Past Grants Awarded

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    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Sojourner Truth and 19th Century Florence

    A three-part effort to bring 300 Springfield students to Florence for a Sojourner Truth walking tour, which will include exploration of historic houses and places where African-American fugitives lived and worked during the antebellum period.

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

    project director: Terrence O'Toole
    awarded on: 2012-12-14
    amount: $9,566
    Discussion: Reading Grant

    Time Enough

    Reading and discussion group using Christian McEwen's "World Enough and Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down" as the basis for discussion, along with books and articles drawn from the library's own collection.

    Forbes Library
    Northampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Lisa Downing
    awarded on: 2012-12-08
    amount: $1,000
    Discussion: Reading Grant

    Point A to Point B: The Literature of Traveling and Transformation

    Reading and discussion program on the literature of travel and transformation.

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

    project director: Antonia Stephens
    awarded on: 2012-11-06
    amount: $500
    Research Inventory Grant

    Robbins House Interpretive Center Inventory

    Surveyal of archives relating to the African-American history of Concord and its neighboring towns from 1750-1787 in preparation for programming at the newly restored Robbins House.

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

    project director: Robert Gross
    awarded on: 2012-06-15
    amount: $1,500
    Research Inventory Grant

    Winn-Adams Family Collection

    Inventory of the images relating to the annual Barrington Fair (c. 1841-1980) that are part of the Domenic and Marie Tassone photographic collection.

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

    project director: Faith Ferguson
    awarded on: 2012-06-15
    amount: $1,498
    Research Inventory Grant

    Tassone Photo Exhibition: Great Barrington's Agricultural Fairs

    Inventory of the images relating to the annual Barrington Fair (c. 1841-1980) that are part of the Domenic and Marie Tassone photographic collection.

    Great Barrington Historical Society
    Great Barrington, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Gary Leveille
    awarded on: 2012-06-15
    amount: $1,500
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    City of Champions: Youth Vision in Context

    A summer class for underserved youth. The six-week intensive course will explore the history of Brockton through documentary photography.
    (project website)

    Artists for Humanity
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Haidan Hodgson
    awarded on: 2012-06-08
    amount: $9,555
    Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant

    Hidden in Plain Sight: Freedom Seekers and Abolitionism in New Bedford, MA

    A core exhibit examining the choices of citizens who harbored fugitives from slavery both before and after the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, which made such sanctuary illegal.

    New Bedford Historical Society
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Lee Blake
    awarded on: 2012-06-08
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Media Grant

    Elizabeth Bishop and the Art of Losing

    Pre-production for a feature documentary on the life and unknown stories of poet Elizabeth Bishop.

    Ithaca College
    Ithaca, NY, Tompkins County

    project director: John Scott
    awarded on: 2012-06-08
    amount: $4,000
    Project Grant

    Ancient Identities: Arms and Adornment in the Age of Bronze and Iron

    A permanent exhibit on Bronze and Iron Age artifacts from the Mediterranean Basin. The exhibit will include arms and armaments but also everyday items that illuminate aspects of personal identity in the Ancient World.

    Higgins Armory Museum - closed 2013
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Devon Kurtz
    awarded on: 2012-06-08
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Media Grant

    Co-op City

    A documentary about the largest rent strike in American history, which took place in order to keep housing costs down in the Bronx. The planned film offers a powerful parable to today's housing controversies.

    Filmmakers Collaborative
    Melrose, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Sarah Colt
    awarded on: 2012-06-08
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    African American Heritage Trail

    Development of a walking trail brochure, Web site, and online exhibit focused on 19th- and 20th-century African-American history in Boston, including the monuments of 14 African-American citizens interred at the cemetery.

    Mount Auburn Cemetery
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Bree Harvey
    awarded on: 2012-06-08
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    The Treasures of Spectacle Island

    Narrated boat trips to Spectacle Island for underserved youth that blends explorations in archaeology, history, environmental philosophy, and civics.

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

    project director: Bruce Berman
    awarded on: 2012-06-08
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    What's the Big Idea?

