Past Grants Awarded

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    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
    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
    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
    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

    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: 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

    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

    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
    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

    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
    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
    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
    Discussion: Open Grant

    Global Migration Stories

    A professional development discussion series for K?12 educators and librarians on the subject of migration.

    Primary Source
    Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Deborah L. Cunningham
    awarded on: 2016-10-17
    amount: $3,500
    Discussion: Literature & Medicine Grant

    Literature and Medicine at MGH

    A six-month facilitated inter-departmental reading and discussion seminars for health Professionals at Mass General Hospital.

    The Stoeckle Center for Primary Care Innovation at MGH
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Suzanne Koven
    awarded on: 2016-10-17
    amount: $2,000
    Discussion: Open Grant

    Women's History Month Lecture and Discussion

    A program of lectures and discussions to mark Women's History Month, 2017.

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

    project director: Mark Schmidt
    awarded on: 2016-10-17
    amount: $3,000
    Discussion: FAIR Grant

    Family Adventures in Reading at the Parthum Elementary School

    A six-session Family Adventures in Reading series meeting on Tuesday evenings.

    Parthum Elementary School
    Lawrence, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Tricia Hand Seery
    awarded on: 2016-10-17
    amount: $3,000
    Scholar in Residence Grant

    Institutes, Outing Clubs & Working Class Perspectives on Stonehurst

    Research that will form the foundation for future programs at the summer estate of activist and reformer Robert Treat Paine.

    Stonehurst, Robert Treat Paine Estate
    Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Ann Clifford
    awarded on: 2016-10-17
    amount: $3,500
    Discussion: Open Grant

    One Author, One Community

    A reading and discussion series for children and adults on the works of Jacqueline Woodson.

    North Andover Public Schools
    North Andover, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Lorene Marx
    awarded on: 2016-10-17
    amount: $3,000
    Discussion: Open Grant

    African Dance and Discussion Series

    Revision and improvement to the academic portions of the Kyeza African Dance Project, a dance and discussion series that serves over 100 children each year in the Boston area.

    African Cultural Services, Inc.
    Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Juliet Najjumba
    awarded on: 2016-08-12
    amount: $3,500
    Discussion: Literature & Medicine Grant

    Literature & Medicine 2016

    A facilitated inter-departmental reading and discussion sessions for health Professionals.

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

    project director: Bridget Gunn
    awarded on: 2016-08-12
    amount: $1,500
    Discussion: Open Grant

    Bending the Future: Fifty Ideas for the Next Fifty Years of Historic Preservation

    A panel discussion engaging the audience about the local relevance of historical preservation and mark the fiftieth anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act.

    University of MA Press
    Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Karen M. Fisk
    awarded on: 2016-08-12
    amount: $2,565
    Discussion: FAIR Grant

    FAIR at the Whitman Public Library

    A four-session series using the Family Adventures in Reading syllabus on Community.

    Whitman Public Library
    Whitman, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

    project director: Stephanie Nogler
    awarded on: 2016-08-12
    amount: $2,150
    Discussion: FAIR Grant

    Adventures in Community

    A four-session series using the Family Adventures in Reading syllabus on Community.

    Meekins Public Library
    Williamsburg, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Tim Van Egmond
    awarded on: 2016-08-12
    amount: $3,000
    Discussion: Open Grant

    125 Years of Strengthening Families and Building Community

    A public moderated discussion of United South End Settlements' history and an exhibit at the Harriet Tubman House, both of which commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Settlement House.

    United South End Settlements (USES)
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Kimberly White
    awarded on: 2016-08-12
    amount: $3,500
    Discussion: Open Grant

    Spotlight Symposium Series: "Good" and "Fiddler on the Roof"

    Two symposia related to the themes of two of New Repertory's productions, performances of which accompany the discussions.

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

    project director: Adrienne Boris
    awarded on: 2016-08-12
    amount: $3,000
    Discussion: Common Good Reads Grant

    Family Literacy Day at the Adult Learning Center

    A family Literacy Day based on the Family Adventures in Reading curriculum.

    New Bedford Public Schools Adult Basic Education
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Gail Eddy
    awarded on: 2016-08-12
    amount: $2,288
    Project Grant

    Cape Cod Fishing Project

    Creation of a theatre piece that will also produce an oral history of the fishing and environmental communities on Cape Cod.

    Cape Cod Repertory Theater
    Brewster, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Alison Weller
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

    Housing for All? Conversations

    A series of community conversations about affordable housing in Cambridge, based on citizen-conducted research and talks with experts and stake holders.

    Cambridge Historical Society
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Marieke Van Damme
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $7,000
    Project Grant

    Food for Change

    Distribution of the film "Food For Change" and the development of discussion materials.

    Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association
    Deerfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Steven Alves
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    18th Century Social Media

    Support for an interactive exhibit that features Revolutionary War era communications systems in comparison and contrast with today's social and communications media in Buckman Tavern, one of the gathering and planning places for the Lexington militia .

    Lexington Historical Society
    Lexington, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Susan J. Bennett
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Campello Village: Sunday in the Park with George

    Creation of a "pop-up" historic Campello Village neighborhood in George E. Keith Park in Brockton.

    Brockton Historical Society
    Brockton, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

    project director: Lynn Smith
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $6,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Reading Changes Lives

    A two-part literature-based workshop series for women incarcerated at the Women's Correctional Center in Chicopee.

    Arise for Social Justice
    Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Gretchen Krull
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $10,000
    Research Inventory Grant

    Squam Life: Lasting More Than a Day

    Inventory of up to three boxes of ephemera that document life in Annisquam between 1850 and 1950.

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

    project director: Mary Ellen Lepionka
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $1,500
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

    The Mountaintop: the Civil Rights Movement and the Social Contract

    11 performances of Katori Hall's "The Mountaintop," seven of which will be followed by audience talkbacks, cast conversations, and a panel discussion with visiting scholars and other outside experts in the fields of civil rights and African American studies.

    Chester Theatre Company
    Chester, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Daniel E. Kramer
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $5,000
    Research Inventory Grant

    Exploring the Porter & McLeod Machine Shop Collection

    Processing of the papers of the Porter McLeod Machine Shop, an industrial company in a town that knows most about its agrarian past, and evaluate its potential for a series of programs, including as part of the HHS core exhibit.

    Hatfield Historical Society
    Hatfield, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Kathie Gow
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $1,500
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

    The Boston Civic Literacy & Public Engagement Initiative

    A project examining race and civic engagement within Boston's black community through film, discussion, performance, and a bike tour.

    New Democracy Coalition
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Kevin Peterson
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

    2016 Speaker Series

    Sponsorship of Bryan Stevenson's keynote address in Holyoke on incarceration and mass criminalization in the U.S.

    Springfield Public Forum
    Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Michelle Morash
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $7,500
    Project Grant

    Hilltown Chautauqua, Earthcare Festival

    Humanities speakers and facilitators for a day-long festival and symposium at the Bryant Homestead in Cummington.

    Hilltown CDC
    Chesterfield, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: David S. Perkins
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Hamlet: Fault Lines

    A series of humanities events built around the production of William Shakespeare's "Hamlet."

    Actors' Shakespeare Project
    Somerville, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Mara Sidmore
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

    Freedom of Speech: Lessons from Lenny Bruce

    Creation and presentation of five performances using Brandeis's newly acquired Lenny Bruce archives on the subject of First Amendment rights, free speech, and inclusive language-especially in regard to comedy and public performance.

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

    project director: Robert F. Walsh
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $10,000
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