Past Grants Awarded

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    Project Grant

    Roads to History - Boston and Beyond

    A series of six thematic history itineraries in and around Greater Boston with accompanying web site registered with all major search engines with a links page to all participants and reciprocal links to major travel industry sites.

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

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

    Clear and Present Danger

    New interactive play, commissioned by Discovering Justice, set in the post WWI era, which explores the complex issues surrounding individual freedom and security during times of national conflict and crisis. Following the performances, audience will speak with a judge who will address the legal issues of the drama.

    Discovering Justice: James D. St. Clair Court Public Ed Proj
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

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

    The New Challenges of Institution-Building for Somalis in their New Environment

    Two community-wide public forums featuring four Somali public-intellectuals who will reflect on recent Somali history and draw on the strong ethical content of Somali oral literature and custom.

    Somali Institute for Research and Development
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Mursal Farah
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $5,000
    Project: K-12 Grant

    Making Freedom: A Sourcebook Publications Project

    Five sourcebooks on African American history for K-12 teachers, to be published by Heinemann. This particular grant covers permissions costs.

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

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

    Ubuntu--A South African Peace Lesson

    An educational program for Boston youth scheduled to coincide with Black History Month and the South African art exhibition, "A Decade of Democracy: Witnessing South Africa." Tours of the exhibit will be led by Lionel Davis, a former political prisoner of Robben Island and current educator at the Robben Island Museum.

    Boston Pan-African Forum
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Donna M. Keefe
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $4,300
    Project: K-12 Grant

    Sweetness and Light: A Workshop for Teachers

    A one and a half day workshop for upper elementary and middle school teachers. Held at Clark, this workshop will guide teachers in creating interdisciplinary, humanities-based curricula conceived for use both in and outside the classroom in coordination with local cultural resources; the exhibition of The Maple Sugar Paintings of Eastman Johnson will be a springboard for the workshop.

    Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
    Williamstown, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Michael Cassin
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $2,020
    Project Grant

    One Blood: Commemoration of the Deerfield Attack on its 300th Anniversary

    A series of public programs in support of a Cantata Singers performance of One Blood, a composition by Marjorie Merryman inspired by The Unredeemed Captive by John Demos.

    Cantata Singers, Inc.
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Lisa Stiller
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $3,000
    Discussion: Reading Grant

    Voices of the Outer Cape

    Reading and discussion program featuring books about Cape Cod, including Outermost House, Time and the Town, Cape Cod by Thoreau, and A Place Apart: a Cape Cod Reader.

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

    project director: Ardie McEathron
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $300
    Project Grant

    Amesbury Heritage Visitor Center Exhibit Design

    Planning grant for an exhibit in a historic mill property in the recently revitalized downtown area.

    Town of Amesbury
    Amesbury, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

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

    Richard Yarde: Ringshout

    Support for a program and a gallery brochure exploring the historical context of an installation by artist, Richard Yarde, a work based on religious ceremony, performed by African Americans during the slave era.

    Worcester Art Museum
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Susan L. Stoops
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $3,000
    Project Grant

    Seafarers and Society: Who Defended American Shores in 1812?

    Support for a symposium designed to bring recent scholarship in maritime history to an audience of teachers and the general public, covering topics appealing to people interested in the human dimension of seafaring during the War of 1812.

    USS Constitution Museum
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

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

    Exhibition Brochure - Thanksgiving: Memory, Myth & Meaning

    Production support for the design and first printing of a brochure to accompany Plimoth Plantation's new exhibition on the history of Thanksgiving.

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

    project director: Kathleen Curtin
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $4,700
    Project Grant

    "Understanding Ourselves By Looking Back: Falmouth at Work"

    Support for a project designed to promote understanding of six early industries in the region, the project - a series of bronze bas relief sculptures depicting industries that were important in the Falmouth area - installed in June 2002 along Main Street in Falmouth - will create a print resource for schools, libraries, chambers of commerce, tourists and the collaborating partners and for the general public.

    Committee to Encourage Public Art
    Falmouth, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Paulette C. Loomis
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $4,000
    Project Grant

    The Ballou Project

    Promotion of an exhibit of portraits by a nineteenth-century itinerant painter who spent several years in Brewster. The exhibit will be part of Brewster's bicentennial celebrations and will be presented with contextual materials, including 1858 town maps, daguerreotypes, photographs and biographical information on all the sitters to give viewers a sense of life in Cape Cod towns before the innovations of the Industrial Revolution.

    Brewster Bicentennial Committee
    Brewster, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Ellen St. Sure
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $1,000
    Discussion: Reading Grant

    Desperate Journeys: True Stories of Endurance and Survival

    A reading and discussion series.

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

    project director: Edward Bergman
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $250
    Resource Center Grant

    Meet Lucy Stone

    Judith Black's Lucy Stone performance at the Dorchester YMCA.

    AfterSchool Partners
    Newton, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Cindy Weiner
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $300
    Project Grant

    Video Series On Central Asia

    Post-production and distribution of the filming of a five-part lecture series for educators K-12, "Central Asia: Islamic Diversity from the Mongols to the Present."

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

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

    Framingham Architecture

    A major exhibition which will survey four centuries of Framingham architecture, and related programming, including the relationship of these treasures to the social, economic and cultural history of the town, providing a resource for understanding Framingham's contribution to American architectural history.

