Past Grants Awarded

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    Project Grant

    The Great War Theatre Company: Messengers of a Bitter Truth

    Performances of the play, "The Great War Theatre Company: Messengers of Bitter Truth," at Boston area high schools.

    TC Squared Theatre Company
    Newton, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Susan Werbe
    awarded on: 2014-12-10
    amount: $3,500
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    The Mr. g Project

    Community humanities programming to complement the play, "Mr g," for underserved youth and young and working adults, including faith-based communities of color.

    Central Square Theater
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Debra Wise
    awarded on: 2014-12-10
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    The Health of Democracy

    A series of six public conversations, entitled The Health of Democracy, that examine the proper role of government in promoting the general welfare of its citizens as well as shaping and overseeing the nation's social contract.

    Cambridge Forum
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Patricia Suhrcke
    awarded on: 2014-12-10
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Young Portuguese Immigrants in Turn of the Century Lowell

    Development and implementation of an exhibit with programming focusing on Portuguese immigration to Lowell, beginning in the early twentieth century.

    Saab-Pedroso Center for Portuguese Culture and Research
    Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Frank Sousa
    awarded on: 2014-12-10
    amount: $5,000
    Discussion: Reading Grant

    Shaking Two Nickels Together: A Literary Perspective on Impoverishment and Income Inequality

    Reading and discussion group centered around the theme of income inequality.

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

    project director: Antonia Stephens
    awarded on: 2014-12-02
    amount: $1,000
    Project Grant

    Work + House Research and Exhibit Grant

    Research, design, and installation of Work + House, an exhibit focused on workers' housing in the city's industrial past that began with the paper and textile mills.

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

    project director: Megan Whilden
    awarded on: 2014-06-20
    amount: $5,000
    Public Squared Grant

    James Baldwin Transmedia Project

    A series of six events combining film, live performances, and conversations with community leaders and humanities scholars on Baldwin's life, work, and message of equality.

    Maysles Institute
    New York, NY, New York County

    project director: Karen Thorsen
    awarded on: 2014-06-20
    amount: $24,990
    Research Inventory Grant

    Appalachian Mountain Club Historical Photograph Digitization Project

    Scanning and inventory 1,000 photographic prints of New Englanders enjoying the outdoors between 1930-1950.

    Appalachian Mountain Club
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Rebecca Fullerton
    awarded on: 2014-06-20
    amount: $1,500
    Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant

    The A.R.T of Human Rights

    An extensive collaborative program exploring art and human rights, to be held as interactive seminars, theatrical productions and public conversations at the Loeb Drama Center and participating schools and organizations.

    American Repertory Theatre
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Timothy P. McCarthy
    awarded on: 2014-06-20
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant

    Worcester Revolution 1774

    A county-wide reenactment of the events of September, 1774, when the local British government was overthrown by weaponless militiamen.

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

    project director: William D. Wallace
    awarded on: 2014-06-20
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Sojourner Truth's Florence

    Transportation of 75 Commonwealth Academy students to Sojourner Truth's Florence abolition and slavery walking tour, which will also be overhauled with streamlined, age-appropriate educational materials and online resources.

    Committee for Northampton, Inc.
    Florence, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Terrence O'Toole
    awarded on: 2014-06-20
    amount: $9,248
    Project Grant

    Family Reading Program

    A reading and discussion series for fathers and their five-to-nine year olds based on our Family Adventures in Reading program.

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

    project director: Karen Harris
    awarded on: 2014-06-20
    amount: $3,160
    Research Inventory Grant

    Gardner's Colony for the Insane: A Story to Tell

    Inventory of negatives and photographs taken at Gardener's Colony for the Insane during the 1950s and 1960s and reproduce them in print for researchers and online for the public.

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

    project director: Elizabeth Hannula
    awarded on: 2014-06-20
    amount: $1,500
    Research Inventory Grant

    Proctor Comb and Button Manufacturing Inventory

    Inventory of 12 boxes of artifacts and records from the Proctor Comb and Button Manufacturing Company, a significant industry in the town from the mid-1800s into the early 1900s.

