Past Grants Awarded

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    Reading Frederick Douglass Together Grant

    Reading Frederick Douglass Together in the Berkshires

    A three-part event on the history of Frederick Douglass' alliance with Susan B. Anthony and his enduring relevance.

    Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum
    Adams, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Mary Ostraff
    awarded on: 2016-05-18
    amount: $275
    Project Grant

    Touching Home in China: Curriculum for Educators

    Distribution of a curriculum to accompany the film "Touching Home in China," including videos, trainings, and presentations about Chinese history and culture.

    Filmmakers Collaborative
    Melrose, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Melissa Ludtke
    awarded on: 2016-03-18
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Circle Up: Let's Talk About Justice, Forgiveness and Accountability

    Creation of discussion materials and a series of conversations in Boston Public High Schools using clips from the film "The Circle: A Story of Murder and Reconciliation in Boston".

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

    project director: Julie Mallozzi
    awarded on: 2016-03-18
    amount: $9,998
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Neighborhoods of Worcester

    Research and creation of a traveling exhibit focused on the history of Latino immigration in Worcester, MA.

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

    project director: Olga Lopez Hill
    awarded on: 2016-03-18
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Processes: A Lecture Series on the Social Impact of Contemporary Photography

    A three-lecture series about the relationship between photographic processes and the "truth" in photography.

    Newburyport Clean Tech Center
    Amesbury, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Asia Scudder
    awarded on: 2016-03-18
    amount: $3,360
    Project Grant

    Beyond Success: Eugene O'Neill and Tennessee Williams

    Support for the 2016 Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival.

    Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival
    Provincetown, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Jeff Hall-Flavin
    awarded on: 2016-03-18
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    150 Years of Caroline Emmerton: Celebrating a Legacy

    A series of lectures and community conversations marking the 150th birthday of founder Caroline Emmerton.

    The House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association
    Salem, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Julie Arrison-Bishop
    awarded on: 2016-03-18
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Reel Talk Film Series: Conscious Consumers

    A public film series, focused on issues relevant to the local Lawrence community.

    Lawrence Community Works
    Lawrence, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Jared Ravreby
    awarded on: 2016-03-18
    amount: $3,300
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

    James Baldwin Project

    Creation of classroom-ready multimedia study guides and lesson plans, including optional events programming, about the life and work of James Baldwin.

    Maysles Institute
    New York, NY, New York County

    project director: Karen Thorsen
    awarded on: 2016-03-18
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Storytelling by the Sea

    A new storytelling program about the history of Boston Harbor.

    Save the Harbor/Save the Bay
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Bruce Berman
    awarded on: 2016-03-18
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    The Mastheads

    A series of five community conversations about writers of the American renaissance in the Pittsfield in conjunction with the City's new writers' residency program.

    City of Pittsfield Office of Cultural Development
    Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Jen Glockner
    awarded on: 2016-03-18
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Making History on the Common 2016

    Support for the annual history day on Boston Common, in which more than 1,000 Boston school third-to-fifth-grade school kids usually participate.

    Friends of the Public Garden
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Elizabeth Vizza
    awarded on: 2016-03-18
    amount: $8,000
    Scholar in Residence Grant

    At Sword's Point: A Labor History of Greenfield

    Research and an overview history of local factory labor based on materials in the collection of the Museum and other sources.

    Museum of Our Industrial Heritage
    Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: James Terapane
    awarded on: 2016-03-18
    amount: $3,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Theatrical Production of "American Son" with Weekend Symposium

    A weekend symposium on race, bias, and culture in present-day America held in conjunction with their production of "American Son."

    Barrington Stage Company
    Pittsfield, MA(Berkshire)

    project director: Martin Mansfield
    awarded on: 2016-03-18
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

    Dialogues Across Divides Series

    A series of six dialogues entitled "Muslims in America: Dialogue Across Divides" on the issues shaping misperceptions of Muslims in the U.S. and in the greater Pioneer Valley.

    Critical Connections
    Longmeadow, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Mehlaqa Samdani
    awarded on: 2016-03-18
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Fitchburg Immigrant Experience Online

    An internship program whose purpose is to inventory new acquisitions and engage local and immigrant audiences in Fitchburg.