    Framingham Historical Society & Museum
    Framingham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Dana Ricciardi
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $4,740
    Project Grant

    Schools and Society: The Current Debate on Education Reform

    A series of public forums to be held at the First Parish in Harvard Square, Cambridge, on issues of education reform, the goals of which will be to explore the larger social issues that underlie the current crises of confidence in public education and to examine contemporary efforts to improve school performance with respect to their effectiveness in achieving broad-based education reform.

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

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

    Perspectives on "The Ave"

    A collaborative, multidisciplinary humanities project involving a painter in residence at ArtWorks in New Bedford as well as local city experts, exploring the character of Acushnet Avenue in New Bedford's North End, a thoroughfare that has changed little over the last several decades.

    ArtWorks! Partners for the Art & Community, Inc.
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Karin G. Oen
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $1,500
    Project: Media Grant

    Loaded Gun: Life, and Death and Dickinson

    Distribution funds and scholar honoraria and travel expenses for scholar/panelists at screenings of "Loaded Gun," a semi-comical film exploring Emily Dickinson's life and work. Funds may be used to establish the film as a teaching tool.

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

    project director: Steve Gentile
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $2,500
    Project: Media Grant

    Talking to the Wall: The Story of An American Bargain

    Distribution funds for a one-hour documentary that examines, over a five year period, the impacts and struggles of two rural New England towns that have confronted large-scale retail developments and the clash between national corporate interests and community needs. The proposed distribution plan includes public tv broadcasts, a local premiere, entry in film festivals, and preparing for non-broadcast educational distribution.

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

    project director: Steven Alves
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Media Grant

    Sacco and Vanzetti

    Production phase of a video documentary about the lives and legal case of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, two Italian immigrant anarchists who were executed in Boston in 1927 after a famous and controversial trial. (MFH funded the pre-production phase of the project as well.)

    New York Foundation for the Arts
    New York, NY, New York County

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

    Northeastern Native American Basketry Symposium

    One day public symposium on Native American basketry.

    Old Sturbridge Village
    Sturbridge, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Ed Hood
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $2,500
    Project Grant

    Celebrating Hawthorne

    Shakespeare & Company, a performance and education center, produces a series of historical and interpretive events celebrating Hawthorne's bicentennial.

    Shakespeare & Company
    Lenox, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

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

    Voices of Diversity: Literature Connecting Worcester Teachers to the Cultures of Their Students

    Professional development initiative to expose Worcester teachers to their students' varied cultures through the study of literature.

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

    project director: Gale Nigrosh
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $4,848
    Discussion: Reading Grant

    Consider the Source: Old Tales Retold

    Reading & discussion group

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

    project director: Ardie McEathron
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $300
    Project Grant

    Native American Public Interpretation Program

    Free public walking tours of past archaeological dig sites at UMass' Summer Field School in Anthropology for three weeks in June.

    Historic Deerfield, Inc.
    Deerfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Elizabeth Chilton
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $2,880
    Project Grant

    THE CHAIR

    Exhibition and accompanying catalogue of THE CHAIR at WCC, concentrating on the historical context and meaning of the chair's place within culture.

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

    project director: Maryon Attwood
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $2,750
    Project Grant

    Teachers As Scholars/Boston Public Schools Humanities Seminars, Summer 2002

    A series of humanities seminars offered to BPS teachers to enrich curriculum and humanities pedagogy.

    Teachers As Scholars, Inc.
    Newton, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: William Holinger
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $4,779
    Project Grant

    Ancient Egypt

    Egyptian art and artifacts on exhibit at the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, 1/15/03 - 1/6/04, with related humanities programming.

    Springfield Museums
    Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Kay Simpson
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $15,000
    Project Grant

    Northampton's Living History Community Heritage Project

    Short documentary of portraits of people and institutions that reflect Northampton's diverse 350-year history.

    Florence Association
    Florence, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

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

    Distribution of "Someone Sang for Me: Jane Sapp, Cultural Activist"

    The Fund for Women Artists will distribute a one hour documentary about Jane Sapp, a leader in cultural activism and music education workshops for 'at-risk' youth.

    Fund For Women Artists
    San Francisco, CA, San Francisco County

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

    Planning Grant for Creation of Literary Map of Massachusetts

    Massachusetts Center for the Book will plan a two-phase literary map of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, both in-print and on-line.

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

    project director: Sharon Shaloo
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $15,000
    Project Grant

    Dante at the Gardner

    Five public readings and discussions of Dante's Inferno plus an unspecified 'day-long event.'

    Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Margaret Burchenal
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $8,000
    Project Grant

    The Skinned Lan: Connecticut River Log Drives

    Pre-production grant for a documentary exploring the Connecticut River log drives, 1868-1915.

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

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

    Wayside Exhibit: Korean War Veterans Memorial

    Historic, interpretative installation to accompany the Korean War Memorial, extended until 10/31/02

    Korean War Veterans Association Cape & Islands Chapter
    Dennis, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Sarah Brophy
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $2,550
    Project Grant

    Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center Oral History Booklet

    An oral history project documenting the lives of men who earned livings working at the oldest continuously operating marine railway in the country.

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

    project director: Harriet Webster
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $4,925
    Project Grant

    Maverick Photography Project

    Youth residents of Maverick Gardens public housing will attend formal photography training and lab courses, in order to then document images of their community, slated for demolition within the next few years. Photos will be displayed at Maverick Gardens, and a public space TBD.

    Zumix
    East Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Jennifer Gilbert
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $3,200
    Project Grant

    Images of Conflict: Films During the Times of International Crisis

    A humanities panel discussion about the use of film in times of war.

    Provincetown International Film Festival
    Provincetown, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: P.J. Layng
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $3,000
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