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

    project director: Ellen Racine
    awarded on: 2014-06-20
    amount: $1,500
    Project Grant

    Women at Work: An Oral History of Working Class Women in Fall River, MA 1910-1940

    Documentation of the oral histories of the working-class life of women and/or their descendants during the 1910-1940 period.

    Fall River Historical Society
    Fall River, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Joyce B. Rodrigues
    awarded on: 2014-06-20
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Religion Refocused

    A partnership with upwards of ten faith-based groups of diverse traditions uniting to host five film-and-discussion events on civics and religion.

    The Pluralism Project
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Elinor Pierce
    awarded on: 2014-06-20
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Multi-Sensory Interpretation at Gore Place

    Finalization of improvements to their accessibility measures for sight-impaired visitors, including experiential interpretation, and for a workshop sharing best practices learned from this project.

    Gore Place
    Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Thom Roach
    awarded on: 2014-06-20
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" in a new adaptation.

    Production of two performances of an adaptation of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" with performances at Springfield Historical Museum and including an educational outreach component to include Springfield youth participants and play development workshops in Greenfield.

    Old Deerfield Productions, Inc.
    Deerfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Linda McInerney
    awarded on: 2014-06-20
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Sanford Tavern Archaeology Field Training Program

    A summer school for budding archaeologists from underserved area high schools.

    Sons and Daughters of Hawley, Inc.
    Hawley, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: John F. Sears
    awarded on: 2014-06-20
    amount: $4,334
    Project Grant

    The Golden Door

    Performances of a new musical play on the immigration history of Boston and honoraria for a humanities scholar and panelists for post-performance talk back in three communities.

    In Good Company
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Kay Dunlap
    awarded on: 2014-06-20
    amount: $3,970
    Scholar in Residence Grant

    Listening to Change on Working Waterfront

    Development of a thematic and comprehensive understanding of facilitated discussion with the fishing community recorded since 2004 on the Narrative Stage and preparation of the materials for archival storage and public access.

    Community Economic Development Center
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Laura Orleans
    awarded on: 2014-03-31
    amount: $3,000
    Project Grant

    Stony Beach Outdoor Interpretation

    Production and installation of outdoors signage to help visitors interpret the history of the precarious entrance to Boston Harbor as viewed from Stony Beach in Hull, including the stories of pilots, lifesavers, lighthouse keepers and more.

    Hull Lifesaving Museum, Inc.
    Hull, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

    project director: Victoria Stevens
    awarded on: 2013-12-13
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Boston Muslim Film Festival

    Support for speakers, scholars, and publicity materials for the seventh annual Boston Muslim Film Festival.

    American Islamic Congress
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Edina Skaljic
    awarded on: 2013-12-13
    amount: $4,900
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Counting the People

    Development and implementation a multi-lingual exhibit of census-based maps of Boston telling the story of recent immigration in the city.

    Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Michelle LeBlanc
    awarded on: 2013-12-13
    amount: $9,707
    Project: Media Grant

    9 to 5 Project

    Pre-production of a one hour television documentary on the untold story of women clerical workers organizing for pay equity, advancement, and recognition. The 9 to 5 Project addresses a significant aspect of feminist social movement history in the U.S. and raises important questions about labor history.

    CMP Inc.
    Yellow Springs, OH, Greene County

    project director: Julia Reichert
    awarded on: 2013-12-13
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Lowell's "Irish Problem:" The Town Vote to Fund a School for the Irish

    Production of a short film about historical discrimination against the Irish in Lowell. Lowell's "Irish Problem": The Town Vote to Fund a School for the Irish will be incorporated into fourth grade curricula.

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

    project director: Kristin Gallas
    awarded on: 2013-12-13
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Engaging Student Audiences with Playbills

    Creation of multi-lingual playbills for the company's Road to Tolerance cycle of five plays, to be presented to Boston Public School students.