    A program that uses popular film clips to teach middle school students lessons on ethics and philosophy. Topics range from bullying to lying, friendship, and peer pressure.
    (project website)

    Northampton Arts Council
    Northampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Julie Akeret
    awarded on: 2012-06-08
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Media Grant

    A Song of Hope: The Life Story of Pauli Murray

    Pre-production for a film about Pauli Murray, an African-American woman who made historic contributions to civil rights, women's rights, and religious life in the U.S.

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

    project director: Margo Guernsey
    awarded on: 2012-06-08
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Greenfield Annual Word Festival

    A program that introduces adult education students to literature through poetry and creative writing workshops.

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

    project director: Judith Roberts
    awarded on: 2012-06-08
    amount: $7,500
    Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant

    Kennedy to Kent State Programming

    A public lecture series that will serve as a companion to an exhibit on conflicts in the United States from 1960 to 1974, such as the Kent State riot, Vietnam, and the women's movement.

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

    project director:
    awarded on: 2012-06-08
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    The River Runs Through Us

    A six-part radio program that takes on contemporary issues concerning the cultural and historical role of the Connecticut River in the Pioneer Valley. The episodes will examine economics, the environment, and the river's spiritual effects on the area.

    WMUA
    Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Francesca Rheannon
    awarded on: 2012-06-08
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Portholes: An Inside Look at the Commercial Fishing Industry

    Community Economic Development Center of Southeastern, MA will organize and hold a series of monthly community events on topics and issues related to the commercial fishing industry. The topics range from sustainability to women in the industry.

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

    project director: Laura Orleans
    awarded on: 2012-06-08
    amount: $5,000
    Discussion: Reading Grant

    Understanding Islam

    Reading and discussion program aimed at helping the general reader to explore the roots of Islam through a variety of texts.

    Boxford Town Library
    Boxford, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Nanci M. Hill
    awarded on: 2012-04-04
    amount: $500
    Scholar in Residence Grant

    The Jacob Whittemore House - A Whittemore Family Biography

    Research into the multigenerational Whittemore family.

    Minute Man National Historic Park
    Concord, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Leslie Obleschuk
    awarded on: 2012-03-09
    amount: $2,650
    Scholar in Residence Grant

    The Cultural Landscape of Herman Melville's Arrowhead

    Research into the cultural landscape of Arrowhead, Herman Melville's farm in Pittsfield, during the period of his residency from 1850-1862, in order to better interpret Melville's life and work.

    Berkshire Historical Society
    Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Will Garrison
    awarded on: 2012-03-09
    amount: $2,900
    Scholar in Residence Grant

    The Antislavery Movement in Cummington

    Support for research on the extensive antislavery activity that took place in the small rural hilltown of Cummington during the three decades that preceded the Civil War.

    Cummington Historical Commission
    Cummington, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Carla Ness
    awarded on: 2012-03-09
    amount: $3,000
    Project Grant

    Stirring the Pot: Women in Early Massachusetts

    Funding for the hiring of a consultant to devise and execute a public outreach program for the Partnership's activities to mark the founding of Boston.

    Partnership of the Historic Bostons
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Wilfred Holton
    awarded on: 2012-03-09
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Public Health Museum Exhibit Redesign & Reinterpretation

    Redesign of the museum's gallery spaces using PhD candidates from Harvard's History of Science department to manage the process.

    Public Health Museum
    Needham, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Sara Lundberg
    awarded on: 2012-03-09
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    North Brookfield Poetry Project

    A poetry residency, after-school poetry writing workshops for students, and public readings that will be open to the community.

    North Brookfield Jr.- Sr. High School
    North Brookfield, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Heather Macpherson
    awarded on: 2012-03-09
    amount: $2,500
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    A Healing Landscape: Environmental and Social History of the Boston Nature Center

    Support for activities that will lead to the inclusion of history into the teaching at the Center, formerly the site of the Boston State Hospital.

    Mass Audubon
    Lincoln, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Julie Brandlen
    awarded on: 2012-03-09
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    More Than a Number Exhibition

    An exhibition exploring local Cambodian refugee culture, Cambodian-American culture, and non-Cambodians during and after the 1975-1979 genocide. The exhibit will address a number of themes: tolerance, acceptance and hope; the meaning of genocide, survival, healing; and re-building.

