Past Grants Awarded

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    Project Grant

    Reconstruction

    A production grant for a one-hour documentary film on the "Ioanid Gang" bank heist of 1959 in communist Romania.

    The Film Study Center
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Irene Lusztig
    awarded on: 2000-12-17
    amount: $15,000
    Project Grant

    Symphony of a City

    A public art project designed to create dialogue and reflection about the distinct and varied ways that people live in the city of Boston. Colorful images and live audio will originate from 16 Bostonians wearing "live cams" from diverse class, race and age backgrounds.

    Boston Cyberarts, Inc.
    Jamaica Plain, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: John Ewing
    awarded on: 2000-12-15
    amount: $15,000
    Project Grant

    The Political Dr. Seuss

    A one-hour documentary film production about the little-known side of Springfield's own Theodor Seuss Geisel. This film will discuss his life and work as an editorial cartoonist, political lampooner, and passionate advocate of causes. It will examine this critical aspect of Dr. Seus' persona and expose audiences to a number of important themes that relate not only to his life and work but to United States history, as well.

    The New Press
    New York, NY, New York County

    project director: Ron Lamothe
    awarded on: 2000-12-15
    amount: $14,975
    Project Grant

    Third Annual History Symposium: Personal Identities and Public Communities in World History and Follow-up activities

    The development, publicity, and promotion of the third annual World History Symposium which will include the creation of support materials and selected completed lesson plans on the Internet and the development of follow-up activities in designated school.

    Northeastern University
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Patrick Manning
    awarded on: 2000-12-15
    amount: $15,000
    Project Grant

    Tupperware: Earl and Brownie's Plastic Empire

    A one-hour film about Earl Tupper and Brownie Wise and the creation of Tupperware. The film will be broadcasted nationwide, it will be available on video for home and schoolroom use, and its chances for overseas broadcast.

    Blueberry Hill Productions
    Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Laurie Kahn
    awarded on: 2000-12-15
    amount: $25,000
    Project Grant

    Making Music In Massachusetts

    A program series on topics in American vernacular music ranging from ballads to blues, based on genres found and performed in the Commonwealth. The purpose of the series is to examine traditional music's contribution to the region, past and present, offering insights into the forces that created the cultural landscape. Each program will include performances and will be moderated by a specialist in the genre.

    Club Passim, Inc
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Karen Lecompte
    awarded on: 2000-12-10
    amount: $7,600
    Project Grant

    The Role of the Arts in Urban Revitalization: Interviews with Holyoke Artists

    Interviews with approximately 20 culturally diverse artists who live or work in Holyoke, Massachusetts; short profiles will be generated about each person for dissemination in various local media.

    Hampshire College
    Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Myrna M. Breitbart
    awarded on: 2000-11-16
    amount: $2,500
    Project Grant

    Hanging Out: The Informal Gathering Place and Its Role in Community Life

    A public forum and discussion series designed to explore the ways in which informal gathering places build and sustain the life of a community, the conditions that make them successful or unsuccessful, the ways in which local public policy decisions, such as zoning bylaws and purchases and use of publicly-owned spaces, can affect such places and the community they serve.

    Wellfleet Public Library
    Wellfleet, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Kathy Shorr
    awarded on: 2000-11-16
    amount: $2,485
    Project Grant

    Our Own Snug Fireside: Images of American Homes, 1750-1850

    A lecture that is directly connected to an exhibit entitled "Home is Where the Hearth Is" that will present the evolution of domestic architecture in Massachusetts over the last 300 years, focusing on the hearth as the center of the home. The exihibit will examine the evolution of construction methods, floor plans and decorative elements, as reflected in the changing roles of mothers, fathers, children, and other household members.

    Wenham Museum
    Wenham, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Carolyn Simmonds
    awarded on: 2000-11-16
    amount: $1,740
    Project Grant

    Script Development for "The Courtship of Charles and Lily"

    The development of a dramatic script for pre-teen to adult audiences which illustrates the mid-nineteenth century social realities of gender roles, education, courtship, marriage, work, and economics.

    S. Wellfleet Neighborhood Association
    South Wellfleet, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Irene Paine
    awarded on: 2000-11-16
    amount: $2,500
    Resource Center Grant

    Angel of the Battlefield

    Part of an ongoing series of tributes to some of history's most interesting and influential women, featuring a reading of "Angel of the Battlefield," the story of Clara Harlowe Barton.

    State House
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Richard T. Moore
    awarded on: 2000-11-06
    amount: $300
    Discussion: Reading Grant

    Literature of Russia

    A reading and discussion program emphasizing the pleasure and knowledge that can be found in books.

