Past Grants Awarded

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Research Inventory Grant

Theresa-India Young's Papers: Documenting Art, Education, Cultural Heritage, and Community in Boston

An inventory of the papers of Theresa-India Young, noted fiber artist, educator, community organizer, and activist.

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

project director: Meghan Bailey
awarded on: 2017-07-17
amount: $2,000
Project: Media Grant

Our Mockingbird Curriculum Guide

Creation of a Teacher's Guide and three companion short films which tell the stories of Native child removal, forced assimilation, and the first Truth and Reconciliation Commission for Native Americans in the country. creation of a curriculum to accompany the documentary film Our Mockingbird, exploring individual and group identities, American history, jurisprudence, and ethics in Harper Lee's novel To "Kill a Mockingbird".

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

project director: Sandra Jaffe
awarded on: 2017-06-16
amount: $7,500
Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

Boston and the Irish Language: Fifty Years of Cultural Connection in Oral History

Support for an oral history project exploring the importance of the Irish language among Irish immigrants in the Boston area.

Irish Language Society of Boston
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Brian Frykenberg
awarded on: 2017-06-16
amount: $7,500
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

The Downfall of Despots: Julius Caesar

A series of public educational programs for the upcoming all-female production of Julius Caesar.

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

project director: Mara Sidmore
awarded on: 2017-06-16
amount: $15,000
Discussion: Civil Rights Grant

Hollis Watkins: Sankofa of a Movement Man

A presentation by Hollis Watkins, author, civil rights leader, and founder of Southern Echo, Inc., on the civil rights themes of the last 50 years and the challenges of today.

Union Capital Boston
Roxbury, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Eric Leslie
awarded on: 2017-05-08
amount: $450
Discussion: Open Grant

Reflections on Race in America: Then and Now

One a communal reading of Rev. Martin Luther King's Riverside Church speech, Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence, and the other a screening of the documentary Passage at St. Augustine: The 1964 Black Lives Matter Movement That Transformed America to be followed by a discussion between filmmaker Clennon King and long-time civil rights leader Mimi Jones.

Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry
Roxbury, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Mary M. Earl
awarded on: 2017-05-08
amount: $3,500
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

International Day of Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition

A series of events in observance of the International Day of Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition.

Museum of African American History
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Marita Rivero
awarded on: 2017-03-17
amount: $7,500
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

The New American Songbook

A series of audio documentaries using live radio broadcasts and listening events provoking discussion on the value of immigrant music, culture, and experience for the social life of the Commonwealth.

The Ground Truth Project
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Charles Sennott
awarded on: 2017-03-17
amount: $15,000
Research Inventory Grant

Preserving and Digitizing the John Quinn AIDS Memorial Books Collection

A project inventorying, processing, and digitizing the John Quinn AIDS Memorial Books in preparation for public programming and an online exhibit honoring people in the Boston area who died from HIV/AIDS related illnesses.

The History Project
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Andrew Elder
awarded on: 2017-02-06
amount: $2,000
Discussion: Open Grant

Exploring Somerville's Economic History/Union Square at Work

A series of five discussion events on Somerville's economic history held in public spaces like bars and social service nonprofits.

Somerville Museum
Somerville, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Charan Devereaux
awarded on: 2017-02-06
amount: $3,485
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
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 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

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: 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
Project: Media Grant

Margaret Fuller, A Thoroughly Modern Woman

Preproduction activities for a film about the life and work of Margaret Fuller.

Interlock Media Inc.
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Jonathan Schwartz
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $10,000
Project Grant

Humanizing How We Teach and Learn About Violent Conflict

A year of professional development activities for area humanities high school teachers about teaching the human and social consequences to violent conflicts and approaches to peaceful conflict resolution.

William Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Con
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Alan Stoskopf
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $5,000
Research Inventory Grant

Processing and Making Available the Papers of Charles Shively

Inventory and processing of the papers of Charles Shively, a gay activist and poet in the Boston area during the 1970s and early 1980s, who was actively involved in a number of early and influential gay and queer newspapers, including Gay Community News, Fag Rag, and Gay Sunshine.

The History Project
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: William Holden
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $1,500
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

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: 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 Grant

These Words: Community Engagement and Promotion

A public presentation, a bilingual article for publication, an online repository of research, and a virtual walking tour on HistoryPin.com related to an exhibit regarding the social history of publishing, reading, and community engagement with the written word in Chinatown.
(project website)

Chinese Historical Society of New England
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Diane O'Donoghue
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $5,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

Storytelling by the Sea

A new storytelling program about the history of Boston Harbor.

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

project director: Bruce Berman
awarded on: 2016-03-18
amount: $10,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

Making History on the Common 2016

Support for the annual history day on Boston Common, in which more than 1,000 Boston school third-to-fifth-grade school kids usually participate.

