Past Grants Awarded

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    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: Media Grant

    Whitin Documentary

    A pre-production grant to ValleyCAST for a script and trailer for a documentary about the Whitin family's mills in Whitinsville, MA and the employees in this company town.

    ValleyCAST
    Whitinsville, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Heather J. Riley
    awarded on: 2013-06-21
    amount: $10,000
    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: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant

    Re-Visioning Tomorrow: Emancipation for a New Century

    A series of six staged readings of plays from August Wilson's ten-play cycle about the lives of African Americans in the decades of the twentieth century.

    William Monroe Trotter Center for Black Culture and History
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Barbara Lewis
    awarded on: 2013-06-21
    amount: $10,000
    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: 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: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant

    Agreeing to Disagree: Civility in Public Discourse

    Three one-hour radio segments taking a look at civility (and the lack thereof) in public discourse.

    WAMC
    Albany, NY, Albany County

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

    1763 Peace of Paris Project Public Programming

    French-Canadian historical re-enactors take part in a public commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the treaty that ended the French and Indian Wars.

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

    project director: Donald C. Carleton
    awarded on: 2013-06-21
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Carnaval!

    An exhibit and programs exploring the history and culture of Carnival in eight communities in Europe and the Americas.

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

    project director: Honee Hess
    awarded on: 2013-06-21
    amount: $5,000
    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
    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 Grant

    Boston Book Festival 2013

    Three days of varied programs with multiple literary collaborators including authors of national repute.

    Boston Book Festival, Inc.
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Norah Piehl
    awarded on: 2013-06-21
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Emilie: The Marquise de Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight

    WAM Theatre
    Lee, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Kristen van Ginhoven
    awarded on: 2013-06-21
    amount: $9,980
    Project Grant

    "The American Media Revolution" Archival Collection

    An on-line exhibit and archive of images, film clips and sound files related to the early years of WBCN FM in Boston and protest movements on Boston Common.

    Filmmakers Collaborative
    Melrose, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

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

    Unlearning the Language of Violence

    Community conversations about violence in America by way of a series of public events, lectures, panels, oral history, film, literature, radio interviews or "town meetings," and online outreach.

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

    project director: Susan Leary
    awarded on: 2013-03-15
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    New Voices: Nantucket's Diverse Immigrant Population

    A complex and multifaceted oral history project to record the new voices and life histories of recent immigrants to the island.

    Nantucket Historical Association
    Nantucket, MA, Nantucket County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Betsy S. Tyler
    awarded on: 2013-03-15
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant

    "I Have a Dream": Public Dialogues on the Unfinished Business of Emancipation & Civil Rights

    Six public events-in the Berkshires, Roxbury, Cambridge, Medford, Watertown and Worcester-that explore the unfinished business of the Civil War and the civil rights era.

    The Tracing Center on Histories and Legacies of Slavery
    Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Margo Varea
    awarded on: 2013-03-15
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Harvest of Voices - Cuentos de Lawrence

    A community-based oral history/musical theatre project drawn from personal interviews within the Latino community in Lawrence, collected by Spanish-speaking students at Merrimack College, and dramatized by playwright Jose Cruz Gonzalez.

    Merrimack College
    North Andover, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Joseph Kelley
    awarded on: 2013-03-15
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant

    Farenheit 451: "If I had to Choose..." and "Who Gets to Choose..."

    Two-months of community programming on the history and contemporary role of censorship in our society, using Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451" as the centerpiece.

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

    project director: Mary C. Durling
    awarded on: 2013-03-15
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    CAM Connections

    Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester will bring reproductions of regional landscape paintings from the Museum collection to seniors in care facilities in and around Gloucester, and also to support field trips for these seniors to the museum.

    Cape Ann Museum
    Gloucester, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Peggy Cahill
    awarded on: 2013-03-15
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Making History on the Commons

    The fourth annual history fair on the Boston Common for third and fifth grade students. The fair has grown into an annual collaboration between FPG, the schools, and various history organizations that interpret, re-enact, and engage students in how the Common has been used throughout history.

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

    project director: Elizabeth Vizza
    awarded on: 2013-03-15
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Buckman Tavern Self-Guided Audio Tour

    A new audio tour for Buckman Tavern, the gathering place for the Lexington militia before they encountered British soldiers in the first battle of the American Revolution.

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

    project director: Alison Falotico
    awarded on: 2013-03-15
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Civil War Teacher Training Workshop

    A three-day workshop to introduce local teachers to the significant Civil War resources at the Center, and work with them in preparing to create lesson plans on the topic.

    Framingham History Center
    Framingham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Annie Murphy
    awarded on: 2013-03-15
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Poetry Lifts Literacy

    The introduction of 75 adult basic education students to literature through poetry workshops that will culminate in a reading alongside nationally and regionally known poets at the fourth annual Greenfield Annual Word Festival.

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

    project director: Judith Roberts
    awarded on: 2013-03-15
    amount: $8,000
    Project Grant

    Music for the Soul: Building Community Through Musical Diversity

    Four dinner concerts and 10 lunchtime concerts, to be followed by scholar-facilitated discussions at the Center, a community organization that serves homeless and low-income people.

