Past Grants Awarded

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    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Through Our Eyes: Photographic Portraits of Immigrant Lives in Fall River

    A photography-and-cultural-studies project with recently arrived immigrants in ESOL classes; adult students will find opportunities to document, reflect on, and share their own stories and experiences, while also learning from their classmates and from humanities-based texts and photographs.

    SER - Jobs for Progress Inc.
    Fall River, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Andrea Klimt
    awarded on: 2018-03-16
    amount: $8,800
    Project Grant

    Westford Stories: Permanent Exhibitions of the Westford Museum

    The implementation of permanent exhibitions "Stories of Westford" and "History of Westford Academy," which will engage audiences in the history of Westford Academy-the state's oldest standing coeducational secondary school building-and Westford's beginnings.

    Westford Museum
    Westford, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Penny Lacroix
    awarded on: 2018-03-16
    amount: $7,500
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Black Creativity in Comics

    A public event with graphic novelist and scholar John Jennings and other scholars of black comics, which will push audiences to consider questions about the history of black comics, Afro-futurism, colonialism, civil rights, and the future of publishing.

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

    project director: L'Merchie Frazier
    awarded on: 2018-03-16
    amount: $6,400
    Project Grant

    "The Day History Marched Down Our Streets" Exhibition Planning Grant

    Research and planning for a permanent exhibit about the events based in Arlington on the first day of the American Revolution: April 19, 1775.

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

    project director: Sara Lundberg
    awarded on: 2018-03-16
    amount: $7,500
    Project Grant

    A Dual Legacy: Nathaniel Hawthorne and The House of the Seven Gables

    A series of public programs based on the influence and legacy of Nathaniel Hawthorne to take place during the celebratory summer of 2018, which marks the 350th-anniversary of the House's founding.

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

    project director: Julie Arrison-Bishop
    awarded on: 2018-03-16
    amount: $5,025
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Haul Away Together: History, Diversity and the Sea in Story and Song

    The introduction of already-successful humanities-based programs to adults in the Boston area; the organization's programs-originally created for teens and young adults-are based on songs and stories of the sea that include the oft-ignored experiences of African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, young people, and women.

    Save the Harbor/Save the Bay
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Bruce Berman
    awarded on: 2018-03-16
    amount: $15,000
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

    Religious History of Somerville

    Research and planning for an exhibition on religious institutions and groups in Somerville, with the intention of tackling issues of immigration, religious tradition and history, and religious practices, and contemporary religious communities.

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

    project director: Charan Devereaux
    awarded on: 2018-03-16
    amount: $13,700
    Project Grant

    The Veteran Experience and the Social Contract: A Performance and Discussion Series

    A three-part performance-and-discussion series on the veteran experience designed to attract and engage both veterans and civilians.

    Zeiterion Theatre
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Rosemary Gill
    awarded on: 2017-12-08
    amount: $12,500
    Discussion: Reading Grant

    Afro Latin Folktales Project

    An out-of-school literature and theatre project for youth leaders to explore themes of immigration, cultural assimilation, and belonging in relationship to Boston immigrant communities.

    Hyde Square Task Force
    Jamaica Plain, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Eva Farrell
    awarded on: 2017-12-08
    amount: $15,000
    Project Grant

    Activate the Arboretum

    An environmental history project for Auburn Public School students that is led by a humanities scholar and includes lessons, a photography project, an exhibit, and a tour.

    Auburn Public Schools
    Auburn, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Sarah Connell
    awarded on: 2017-12-08
    amount: $7,500
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    African Cultural Conversation Series

    A monthly series of humanities discussions and cultural programs aimed toward-and developed with-Waltham's large African immigrant community.

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

    project director: Juliet Najjumba
    awarded on: 2017-12-08
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    GLOW

    An exhibition of eight historic neon road signs of Massachusetts businesses, c. 1927-1970, related research and accompanying panels, and a moderated panel discussion.

    Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Lucas Cowan
    awarded on: 2017-12-08
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Dialoguing with Indigenous Americans in our Community through Peter Pan

    Scholarly consulting, the creation of informative playbills, and a post-performance discussion of a student production of Peter Pan.