    Fitchburg Historical Society
    Fitchburg, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Susan L. Navarre
    awarded on: 2016-03-18
    amount: $6,000
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

    Women in Politics: Then and Now

    A slate of programming around the theme of women in politics, especially the life and work of the progressive Nichols sisters.

    Nichols House Museum
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Victoria Glazomitsky
    awarded on: 2016-03-17
    amount: $7,550
    Reading Frederick Douglass Together Grant

    We Read Frederick Douglass as a Community: One Voice, Three Languages

    A public reading of Frederick Douglass' "What is the Fourth of July to the Slave" in the three major languages of Brockton.

    Frederick Douglass Neighborhood Association
    Brockton, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

    project director: Madeline M. Smith
    awarded on: 2016-03-16
    amount: $500
    Discussion: Common Good Reads Grant

    Competing Notions for a Common Good

    A Common Good Reads discussion series that will cover texts that ask participants to consider contemporary anti-Islam rhetoric in larger historical contexts.

    M.G. Parker Memorial Library
    Dracut, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Nanci M. Hill
    awarded on: 2016-03-01
    amount: $1,000
    Discussion: Common Good Reads Grant

    Incarceration and the Common Good

    Common Good Reads discussion series that uses discussion, theatre, storytelling, reading, and writing to engage residents in conversations about Douglass Blackmon's Pulitzer-Prize-winning book "Slavery by Another Name" and Loftin's play "When the System Swallows You."

    Franklin County Sherrif's Office
    Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Revan Schendler
    awarded on: 2016-02-10
    amount: $2,500
    Discussion: Common Good Reads Grant

    Common Good Reads Discussion Series

    A Common Good Reads discussion series that will cover texts that ask participants to consider the relationship between diversity, culture, migration, and the social contract.

    Peabody Institute Library
    Peabody, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Kelly R. Unger
    awarded on: 2016-02-05
    amount: $1,500
    Project Grant

    Olde Colraine: A Musical Hilltown History

    Performer Jonathan Mirin's expansion and development of a new version of "Mill, Mountain, River: A Child's Eye View of Older Colraine," a local history theatre piece adapted to different communities which share Coleraine's mill history and to be performed at the SYRUP Festival in Shelburne Falls.

    Fractured Atlas
    New York, NY, New York County

    project director: Jonathan Mirin
    awarded on: 2015-12-11
    amount: $4,500
    Project: Media Grant

    The Philadelphia Eleven

    Funding to conduct and film interviews and to perform archival research for the documentary film, "The Philadelphia Eleven," about the women who were ordained as priests in 1974 as an act of civil disobedience within the Episcopal Church.

    Documentary Educational Resources
    Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Margo Guernsey
    awarded on: 2015-12-11
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

    History Theater at the Old State House: Blood on the Snow

    Educational programming in conjunction with the production of "History Theater at the Old State House: Blood on the Snow," a collaborative theatre project with educational components surrounding the aftermath of the Boston Massacre.

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

    project director: Nathaniel G. Sheidley
    awarded on: 2015-12-11
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Somerset, Massachusetts: Envisioning Past and Present

    A program for 36 students in the school's Advanced Digital Photography program to create a town-wide large-scale photo installation of the historic places, people, and culture of the town.
    (project website)

    Somerset Berkley Regional High School
    Somerset, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Virginia Troutman
    awarded on: 2015-12-11
    amount: $5,000
    Research Inventory Grant

    Reweaving the Social Fabric - Inventorying Leverett's Historical Record

    Funding to inventory the Leverett Town Meeting Record and Municipal Archives in order to asses and catalogue town collections for their research potential.

    Leverett Historical Commission
    Leverett, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Lisa Stratford
    awarded on: 2015-12-11
    amount: $1,500
    Project: Social Media Outreach Grant

    GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II

    Design and building of an interactive educational website in order to publicize and foster discussion around the feature-length documentary film "GI JEWS: Jewish Americans in WWII."

    CityLore
    New York, NY, New York County

    project director: Lisa Ades
    awarded on: 2015-12-11
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Boston Live Theater Project

    A program to introduce 36 high school juniors and seniors from nine public charter schools to live theater through six live shows and post-performance discussions.

