Past Grants Awarded

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    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

    Transforming this Moment

    A series of conversations exploring threats to civil rights and liberties of vulnerable communities, effective responses, and how such threats affect the country's social fabric.

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

    project director: Mehlaqa Samdani
    awarded on: 2017-03-17
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    The New American Songbook

    A series of audio documentaries using live radio broadcasts and listening events provoking discussion on the value of immigrant music, culture, and experience for the social life of the Commonwealth.

    The Ground Truth Project
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Charles Sennott
    awarded on: 2017-03-17
    amount: $15,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Stories from New Voices: NEPR Media Lab

    Three sessions of a free after-school program in journalism, radio/web production, and storytelling for high-school students in Springfield and Holyoke.

    New England Public Radio
    Springfield, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Carlos McBride
    awarded on: 2017-03-17
    amount: $15,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Hip History NB

    A local history and interpretation project using creative approaches like hip-hop for students at three area middle schools.

    Community Foundation of Southeastern MA
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Candace L. Heald
    awarded on: 2017-03-17
    amount: $9,115
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

    The Robbins House, Inc.: The Long Civil Rights Movement

    Development of a multimedia, interactive educational program about civil rights from slavery to the present day,

    The Robbins House
    Concord, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Linda Ziemba
    awarded on: 2017-03-17
    amount: $15,000
    Project Grant

    Photos de Nosotros

    A youth-led community development project investigating identities in Lawrence through research, photography, and documentation.

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

    project director: Anna Elzer
    awarded on: 2017-03-17
    amount: $6,095
    Discussion: FAIR Grant

    Family Adventures in Reading at Community Day

    A six-session FAIR series with storyteller Nicolette Nordin Heavey.

    The Community Group
    Lawrence, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Manuela Su
    awarded on: 2017-02-06
    amount: $3,000
    Discussion: FAIR Grant

    Plainville Library and Bookstore FAIR Together

    A four-session FAIR series in partnership with a local bookstore.

    Plainville Public Library
    Plainville, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

    project director: Laura Brillant-Giangrande
    awarded on: 2017-02-06
    amount: $2,150
    Discussion: Open Grant

    Browsing Through Birke's

    A film screening of a documentary film about a family, a clothing business, & the legacies of genocide and discussion on the nature and meaning of immigrant and refugee resiliency.

    Boott Cotton Mills Museum
    Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Sheila Kirschbaum
    awarded on: 2017-02-06
    amount: $3,280
    Research Inventory Grant

    Preserving and Digitizing the John Quinn AIDS Memorial Books Collection

    A project inventorying, processing, and digitizing the John Quinn AIDS Memorial Books in preparation for public programming and an online exhibit honoring people in the Boston area who died from HIV/AIDS related illnesses.

    The History Project
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Andrew Elder
    awarded on: 2017-02-06
    amount: $2,000
    Research Inventory Grant

    Defining Our History - Creating a Catalog of Amesbury Carriage Museum Collections

    Creation of a catalog their collection of carriages and sleighs as part of establishing a professional framework for their collection and developing an interpretive focus on the material culture of Amesbury.

    Amesbury Carriage Museum
    Amesbury, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: John W. Mayer
    awarded on: 2017-02-06
    amount: $2,000
    Research Inventory Grant

    A Century of Work: Greenfield Employers and Employees

    An inventory of artifacts from three local businesses and explore connections between skilled labor and buying power.

    Greenfield Historical Society
    Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Robin Yerkes
    awarded on: 2017-02-06
    amount: $1,500
    Discussion: Open Grant

    "What to the Slave is the 4th of July": A Community Reading and Conversation

    A communal and choreographed reading of Frederick Douglass' speech, followed by conversation and musical performance in partnership with Double Edge Theatre.

    Charlemont Federated Church
    Charlemont, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Susan S. Purdy
    awarded on: 2017-02-06
    amount: $1,935
    Discussion: Open Grant

    Exploring Somerville's Economic History/Union Square at Work

    A series of five discussion events on Somerville's economic history held in public spaces like bars and social service nonprofits.

