Past Grants Awarded

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    Project Grant

    Changing Lives Through Literature

    Books and transportation for CLTL, an alternative sentencing program for repeat offenders of literature discussions in a college setting.

    Middlesex Community College
    Bedford, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Jean Flanagan
    awarded on: 2003-12-13
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Civil Rights and Civil Liberties - Resistance and Reconciliation: A Series of 3 Events

    Public events in conjunction with the annual conference of the Organization of American Historians. The featured topics are the 60th Anniversary of Japanese American draft resistance in WWII, the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education and the 30th anniversary of the Garrity decision on busing.

    Organization of American Historians
    Bloomington, IN, Monroe County

    project director: Sarah Deutsch
    awarded on: 2003-12-13
    amount: $3,835
    Project: K-12 Grant

    Connecting with History: A Local History Curriculum for New Bedford

    A local history curriculum for fifth grade students and teachers in the New Bedford public schools consisting of reading, writing, research and interactive activities focused on New Bedford architecture, 19th century social and domestic history and Quakerism. Based on selected primary sources.

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

    project director: Blair Walker
    awarded on: 2003-12-12
    amount: $4,042
    Project Grant

    A State of Grace: An Exploration of the Literature of Grace Paley

    A collaborative inquiry into the work of writer Grace Paley, including three work-in-progress performances and a culminating staged reading of A State of Grace, a new play that dramatizes Paley's short stories, essays and poems.

    Underground Railway Theater
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Debra Wise
    awarded on: 2003-08-27
    amount: $3,000
    Project Grant

    Ancient Fishweir Permanent Panels in Arlington Street Subway

    Production costs to cover the design and writing of two 5' by 12' enamel panels to be permanently installed in the Arlington Street T station when it is renovated in the fall of 2003. The panels will tell the story of the 5000-year-old fishweirs that are buried under the Back Bay, alongside the tracks of the Green Line.

    Touchable Stories, Inc.
    Dorchester, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Ross Miller
    awarded on: 2003-03-14
    amount: $4,000
    Project Grant

    Ending the Silence: Korean Americans Remember the Korean War

    Support of the planning phase of an exhibit devoted to the legacy of the Korean War for Korean Americans.

    Boston College
    Chestnut Hill, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: G. Ramsay Liem
    awarded on: 2003-03-14
    amount: $4,550
    Project Grant

    Robert Frost's Lawrence: A Visual Record

    Support of an exhibit of photographs and historical artifacts highlighting Frost's poetry to the city where he spent much of his adolescence and young adulthood, illuminating the public as to how Frost's poems were inspired by a history and culture of the textile-manufacturing city.

    Robert Frost Foundation
    Lawrence, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Mary Ellen Janeiro
    awarded on: 2003-03-14
    amount: $5,000
    Discussion: Reading Grant

    Autobiography: Writing and Memory

    A reading and discussion series that examines four autobiographies of people from varying cultural circumstances and ethnicities.

    Friends of the Leominster Public Library
    Leominster, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Edward Bergman
    awarded on: 2002-08-07
    amount: $400
    Project Grant

    Once Upon a Time: Margaret Bruchac Presents Native American Folklore

    M. Bruchac presents Native American versions of folktales in collaboration with the Wenham Museum's exhibit of the same theme. Two sessions will be held; one for teachers and adults, one for families. The Beverly group Help for Abused Women and Children will transport mothers and children free of charge.

    Wenham Museum
    Wenham, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Carolyn Simmonds
    awarded on: 2002-02-22
    amount: $2,205
    Project Grant

    Berkshire Country Day School Du Bois Project

    Educational music/theater piece based on the life and work of W.E.B. Du Bois

    Berkshire Country Day School
    Lenox, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: John Hadden
    awarded on: 2002-02-16
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Capeverdean Life in America/Haitian Life in America

    Two one-day workshops focusing on the historical, cultural, and linguistic background of the Haitian and Capeverdean communities in Boston.

    University of Massachusetts Boston
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Erik Jacobson
    awarded on: 2002-01-16
    amount: $1,250
    Project Grant

    Remember My Name

    An ongoing project recording the process of restoring the Danvers State Hospital cemetery. The end result will be short, time-lapse film of the last month that the graves remain unmarked.

    Straight Ahead Pictures
    Conway, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Laurie Block
    awarded on: 2001-12-19
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    An Oral Histoy of Cy LeMieux

    An oral history project focusing on the experiences of a ninety-six year old expert on machinery used in Massachusetts mills during most of the twentieth century.

    American Textile History Museum
    Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Helen Stroud
    awarded on: 2001-09-20
    amount: $622
    Discussion: Reading Grant

    Family Affairs Series B

    A library reading and discussion series.

