Past Grants Awarded

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Project Grant

Beyond Jazz: History of the 19th-Century Gatherings and Cultural Expresssion at the Boston African Meeting House

Support for an exhibit and lectures making the historical connection between people gathering socially and people organizing for political change.

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

project director: Chandra Harrington
awarded on: 2019-06-14
amount: $6,500
Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

The Citizens' Senate: Women's Fight for Suffrage

Production of a 20-minute program on the suffrage movement in the U.S., with a focus on 1910-20, that will become part of EMK's rotating repertoire of daily programs.

Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Caroline Burke
awarded on: 2019-06-14
amount: $15,000
Research Inventory Grant

Preservation of Auburn's Winfried P Sommerfeld Photographic Archive

Inventory, organization, and digitization of items from the collection of photographer Winfried Sommerfeld.

Photographic Preservation Center
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Fred Mirliani
awarded on: 2019-05-13
amount: $2,000
Discussion Grant

Her Story Is: The Effects of War on Collaboration Between Iraqi and U.S. Women Writers

A moderated discussion as part of the Her Story project.

Fort Point Theatre Channel
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Jennifer Jean
awarded on: 2019-05-13
amount: $3,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

Roxbury Strong: A Story of Emergence, Performance and Discussion Series

Support for BPS and BHCC students to engage in the history and culture of Boston's Roxbury neighborhood through researching, rehearsing, performing, and leading community discussions of "Roxbury Strong," a play based on archival research and oral histories with residents.

Boston Public Schools
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Ron T. Jones
awarded on: 2019-03-15
amount: $14,500
Project: Media Grant

Camera Kids - Genocide Victims and Genocide Perpetrators

Production of a multimedia project for the 25th Anniversary of the Rwandan genocide this year in addition to creation of the trailer in for a film featuring three three men orphaned by the Rwandan genocide who teach photography as a healing practice to vulnerable children around the world, including at the Home for Little Wanderers in Boston.

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

project director: Beth Murphy
awarded on: 2019-03-15
amount: $15,000
Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

America Transformed: Mapping Land and Dispossession in the 19th Century

Public programming, a teacher institute, and interpretive materials to accompany a two-part exhibit using maps to examine the history of U.S. expansion and Native American dispossession in the 19th and 20th century.

Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Michelle LeBlanc
awarded on: 2019-03-15
amount: $14,817
Project: Media Grant

Orchestrating Change

Support for the distribution phase of a feature-length documentary film about the Me2/Orchestra in which half the musicians are diagnosed with mental illness.

Me2/Orchestra
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Margie Friedman
awarded on: 2019-03-15
amount: $14,795
Project Grant

Sweet Souls: Voices from the Margaret Fuller House in Cambridge

Funding to conduct and interpret 12 oral histories with affiliates of Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House, a 112-year-old settlement house, adding under-documented narratives into the archives that address the relationship between providers and patrons in the settlement house movement, and reflect on how such settlement houses were transformed by patrons who became providers.

Cambridge Historical Society
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Marieke Van Damme
awarded on: 2019-03-15
amount: $7,500
Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

Boston Through a Wider Lens: Communities of Color and the Narrative of Freedom

Support for a five-day summer teacher workshop highlighting historic sites in Boston where communities of color struggled for recognition and inclusion in the social contract.

UMass Boston CANALA Institutes
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Elena Stone
awarded on: 2018-12-14
amount: $14,047
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

100 Years Later: THe Great Molasses Flood Revisited

A series of three panel discussions exploring Boston's Great Molasses Flood of 1919, on its 100th anniversary.

Old South Meeting House
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Erica B. Lindamood
awarded on: 2018-12-14
amount: $3,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

CodeSwitching: Race and Identity in the Suburban Schoolhouse

Support for promotion and distribution of the documentary CodeSwitching, which explores the experience of shifting between 'home' and 'away' cultures for two generations of students who were bused from urban to suburban schools as part of Boston's METCO program.

