Past Grants Awarded

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    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
    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 Historical Society
    Falmouth, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

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