    Somerville Museum
    Somerville, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Charan Devereaux
    awarded on: 2017-02-06
    amount: $3,485
    Discussion: Open Grant

    Migration Stories: Reading and Writing Across Borders

    A three-session migration-themed discussion project for recent Central American immigrants in Waltham.

    Bentley College Center for Business Ethics
    Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Jane De Leon Griffin
    awarded on: 2016-12-19
    amount: $1,868
    Discussion: Open Grant

    Birth of a Movement

    Boston premiere of the film Birth of a Movement: The Battle over America's First Blockbuster and community panel discussion.

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

    project director: Susan Gray
    awarded on: 2016-12-19
    amount: $3,000
    Discussion: Open Grant

    Bringing History to Life Through the Arts

    A facilitated discussion, live ballet performance of Esther's Journey, and solo performance a Frederick Douglass impersonator for 85 fifth graders from the Alfred Gomes Elementary School.

    New Bedford Ballet
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Joanne Gracia
    awarded on: 2016-12-19
    amount: $3,100
    Discussion: Common Good Reads Grant

    Changing Lives Through Literature Reading Group

    Ten Common Good Reads sessions of a weekly reading-and-writing group for probationers, probation officers, and judges on the subject of reentering society from prison.

    Greenfield Community College
    Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Leo Hwang
    awarded on: 2016-12-19
    amount: $1,500
    Project Grant

    Re-Imagining Bradford: 4 Bradford Daughters and Lives Well-Lived

    Transition of the interpretation of the Bradford House Museum to focus on the daughters who inhabited the house and were socially and politically active yet underrepresented in the house's history.

    Duxbury Rural and Historical Society
    Duxbury, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

    project director: Erin McGough
    awarded on: 2016-12-09
    amount: $7,500
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Documenting the History of New Bedford's Central American Immigrant Workers

    A project that will create oral histories with about forty Central American immigrant workers, some documented.

    Centro Communitario de Trabajadores
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Lisa Maya Knauer
    awarded on: 2016-12-09
    amount: $7,500
    Project: Media Grant

    Forbidden Knowledge: The Return of Psychedelics

    Preproduction activities for film on current research into the pharmaceutical viability of psychedelic drugs and the historical and cultural contexts influencing how society regulates drugs.

    Teddy Bear Films
    San Francisco, CA, San Francisco County

    project director: Caleb Hellerman
    awarded on: 2016-12-09
    amount: $15,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    At Sea and On Shore: Work and Community in New Bedford's Fishing Industry

    A large exhibit and oral histories documenting the 20th century labor practices and social and labor contract negotiations in the New Bedford fishing industry.

    New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, Inc.
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Laura Orleans
    awarded on: 2016-12-09
    amount: $15,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    W.E.B. Dubois Educational Series in Great Barrington

    A series of programs designed to heighten awareness of racism, modern slavery, gender and economic inequality, and other injustices through lectures, film, and music.

    Berkshire Hills Regional School Distsrict
    Stockbridge, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: John Horan
    awarded on: 2016-12-09
    amount: $11,350
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    William Bullard: Reimagining an American Community of Color

    An exhibit of photographs left by a local photographer that capture issues of African-American migration after the Civil War, citizenship and community membership, and historic race relations in Worcester.

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

    project director: Nancy Burns
    awarded on: 2016-12-09
    amount: $15,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    In the Time of the Butterflies

    An original theatrical production about the Dominican Republic and Dominican immigrants in the United States based on the Julia Alvarez novel "In the Time of the Butterflies."

    Casa Cultural Dominicana of Worcester
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Maury Ramirez
    awarded on: 2016-12-09
    amount: $15,000
    Discussion: Open Grant

    The Man in the Cowboy Hat, Premiere Film Screening and Discussion

    Screening of the documentary film The Man in the Cowboy Hat-chronicling the life of Carlos Arredondo, the Boston Marathon bombing hero-and a post-screening discussion.

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

    project director: Janice Rogovin
    awarded on: 2016-12-09
    amount: $3,000
    Discussion: Literature & Medicine Grant

    Literature & Medicine

    A six-month Literature & Medicine series at the VA Central Western MA Healthcare System in Leeds.

