Past Grants Awarded

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    Project Grant

    The Artist's Role in Effecting Social Change

    A free lecture series investigating the various ways artists have been and can be involved in their communities, both socially and politically.

    Massachusetts College of Art Foundation
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Nicholas Sorlien
    awarded on: 2001-07-19
    amount: $2,495
    Project Grant

    Anna Howard Shaw Meets Harriet Tubman

    An Eventide Arts Festival drama that poses the question, what would be the nature of a conversation between Rev. Anna Howard Shaw, one of the first female ministers who preached at the Dennis Union Church from 1878-1885 and Harriet Tubman. The dialogue has been informed by Shaw's writing and illuminates attitudes about race that permeated the Cape during the latter part of the nineteenth century.

    Eventide Theatre Company
    Dennis, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Noel Tipton
    awarded on: 2001-07-19
    amount: $1,500
    Project Grant

    The Goody Parsons Case

    A multifaceted program on witchcraft that builds on primary documents, historical artifacts, and humanities scholarship to develop public programs and exhibits to enrich K-12 curriculum.

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

    project director: Kerry Buckley
    awarded on: 2001-06-26
    amount: $2,500
    Project Grant

    Project 2050

    Given the profound demographic changes that will be evident in the year 2050, these seminars and workshops are designed to generate artistic responses to themes that include personal and ethnic identity, injustice, and power relationships.

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

    project director: Roberta Uno
    awarded on: 2001-06-08
    amount: $25,000
    Project Grant

    The Laces of Ipswich

    The planning of an exhibition intended to increase the public's understanding and appreciation of the significance of the handmade lace production in the New England Town of Ipswich, Massachusetts between 1750 and 1840 as a social, economic, and cultural phenomenon and to provide insight into the lives of the women who made the lace, some of the nation's first entrepreneurs.

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

    project director: Diane F. Affleck
    awarded on: 2001-06-08
    amount: $15,000
    Project Grant

    Rediscovering a Lost Tradition: The Technology of a 17th-Century Wood-Fired Kiln

    An exhibit and related programming centering on a 17th century wood-fired kiln at the museum's craft center.

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

    project director: Deborah Mason
    awarded on: 2001-06-08
    amount: $25,000
    Project Grant

    Sogni d'Oro--Dreams of Gold: A Collection of Oral Histories of Italian-American Families

    An oral history project on the histories of Italian families who settled in the greater Fitchburg and Leominster area. The project will culminate in a public presentation that will include some of the recorded oral histories with contextual historical and social material as well as photographs.

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

    project director: Mary C. Durling
    awarded on: 2001-06-08
    amount: $15,000
    Project Grant

    Jacob's Pillow Audience Engagement Series for Festival 2001

    Pre-performance lectures and post-performance discussions led by Resident Pillow Scholars. The talks will lead audiences through art criticism, historic and cultural interpretations, as well as live discussions with Festival artists and other people of note.

    Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
    Becket, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Norton Owen
    awarded on: 2001-06-08
    amount: $7,500
    Project Grant

    Moby-Dick and the Twentieth Century

    A lecture series focusing on the impact of Moby Dick in the twentieth century.

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

    project director: Susan Eisley
    awarded on: 2001-05-17
    amount: $2,500
    Project Grant

    From Augustus to Augustine: The Roman World and its Enduring Legacy

    CANE summer institute for teachers.

    Classical Association of New England
    Natick, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Carla Goodnoh
    awarded on: 2001-05-17
    amount: $2,000
    Discussion: Reading Grant

    A Natural Wilderness: American Nature Writers

    A four part series exploring the ways in which modern Americans, as individuals and as a society,have worked with the traditions of the past and searched for new values in a disappearing wilderness.

    Thornton W. Burgess Society
    Sandwich, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Bethany S. Rutledge
    awarded on: 2001-05-08
    amount: $901
    Project Grant

    A Forty Year Perspective: A Celebration and Examination of Historic Preservation at Hancock Shaker Village

    A public celebration of the success of the 1960's grass-roots preservation efforts at an important American communal site, and to examine changes in historic preservation practices and cultural perceptions of this museum and beyond.

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

    project director: Mary Rentz
    awarded on: 2001-04-15
    amount: $2,500
    Project Grant

    The Value of Women's Work

    A public lecture followed by two more informal discussions that will include the audience members of the lecture. The main goal of this three-part preamble is to introduce TBS and WEIU members to the project, a five-week installation/ exhibition and to also aid both members of the TBS and WEIU in understanding why the two organizations are sponsoring " Women's Work" and how this production connects to and builds up the missions and activities of both organizations.