    Amherst Survival Center
    Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Bob Weiner
    awarded on: 2013-03-15
    amount: $2,000
    Public Squared Grant

    Roots of Liberty: The Haitian Revolution and the American Civil War

    Community conversations and other interactive programming around the production of a historical pageant commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. The pageant will be focused on the Haitian Revolution (a defining moment in the history of slavery in the Americas) and the larger-than-life figure of Haitian liberator Toussaint Louverture.

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

    project director: Debra Wise
    awarded on: 2013-03-15
    amount: $24,990
    Project Grant

    A Legacy of Rural Music, People and Place

    A weeklong workshop between beginner musicians from a selection of Hill Towns (Ashfield, Plainfield, Hawley, and Buckland) and mentors conversant in regional folk classics in preparation for storytelling performances.

    Country Dance and Song Society, Inc.
    Easthampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Jacqueline Cooper
    awarded on: 2013-03-15
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Academy of Music Play Development

    Development of a play that tackles issues in the history of women's work, based on the life of the strong-willed Mildred E. Walker, box office manager at the Academy whose controversial promotion to interim manager became the occasion of a scandal, criminal accusations, and the loss of her job.

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

    project director: Debra J'Anthony
    awarded on: 2013-03-15
    amount: $2,000
    Scholar in Residence Grant

    Hawk Valley Farm - 350th Anniversary of the First Settlement North of the Merrimack River

    Research into and documentation of the land use history of Hawk Valley Farm (1664), a five-acre conservation property that is still occupied by the descendants of the settlers.

    Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust
    Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Jane Calvin
    awarded on: 2013-03-15
    amount: $3,000
    Scholar in Residence Grant

    Elizabeth Cadman White

    Research into the life of Elizabeth Cadman White (1685-1768), one of the first owners of the 1710 Cadman-White-Handy House, and her social, cultural, economic, and political environment.

    Westport Historical Society
    Westport, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Jenny O'Neill
    awarded on: 2013-03-15
    amount: $3,000
    Research Inventory Grant

    Cataloguing the Paul White Documents

    Awarded to catalogue, re-house, and transcribe the "Paul White documents," a group of about fifty documents that date from the 1740's to the early nineteenth century, with an eye towards future public programming.

    Winslow House
    Ocean Bluff, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

    project director: Laura Smolcha
    awarded on: 2013-01-31
    amount: $1,500
    Discussion: Reading Grant

    Jack Kerouac Reading and Discussion Series

    Reading and discussion series focusing on books by Jack Kerouac.

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

    project director: Sara Marks
    awarded on: 2012-12-21
    amount: $1,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Art in Words

    An after-school reading and visual arts program for middle school students focusing on the connection between the novel Okay for Now by award-winning writer Gary Schmidt and the New Bedford Public Library's unique collection of James Audubon's Birds of America prints.

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

    project director: Jill Horton-Simms
    awarded on: 2012-12-14
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    StoriesLive III

    A program in which professional Massachusetts storytellers teach 10th, 11th, and 12th graders in 10 Massachusetts high schools the art of personal storytelling while imparting formative public speaking skills and writing strategies. The program culminates in an intramural story slam (with cash prizes).

    Massmouth, Inc.
    Brookline, MA, Norfolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Norah Dooley
    awarded on: 2012-12-14
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Media Grant

    Community by Design: The Olmsted Firm and the Development of Brookline, MA

    Research, script development, image selection, location scouting, music, and more for a short film on the Olmsted architectural firm's role in shaping the design and urban plan of Brookline, Massachusetts

    Library of American Landscape History
    Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Robin Karson
    awarded on: 2012-12-14
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Making Media Now Conference Panel

    A panel at the "Making Media Now," conference, that will offer insights and best practices to filmmakers on developing the most productive working relationships between humanities scholars and documentary filmmakers.

    Filmmakers Collaborative
    Melrose, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Kathryn Dietz
    awarded on: 2012-12-14
    amount: $1,200
    Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant

    Non-Violent Movements in the Modern World

    A 10-session professional development course for 20 teachers to study primary sources and teaching materials on notable nonviolent movements in the modern world.

    Center for Nonviolent Solutions
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Paul S. Ropp
    awarded on: 2012-12-14
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    See-Hear-Feel-Film

    A program designed for third graders that uses a series of international short films to teach students the power of story, help them gain visual literacy, cultivate the analytical skills necessary for our media culture, and inspire their imaginations. Participants will hail from 66 classes in public schools in underserved districts throughout the Pioneer Valley, including Amherst.

    Amherst Cinema Arts Center, Inc.
    Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Jake Meginsky
    awarded on: 2012-12-14
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Berkshire Festival of Women Writers

    A month-long, community-wide series of readings, lectures, films and discussions, writing workshops, networking events, and performances by and for women writers. The festival focuses on the concept of strengthening women's voices through writing.

    Bard College at Simon's Rock
    Great Barrington, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez
    awarded on: 2012-12-14
    amount: $5,000
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