    Wilbraham Public Library
    Wilbraham, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Ardie McEathron
    awarded on: 2000-10-23
    amount: $300
    Project Grant

    From Monteverdi to Beethoven

    A series of six presentations of three different lectures. These lectures will introduce audiences to concerts perspectives and information drawn from disciplines of music theory, theory and criticism which will broaden and deepen their understanding of Baroque and Classical music.

    Boston Baroque
    Brighton, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Martin Pearlman
    awarded on: 2000-09-21
    amount: $2,500
    Project Grant

    After Thoreau: New England Landscape Change and the History of Urban Ecosystems

    A series of lectures exploring how the landscape ecologies of Massachusetts changed as Worcester and other industrial cities and towns grew.

    Worcester Natural History Society
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Russell Handsman
    awarded on: 2000-07-18
    amount: $2,500
    Discussion: Reading Grant

    The Civil War: A Second Look (biographies)

    A book discussion series that focuses on themes that surround the American Civil War and biographies that were written during this period.

    Goodnow Public Library
    Sudbury, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: William Talentino
    awarded on: 2000-07-07
    amount: $935
    Project Grant

    The Enchantment of Brevity: Short Story Magic at Storrs

    A scholar-led book discussion series for short stories from _Fiction: A Longman Pocket Anthology_.

    Friends of Storrs Library
    Longmeadow, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Fran Cress
    awarded on: 2000-07-01
    amount: $225
    Project Grant

    Save the Salt

    A play that was written and produced by the members of "Stages Theatre Company". It provides a vivid picture of the early nineteenth century, a critical period in history when young America's life and liberty was threatened.

    Elements Theatre Company
    Orleans, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Sally Kanaga
    awarded on: 2000-06-20
    amount: $1,575
    Project Grant

    The Choreographers' Project

    A project that will bring together a small group of emerging choreographers to work together with the public at the Summer Stage Dance facilities. The project will provide a mentoring group for emerging artists and give them time, rehearsal space, dancers, and opportunities for discussion and feedback.

    Summer Stages Dance
    Concord, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Amy Spencer
    awarded on: 2000-06-20
    amount: $2,500
    Project Grant

    Cambridge Women in the 20th Century

    A one year research and outreach project that will identify the impacts of women on the life of the city. The project will also encompass the development of art work that will celebrate women.

    Cambridge Arts Council
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Nancy M. Ryan
    awarded on: 2000-06-09
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    2050 Project

    A two-year scholarly and artistic exploration of the expected mid-century demographic 'millennium shift'. Request for funding is for the first year of the project to support the scholars', artists', and facilitators' fees and expenses.

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

    project director: Roberta Uno
    awarded on: 2000-06-09
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Transportation Innovations: Changing Our Communities and Changing Our Lives

    A project that is geared on engaging Franklin county residents in an examination of the impacts of changing transportation technologies.

    Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA)
    Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Sandra F. Thomas
    awarded on: 2000-06-09
    amount: $13,949
    Project Grant

    The Political Dr. Seuss

    Preproduction for a one-hour documentary film on Springfield's Theodor Seuss Geisel.

    The New Press
    New York, NY, New York County

    project director: Ron Lamothe
    awarded on: 2000-06-09
    amount: $9,925
    Project Grant

    EAT!

    A presentation for a general audience which will generate critical thinking about the current trend in our culture and the media: the idealization of the emaciates and the very young body as standards of beauty.

    Tempest Productions, Inc.
    Lexington, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Deborah Fortson
    awarded on: 2000-06-09
    amount: $6,000
    Project Grant

    Art to the Rescue: A Case Study in Industrial Transformation

    The script development stage of a one-hour documentary about the efforts of residents of North Adams to use art as an instrument of economic recovery.

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

    project director: Nancy Kelly
    awarded on: 2000-06-09
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Exhibition of Handpainted Cambodian Shop Signs

    An exhibition of handpainted Cambodian shop signs. These signs advertise a range of everyday activities and provides a window into the culture of Cambodians and Cambodian-Americans.

    Boston Center For The Arts
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Laurie B. Kalb
    awarded on: 2000-06-09
    amount: $14,956
    Project Grant

    Keeping Time: Clockmaking in Concord, 1790-1835

    A four-month exhibit on Concord clockmaking, a day-long research symposium, and family programming related exhibit.

    The Concord Museum
    Concord, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: David Wood
    awarded on: 2000-06-09
    amount: $8,000
    Project Grant

    Only a Teacher

    The distribution of a three-part series that explores the work of current teachers through the lens of history, to show how the profession developed, where it stands today and what challenges and opportunities lie ahead. The film will be broadcast on PBS and distributed widely to schools, colleges and universities.