    Bostonian Society
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Cynthia Robinson
    awarded on: 2001-03-15
    amount: $2,500
    Project Grant

    City Lives: Senior Citizens of Lowell

    An exhibit featuring photographs and capsule biographies of fifteen senior citizens born and still living in Lowell, Massachusetts. The photographs, along with biographical excerpts, will be displayed in the windows of the downtown Lowell building. This project will produce a free chapbook with the complete stories of those interviewed, a website with photos and stories, and archival materials for the center for Lowell History.

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

    project director: Diana Archibald
    awarded on: 2001-03-15
    amount: $2,493
    Project Grant

    Science Ethics Lecture Series

    A series that will include a talk about the ethical and scientific ramifications of Nazi medicine that will take place during late April of 2001. The second portion will consist of lecture coinciding with a conference organized by several academic and community groups in the Pioneer Valley Five College Area.

    Institute for Science and Interdisciplinary Studies
    Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Herbert Bernstein
    awarded on: 2001-03-15
    amount: $1,250
    Resource Center Grant

    MCB Launch Program and Bookmaking Workshop

    A program to launch the center and a bookmaking workshop for the general public in Amherst, MA.

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

    project director: Sharon Shaloo
    awarded on: 2001-02-16
    amount: $500
    Project Grant

    Women in Jewish Music

    A symposium and musical event that will focus on women in Jewish music.

    Zamir Chorale of Boston
    Newton, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Joshua Jacobson
    awarded on: 2001-02-14
    amount: $2,500
    Project Grant

    Bill T. Jones Legacy Project

    A discussion of Bill T. Jones' influence on contemporary performance and visual communications, honoring the uniqueness of his legacy via the celebration of the next generations of artists. The objectives of the panel discussion will be to recognize Bill T. Jones as one of the dance world's most important, creative, and challenging voices; to examine the impact Bill T. Jones's unique artistic process has had on the development of his dancers finding their own creative voices; and to provide the Greater Boston community with a greater understanding of Bill T. Jones's influence on the artistic world.

    Dance Umbrella Boston, Inc
    Jamaica Plain, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Susan Scott
    awarded on: 2001-02-14
    amount: $2,500
    Project Grant

    Richard Wilbur at 80: Symposium

    A one-day symposium in honor of poet Richard Wilbur's 80th birthday. The day will consist of two 90 minute sessions with 3 panelists each, as well as lunch for participants and audience.

    Simon's Rock College
    Great Barrington, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Peter Filkins
    awarded on: 2001-02-14
    amount: $2,500
    Discussion: Reading Grant

    After Frost

    A scholar led reading and discussion series on the work of Robert Frost.

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

    project director: Christine Kardokas
    awarded on: 2001-01-24
    amount: $1,000
    Discussion: Reading Grant

    American Dreams

    A library reading and discussion series.

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

    project director: Christopher Lindquist
    awarded on: 2001-01-24
    amount: $1,000
    Project Grant

    Bringing Culture to Life Through Oral Tradition

    A day-long conference for 70 K-12 teachers that features two scholars (Jamphel Gyatso and Rowland Abiodun) . The conference will include workshops that will explore cultural traditions of regions such as Tibet and Nigeria and will explore the issue of modernization and how it has affected these cultures.

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

    project director: Anne Watt
    awarded on: 2001-01-18
    amount: $2,000
    Project Grant

    Invoking the Source: The Ancient Feminine

    An exhibit and public lecture focusing on the use of feminine images in contemporary art.

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

    project director: Donna H. Talman
    awarded on: 2001-01-18
    amount: $1,900
    Project Grant

    Spirit & Soul: Chinese and Arabic Calligraphy

    Two interactive audience lecture-workshops focusing on Chinese and Arabic calligraphy in order to connect and highlight its influences with the performing and fine arts of these cultures.

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

    project director: Ranjanaa Devi
    awarded on: 2000-12-21
    amount: $2,500
    Project Grant

    A Tea Party at the White House, 1865

    A historical role-playing portion of a semester long research project for 10th graders that focuses on the women's roles in U.S. history and literature.

    Mount Alvernia High School
    Newton, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Denise Bowser
    awarded on: 2000-12-21
    amount: $1,400
    Project Grant

    Business and Industry-North Adams Exhibit

    An exhibit, "Business and Industry-North Adams" is being transported to a new location at the Western Gateway Heritage State Park. The North Adams Museum will like to have a grand opening for this exhibit in its new location in the spring of 2001.

    North Adams Historical Society, Inc
    North Adams, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Robert Campanile
    awarded on: 2000-12-21
    amount: $2,500
    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
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