Past Grants Awarded

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Discussion: Open Grant

Poetry and the Active Citizen

A forum on the role of poetry during times of cultural and political crisis.

Edith Wharton Restoration, Inc.
Lenox, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Abbie Wilson
awarded on: 2017-05-08
amount: $3,000
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
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

Exploring History, Gender and Science in Lauren Gunderson's "Emilie" with Young Women in Pittsfield

An educational program to accompany a re-mounting of WAM Theatre's "Emilie: The Marquise du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight."

Flying Cloud Institute
Great Barrington, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Lindsey Berkowitz
awarded on: 2016-12-09
amount: $9,845
Discussion: Open Grant

Overcoming the Impossible: A Speaker Series on the Era of Reform

A five-part speaker series in Northern Berkshire County addressing the history of reform in the U.S. and its relevance today.

Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum
Adams, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Colleen E. Janz
awarded on: 2016-12-09
amount: $1,750
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

Enhancing Families Through Literature

Implementation of two series (in 2016 and 2017) of the Enhancing Families Through Literature program with families involved with Berkshire Family and Probate Court.

Berkshire County Head Start
Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Stacy Parsons
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $8,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

The Bakelite Masterpiece "Truth and Reconciliation" Audience Enrichment Project

Audience enrichment sessions and talkbacks for the company's production of "The Bakelite Masterpiece."

WAM Theatre
Lee, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Kristen van Ginhoven
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $5,000
Reading Frederick Douglass Together Grant

Reading Frederick Douglass Together in the Berkshires

A three-part event on the history of Frederick Douglass' alliance with Susan B. Anthony and his enduring relevance.

Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum
Adams, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Mary Ostraff
awarded on: 2016-05-18
amount: $275
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

Theatrical Production of "American Son" with Weekend Symposium

A weekend symposium on race, bias, and culture in present-day America held in conjunction with their production of "American Son."

Barrington Stage Company
Pittsfield, MA(Berkshire)

project director: Martin Mansfield
awarded on: 2016-03-18
amount: $10,000
Project Grant

The Mastheads

A series of five community conversations about writers of the American renaissance in the Pittsfield in conjunction with the City's new writers' residency program.

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

project director: Jen Glockner
awarded on: 2016-03-18
amount: $5,000
Research Inventory Grant

Early Families & Industries of West Stockbridge

Funding to inventory, catalogue and preserve four boxes of records, invoices and papers from Baldwin's Extracts Company, est. 1865, ranging from the late 19th through early mid 20th centuries. The material will be part of an on-going series of talks and remembrances celebrating West Stockbridge and its families.

West Stockbridge Historical Society
West Stockbridge, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Robert Salerno
awarded on: 2015-12-11
amount: $1,500
Project Grant

Spirit Voices: Pacific Northwest Native Myths

A five-month exhibition that explores and dramatizes the cultural heritage of various Native peoples of the Pacific Northwest through myths and stories embodied in art, artifacts, and performances.

Berkshire Museum
Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Maria Mingalone
awarded on: 2015-12-11
amount: $4,680
Project Grant

From Yokuntown to Lenox: Celebrating the 250th Anniversary of Lenox

Production of an 80-minute documentary featuring footage from more than 50 oral-history interviews of elderly Lenox residents to mark the town's 250th anniversary.

Lenox Library Association
Lenox, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Judy Seaman
awarded on: 2015-06-20
amount: $3,542
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

South County Stories

A gathering of local oral histories from members of multi-generational working families in the Berkshire County area and the subsequent creation and performance of four short plays based on their stories.

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
Great Barrington, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Beryl Jolly
awarded on: 2015-03-20
amount: $10,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

Project eLEVate

Support for a summer youth program as part of the Biannual Lift Ev'ry Voice Festival, focused on African-American identity in the Berkshires as well as the history and question of civil rights.

MCLA Foundation
Williamstown, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Don Q. Kelley
awarded on: 2015-03-20
amount: $10,000
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
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

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
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
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
Project Grant

Peace, Justice and Women - Changing the World

A series of multimedia events on the life of this legendary leader in the fight for women's rights and the abolition of slavery.

Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum
Adams, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Cynthia Whitty
awarded on: 2011-12-09
amount: $4,643
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

Follow the Thread

The addition of youth and community engagement programs to "Follow the Thread," a distinctive multimedia exhibit that chronicles the key contributions of the Jewish immigration movement to historic fashion and the ready-to-wear industry. The programs will accompany the exhibit's installation in Lee, Lawrence, and Gloucester.

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires
Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Jacqueline Cooper
awarded on: 2011-06-11
amount: $10,000
Project: Social Media Outreach Grant

Social Media for "Never Stand Still"

Organization of a social media campaign in support of its new documentary on the legendary history of the organization and its influence in the world of dance.

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Becket, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Lisa Niedermeyer
awarded on: 2011-06-11
amount: $10,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

Visitor Orientation Exhibition: A New Vision for New Audiences

Development of a new exhibit that examines issues of environmental responsibility, communal living, sustainable agriculture, and other core values of the Shaker community.

