Past Grants Awarded

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    Project Grant

    Native American Public Interpretation Program

    Free public walking tours of past archaeological dig sites at UMass' Summer Field School in Anthropology for three weeks in June.

    Historic Deerfield, Inc.
    Deerfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Elizabeth Chilton
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $2,880
    Project Grant

    THE CHAIR

    Exhibition and accompanying catalogue of THE CHAIR at WCC, concentrating on the historical context and meaning of the chair's place within culture.

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

    project director: Maryon Attwood
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $2,750
    Project Grant

    Teachers As Scholars/Boston Public Schools Humanities Seminars, Summer 2002

    A series of humanities seminars offered to BPS teachers to enrich curriculum and humanities pedagogy.

    Teachers As Scholars, Inc.
    Newton, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: William Holinger
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $4,779
    Project Grant

    Ancient Egypt

    Egyptian art and artifacts on exhibit at the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, 1/15/03 - 1/6/04, with related humanities programming.

    Springfield Museums
    Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Kay Simpson
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $15,000
    Project Grant

    Northampton's Living History Community Heritage Project

    Short documentary of portraits of people and institutions that reflect Northampton's diverse 350-year history.

    Florence Association
    Florence, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: James Ault
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Distribution of "Someone Sang for Me: Jane Sapp, Cultural Activist"

    The Fund for Women Artists will distribute a one hour documentary about Jane Sapp, a leader in cultural activism and music education workshops for 'at-risk' youth.

    Fund For Women Artists
    San Francisco, CA, San Francisco County

    project director: Julie Akeret
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Planning Grant for Creation of Literary Map of Massachusetts

    Massachusetts Center for the Book will plan a two-phase literary map of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, both in-print and on-line.

    Massachusetts Center For The Book
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Sharon Shaloo
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $15,000
    Project Grant

    Dante at the Gardner

    Five public readings and discussions of Dante's Inferno plus an unspecified 'day-long event.'

    Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Margaret Burchenal
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $8,000
    Project Grant

    The Skinned Lan: Connecticut River Log Drives

    Pre-production grant for a documentary exploring the Connecticut River log drives, 1868-1915.

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

    project director: Ed Klekowski
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Wayside Exhibit: Korean War Veterans Memorial

    Historic, interpretative installation to accompany the Korean War Memorial, extended until 10/31/02

    Korean War Veterans Association Cape & Islands Chapter
    Dennis, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Sarah Brophy
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $2,550
    Project Grant

    Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center Oral History Booklet

    An oral history project documenting the lives of men who earned livings working at the oldest continuously operating marine railway in the country.

    Gloucester Maritime Heritage Museum
    Gloucester, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Harriet Webster
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $4,925
    Project Grant

    Maverick Photography Project

    Youth residents of Maverick Gardens public housing will attend formal photography training and lab courses, in order to then document images of their community, slated for demolition within the next few years. Photos will be displayed at Maverick Gardens, and a public space TBD.

    Zumix
    East Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Jennifer Gilbert
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $3,200
    Project Grant

    Images of Conflict: Films During the Times of International Crisis

    A humanities panel discussion about the use of film in times of war.

    Provincetown International Film Festival
    Provincetown, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: P.J. Layng
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $3,000
    Project Grant

    Gertrude Lawrence Celebration

    Script development for a play, "GEE!," to be written by Natalie Ross Miller and based on the life of Gertrude Lawrence, one of the most celebrated actresses of the twentieth century. The play will be performed on the Gertrude Lawrence Stage at the Dennis Union Church in late August 2002.

    Eventide Theatre Company
    Dennis, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Noel Tipton
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $2,500
    Project Grant

    Scribbling Women

    Curriculum, lesson plans, and web site development relating to the radio play production of Sarah Orne Jewett's "The Flight of Betsey Lane", distributed by NPR in February/March 2002.

