Past Grants Awarded

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    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
    Project Grant

    Loewen In Lowell

    A series of three different events presented by scholar, Dr. James Loewen. The largest of the events will be a public presentation that will held at the American Textile Museum and informal discussions at various sites. The general aim of each event was to discussion the gross misrepresentations that are perpetuated in American history textbooks and historic sites.

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

    project director: Alice Walters
    awarded on: 2000-02-15
    amount: $1,520
    Project Grant

    Conversations

    A series of nine lectures and discussions for the general public. Each program will focus on a different subject, chosen to reflect current scholarship and new discoveries in the areas of social, religious, literary, racial, philosophical, gender-oriented, architectural, politics, musical, artistic, and technological history. Each talk will be followed by an informal audience discussion on a related topic.

    Cambridge Historical Society
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Aurore D. Eaton
    awarded on: 2000-02-15
    amount: $2,500
    Project Grant

    Sheffield: Through the Lens of Carrie Smith Lorraine (1868-1935)

    An exploration of the works of Carrie Smith Lorraine who was a photographer and central figure in history of Sheffield during the town transition from the nineteenth to the twentieth century. This series hopes to explore her techiniques in visual representation of a bygone era.

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

    project director: Joanne Hurlbut
    awarded on: 2000-02-15
    amount: $2,465
    Discussion: Reading Grant

    Historical Mysteries

    A discussion group whose focus will be on the mystery theme set in historic times. There will be five different book discussions that will be educational and informative but not too heavy for the less serious reader.

    Friends of the Lakeville Public Library
    Lakeville, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

    project director: Donna Tibbetts
    awarded on: 2000-02-03
    amount: $375
    Discussion: Reading Grant

    Autobiography: Writing and Memory

    A continuation of a series that was entitled, "The Journey Inward: Women's Biography" but with more diversity (includes men and women). It will explore the theme of self and writing about the self.

    Phinehas S. Newton Library
    Royalston, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Elizabeth Gospodarek
    awarded on: 2000-02-03
    amount: $450
    Project Grant

    Education Script for Dramatic Presentation

    Preparations and performance of a historical script for a dramatic presentation. It will directly support an educational program to introduce and develop an appreciation and understanding about the first half of the 19th century.

    Gore Place
    Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Susan Katz
    awarded on: 2000-01-21
    amount: $2,500
    Project Grant

    Provincetown Playwrights Festival

    To fund a playwriting festival that will feature two scholars who will present workshops and script readings.

    Provincetown Theater Company
    Provincetown, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Margaret Van Sant
    awarded on: 2000-01-18
    amount: $2,500
    Project Grant

    Mood Indigo: Antique and Comtemporary Quilts

    An exploration of the historic and artistic use of indigo-dyed fabrics in quilts.

    New England Quilt Museum
    Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Jennifer Gilbert
    awarded on: 2000-01-18
    amount: $2,473
    Project Grant

    A Scarlet Letter Musical

    A modern, musical version of Nathaniel Hawthorne's book the "The Scarlet Letter" in honor of its 150th anniversary since publication.

    Nathaniel Hawthorne Society
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Millicent Bell
    awarded on: 2000-01-18
    amount: $2,500
    Project Grant

    Exhibition of Handpainted Cambodian Shop Signs (Planning)

    A field research project in Cambodia related to the planning of a groundbreaking exhibition of the handpainted Cambodian shop signs.

    New England Folklife Center
    Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Laurie B. Kalb
    awarded on: 2000-01-15
    amount: $1,840
    Discussion: Reading Grant

    Family Affairs

    A library discussion series that encompasses themes that have been previously discussed, community headlines, and issues.

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

    project director: Ann Dotterer
    awarded on: 1999-12-30
    amount: $325
    Project Grant

    Celebrate Shutesbury

    A project that will focus on Shutesbury's history from 1900-2000 by conducting a community forum, the publishing of a book and an organized community celebration.

    Shutesbury Education Foundation
    Shutesbury, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Gail Thomas
    awarded on: 1999-12-21
    amount: $2,500
    Project Grant

    Once Removed

    A one-hour documentary film about a film maker's trip to China to meet her mother's family and learn about the role in China's convulsive political movements.

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

    project director: Julie Mallozzi
    awarded on: 1999-12-21
    amount: $2,500
    Project Grant

    Falmouth 2000 Life History

    An oral history project, museum exhibit, and companion publication documenting the lives of Falmouth residents in the 20th century.

    Falmouth Museums on the Green
    Falmouth, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Ann Sears
    awarded on: 1999-12-21
    amount: $2,499
    Project Grant

    Standing Before Us-Exhibition and Event

    An exhibition and event that celebrates the publication of the anthology "Standing before Us: Unitarian Universalist Women and Social Reform, 1776-1936".

    Unitarian Universalist Women's Heritage Society
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Dorothy M. Emerson
    awarded on: 1999-12-21
    amount: $2,500
    Project Grant

    Turned Out: Sexual Assault Behind Bars

    Script development grant for a documentary on rape within American prisons.

