaries to travel to New England.

    Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives
    Honolulu, HI, Honolulu County

    project director: Neal Hitch
    awarded on: 2019-05-13
    amount: $3,500
    Discussion Grant

    Her Story Is: The Effects of War on Collaboration Between Iraqi and U.S. Women Writers

    A moderated discussion as part of the Her Story project.

    Fort Point Theatre Channel
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Jennifer Jean
    awarded on: 2019-05-13
    amount: $3,000
    Discussion Grant

    Class and Culture in the Gilded Age Berkshires: Through the Early Lens of James VanDerZee and Pen of W.E.B. Du Bois.

    A lecture and moderated discussion that is part of The Mastheads 2019 season.

    City of Pittsfield Office of Cultural Development
    Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Tessa Kelly
    awarded on: 2019-05-13
    amount: $3,500
    Research Inventory Grant

    The Eugene Tappan Papers

    Reparation and digitization of the papers of Eugene Tappan (1840-1908), the town's first historian, and creation of a finding aid.

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

    project director: Lee Ann Amend
    awarded on: 2019-05-13
    amount: $2,000
    Discussion Grant

    Incorporating the Arts and Humanities in Death and Dying Education

    A series of 4 lecture/small-group discussion events to support conversations about end-of-life planning.

    Good Shepherd Community Care
    Newton, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Arlene Lowney
    awarded on: 2019-05-13
    amount: $3,500
    Discussion Grant

    We Read Frederick Douglass as a Community: One Voice, Many Languages

    Join us for a community reading and discussion of Douglass's speech on the meaning of the 4th of July.

    Frederick Douglass Neighborhood Association
    Brockton, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

    project director: Madeline M. Smith
    awarded on: 2019-05-13
    amount: $500
    Research Inventory Grant

    Preservation of Auburn's Winfried P Sommerfeld Photographic Archive

    Inventory, organization, and digitization of items from the collection of photographer Winfried Sommerfeld.

    Photographic Preservation Center
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Fred Mirliani
    awarded on: 2019-05-13
    amount: $2,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    What Our Voices Carry

    A collaboration between formerly incarcerated women, a scholar, facilitators, and a playwright to create a performance exploring the history of incarceration and its connection to the women's personal experiences.

    Hispanic Resource, Inc.
    West Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Gretchen Krull
    awarded on: 2019-03-15
    amount: $15,000
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

    The Chinese and the Iron Road

    Funding to host a traveling exhibit created by the Chinese Historical Society of America Museum and Stanford University in addition to public programs refocusing commemorating the transcontinental railroad on the experience of Chinese workers who did much of the labor.

    Leominster Public Library
    Leominster, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: May Lee Tom
    awarded on: 2019-03-15
    amount: $4,950
    Project Grant

    Sweet Souls: Voices from the Margaret Fuller House in Cambridge

    Funding to conduct and interpret 12 oral histories with affiliates of Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House, a 112-year-old settlement house, adding under-documented narratives into the archives that address the relationship between providers and patrons in the settlement house movement, and reflect on how such settlement houses were transformed by patrons who became providers.

    Cambridge Historical Society
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Marieke Van Damme
    awarded on: 2019-03-15
    amount: $7,500
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

    Cross-Cultural Perceptions vs. Reality Through Global Conversations

    Funding for a project engaging the island in cross-cultural conversations, with a thematic focus on the experiences of immigrants and refugees and an interest in teaching cultural literacy by having students actually converse with people from other countries.

    Martha's Vineyard High School
    Oak Bluffs, MA, Dukes County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Kevin McGrath
    awarded on: 2019-03-15
    amount: $9,250
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

    Making Lowell's Immigration and Refugee History Accessible in the Classroom

    Completion of a digital site on the history of immigration to Lowell, with a particular emphasis on immigration since 1965 to make often scattered information publicly available.

    University of Massachusetts Lowell
    Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Ingrid Hess
    awarded on: 2019-03-15
    amount: $12,500
    Project: Media Grant

    "Lucio" Documentary Film Treatment and Trailer

    Production of a treatment and trailer to aid in production of a feature-length documentary film exploring U.S. immigration from Central America and the current sanctuary movement through the story of Lucio, an immigrant from Guatemala who came to the U.S. illegally and who entered sanctuary in the First Congregational Church in Amherst in 2017 after receiving deportation orders.

    Warren Plaut Charitable Trust
    Granby, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Kate Way
    awarded on: 2019-03-15
    amount: $15,000
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