Past Grants Awarded

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    Project: Media Grant

    Telling Women's Lives

    Pre-production grant for a series of ten films about women in the American past.

    Filmmakers Collaborative
    Melrose, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Laurie Kahn
    awarded on: 2004-12-10
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Media Grant

    Spirit of Providence

    Funds to support the pre-production of Spirit of Providence, a documentary television program about the Sisters of Providence, a small order of Catholic Sisters from Holyoke, MA, who have made a great impact in establishing non-profit healthcare institutions and social services in their communities.

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

    project director: Elizabeth Wilda
    awarded on: 2004-12-10
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Enslaved in the Americas/African American Festival

    Humanities portion of the 8th annual African American Festival in Worcester, MA, including an exhibition at the Worcester Public Library, lectures and a panel discussion.

    Willis Center Cultural Institute
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Gloria Hall
    awarded on: 2004-12-10
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Our Bondage/Our Freedom: Frederick Douglass & Hermann Melville - Exhibition

    Exhibition using the 150th anniversary of Frederick Douglass' My Bondage and My Freedom and Melville's Benito Cereno as a starting point for exploring concerns such as the reach and limits of democracy, the nature of freedom, the role of race in the America and the place of the U.S. in the world.

    New Bedford Whaling Museum
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Candace L. Heald
    awarded on: 2004-12-10
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    The Playwright of Peaked Hill Bars

    Exhibit on Eugene O'Neill in Provincetown.

    Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum
    Provincetown, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Jeffrey Morris
    awarded on: 2004-12-10
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Cai Guo-Qiang: Inopportune Lecture Series

    Lecture and discussion series investigating the political and artistic issues raised by MASS MoCA's exhibition Cai Guo-Qiang: Inopportune.

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

    project director: Laura S. Heon
    awarded on: 2004-12-10
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Media Grant

    SCENES FROM A PARISH

    Funds for the research, production and editing of a documentary film examining social change at Saint Patrick's, a working-class Catholic parish in Lawrence, MA experiencing dramatic changes as immigrants from Latin America and Asia move to the neighborhood.

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

    project director: James Rutenbeck
    awarded on: 2004-12-10
    amount: $10,000
    Discussion: Reading Grant

    Understanding Islam at Hingham

    Reading and discussion program about Islam (formerly a council conducted program).

    Hingham Public Library
    Hingham, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

    project director: Kathleen Leahy
    awarded on: 2004-12-06
    amount: $500
    Discussion: Reading Grant

    The Mystery Novel as a Reflection of its Times

    Reading and book discussion group examining mystery novels.

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

    project director: Lucy Loomis
    awarded on: 2004-11-30
    amount: $1,000
    Project: K-12 Grant

    Maritime Trade between Salem, Massachusetts and India (1788-1845)

    Development of a social studies curriculum material to present the flourishing trade that Massachusetts ports had with different ports of India for public schools.

    Meru Educational Foundation
    Sharon, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

    project director: Vanita Shastri
    awarded on: 2004-09-17
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Jews and the Culture of the Tango

    Two-part symposium open to the public on Jews and the Culture of the Tango, focusing on the tango as a rich repository of the worldview and social situation of Yiddish-speaking Jews in the first half of the 20th century, both in Argentina and Eastern Europe.

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

    project director: Thomas Glick
    awarded on: 2004-09-17
    amount: $1,695
    Project Grant

    William Skinner and Sons Manufacturing Co. Interpretive Exhibit

    Exhibit Production Grant to build an interpretive and interactive exhibit on the William Skimmer and Sons Manufacturing Company and their part in the US silk industry, 1850-1962.

    Wistariahurst Museum Association, Inc
    Holyoke, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Laurie Risler
    awarded on: 2004-09-17
    amount: $3,700
    Project Grant

    "Vincie N." Interpretive Exhibit

    Development of an interpretive exhibit that will give insight into the culture of the people whose livelihood depended upon the Vincie N., a commercial fishing boat built in 1936 and fished by the same Gloucester family for over 50 years.

    Gloucester Maritime Heritage Museum
    Gloucester, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Harriet Webster
    awarded on: 2004-09-17
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    History of Social Service in Lawrence, Massachusetts

    Exhibit of artifacts and oral histories telling the story of the emergence of social service policy and delivery in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

    Family Service, Inc
    Lawrence, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Kay B. Frishman
    awarded on: 2004-09-17
    amount: $3,700
    Project Grant

    Planning Grant: Hibernian Hall and Roxbury in the 20th Century

    Funds to develop a plan for exhibits and related activities, as well as a strategy for obtaining funding for the Roxbury Center for the Arts at Hibernian Hall - a product of the overall rehabilitation of Hibernian Hall in Dudley Square, which has served as a center for community culture in Roxbury and Greater Boston.

    Madison Park Development Corp.
    Roxbury, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Candelaria SIlva-Collins
    awarded on: 2004-09-17
    amount: $5,000
    Discussion: Reading Grant

    Understanding Islam - Jones Library

    Reading and discussion series about Islam.

    Jones Library
    Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Beth Girshman
    awarded on: 2004-06-22
    amount: $500
    Project Grant

    The Lure of the West: Films and Literature

    A reading and discussion series and film/discussion series to accompany an exhibit of American West artifacts.