    The Boston Live Theater Project
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Eleanor Devens
    awarded on: 2015-12-11
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Pre-Teen Reading Program

    A reading and discussion program for pre-teens and their caregivers, particularly focused on participation by male caregivers.

    Foxborough Regional Charter School
    Foxborough, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

    project director: Karen Harris
    awarded on: 2015-12-11
    amount: $4,047
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

    Long Road to Justice: The African American Experience in the Massachusetts Courts

    Expansion and updating of the exhibit Long Road to Justice: The African American Experience in the Massachusetts Courts, a chronicle of the legal struggle for civil rights of African Americans in Massachusetts.

    George Lewis Ruffin Society
    Somerville, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Julian Houston
    awarded on: 2015-12-11
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Media Grant

    Coping

    Initial filming, research, and the creation of a project website and plan for a documentary that follows prisoners as they work with programs intended to help them establish a foothold in society after being released from incarceration.

    Emerson College
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Robert Nesson
    awarded on: 2015-12-11
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    New Rep Spotlight Symposium Series

    A symposium series in conjunction with theatrical productions that explore the connections between religion, science, and identity.

    New Repertory Theatre
    Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Adrienne Boris
    awarded on: 2015-12-11
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

    Reclaiming Urban Renewal - Community Efforts and Impacts in Lawrence MA

    Planning and implementation of a one-day symposium on the effects of federal and state urban renewal programs on Lawrence and other industrial cities.

    Lawrence History Center/Immigrant City Archives
    Lawrence, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Susan Grabski
    awarded on: 2015-12-11
    amount: $5,000
    Research Inventory Grant

    Norwood Historical Costume Collection

    Funding to inventory, evaluate, photograph and re-house their collection of 750 garments dating from the 19th and 20th centuries. Materials will be used in a digital presentation of their entire costume collection, an exhibit of WWI era clothing and a planned exhibit exploring the diversity of Norwood's participation in the Great War.

    Norwood Historical Society
    Norwood, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Bryan Burns
    awarded on: 2015-12-11
    amount: $1,500
    Research Inventory Grant

    Early Families & Industries of West Stockbridge

    Funding to inventory, catalogue and preserve four boxes of records, invoices and papers from Baldwin's Extracts Company, est. 1865, ranging from the late 19th through early mid 20th centuries. The material will be part of an on-going series of talks and remembrances celebrating West Stockbridge and its families.

    West Stockbridge Historical Society
    West Stockbridge, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Robert Salerno
    awarded on: 2015-12-11
    amount: $1,500
    Research Inventory Grant

    Squam: An Intimate History

    Funding to inventory, photograph, and index 39 family albums and scrapbooks made by village residents from pre- civil war time on. Selected albums will be featured in an upcoming exhibit about what life was like for families in the village during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

    Annisquam Historical Society
    Gloucester, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Mary Ellen Lepionka
    awarded on: 2015-12-11
    amount: $1,500
    Project Grant

    Spirit Voices: Pacific Northwest Native Myths

    A five-month exhibition that explores and dramatizes the cultural heritage of various Native peoples of the Pacific Northwest through myths and stories embodied in art, artifacts, and performances.

    Berkshire Museum
    Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Maria Mingalone
    awarded on: 2015-12-11
    amount: $4,680
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

    Boston's Colonial Religious History Tour App

    Development of a walking tour mobile application explores Boston's early religious history, with a particular focus on the decision-making practices and contentious issues that characterized life in seventeenth-century Boston.
    (project website)

    Congregational Library and Archives
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Carolyn Hewitt
    awarded on: 2015-12-11
    amount: $7,000
    Project Grant

    Belmont World Film's Family Festival & 15th Annual International Film Series

    Support for the Family Festival & 15th Annual International Film Series, featuring international film and documentary premiers and focusing on international cultural understanding.

    Belmont World Film
    Sudbury, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Ellen Gitelman
    awarded on: 2015-12-11
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    From Yokuntown to Lenox: Celebrating the 250th Anniversary of Lenox

    Production of an 80-minute documentary featuring footage from more than 50 oral-history interviews of elderly Lenox residents to mark the town's 250th anniversary.

    Lenox Library Association
    Lenox, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Judy Seaman
    awarded on: 2015-06-20
    amount: $3,542
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