    Friends of the Beals Memorial Library
    Winchendon, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Elaine Gaspard
    awarded on: 2001-09-12
    amount: $936
    Project Grant

    The Artist's Role in Effecting Social Change

    A free lecture series investigating the various ways artists have been and can be involved in their communities, both socially and politically.

    Massachusetts College of Art Foundation
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Nicholas Sorlien
    awarded on: 2001-07-19
    amount: $2,495
    Project Grant

    Anna Howard Shaw Meets Harriet Tubman

    An Eventide Arts Festival drama that poses the question, what would be the nature of a conversation between Rev. Anna Howard Shaw, one of the first female ministers who preached at the Dennis Union Church from 1878-1885 and Harriet Tubman. The dialogue has been informed by Shaw's writing and illuminates attitudes about race that permeated the Cape during the latter part of the nineteenth century.

    Eventide Theatre Company
    Dennis, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Noel Tipton
    awarded on: 2001-07-19
    amount: $1,500
    Project Grant

    The Goody Parsons Case

    A multifaceted program on witchcraft that builds on primary documents, historical artifacts, and humanities scholarship to develop public programs and exhibits to enrich K-12 curriculum.

    Historic Northampton
    Northampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Kerry Buckley
    awarded on: 2001-06-26
    amount: $2,500
    Project Grant

    Project 2050

    Given the profound demographic changes that will be evident in the year 2050, these seminars and workshops are designed to generate artistic responses to themes that include personal and ethnic identity, injustice, and power relationships.

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

    project director: Roberta Uno
    awarded on: 2001-06-08
    amount: $25,000
    Project Grant

    The Laces of Ipswich

    The planning of an exhibition intended to increase the public's understanding and appreciation of the significance of the handmade lace production in the New England Town of Ipswich, Massachusetts between 1750 and 1840 as a social, economic, and cultural phenomenon and to provide insight into the lives of the women who made the lace, some of the nation's first entrepreneurs.

    American Textile History Museum
    Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Diane F. Affleck
    awarded on: 2001-06-08
    amount: $15,000
    Project Grant

    Rediscovering a Lost Tradition: The Technology of a 17th-Century Wood-Fired Kiln

    An exhibit and related programming centering on a 17th century wood-fired kiln at the museum's craft center.

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

    project director: Deborah Mason
    awarded on: 2001-06-08
    amount: $25,000
    Project Grant

    Sogni d'Oro--Dreams of Gold: A Collection of Oral Histories of Italian-American Families

    An oral history project on the histories of Italian families who settled in the greater Fitchburg and Leominster area. The project will culminate in a public presentation that will include some of the recorded oral histories with contextual historical and social material as well as photographs.

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

    project director: Mary C. Durling
    awarded on: 2001-06-08
    amount: $15,000
    Project Grant

    Jacob's Pillow Audience Engagement Series for Festival 2001

    Pre-performance lectures and post-performance discussions led by Resident Pillow Scholars. The talks will lead audiences through art criticism, historic and cultural interpretations, as well as live discussions with Festival artists and other people of note.

    Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
    Becket, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Norton Owen
    awarded on: 2001-06-08
    amount: $7,500
    Project Grant

    Moby-Dick and the Twentieth Century

    A lecture series focusing on the impact of Moby Dick in the twentieth century.

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

    project director: Susan Eisley
    awarded on: 2001-05-17
    amount: $2,500
    Project Grant

    From Augustus to Augustine: The Roman World and its Enduring Legacy

    CANE summer institute for teachers.

    Classical Association of New England
    Natick, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Carla Goodnoh
    awarded on: 2001-05-17
    amount: $2,000
    Discussion: Reading Grant

    A Natural Wilderness: American Nature Writers

    A four part series exploring the ways in which modern Americans, as individuals and as a society,have worked with the traditions of the past and searched for new values in a disappearing wilderness.

    Thornton W. Burgess Society
    Sandwich, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Bethany S. Rutledge
    awarded on: 2001-05-08
    amount: $901
    Project Grant

    A Forty Year Perspective: A Celebration and Examination of Historic Preservation at Hancock Shaker Village

    A public celebration of the success of the 1960's grass-roots preservation efforts at an important American communal site, and to examine changes in historic preservation practices and cultural perceptions of this museum and beyond.

    Hancock Shaker Village
    Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Mary Rentz
    awarded on: 2001-04-15
    amount: $2,500
    Project Grant

    The Value of Women's Work

    A public lecture followed by two more informal discussions that will include the audience members of the lecture. The main goal of this three-part preamble is to introduce TBS and WEIU members to the project, a five-week installation/ exhibition and to also aid both members of the TBS and WEIU in understanding why the two organizations are sponsoring " Women's Work" and how this production connects to and builds up the missions and activities of both organizations.