    Public Media Foundation
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Valerie Henderson
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $5,000
    Discussion: Reading Grant

    Contemporary Massachusetts Authors

    Series featuring books by Massachusetts authors: _Murder at the Gardner_ by Janet Langdon, _Pagoda_ by Patricial Powell, _Family Orchard_ by Nomi Eve, _Fortune's Rocks_ by Anita Shreve.

    Friends of the Lakeville Public Library
    Lakeville, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

    project director: Donna Tibbetts
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $400
    Project Grant

    H3 Gala Screening

    The US premiere of H3, an Irish drama based on the 1981 Maze Prison hunger strikes in Northern Ireland. Writer Laurence McKeown and producer James Flynn will attend the event and discuss their film with the audience.

    Boston Irish Film Festival
    Brookline, MA, Norfolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Peter Flynn
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $2,015
    Project Grant

    Poetry in Acton

    Poetry reading followed by questions from the audience featuring poet Galway Kinell in celebration of National Poetry Month (April).

    Acton Memorial Library
    Acton, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Wanda S. Null
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $900
    Project Grant

    John B. Gough: One Man Play & Curriculum Hillside Restoration Project

    The Hillside Restoration Project and the Boylston Historical Society present an interpretive and educational program on John B Gough. The program consists of a one-man play and corresponding curriculum for the Boylston Public Schools.

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

    project director: Nel Lazour
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $4,000
    Project Grant

    "The Angle of a Landscape": Nature and Art in Emily Dickinson's World

    A series of public programs focusing on three aspects of nature and art as they relate to the poet, her work, and her family, especially Austin and Susan Dickinson. The programs are based at the two houses on Main Street in Amherst and include and nature walk and poetry discussion.

    Dickinson Homestead
    Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Cindy Dickinson
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $4,720
    Project Grant

    The Goody Parsons Case: A Journey to the 17th Century, Phase 2

    Implementation of a multi-level learning experience regarding the 17th century, via the exploration of the Goody Parsons witchcraft case. Phase 2 includes: (1) structuring the website to include curriculum materials and student activities, and (2) introducing these resources to teachers via workshops.

    Historic Northampton
    Northampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Kerry Buckley
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $24,985
    Project Grant

    Making Freedom II: African Americans in U.S. History

    Year two of the "Making Freedom" educational initiative to bring a more complete history of African American life into pre-college classrooms. The program is a seven-day summer institute.

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

    project director: Anna Roelofs
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $25,000
    Discussion: Reading Grant

    The Quest for Cultural Identity in America

    Reading and discussion series of 20th century novels that examine the struggle of assimilation from a broad range of viewpoints--Jewish, African American, Asian, and American Indian.

    Huntington Public Library
    Huntington, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Margaret L. Nareau
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $750
    Project Grant

    Hope and Promise

    An afternoon of music, film and discussion by and about Israelis and Palestinians. The film will explore the relationships between Palestinians and Israelis with a special focus on young people.

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

    project director: Bob Cilman
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $2,500
    Project Grant

    European Mediterranean Cuisine: Contact, Exchange, and Integration

    A lecture series on the ramifications of contact, trade, and cultural and agricultural exchange in the European Mediterranean, particularly the Arab influence beginning in the medieval period and the New World influences on the Early Modern period.

    Trustees of Boston University
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Thomas Glick
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $1,740
    Discussion: Reading Grant

    Autobiography: Writing and Memory

    A library reading and discussion program.

    Emily Williston Memorial Library
    Easthampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Rebecca Plimpton
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $1,085
    Project Grant

    Massachusetts Review Radio Program

    A new radio program featuring half-hour interviews with local writers, artists, and thinkers. The objective of the program is to a medium to spotlight and celebrate the cultural life of the CT River Valley region.

    Massachusetts Review
    Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: David Lenson
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $2,000
    Project Grant

    Boston by the Seas K-12 Access Program

    A pilot program giving K-12 students in the Boston area access to the waterfront, harbor tour: "Boston by Sea: A Musical Cruise through Boston's Past." An accompanying teacher's guide will be developed.