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

project director: Jonathan Schwartz
awarded on: 2018-12-14
amount: $13,500
Project Grant

Beyond the Stage: Post-Production Discussions of Patrick Gabridge's Mount Auburn Plays

Support for moderated conversations following a series of one-act plays written by Patrick Gabridge.

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

project director: Jennifer Gilbert
awarded on: 2018-12-14
amount: $3,000
Discussion Grant

Shaping the Social Contract - Insights from the Women of Brook Farm

Two public events-moderated by Scholar Kerri Greenidge and held in Cambridge and in Roslindale-based on writings by the women of Brook Farm, a 19th-century transcendentalist community in Boston.

New Brook Farm, Inc.
West Roxbury, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Gretchen Dietz
awarded on: 2018-07-30
amount: $1,883
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

The Peculiar Patriot: Play Reading Book Club and Public Dialogue

A "Play Reading Book Club" for families with incarcerated members and returning citizens that will lead up to the production of "The Peculiar Patriot."
(project website)

ArtsEmerson
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: David Howse
awarded on: 2018-06-15
amount: $10,450
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

The Ethics of Public Memory in Boston

A year-long project that asks high school students to consider the ethical and philosophical questions raised by controversial public monuments-including those debated nationally, as well as controversial removals and renamings of Boston-area landmarks.

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

project director: Nir Eiskovits
awarded on: 2018-06-15
amount: $14,692
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

Story of Our Streets Project

A program for young people in Boston that will combine literary discussion, archival research, and community interviews in order for participants to learn and write about Boston as a city, while focusing on the history and community of an individual street.

Everyday Boston
Jamaica Plain, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Cara Solomon
awarded on: 2018-06-15
amount: $7,500
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

Please Touch the Art

A disability-studies exhibit-to accompany a tactile art exhibit- on the history of accessibility in arts programming and on how both blind and sighted artists and audiences influence and affect the fine arts.

Mosesian Center for the Arts
Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Kimberly Thompson
awarded on: 2018-06-15
amount: $10,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

Inside Chinatown - Planning Project

A project that connects experienced scholars with a cohort of Chinatown laborers-who will participate in six workshops on local history, national Chinatown histories, immigration, and documentary photography-to create original materials for a future exhibition.

Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Cynthia Woo
awarded on: 2018-06-15
amount: $15,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

Road to Tolerance Program Extension

The creation and implementation of in-school post-show workshops to accompany Theatre Espresso's historical plays held each year at the John Adams Courthouse for Boston Public School students.

Theatre Espresso
Jamaica Plain, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Wendy Lement
awarded on: 2018-06-15
amount: $15,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

Mind the Gap: The Power of Shakespeare's Language Then and Now

A series of public programs to complement the fall production of Macbeth that will engage audiences-including Boston Public School students and young people recommended to the program by the Department of Youth Services and the Department of Child and Family Services-in debates about language in productions of Shakespeare's plays.

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

project director: Mara Sidmore
awarded on: 2018-06-15
amount: $15,000
Discussion Grant

We Who Believe in Freedom: Facilitated Readings by Influential Women

A four-part discussion series on influental works by Ella Baker, Lucy Stone, Dolores Huerta, and Ida B. Wells.

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

project director: Mary M. Earl
awarded on: 2018-05-14
amount: $3,500
Research Inventory Grant

Rediscovering Chester Square: A Lost Park in the South End

Inventory and creation of a finding aid for recently obtained records from the Chester Square Area Neighborhood Association.

South End Historical Society
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Lauren Prescott
awarded on: 2018-05-14
amount: $2,000
Project: Media Grant

Left on Pearl

The implementation of an online user interface to promote distribution of the film that will allow organizations and individuals to host screenings and to download a screening guide (with historical context and discussion questions).