    Bostonian Society
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Cynthia Robinson
    awarded on: 2001-03-15
    amount: $2,500
    Project Grant

    City Lives: Senior Citizens of Lowell

    An exhibit featuring photographs and capsule biographies of fifteen senior citizens born and still living in Lowell, Massachusetts. The photographs, along with biographical excerpts, will be displayed in the windows of the downtown Lowell building. This project will produce a free chapbook with the complete stories of those interviewed, a website with photos and stories, and archival materials for the center for Lowell History.

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

    project director: Diana Archibald
    awarded on: 2001-03-15
    amount: $2,493
    Project Grant

    Science Ethics Lecture Series

    A series that will include a talk about the ethical and scientific ramifications of Nazi medicine that will take place during late April of 2001. The second portion will consist of lecture coinciding with a conference organized by several academic and community groups in the Pioneer Valley Five College Area.

    Institute for Science and Interdisciplinary Studies
    Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Herbert Bernstein
    awarded on: 2001-03-15
    amount: $1,250
    Resource Center Grant

    MCB Launch Program and Bookmaking Workshop

    A program to launch the center and a bookmaking workshop for the general public in Amherst, MA.

    Massachusetts Center For The Book
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Sharon Shaloo
    awarded on: 2001-02-16
    amount: $500
    Project Grant

    Women in Jewish Music

    A symposium and musical event that will focus on women in Jewish music.

    Zamir Chorale of Boston
    Newton, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Joshua Jacobson
    awarded on: 2001-02-14
    amount: $2,500
    Project Grant

    Bill T. Jones Legacy Project

    A discussion of Bill T. Jones' influence on contemporary performance and visual communications, honoring the uniqueness of his legacy via the celebration of the next generations of artists. The objectives of the panel discussion will be to recognize Bill T. Jones as one of the dance world's most important, creative, and challenging voices; to examine the impact Bill T. Jones's unique artistic process has had on the development of his dancers finding their own creative voices; and to provide the Greater Boston community with a greater understanding of Bill T. Jones's influence on the artistic world.

    Dance Umbrella Boston, Inc
    Jamaica Plain, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Susan Scott
    awarded on: 2001-02-14
    amount: $2,500
    Project Grant

    Richard Wilbur at 80: Symposium

    A one-day symposium in honor of poet Richard Wilbur's 80th birthday. The day will consist of two 90 minute sessions with 3 panelists each, as well as lunch for participants and audience.

    Simon's Rock College
    Great Barrington, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Peter Filkins
    awarded on: 2001-02-14
    amount: $2,500
    Discussion: Reading Grant

    After Frost

    A scholar led reading and discussion series on the work of Robert Frost.

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

    project director: Christine Kardokas
    awarded on: 2001-01-24
    amount: $1,000
    Discussion: Reading Grant

    American Dreams

    A library reading and discussion series.

    Sturgis Library
    Barnstable, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Christopher Lindquist
    awarded on: 2001-01-24
    amount: $1,000
    Project Grant

    Bringing Culture to Life Through Oral Tradition

    A day-long conference for 70 K-12 teachers that features two scholars (Jamphel Gyatso and Rowland Abiodun) . The conference will include workshops that will explore cultural traditions of regions such as Tibet and Nigeria and will explore the issue of modernization and how it has affected these cultures.

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

    project director: Anne Watt
    awarded on: 2001-01-18
    amount: $2,000
    Project Grant

    Invoking the Source: The Ancient Feminine

    An exhibit and public lecture focusing on the use of feminine images in contemporary art.

    Worcester Center for Crafts
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Donna H. Talman
    awarded on: 2001-01-18
    amount: $1,900
    Project Grant

    Spirit & Soul: Chinese and Arabic Calligraphy

    Two interactive audience lecture-workshops focusing on Chinese and Arabic calligraphy in order to connect and highlight its influences with the performing and fine arts of these cultures.

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

    project director: Ranjanaa Devi
    awarded on: 2000-12-21
    amount: $2,500
    Project Grant

    A Tea Party at the White House, 1865

    A historical role-playing portion of a semester long research project for 10th graders that focuses on the women's roles in U.S. history and literature.

    Mount Alvernia High School
    Newton, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Denise Bowser
    awarded on: 2000-12-21
    amount: $1,400
    Project Grant

    Business and Industry-North Adams Exhibit

    An exhibit, "Business and Industry-North Adams" is being transported to a new location at the Western Gateway Heritage State Park. The North Adams Museum will like to have a grand opening for this exhibit in its new location in the spring of 2001.

    North Adams Historical Society, Inc
    North Adams, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Robert Campanile
    awarded on: 2000-12-21
    amount: $2,500
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