    Lynn Museum
    Lynn, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Abby Battis
    awarded on: 2012-03-09
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Coexist and Teaching about Human Dignity

    A program designed to engage new audiences in four public high schools to reflect on moral and ethical themes: responsibility to others, the meaning of human dignity, relationships that foster human flourishing, and respect and honor for difference.

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

    project director: Adam Mazo
    awarded on: 2012-03-09
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Hilltowns History Conference and Fair

    A Franklin County history happening, to be held at Colrain Central School. The daylong event will consist of a free history fair with activities and booths for all ages presented by organizations and individuals from around the county, as well as an indoor history conference with about 20 breakout sessions.

    Mary Lyon Foundation, Inc.
    Shelburne Falls, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Susan Samoriski
    awarded on: 2012-03-09
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant

    Generational Legacy Project

    A nine-month project, beginning with a series of workshops for previously incarcerated women, culminating in performances to be produced by the Fort Point Theatre Channel.

    On With Living and Learning
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Michael Ricca
    awarded on: 2012-03-09
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    My Farm at Waltham Winter Multimedia Outdoor Tour at Gore Place

    Production of a mobile device audio/video tour of the grounds of Gore Place in Waltham, the Federal estate of Governor Christopher Gore (1758-1827). Gore used his summer place as a productive farm and as a place to experiment with agricultural methods.
    (project website)

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

    project director: Tamar Agulian
    awarded on: 2012-03-09
    amount: $5,000
    Scholar in Residence Grant

    Salem's Franco-American History: Transcribing, Translating and Developing Thematic Guide to Oral History

    Transcription and translation of 20 videotaped oral histories of former and current Franco-American residents of Salem.

    Salem State University
    Salem, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Susan Edwards
    awarded on: 2012-03-09
    amount: $3,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Art in Words

    10-week after-school program for children that will focus on reading and discussion of books and instruction in drawing and watercolor techniques.

    Friends of the New Bedford Free Public Library
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Jill Horton-Simms
    awarded on: 2012-03-09
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    It Happened Here: Our Towns in the American Revolution

    A collaborative statewide interactive Web exhibit featuring materials on the Revolutionary War from as many localities in Massachusetts as will participate.

    Martha's Vineyard Museum
    Edgartown, MA, Dukes County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Nancy Cole
    awarded on: 2012-03-09
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Julien Hudson Exhibition; Lecture Series

    A lecture series, art history course, children's program, and a series of radio interviews to accompany its exhibit on Julien Hudson. Hudson was an early American portrait painter of African descent who explored race and the South in his work.

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

    project director: Honee Hess
    awarded on: 2011-12-09
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    African Americans in Early New England Project: A Crisis of Conscience and Memory

    A podcast and printed tour of African-American sites in the village of Old Deerfield as well as K-12 online lessons that will illuminate the history of local slavery in Old Deerfield.

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

    project director: Timothy Neumann
    awarded on: 2011-12-09
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant

    Will We Ever Learn?.. The Struggle for Equality, One Group at a Time

    Three hour-long segments of its morning program, The Roundtable; the segments will explore parallels between various struggles for equality in American history. Interviewees will include such important figures as Anita Hill, Robert Reich, and Alex Keyssar, among others.

    WAMC
    Albany, NY, Albany County

    project director: Joe Donahue
    awarded on: 2011-12-09
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Troilus & Cressida

    Free public events and participatory programs for diverse audiences pertaining to the production of Troilus & Cressida.

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

    project director: Lori Taylor
    awarded on: 2011-12-09
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Media Grant

    Fire and Ice: The Life and Legacy of Frances Perkins

    Development of a trailer for a PBS documentary on the life of Frances Perkins, Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Secretary of Labor and the architect of Social Security, minimum wage, and other New Deal legislation.

    Hamline University
    Saint Paul, MN, Ramsey County

    project director: Mick Caouette
    awarded on: 2011-12-09
    amount: $10,000
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