Past Grants Awarded

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    Discussion: Reading Grant

    Modern Marvels: Jewish Adventures in the Graphic Novel

    Reading and discussion program focusing on Jewish adventures in the graphic novel.

    Fitchburg State College Library
    Fitchburg, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Sara Marks
    awarded on: 2008-06-13
    amount: $1,000
    Research Inventory Grant

    RIG: Pioneer Valley Farming

    Support for partial inventory of core collection. Frank White will pick, inventory and mark 60 core artifacts directly associated with up to three themes in the development of farming in the Pioneer Valley from subsistence to industrial farming. The report and catalog will be used to develop a mission statement and create one and five-year programming plans.

    Hadley Farm Museum
    Hadley, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Tom West
    awarded on: 2008-06-13
    amount: $1,970
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    The Life and Times of Li'l Abner and Al Capp

    Pre-production of a 90 minute historical documentary film about the Al Cap, creator of the long-running comic strip Li'l Abner (1934-1977).

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

    project director: Caitlin Manning
    awarded on: 2008-06-13
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Media Grant

    Marion Stoddart: The Work of 1000

    Pre-production of a feature documentary chronicling the story of a small town Massachusetts housewife who, in the 1960's, single-handedly led the charge to clean up the Nashua River, one of America's ten most polluted rivers.

    Documentary Educational Resources
    Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Susan Edwards
    awarded on: 2008-06-13
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Immigrant City: Youth Storytelling Project

    A six-week summer program for youth ages 13-17 at the Mystic Public Housing Development. Participants will engage in learning photography, interviewing and story-telling skills that will enable them to tell the story of immigrant groups in Somerville. Participants will also explore the experiences of other immigrant youth around the United States through literature and film and engage in a dialogue about the impact they can have as immigrant youth in bringing about change in their community.

    The Welcome Project
    Somerville, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Maria A. Landaverde
    awarded on: 2008-06-13
    amount: $4,382
    Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant

    H.M. Frances Project: Walking Tour & Brochure

    Development of a walking tour and creation and printing of an accompanying guide to identify H.M. Francis buildings city wide.

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

    project director: Mary C. Durling
    awarded on: 2008-06-13
    amount: $6,700
    Project: Media Grant

    As Nutayunean - We Still Live Here

    Pre-production of a documentary film tentatively called "As Nutayunean," a Wampanoag phrase meaning "we still live here". This is a powerful statement from people who are thought by many to be extinct. The film centers on Jessie Little-Doe, a woman of indomitable spirit who has accomplished the unprecedented feat of reviving a language with no native speakers.

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

    project director: Anne Makepeace
    awarded on: 2008-06-13
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    2nd Annual AIA-MOS Archaeology Fair

    Archaeology fair at the Museum of Science in October. There will be a variety of hands-on activities presented by specialists. Presenters include archaeologists, historians, and museum educators and interpreters. Participants will receive take-home resources and materials including information about the AIA and MOS' resources for students and educators.

    Archaeological Institute of America
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Ben S. Thomas
    awarded on: 2008-06-13
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Double V

    An oral history project in collaboration with the Veterans Education Project in Amherst that will hold public presentations and provide on-line access. The project is focused on the experience of local African American World War II veterans and home front workers and their struggles for social justice during and following the war.

    Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association
    Deerfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Timothy Neumann
    awarded on: 2008-06-13
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Traces of the Trade: Discussion Version

    Creation of a discussion version of the film, Traces of the Trade. This shorter version will be targeted to the educational market .
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    San Francisco Film Society
    San Francisco, CA, San Francisco County

    project director: Katrina Browne
    awarded on: 2008-06-13
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    The Nine Who Dared: Crisis in Little Rock

    Performances of the play for Boston Public School middle school students followed by discussion.

    Theatre Espresso
    Jamaica Plain, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Derek Nelson
    awarded on: 2008-06-13
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    The Rivalry

    Mounting and professional presentation of "The Rivalry" by Norman Corwin in a variety of venues. A real life drama, commissioned in 1958 to celebrate the problems of the time, the characters, and the motives of Abraham Lincoln, Stephen Douglas and his wife Adele. Special performances will be followed by talk-back sessions led by Heather Richardson.

    Academy at Charlemont
    Charlemont, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Vincent Dowling
    awarded on: 2008-06-13
    amount: $15,000
    Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant

    Voices From the Port

    Presentation and interpretion of the history and culture of New England's commercial fishing and port industries by creating a series of short (4 minute) audio segments for radio play and web broadcast. Segments will be based on oral histories collected as part of the Working Waterfront Documentation Project, an ongoing oral history project.

