Past Grants Awarded

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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."

ArtsEmerson
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: David Howse
awarded on: 2018-06-15
amount: $10,450
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
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
Somerville, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Cara Solomon
awarded on: 2018-06-15
amount: $7,500
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

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

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
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

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

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

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: 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

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: 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
Discussion: Reading 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

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
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
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 Cunningham
awarded on: 2017-11-06
amount: $3,500
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
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

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

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
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: 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
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
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

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
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
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 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
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
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