    Smith College
    Northampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Claudia Levin
    awarded on: 2000-06-09
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Basketball: The Story of the Game

    The completion of a treatment and production of a promotional video tape for a major national public television series and multimedia educational initiative about the social history of America over the last century as seen through the evolution of basketball as a major sport, entertainment, and industry.

    New England Foundation for the Arts
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Martha Fowlkes
    awarded on: 2000-06-09
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    TUPPERWARE: Earl and Brownie's Plastic Empire

    A pre-production that includes research and script development for a one-hour film about Earl Tupper, Brownie Wise, and the creation of tupperware.

    Blueberry Hill Productions
    Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Laurie Kahn
    awarded on: 2000-06-09
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    A Sentence of Death

    A 60-Minute documentary film targeted for public television and is an in-depth examination of the administration of our capital justice system.

    Filmmakers Collaborative
    Melrose, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Miri Navasky
    awarded on: 2000-06-09
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Angels and Infidels/ Women 2000

    Support for part of the producer's fees for twenty professional actors for the major speaking roles (and seven minor ones) for a production of "Angels' and Infidels", the historic dramatization of the first National Women's Rights Convention in 1850.

    Worcester Women's History Project
    Shrewsbury, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Jessie Rodrique
    awarded on: 2000-06-09
    amount: $25,000
    Discussion: Reading Grant

    Laughing Matters

    A book series that will take place on Thursday evenings every other week for a total of 4 sessions in order to provide quality literature for the library's users. Organization is asking for funds in order to pay the scholar's fee.

    Francis J. Lawler Branch Library
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Sharon Pinho
    awarded on: 2000-06-02
    amount: $600
    Proposal Development Grant

    Williamstown House of Local History

    The preliminary stage (planning and consulting) for a long-term exhibit that explores how and why the town of Williamstown came to be what it is, the forces and groups that shapes it, the ways in which it has reflected national developments, and the ways in which the town is unique.

    Williamstown Historical Museum
    Williamstown, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Nancy Burstein
    awarded on: 2000-05-26
    amount: $500
    Project Grant

    Connected in Time, Connected in Space

    An exhibit that explores the history of Malvern Avenue in Somerville through oral history accounts and various city agencies doing research. The exhibit will also include the process used in order to obtain information about the former residents of Malvern Avenue. Exhibit related programs will include one historical musical performance, five accompanying lectures given by scholars, historians and community activists, which will act as an expansion on the process and also address related historical topics, diversity and understanding, and community building in Somerville.

    Somerville Historical Society and Museum
    Somerville, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Carol Menkiti
    awarded on: 2000-04-18
    amount: $1,850
    Project Grant

    Call 4 Art: Collaboration of Action Representatives & Transformation

    Collaboration between an academic research institution, a community art organization, a public high school and two video artists. The collaboration is about "breaking walls" that exist between the academic world/public schools and between schools/ community to share resources and expertise.

    Urban Improv
    Jamaica Plain, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Julie Criniere
    awarded on: 2000-04-18
    amount: $2,500
    Project Grant

    Cybernations: The Game Domain

    A panel discussion that will explore issues and aesthetics surrounding multimedia computer gaming, focusing on multi-user domain games.

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

    project director: Laura S. Heon
    awarded on: 2000-04-18
    amount: $2,500
    Project Grant

    Making Music in Massachusetts (supplement)

    An additional program in the series "Making Music in Massachusetts" which focuses on Caribbean musical traditions. Event is to be recorded for broadcasting purposes.

    Club Passim, Inc
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Karen Lecompte
    awarded on: 2000-03-21
    amount: $2,300
    Project Grant

    Film Talks (Filmmakers Collaborative's Speakers' Bureau)

    Develop a Speakers' Bureau that will allow filmmakers to engage in an intense dialogue with small audiences from a wide range of communities throughout the greater Boston area.

    Filmmakers Collaborative
    Melrose, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Michal Goldman
    awarded on: 2000-03-21
    amount: $2,399
    Project Grant

    Turns of the Centuries

    The creation, piloting and early dissemination of curriculum that features the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association's primary document and artifact collection.

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

    project director: Timothy Neumann
    awarded on: 2000-03-17
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Understanding the Experience of Surviving Abuse

    An expansion and enhancement of an already existing writing program, by adding a stronger literary component and giving the workshop members an opportunity to share their works in public settings.

    New England Learning Center for Women (NELCWIT)
    Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Deborah Seidman
    awarded on: 2000-02-15
    amount: $2,500
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