Hancock Shaker Village
Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Lesley Herzberg
awarded on: 2010-12-10
amount: $5,000
Project Grant

Free PillowTalks at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival

Presentations about the colorful history and varied forms of dance.

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Becket, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: David Barrett
awarded on: 2009-06-12
amount: $5,000
Project: Media Grant

Paper Mills Documentary Project

Creation of a trailer and script treatment for the Paper Mills Documentary Project.

Paper Town Projects, Inc.
Stockbridge, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Judith Monachina
awarded on: 2008-12-12
amount: $9,650
Scholar in Residence Grant

A 19th Century Townscape in the 20th Century: Laurel Hill and Urban Planning and Preservation in Stockbridge

Research on the planning, landscape design, preservation and promotion of Stockbridge from 1853-1993 by the Laurel Hill Association.

Stockbridge Library
Stockbridge, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Barbara Allen
awarded on: 2008-06-13
amount: $2,500
Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant

Film Feasts

Film screenings followed by discussions led by a film critic, food historian or scholar. Following the film/discussion, participants are invited, at a separate cost, to a meal offered by a local restaurant reflecting the cuisine of that film's culture.

Berkshire Museum
Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Melanie Mowinski
awarded on: 2007-12-14
amount: $8,100
Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant

imaginASIA

Program highlighting the connection between Eastern and Western cultures featuring an exhibit, gallery lectures, gallery programs, art courses and a festival.

Berkshire Museum
Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Melanie Mowinski
awarded on: 2007-03-09
amount: $5,000
Project: K-12 Grant

The Figure a Poem Makes

A workshop on the reading and writing of poetry for Berkshire County elementary, middle and high school teachers.

The Mount: Edith Wharton's Home
Lenox, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: David Dashiell
awarded on: 2006-09-15
amount: $3,700
Project Grant

The Bankside Humanities Series

A series of free lectures and demonstrations, exploring a wide range of the historical and cultural aspects of the Renaissance, as part of the Company's Outdoor Bankside Festival of performances and events.

Shakespeare & Company
Lenox, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Ariel Bock
awarded on: 2006-03-17
amount: $4,500
Project Grant

Exhibition Planning Grant/Handled With Care

An exhibit examining the role of utilitarian objects created by the Shakers as pieces that transcended their function, becoming a vital part of religious expression, a manifestation of the Shaker quest for utopia and a concretization of the group's culture.

Hancock Shaker Village
Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Christian Goodwillie
awarded on: 2005-09-10
amount: $5,000
Scholar in Residence Grant

Scholar in Residence - Berkshire Historical Society

Tor Court in Context: Impact of the Gilded Age on the economic and physical development in Pittsfield.

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

project director: Catherine Reynolds
awarded on: 2005-04-27
amount: $2,500
Project Grant

The Bankside Humanities Series

Free public lecture/demonstrations on the historical and cultural aspects of the Renaissance that helped shape the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries.

Shakespeare & Company
Lenox, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Mel Cobb
awarded on: 2005-04-21
amount: $4,500
Project Grant

Upper Housatonic Valley African American Heritage Trail Guide

Revised and expanded booklet that will serve as a primary text for a Summer 2005 African American studies colloquium and for subsequent curriculum development in public school districts.

Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area
Lakeville, CT, Litchfield County (Berkshire)

project director: Rachel Fletcher
awarded on: 2005-04-21
amount: $5,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

If They Close the Door on You, Go in the Window

An exhibit, symposium on the African American heritage of the Berkshires and a celebration of the life of Elizabeth Freeman.

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

project director: Joanne Hurlbut
awarded on: 2005-03-17
amount: $5,000
Project Grant

Cai Guo-Qiang: Inopportune Lecture Series

Lecture and discussion series investigating the political and artistic issues raised by MASS MoCA's exhibition Cai Guo-Qiang: Inopportune.

Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art
North Adams, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Laura S. Heon
awarded on: 2004-12-10
amount: $5,000
Project Grant

Berkshire Country Day School Du Bois Project

Educational music/theater piece based on the life and work of W.E.B. Du Bois

Berkshire Country Day School
Lenox, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: John Hadden
awarded on: 2002-02-16
amount: $5,000
Project Grant

Jacob's Pillow Audience Engagement Series for Festival 2001

Pre-performance lectures and post-performance discussions led by Resident Pillow Scholars. The talks will lead audiences through art criticism, historic and cultural interpretations, as well as live discussions with Festival artists and other people of note.

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Becket, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Norton Owen
awarded on: 2001-06-08
amount: $7,500
Project Grant

Moby-Dick and the Twentieth Century

A lecture series focusing on the impact of Moby Dick in the twentieth century.

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

project director: Susan Eisley
awarded on: 2001-05-17
amount: $2,500
Project Grant

A Forty Year Perspective: A Celebration and Examination of Historic Preservation at Hancock Shaker Village

A public celebration of the success of the 1960's grass-roots preservation efforts at an important American communal site, and to examine changes in historic preservation practices and cultural perceptions of this museum and beyond.

Hancock Shaker Village
Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Mary Rentz
awarded on: 2001-04-15
amount: $2,500
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