    Theatre Espresso
    Jamaica Plain, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Wendy Lement
    awarded on: 2013-12-13
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Media Grant

    Seams

    Support for development of the film Seams, a poetic oral history of women's experiences of the conflict between Britain and Ireland.

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

    project director: Carolyn Lewis
    awarded on: 2013-12-13
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Teachers Summer Institutes: Engaging New Audiences in Boston's Public Schools and Community Colleges

    Two four-day summer institutes for 60 Boston-area teachers. The institutes are loosely organized around the theme of women in African American history.

    Museum of African American History
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: L'Merchie Frazier
    awarded on: 2013-12-13
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Worcester Revolution 1774

    A county-wide reenactment of the events of September, 1774, when the local British government was overthrown by weaponless militiamen.

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

    project director: William D. Wallace
    awarded on: 2013-12-13
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    The Mildred Files

    Production of a new, original play, The Mildred Files about a scandal involving the Academy's past interim director. The performance is part of the Academy's Women's Work Initiative, a multi-year series of events and productions focused on women in the performing arts.

    Northampton Academy of Music, Inc.
    Northampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Debra J'Anthony
    awarded on: 2013-12-13
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Mill, Mountain, River: A Child's Eye View of Olde Colraine

    A residency to produce the local history theatre piece Mill, Mountain, River: A Child's Eye View of Olde Colraine alongside third and fourth graders in Colrain, MA. The play tells the story of child workers in the Griswoldville factories and will be produced over two weeks and presented publicly as well as to the school community.

    Fractured Atlas
    New York, NY, New York County

    project director: Jonathan Mirin
    awarded on: 2013-12-13
    amount: $4,150
    Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant

    Poverty, Place, Disability & Mutual Aid

    An online exhibit and curriculum unit to be developed within the existing Disability History Museum website using the story of Anne Sullivan (Hellen Keller's famous teacher and Agawam, MA, resident) to tell the story of disability rights and poverty advocacy.

    Straight Ahead Pictures
    Conway, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Laurie Block
    awarded on: 2013-12-13
    amount: $10,000
    Discussion: Reading Grant

    Odd Couples: Literary Feuds, Friendships and Falling-outs

    A four-part reading and discussion group exploring the works of four pairs of authors who were known to have a complicated relationship with one another.

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

    project director: Antonia Stephens
    awarded on: 2013-11-21
    amount: $500
    Research Inventory Grant

    City of Lowell Division of Planning & Development Collection

    Preservation of the City of Lowell Division of Planning and Development Collection.

    Lowell Historical Society
    Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Martha Mayo
    awarded on: 2013-06-21
    amount: $1,500
    Project Grant

    Robbins House Exhibit Planning & Development Grant

    Core exhibit planning for the Robbins House, a home built by the son of slavery survivor and Revolutionary War veteran Caesar Robbins in the early 1800s.

    Drinking Gourd Project, Inc.
    Concord, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Linda Ziemba
    awarded on: 2013-06-21
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Media Grant

    Reflections on Race

    Support for a script and trailer for a documentary film about the meaning of race in America.

    The Mirror of Race Project, Inc.
    Auburndale, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Gregory Fried
    awarded on: 2013-06-21
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Paul Revere Artisan and Businessman: The Enduring Legacy

    Design and fabrication of a display about the varied career and entrepreneurship of Paul Revere.

    Paul Revere Memorial Association
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Nina Zannieri
    awarded on: 2013-06-21
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Du Bois in Our Time

    Springfield-based programs featuring artists whose new work about the vision of W.E.B. Du Bois will be exhibited at the Umass Amherst Museum of Contemporary Art.

    University Museum of Contemporary Art
    Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Eva Fierst
    awarded on: 2013-06-21
    amount: $7,500
    Project Grant

    Splendid Splitters: Axes, Axemen, and the Building of the USS Constitution

    A video installation about how Old Ironsides was built by skilled boatwrights, focusing on the all important axe.

    USS Constitution Museum
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director:
    awarded on: 2013-06-21
    amount: $3,849
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