    Interlock Media Inc.
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Jonathan Schwartz
    awarded on: 1999-12-17
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    The Long Road to Justice

    A multi-media exhibition covering over three centuries of the history of African Americans in the Massachusetts court system. The exhibition will travel to courthouses statewide.

    Justice George Lewis Ruffin Society
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Julian Houston
    awarded on: 1999-12-17
    amount: $25,000
    Project Grant

    The City Game

    Preproduction grant for the planning and convening of a symposium of scholars and media producers to guide the research and development for a major public television series: The City Game: Basketball and Social Life in 20th Century America.

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

    project director: Martha Fowlkes
    awarded on: 1999-12-17
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    The Double Edged Weapon: The Sword as Icon and Artifact

    An exhibition and attendant programming on representative and unusual swords from the Higgins collection.

    Higgins Armory Museum - closed 2013
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Jeffrey L. Forgeng
    awarded on: 1999-12-17
    amount: $5,853
    Project Grant

    Seen and Received: The Private Art of the Shakers

    A year-long exhibit of Shaker folk art, the production of a catalogue, and related programming. Exhibit features the Shakers' religious art, the "gift drawings" in particular.

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

    project director: Sharon D. Koomler
    awarded on: 1999-12-17
    amount: $15,000
    Project Grant

    The Ecological Imagination: Reflections on Nature, Place and Spirituality

    A conference bringing together approximately 20 of America's outstanding nature writers to examine with each other the nature and role of the imaginative and spiritual impulses that prompt their writing.

    Cambridge Forum
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Mary E. Tucker
    awarded on: 1999-12-17
    amount: $11,060
    Project Grant

    Atlantic Pearl

    A script development grant to produce a trailer for a 60 minute documentary on scalloping in New Bedford.

    Spinner Publications
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Joseph D. Thomas
    awarded on: 1999-12-15
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Connick Project, Phase 1

    The plans for an exhibition, catalogue, website and possibly a CD-ROM or DVD to explore the work of Charles J. Connick Associations (1912-1986) who were makers of stained glass.

    The Charles J. Connick Stained Glass Foundation, L
    Newtonville, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Catherine Zusy
    awarded on: 1999-12-10
    amount: $7,500
    Project Grant

    Have you heard of Johannesburg?

    A four-hour documentary film series on the untold stories of millions of people who participated in the struggle against apartheid and influenced the actions of the apartheid regime and their supporters.

    Clarity Educational Productions
    Berkeley, CA

    project director: Connie Field
    awarded on: 1999-12-10
    amount: $25,000
    Project Grant

    American Textile History Museum Video Production

    For the installation and production of a four-minute interpretive video in exhibit "Textiles in America" which is part of a five video series about the immigrant experience in American textile history.

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

    project director: Linda Carpenter
    awarded on: 1999-12-10
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Monkey Dance

    A one-hour documentary following the stories of three Cambodian-American teenagers and Lowell's Angkor Dance Troupe.

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

    project director: Julie Mallozzi
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $20,000
    Project Grant

    Dickens and America: Lowell Public Performances

    Public performances by Gerald Dickens, great-great grandson of Charles Dickens, who visited Lowell in 1842. These performances, which combine history, literature, and biography in a unique one-man show format, will include new material about that visit gathered through the research of two humanities scholars. The performances will commemorate the 160th anniversary of Charles Dickens' visit to Lowell.

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

    project director: Diana Archibald
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Bicentennia Haitian Heritage Cultural Outreach

    A four-day series of educational workshops, symposia, cultural presentations, performances, exhibits and tours at City Hall Plaza and the Boston Public Library.

    LAKOU Association
    Roslindale, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Alexandra Celestin
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $4,000
    Project Grant

    Boston Stories: The Big Dig

    A collaboration of the Boston Museum Project, National Park Service, the MCC, the American Folklife center at the Library of Congress, and other institutions to develop a multi-phase oral history project on the topic of the "Big Dig."

    Boston Museum Project
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Anne D. Emerson
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Massachusetts Communities

    A statewide film screening and discussion series that will use five notable documentaries including "Name for Our Family," "Downside Up," "Holding Ground," "Someone Sang for Me," and "Talking to the Wal" as a basis for humanities focused discussion forums.

    Filmmakers Collaborative
    Melrose, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Kyle Freeman
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Guidebook to Stonehurst, The Robert Treat Paine Estate

    The publication of a guidebook that will introduce the general public to Stonehurst, the Waltham estate of the Robert Treat Paine family, and its creators Henry Hobson Richardson and landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead.

    Stonehurst, Robert Treat Paine Estate
    Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Ann Clifford
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    A Place Called Northampton: 1654-2004, The 350th Anniversary Lecture Series

    Series of public lectures bringing together notable scholars and community in a forum that will explore the diverse issues in the Northampton region's history and culture.

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

    project director: Kerry Buckley
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $5,500
    Project Grant

    Seeking Freedom in Nineteenth-Century America

    Planning for an exhibition exploring the struggle to end the institution of slavery by focusing on a group of objects and documents and the stories related to them. The exhibit will run at the Jackson Homestead, which is itself a documented Underground Railroad site.

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

    project director: Sheila Sibley
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $5,000
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