    Community Economic Development Center
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Laura Orleans
    awarded on: 2008-06-13
    amount: $8,890
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Teaching for Global Understanding in the 21st Century

    This week-long summer institute for K-12 educators will provide them with the content, skills, and resources needed to infuse more global content into classroom curricula. The goal is to provide teachers with the information needed to connect students to the wider world, providing them with an opportunity to challenge their own definition of self and of liberty and justice in various cultural contexts. The institute will include guest lectures, hands-on workshops, video conferences and other special presentations.

    Primary Source
    Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Julia de la Torre
    awarded on: 2008-06-13
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Tell Me a Cuento: A Reading and Discussion Program

    Book discussions for adults learning English. Themes include cross-cultural experiences, courage, immigrant stories, working, and family stories. Genres include fiction, folktales, memoir, and biography.

    Lawrence Public Library
    Lawrence, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Terry Farish
    awarded on: 2008-06-13
    amount: $5,000
    Scholar in Residence Grant

    A 19th Century Townscape in the 20th Century: Laurel Hill and Urban Planning and Preservation in Stockbridge

    Research on the planning, landscape design, preservation and promotion of Stockbridge from 1853-1993 by the Laurel Hill Association.

    Stockbridge Library
    Stockbridge, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Barbara Allen
    awarded on: 2008-06-13
    amount: $2,500
    Scholar in Residence Grant

    Early Turkish Immigrants in Peabody and the Leather Industry

    Research into the history and influence of the Turkish people on the city of Peabody during the leatherworking period of the late 19th and early 20th century.

    George Peabody House Museum
    Peabody, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Merritt Kirkpatrick
    awarded on: 2008-06-13
    amount: $2,000
    Research Inventory Grant

    Westport Historical Society Costume and Textile

    Inventory of 10-12 boxes of the costume and textile collection of the Westport Historical Society with reference to themes in Westport local history as well as national issues such as the civil war.

    Westport Historical Society
    Westport, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Jenny O'Neill
    awarded on: 2008-06-13
    amount: $1,000
    Scholar in Residence Grant

    Women's Lives in Mid-19th Century Westfield and their Role in the Founding of the Westfield Athenaeum

    Research to analyze and annotate the primary source documents produced by several women in mid-nineteenth century Westfield. Electronic and written resources will be produced for use by patrons, students, and visiting scholars.

    Westfield Athenaeum
    Westfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Ralph Melnick
    awarded on: 2008-06-01
    amount: $2,500
    Scholar in Residence Grant

    Rediscovering Hawley's Old Town Common

    Document the establishment of Hawley's old town common identifying the people involved and examining their motives.

    Sons and Daughters of Hawley, Inc.
    Hawley, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Raymond L. Gotta
    awarded on: 2008-05-01
    amount: $2,478
    Resource Center Grant

    Archaeology in Newton

    Display of Newton artifacts and presentation on local archaeology with a focus on historic preservation and awareness of archaeological sites and past Native American lifeways through lecture and a stone tool making demonstration.

    City Of Newton
    Newton, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Brian Lever
    awarded on: 2008-04-15
    amount: $500
    Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant

    History of North American Fisheries

    Curriculum development for presentation on board the National Historic Landmark dory-fishing schooner Adventure, part of a plan to develop the schooner into a floating museum of North American fisheries. The curriculum will also be available for download to schools.

    Gloucester Adventure, Inc.
    Gloucester, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Martin Krugman
    awarded on: 2008-03-14
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Race and Place

    Four session dialogue series using the documentary "RACE - the Power of an Illusion" a 3-episode series questioning the very idea of race as biology. Facilitated conversations based on the documentary and its discussion guide will enable groups ot delve into topics raised in the film.

    Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Aviva Rothman-Shore
    awarded on: 2008-03-14
    amount: $9,375
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Pilgrim Father/Illegal Sons

    Planning, development and production of an exhibit depicting the history, in images and texts of one of the better-documented Pilgrim Fathers of the Mayflower and the life stories, through oral history transcripts and representative pictures and objects, of 2-3 contemporary, undocumented Chinese immigrants.

    Chinese Progressive Association
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Wen-ti Tsen
    awarded on: 2008-03-14
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    The Judgment of Bett

    Script development and production of a play dramatizing two little-known court cases that led to the abolishment of slavery in Massachusetts with an accompanying study guide.

    Discovering Justice: James D. St. Clair Court Public Ed Proj
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Vicky Kruckeberg
    awarded on: 2008-03-14
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Historic Lens, Harry J. Sparrow Photographs

    Exhibit and lecture on a series of photographs by Harry J. Sparrow from 1911. The exhibit and accompanying lecture will put the photographs into perspective in the history of photography, landscape history, as well as economic and social life in Orleans early in the 20th century.