    National Heritage Museum
    Lexington, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Alice Promisel
    awarded on: 2004-06-11
    amount: $3,500
    Project: Media Grant

    The Villages of Montague: History and Memory in a New England Town

    A videotaped oral history project about the five villages of Montague, produced in honor of Montague's 250th anniversary. The programs will air on a local access television station in late 2004.

    Montague Community Cable Incorporated
    Turners Falls, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Jeffrey Singleton
    awarded on: 2004-06-11
    amount: $3,480
    Project: Media Grant

    Monkey Dance Distribution Grant

    The distribution grant will cover the production of a high school teacher's guide to accompany the documentary, design and printing of a poster to promote local screenings, and film festival entry costs.

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

    project director: Julie Mallozzi
    awarded on: 2004-06-11
    amount: $4,980
    Project Grant

    Discover Roxbury's Art and History

    A series of five "moving lecture" bus tours highlighting Roxbury's history, art and culture, led by experts in their fields.

    The Bridges Program
    Lexington, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Marcia Butman
    awarded on: 2004-06-11
    amount: $4,000
    Project Grant

    Concord River Greenway History

    An oral history project that will utilize interviews with residents of neighborhoods that abut the Concord River in Lowell. The end products will be a lengthy oral history document, a Concord River Greenway brochure, and historical signage.

    Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust
    Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Kristin McCauley
    awarded on: 2004-06-11
    amount: $3,600
    Project Grant

    Website Design

    The designing of a website for the Royall House, the only home in New England with preserved slave quarters.

    Royall House Association
    Medford, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Fred Schlicher
    awarded on: 2004-06-11
    amount: $1,680
    Project Grant

    A Place Called Paradise: Culture & Community in Northampton, MA 1654-2004

    A UMass-published anthology containing the articles upon which the lectures for Historic Northampton's lecture series commemorating the 350th anniversary year of the city of Northampton were based.

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

    project director: Kerry Buckley
    awarded on: 2004-06-11
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Media Grant

    The Political Dr. Seuss

    A 90-minute documentary film on the little known political side of Theodor Seuss Geisal, a Springfield native.

    The New Press
    New York, NY, New York County

    project director: Ron Lamothe
    awarded on: 2004-06-11
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Media Grant

    Plastic: Credit Cards and the Culture of Debt

    A documentary investigating the culture of debt in America.

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

    project director: Tim Wright
    awarded on: 2004-06-11
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Witch House Family Program Series

    A series of educational public programs to enhance the Witch House's role as a center for community involvement and local history. The Witch House is the only historic building in Salem with direct ties to the witchcraft trials of 1692.

    Witch House
    Salem, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Elizabeth Seater
    awarded on: 2004-06-11
    amount: $3,400
    Project Grant

    Yours for Humanity--Abby, A One-Act Play

    A one-woman play about Abby Kelley Foster.

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

    project director: Linda B. Rosenlund
    awarded on: 2004-06-11
    amount: $5,000
    Discussion: Reading Grant

    The American Short Story

    A library reading and discussion series.

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

    project director: Ardie McEathron
    awarded on: 2004-05-18
    amount: $150
    Project Grant

    Voices from the Oak Tree

    A series of public presentations focusing on the oral and literary traditions of the Wampanoag people.

    Oversoul Theatre Collective, Inc.
    Mashpee, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Morgan J. Peters
    awarded on: 2004-03-15
    amount: $2,500
    Project Grant

    Nathaniel Hawthorne Bicentennial Lectures

    Three lectures about the life, work and legacy of Nathaniel Hawthorne during 2004, the bicentennial of his birth.

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

    project director: Alexandria Mason
    awarded on: 2004-03-12
    amount: $3,000
    Project Grant

    Project 2050

    "Knowledge for Power" sessions for the Project 2050 summer retreat, a yearly ten-day gathering of artists, scholars, and a racially diverse group of 45 Western Massachusetts youth, at which themes connected to the projected demographic shift of 2050--when people of color will become the majority in the US--are explored through artistic and scholastic expression.

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

    project director: Talvin Wilkes
    awarded on: 2004-03-12
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Still Present Pasts

    A multi-media exhibit that explores the legacies of the Korean war and encourages reflection about the devastation of all wars.
    (project website)

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

    project director: G. Ramsay Liem
    awarded on: 2004-03-12
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    African American Heritage Trail

    The publication of a revised and expanded version of the African American Heritage Trail book that will include information on more sites on Martha's Vineyard.

    African American Heritage Trail of Martha's Vineyard
    West Tisbury, MA, Dukes County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Elaine C. Weintraub
    awarded on: 2004-03-12
    amount: $3,500
    Project Grant

    The Man Who Found Thoreau: Roland W. Robbins and the Search for New England's Buried Past

    A subvention grant for a study of Massachusetts archaeologist Roland Robbins to be published by the University Press of New England in the fall of 2004.

    University of Maryland
    College Park, MD, Prince Georges County

    project director: Donald W. Linebaugh
    awarded on: 2004-03-12
    amount: $1,000
    Project: K-12 Grant

    The Genesis and Genius of Islam

    An interdisciplinary summer institute on Islam. The course will explore the development of Islamic religious, social, and political life over time and across several cultures.

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

    project director: Deborah Cunningham
    awarded on: 2004-02-13
    amount: $5,000
    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
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