    Oakmont Regional High School
    Ashburnham, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Jeffrey Aubuchon
    awarded on: 2017-12-08
    amount: $4,615
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Symposium 2018: The History and Future of Public Health in Lawrence

    A one-day symposium on the history and future of public health in Lawrence.

    Lawrence History Center
    Lawrence, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Susan Grabski
    awarded on: 2017-12-08
    amount: $7,500
    Project Grant

    Windmill Point Historic Interpretation

    Permanent outdoor local history interpretive panels on the US Coast Guard presence in Hull.

    Hull Lifesaving Museum, Inc.
    Hull, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

    project director: Victoria Stevens
    awarded on: 2017-12-08
    amount: $7,500
    Project Grant

    The Future of Our Past: Building Capacity in the History Community

    Implementation funds for eight local history organizations to implement capacity-building projects after completing six intensive workshops on best practices.

    Pioneer Valley History Network
    Deerfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Clifford McCarthy
    awarded on: 2017-12-08
    amount: $7,500
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Exploring the Historical Context of Plays Through Merrimack Repertory Theatre's Cohort Club

    An audience immersion pilot program for about 100 community residents to explore how historical theater is produced-through lenses of dramaturgy, cultural studies, and history.

    Merrimack Repertory Theatre
    Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Sean Daniels
    awarded on: 2017-12-08
    amount: $14,750
    Project: Media Grant

    The 9 to 5 Project

    Distribution of the documentary film "9 to 5" by means of community screenings and discussions-with a prepared discussion guide-in partnership with community organizations, unions, labor schools, and scholars in Boston and Western Massachusetts.

    CMP Inc.
    Yellow Springs, OH, Greene County

    project director: Julia Reichert
    awarded on: 2017-12-08
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Neighborhood Voices: Stories of the Families of the Dudley Street Neighborhood of Boston

    An oral history project documenting the stories of families living in the Dudley Street neighborhood.

    Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative
    Roxbury, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Rosalind Everdell
    awarded on: 2017-12-08
    amount: $7,500
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Journey to Equality: the LGBTQ Civil Rights Movement

    A series of humanities exhibits and events, held throughout North Central Massachusetts, about LGBTQ issues, rights, and histories.

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

    project director: Karen F. Mays
    awarded on: 2017-12-08
    amount: $5,100
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    On the Move Forum: Exploring Women's History Through Diverse Perspectives and Inclusive Stories

    A community dialogue and multimedia interactive presentation on women's history in downtown Springfield, followed by a public display on Bay Path's campus.

    Bay Path University
    Longmeadow, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Janine Fondon
    awarded on: 2017-12-08
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Taryn Simon: Public Humanities Programming

    Development of new public humanities programs to complement an upcoming exhibition by Taryn Simon, whose art revolves around Russian culture and Russo-American relations.

    Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art
    North Adams, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Alexandra Foradas
    awarded on: 2017-12-08
    amount: $10,000
    Research Inventory Grant

    Processing and Making Available Archival Material Related to William Madison Wood

    Inventory and make public their William Wood collection of photographs, maps, and publications.

    Andover Historical Society
    Andover, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Elaine Clements
    awarded on: 2017-11-09
    amount: $2,000
    Discussion Grant

    STCC Stands Social Justice Forum

    A film-and-discussion series-with "Hidden Figure", "I Am Not Your Negro", and "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks"..

    Springfield Technical Community College
    Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Vonetta Lightfoot
    awarded on: 2017-11-06
    amount: $2,453
    Discussion Grant

    Manjiro and the Americans - Unlocking the Mystery of Japan Through the Arts

    A project allowing fifth-grade students in New Bedford and Fairhaven to view and discuss a performance about overcoming cultural barriers and the role of exploration and commerce in New Bedford's whaling history.

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

    project director: Joanne Gracia
    awarded on: 2017-11-06
    amount: $3,100
    Scholar in Residence Grant

    Susanna Rowson in Medford 1799-1803

    Research on and transcription of their Swan Collection of letters, along with two public lectures on the material.

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

    project director: Kyna Hamill
    awarded on: 2017-11-06
    amount: $3,500
    Discussion Grant

    Discover Danvers Round-table

    Moderated round-table sessions allowing participants to handle historical objects while learning about them and posing their own questions.