    Boston History Collaborative
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Robert M. Krim
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $4,175
    Project Grant

    Moby Dick--The Marathon

    A 25-hour nonstop reading of Moby Dick preceded by a scholar-led talk.

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

    project director: Candace L. Heald
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $2,563
    Project Grant

    The Trial of Anthony Burns

    The James D. St. Clair Court Education Project has commissioned a dramatic work on the 1858 extradition of the fugitive slave, Anthony Burns to a slave owner in Virginia. A public exhibit on the life of Anthony Burns will be mounted in the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse, where the play will be staged.

    Discovering Justice: James D. St. Clair Court Public Ed Proj
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Maria Karagianis
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $25,000
    Project Grant

    The Voices of 1704

    The research and development of a six-to-twelve part radio feature series on the Attack on Deerfield, Massachusetts of 1704.

    Friends of WFCR
    Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Robert Paquette
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Sacco and Vanzetti

    A feature-length documentary about the lives and legal case of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, Italian immigrant anarchists who were executed in 1927 for the murder seven years earlier of two men at a South Braintree, MA shoe factory.

    New York Foundation for the Arts
    New York, NY, New York County

    project director: Peter Miller
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Boys Home: The History of Fernald State School

    One hour television program about America's first institution for the 'feeble-minded'.

    Coruway Film Institute
    Portsmouth, NH, Rockingham County

    project director: William C. Rogers
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $20,000
    Project Grant

    Slavery Documents

    A community education program (consisting of workshops, lectures, and discussion groups) centering around the March 2002 Symphony Hall performance of a newly commissioned work by composer T. J. Anderson entitled "Slavery Documents".

    Cantata Singers, Inc.
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Lisa Stiller
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $15,000
    Project Grant

    Mt. Holyoke: Looking at Landscape

    An exhibition that will examine the historical significance of Mt. Holyoke, the prominent mountain that is one of the nation's cultural icons. Interpretive texts at the beginning of each section will introduce the central themes and the conceptual framework of the exhibition.

    Mount Holyoke College Art Museum
    South Hadley, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Marianne Doezema
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Lost Theatres of Somerville: A Visual and Oral History of Neighborhood Picture Palaces

    A multifaced project that will create, through visual documentation and oral history, a record of Somerville's rich cultural and architectural past. The focus of the project will be the fourteen movie theatres that defined their various neighborhoods.

    Somerville Historical Society and Museum
    Somerville, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: David M. Guss
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Imagining Robert: My Brother, Madness, and Survival

    A film based on Jay Neugeboren's memoir about himself and his mentally ill brother, Robert. The film will provide the occasion to draw together people involved with mental health--family members, medical personnel, patients, police--to explore the impact of chronic mental illness on families.

    Florentine Films/Hott Productions, Inc.
    Florence, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Lawrence R. Hott
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $25,000
    Project Grant

    Gosnold's Hope: Exploration and Enduring Legacy

    A four-part lecture series, which is part of a larger observance commemorating the 400th anniversary of the landing of Bartholomew Gosnold (1571-1607) in the Buzzard's Bay region. The focus of the project is to foster connections between the past and the present, between the Native people who lived in the region and the Europeans who explored and settled there.

    Cuttyhunk Historical Society
    Cuttyhunk, MA, Dukes County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Carolyn T. Powers
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $14,700
    Project Grant

    Massachusetts Capitol Forum on America's Future

    A series of professional development workshops for teachers using methods and curriculum materials developed by the Choices for the 21st Century Education Project at Brown University.

    Teacher Center for Global Studies
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Mimi Stephens
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $3,525
    Project Grant

    Life After 60

    Two public forums on the opportunities and challenges presented by aging.

    Cambridge Senior Volunteer Clearinghouse
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Beverly Cassara
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $2,500
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