888 Women's History Project, Inc.
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Susan Rivo
awarded on: 2018-03-16
amount: $15,000
Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

Religious History of Somerville

Research and planning for an exhibition on religious institutions and groups in Somerville, with the intention of tackling issues of immigration, religious tradition and history, and religious practices, and contemporary religious communities.

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

project director: Charan Devereaux
awarded on: 2018-03-16
amount: $13,700
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

Haul Away Together: History, Diversity and the Sea in Story and Song

The introduction of already-successful humanities-based programs to adults in the Boston area; the organization's programs-originally created for teens and young adults-are based on songs and stories of the sea that include the oft-ignored experiences of African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, young people, and women.

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

project director: Bruce Berman
awarded on: 2018-03-16
amount: $15,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

Black Creativity in Comics

A public event with graphic novelist and scholar John Jennings and other scholars of black comics, which will push audiences to consider questions about the history of black comics, Afro-futurism, colonialism, civil rights, and the future of publishing.

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

project director: L'Merchie Frazier
awarded on: 2018-03-16
amount: $6,400
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

Self-Guided Historical Walking Tour of Boston's Chinatown

The design and production of a walking-tour brochure of Boston's Chinatown, intended to complement the city's other self-guided walking tours, including the Freedom Trail, Black Heritage Trail, and Women's Trail.

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

project director: Susan Chinsen
awarded on: 2018-03-16
amount: $7,500
Project: Media Grant

John Adams Courthouse Visitors Film (Trailer)

The creation of a film trailer to raise funds for a visitors film-supported by input from historians and legal scholars-for the John Adams Courthouse.

Supreme Judicial Court Historical Society
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Wendy Lement
awarded on: 2018-03-16
amount: $15,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

Afro Latin Folktales Project

An out-of-school literature and theatre project for youth leaders to explore themes of immigration, cultural assimilation, and belonging in relationship to Boston immigrant communities.

Hyde Square Task Force
Jamaica Plain, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Eva Farrell
awarded on: 2017-12-08
amount: $15,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

GLOW

An exhibition of eight historic neon road signs of Massachusetts businesses, c. 1927-1970, related research and accompanying panels, and a moderated panel discussion.

Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Lucas Cowan
awarded on: 2017-12-08
amount: $10,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

Neighborhood Voices: Stories of the Families of the Dudley Street Neighborhood of Boston

An oral history project documenting the stories of families living in the Dudley Street neighborhood.

Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative
Roxbury, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Rosalind Everdell
awarded on: 2017-12-08
amount: $7,500
Discussion Grant

Central Conversations - Guards at the Taj

Two symposia, one exploring contemporary connections to the history, politics, and meaning of great monuments, and the other exploring dynamics between the disciplines of history and theater.

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

project director: Debra Wise
awarded on: 2017-11-06
amount: $3,000
Discussion Grant

Teens, Bodies, and Identities in Global Literature

A reading-and-discussion series for Boston-area teachers and librarians focusing on global literature about teenagers' relationships with their bodies.

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

project director: Deborah L. Cunningham
awarded on: 2017-11-06
amount: $3,500
Discussion Grant

Spotlight Symposium Series: "Lonely Planet" and "Statements"

Two post-production moderated conversations around the history of intolerance and how art from the past can bring up questions from the present.

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

project director: Leila Ghaemi
awarded on: 2017-11-06
amount: $3,000
Discussion Grant

Protest and Citizenship in America

A panel discussion and public conversation exploring the history of citizenship and protest in America.

Massachusetts Historical Society
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Gavin Kleespies
awarded on: 2017-11-06
amount: $3,000
Discussion Grant

Discussion Event with MA History Teacher of the Year

A moderated discussion with 2017 Mass History Teacher of the Year Kevin Dua and historian Dan Breen addressing the roles of patriotism, freedom, individuality, and collectivism in the United States both historically and in the present.

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

project director: Eileen Schofield
awarded on: 2017-11-06
amount: $1,350
Research Inventory Grant

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.

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
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