    Orleans Historical Society
    Orleans, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Tamsen Cornell
    awarded on: 2008-03-14
    amount: $2,500
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    At Home in Utopia - Then and Now

    Four programs focusing on housing as an issue of social and economic justice built around the documentary film At Home in Utopia.

    Filmmakers Collaborative
    Melrose, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Michal Goldman
    awarded on: 2008-03-14
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Tea with Mary Cassat

    Stage productions of a one-woman show including a post-show Q&A.

    Medford Arts Center, Inc.
    Medford, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Laura Duggan
    awarded on: 2008-03-14
    amount: $2,500
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    The Race to Execution Outreach Project

    Public exhibition and development of internet distribution for the 12-minute video documentary "Juror Number Six" which examines the role of media representations of race.

    Lioness Media Arts, Inc.
    Brookline, MA, Norfolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Rachel Lyon
    awarded on: 2008-03-14
    amount: $7,500
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Liberty and Justice for Some

    Series of five documentaries with panel discussions on the theme of "Liberty and Justice for All".

    Payomet Performing Arts
    Truro, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Kevin E. Rice
    awarded on: 2008-03-14
    amount: $4,000
    Project Grant

    Lighting the Way: The Life and Legacy of William Rotch, Jr.

    Fabrication and installation of an exhibit providing an overview of an important chapter in American history when New Bedford was the Whaling Capital of the World and the pivotal role of the Rotch Family during this period.

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

    project director: Kate Corkum
    awarded on: 2008-03-14
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    The World and the Word, 8th Annual Juniper Literary Festival

    Literary festival featuring a keynote address, readings, film screenings, roundtables and interviews, whose intention is to explore the relation between literary art and environmental studies.

    University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Lisa Olstein
    awarded on: 2008-02-13
    amount: $5,000
    Research Inventory Grant

    Stone House Museum Textile Collection Inventory

    Inventory of a portion of the Stone House Museum's textile collection from the mid 19th century.

    Stone House Museum
    Belchertown, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Laura L. Quinn
    awarded on: 2008-02-01
    amount: $1,000
    Research Inventory Grant

    Sargent House Musuem RIG

    Inventory of materials that bear on the occupancy of Judith Sargent Murray, the house as it looked during that period, as well as deeds at the Essex County Courthouse that bear on the house.

    Sargent House Museum
    Gloucester, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Joan Ciolino
    awarded on: 2008-02-01
    amount: $995
    Research Inventory Grant

    Prescott Museum Exhibit Panel Inventory

    Documentation and re-housing and inventory of materials from 32 exhibit panels from the Prescott Museum.

    Swift River Valley Historical Society
    New Salem, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Ani Gonzalez-Rivera
    awarded on: 2008-02-01
    amount: $1,000
    Project Grant

    Moving Images: Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health Film Festival

    Vinfen's film festival, with films by and about individuals with developmental disabilities and mental illness, is the first of its kind in Boston. Four to six hours of film screenings grouped by theme will be followed by 35-40 minute panel discussions with subject experts, individuals served, humanists and filmmakers on issues.

    Vinfen Corporation
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Juliana Field
    awarded on: 2007-12-14
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant

    Film Feasts

    Film screenings followed by discussions led by a film critic, food historian or scholar. Following the film/discussion, participants are invited, at a separate cost, to a meal offered by a local restaurant reflecting the cuisine of that film's culture.

    Berkshire Museum
    Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Melanie Mowinski
    awarded on: 2007-12-14
    amount: $8,100
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Walaalo! Somali Women's Project

    A series of public forums, an oral history component and a case study addressing issues of refugee resettlement and intercultural understanding.

    New World Theater
    Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Andrea Assaf
    awarded on: 2007-12-14
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    On Equal Terms

    Installation about women in the construction industry that will bring attention to the frontline experience of a significant public policy effort, on the thirtieth anniversary of the Executive Orders that opened industry jobs and apprenticeship programs to women.

    Brandeis University
    Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Susan Eisenberg
    awarded on: 2007-12-14
    amount: $8,994
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Their Voices Will Be Heard: Artist Responses to the Israeli/Palestinian Situation

    Panel discussions, staged readings, film presentations, a poetry reading and other events that will provide several different perspectives on the Israeli/Palestinian situation. This collection of events is centered around the Downstage@ New Rep productions of "My Name is Rachel Corrie and Pieces."

    New Repertory Theatre
    Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Meron Langsner
    awarded on: 2007-12-14
    amount: $5,000
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