    Veterans Education Project
    Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Susan Leary
    awarded on: 2016-12-09
    amount: $2,410
    Discussion: Open Grant

    Community Read: Robert Putnam's "Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis"

    Six discussion events of the "Community Read" program centered on Robert Putnam's Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis.

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

    project director: Sean C. Goodlett
    awarded on: 2016-12-09
    amount: $3,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Reaching Audiences Through Bandits & Heroes

    An exhibit with enhanced programming that explores cultural syncretism between West African cultures with indigenous and colonial Portuguese traditions to make the cultural mosaic of modern Folk Art of Northeastern Brazil.

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

    project director: Honee Hess
    awarded on: 2016-12-09
    amount: $9,900
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    In Our Own Words

    An after-school poetry program-involving translation, history, literary analysis, and discussion, along with a thematic focus on migration-for low-income, multilingual middle-school students.

    Clark University
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Sarah Michaels
    awarded on: 2016-12-09
    amount: $6,500
    Project: Media Grant

    Made Here: Rebuilding America's Apparel Manufacturing Industry

    Preproduction work on a film that will document current efforts to revive the apparel industry in the United States, including in the textile cities of Massachusetts.

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

    project director: Judith Laster
    awarded on: 2016-12-09
    amount: $15,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    New City Dreams Project

    Day trips to historically important local urban landscapes with students of the University Park Campus school in Worcester.

    Preservation Worcester
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Susan M. Ceccacci
    awarded on: 2016-12-09
    amount: $1,670
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    The Town Spectacle: Engaging the Heart and History of Ashfield

    A project that seeks to engage the public about the history of the town meeting and identity formation through community readings of a related text and a weekend-long cultural fair and theatrical spectacle.

    Double Edge Theatre
    Ashfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Stacy Klein
    awarded on: 2016-12-09
    amount: $15,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Exploring History, Gender and Science in Lauren Gunderson's "Emilie" with Young Women in Pittsfield

    An educational program to accompany a re-mounting of WAM Theatre's "Emilie: The Marquise du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight."

    Flying Cloud Institute
    Great Barrington, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Lindsey Berkowitz
    awarded on: 2016-12-09
    amount: $9,845
    Discussion: Open Grant

    Boston's Hidden Secret Spaces

    Facilitation of an art and architectural history program for 20-35 residents and staff at retirement/assisted living facilities in Dedham, Concord, and Jamaica Plain on the subject of the hidden sacred spaces of Greater Boston.

    Brandeis University
    Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Wendy Cadge
    awarded on: 2016-12-09
    amount: $3,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Sharing Our Stories Through Voice and Performance

    Three seven-week memoir-writing workshops serving low-income and immigrant residents.

    The Literacy Project
    Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Judith Roberts
    awarded on: 2016-12-09
    amount: $6,000
    Discussion: Open Grant

    Nursing Ethics at the Heart of Healthcare

    A seven-month, ethics-based reading-and-discussion group for bedside care providers on the theme of patient-centered care.

    Baystate Health Systems
    Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Sarah B. Romain
    awarded on: 2016-12-09
    amount: $2,810
    Discussion: Open Grant

    Communicating Through Art: Engaging People with Alzheimer's

    A morning-long event with facilitated discussion on the uses of art for communication with people with Alzheimer's and other types of dementia.

    New Bedford Art Museum
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Noelle Foye
    awarded on: 2016-12-09
    amount: $1,300
    Discussion: Open Grant

    Overcoming the Impossible: A Speaker Series on the Era of Reform

    A five-part speaker series in Northern Berkshire County addressing the history of reform in the U.S. and its relevance today.

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

    project director: Colleen E. Janz
    awarded on: 2016-12-09
    amount: $1,750
    Discussion: Open Grant

    Literacy Live! 2017: "The Giver"

    A project that brings a scholar-facilitated discussion and a live theatrical production of Lois Lowry's The Giver to area students less familiar with theatre.

    Zeiterion Theatre
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Rosemary Gill
    awarded on: 2016-12-09
    amount: $3,500
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