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

project director: Elizabeth Vizza
awarded on: 2016-03-18
amount: $8,000
Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

Women in Politics: Then and Now

A slate of programming around the theme of women in politics, especially the life and work of the progressive Nichols sisters.

Nichols House Museum
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Victoria Glazomitsky
awarded on: 2016-03-17
amount: $7,550
Project Grant

New Rep Spotlight Symposium Series

A symposium series in conjunction with theatrical productions that explore the connections between religion, science, and identity.

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

project director: Adrienne Boris
awarded on: 2015-12-11
amount: $5,000
Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

Long Road to Justice: The African American Experience in the Massachusetts Courts

Expansion and updating of the exhibit Long Road to Justice: The African American Experience in the Massachusetts Courts, a chronicle of the legal struggle for civil rights of African Americans in Massachusetts.

George Lewis Ruffin Society
Somerville, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Julian Houston
awarded on: 2015-12-11
amount: $10,000
Project Grant

Boston Live Theater Project

A program to introduce 36 high school juniors and seniors from nine public charter schools to live theater through six live shows and post-performance discussions.

The Boston Live Theater Project
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Eleanor Devens
awarded on: 2015-12-11
amount: $5,000
Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

History Theater at the Old State House: Blood on the Snow

Educational programming in conjunction with the production of "History Theater at the Old State House: Blood on the Snow," a collaborative theatre project with educational components surrounding the aftermath of the Boston Massacre.

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

project director: Nathaniel G. Sheidley
awarded on: 2015-12-11
amount: $10,000
Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

Boston's Colonial Religious History Tour App

Development of a walking tour mobile application explores Boston's early religious history, with a particular focus on the decision-making practices and contentious issues that characterized life in seventeenth-century Boston.
(project website)

Congregational Library and Archives
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Carolyn Hewitt
awarded on: 2015-12-11
amount: $7,000
Project: Media Grant

Coping

Initial filming, research, and the creation of a project website and plan for a documentary that follows prisoners as they work with programs intended to help them establish a foothold in society after being released from incarceration.

Emerson College
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Robert Nesson
awarded on: 2015-12-11
amount: $10,000
Project: Media Grant

The Philadelphia Eleven

Funding to conduct and film interviews and to perform archival research for the documentary film, "The Philadelphia Eleven," about the women who were ordained as priests in 1974 as an act of civil disobedience within the Episcopal Church.

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

project director: Margo Guernsey
awarded on: 2015-12-11
amount: $10,000
Project Grant

earth.sky mobile exhibition

Creation of two short films by Roberto Mighty featuring historical figures, their monuments, and the cemetery landscape, to be included in a series of twenty shorts that will be the basis of a walking tour mobile app.

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

project director: Bree Harvey
awarded on: 2015-06-19
amount: $5,000
Project Grant

Boston Asian American Film Festival: Home in America

A four-day themed film festival on intergenerational immigrant experiences.

Asian American Resource Workshop
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Susan Chinsen
awarded on: 2015-06-19
amount: $5,000
Research Inventory Grant

Harry H. Dow Legal Case Files

Inventory, translation, and assessment of client files from the Harry H. Dow papers archived at the Suffolk Law School Library.

Chinese Historical Society of New England
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Susan Chinsen
awarded on: 2015-06-19
amount: $1,500
Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

Domestic Workers and Employers: Exploring the Realities of Work, Family, Care and Community

A multimedia oral history project with workers and employers about the MA Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, including two public events.

MataHari: Eye of the Day
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Moniqe Nguyen
awarded on: 2015-06-19
amount: $10,000
Project: Media Grant

Techung: Bone of the Heart documentary film

Preproduction work on a documentary covering the role of music in the maintaining of cultural identity among Tibetan exiles.

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

project director: Marilyn D. Pennell
awarded on: 2015-06-19
amount: $9,310
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

Driving to the American Dream: Citizenship at the Wheel

A reading, discussion, and performance program for Boston cab drivers based on Dmitry Samarov's Where To?

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

project director: Barbara Lewis
awarded on: 2015-06-19
amount: $9,848
Project Grant

Stem to Stern: Building CONSTITUTION

A short film featuring an animation of the 1790s building of the USS Constitution, to be shown while Old Ironsides is in dry dock and can be seen in her entirety.

USS Constitution Museum
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Robert Kiihne
awarded on: 2015-06-19
amount: $5,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

Pirates, Shipwrecks and Ghosts of Boston Harbor

Training of the summer program staff to engage new audiences in humanities storytelling about Boston Harbor and its historical denizens.

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

project director: Bruce Berman
awarded on: 2015-03-20
amount: $10,000
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