Past Grants Awarded

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    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
    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
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