    Danvers Historical Society
    Danvers, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Sheila Cooke-Kayser
    awarded on: 2017-11-06
    amount: $3,500
    Discussion Grant

    Discussion Event with MA History Teacher of the Year

    A moderated discussion with 2017 Mass History Teacher of the Year Kevin Dua and historian Dan Breen addressing the roles of patriotism, freedom, individuality, and collectivism in the United States both historically and in the present.

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

    project director: Eileen Schofield
    awarded on: 2017-11-06
    amount: $1,350
    Research Inventory Grant

    Black Holyoke: Uncovering the History of Black Peoples in Holyoke, MA

    Inventory and scanning of Wistariahurst Museum's Holyoke and Carlos Vegas/Latino History Collections in order to provide a searchable documentation of Holyoke's black populations.

    Historic Holyoke at Wistariahurst
    Holyoke, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Penni Martorell
    awarded on: 2017-11-06
    amount: $2,000
    Research Inventory Grant

    Douglas Historical Initiative

    Inventory and processing of the Douglas Historical Society's Coppola Collection.

    Simon Fairfield Public Library
    Douglas, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Justin Snook
    awarded on: 2017-11-06
    amount: $2,000
    Research Inventory Grant

    Sharon Public Library Newspaper Digitization Project

    Digitization of the local Sharon Advocate Newspaper archive and make it available online to patrons.

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

    project director: Lee Ann Amend
    awarded on: 2017-11-06
    amount: $2,000
    Discussion Grant

    Protest and Citizenship in America

    A panel discussion and public conversation exploring the history of citizenship and protest in America.

    Massachusetts Historical Society
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Gavin Kleespies
    awarded on: 2017-11-06
    amount: $3,000
    Discussion Grant

    Teens, Bodies, and Identities in Global Literature

    A reading-and-discussion series for Boston-area teachers and librarians focusing on global literature about teenagers' relationships with their bodies.

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

    project director: Deborah Cunningham
    awarded on: 2017-11-06
    amount: $3,500
    Discussion Grant

    Central Conversations - Guards at the Taj

    Two symposia, one exploring contemporary connections to the history, politics, and meaning of great monuments, and the other exploring dynamics between the disciplines of history and theater.

    Central Square Theater
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Debra Wise
    awarded on: 2017-11-06
    amount: $3,000
    Discussion Grant

    Spotlight Symposium Series: "Lonely Planet" and "Statements"

    Two post-production moderated conversations around the history of intolerance and how art from the past can bring up questions from the present.

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

    project director: Leila Ghaemi
    awarded on: 2017-11-06
    amount: $3,000
    Discussion: Civil Rights Grant

    Let Freedom Sing: The Songs and The Song-Makers

    A scholar-led discussion of civil rights, especially as reflected in American jazz.

    The Highlands Coalition
    Lynn, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Michael Palter
    awarded on: 2017-07-17
    amount: $500
    Discussion: Literature & Medicine Grant

    Who Are We? Literature & Medicine at Baystate

    A six-session reading and discussion series for health professionals to support the social and emotional aspects of patient care.

    Baystate Health Systems
    Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Bridget Gunn
    awarded on: 2017-07-17
    amount: $1,800
    Discussion: Open Grant

    "Sharing the Thronged and Common Road" - What Jane Addams Means Today

    A one-day public forum on the legacy and contemporary relevance of Jane Addams, social justice advocate and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.

    Traprock Peace Center
    Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Rutherford Platt
    awarded on: 2017-07-17
    amount: $3,000
    Discussion: Open Grant

    Evolution of American Music, Courage and Resistance: A Multi-generational Conversation

    A panel discussion-on racial justice as it relates to the evolution of American music-at the Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival that will be recorded and presented in local high schools.

    Blues to Green, Inc.
    Huntington, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Kristin Neville
    awarded on: 2017-07-17
    amount: $3,000
    Discussion: Open Grant

    Activating Communication through Public Art

    A film screening and discussion event on Worcester's history and the role of public art in community development.

    Pow! Wow! Worcester
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Che Anderson
    awarded on: 2017-07-17
    amount: $3,500
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