Past Grants Awarded

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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: 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
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: 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.

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: 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: 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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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

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

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 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

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

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

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 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
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
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: 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 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: 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: Engaging New Audiences Grant

Making History on the Common

Support for the annual history day on Boston Common, in which more than 1,000 fifth grade students participate.

Friends Of Public Garden
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Elizabeth Vizza
awarded on: 2015-03-20
amount: $8,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

Civic Awareness and Opportunities for Young Males of Color to Refine 21st Century Skills

A program engaging 25 young black men from grades three through five in nominating the home of local hero Suzanne Revaleon Green for inclusion on the African American Heritage Trail in Cambridge.

Fletcher Maynard Academy
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Robin Harris
awarded on: 2015-03-20
amount: $10,000
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
Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

Massachusetts Native Peoples and the Social Contract: A Reassessment for Our Times

A convention of Native groups in Boston, Worcester, Cape Cod Islands, South Coast, and Amherst in roundtable discussions envisioning a new social contract between the Commonwealth and its Native peoples.

Institute for New England Native American Studies
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Cedric Woods
awarded on: 2015-03-20
amount: $10,000
Project Grant

We Are One: Mapping the Road from Revolution to Independence

An exhibition timed to coincide with the 250th anniversary of Boston's resistance to the British Stamp Act of 1765, as well as a summer teachers' institute for teachers in the Boston Public School district.

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

project director: Michelle LeBlanc
awarded on: 2014-12-12
amount: $9,700
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

The Mr. g Project

Community humanities programming to complement the play, "Mr g," for underserved youth and young and working adults, including faith-based communities of color.

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

project director: Debra Wise
awarded on: 2014-12-10
amount: $10,000
Project Grant

The Health of Democracy

A series of six public conversations, entitled The Health of Democracy, that examine the proper role of government in promoting the general welfare of its citizens as well as shaping and overseeing the nation's social contract.

Cambridge Forum
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Patricia Suhrcke
awarded on: 2014-12-10
amount: $5,000
Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant

The A.R.T of Human Rights

An extensive collaborative program exploring art and human rights, to be held as interactive seminars, theatrical productions and public conversations at the Loeb Drama Center and participating schools and organizations.

American Repertory Theatre
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Timothy P. McCarthy
awarded on: 2014-06-20
amount: $10,000
Project Grant

The Golden Door

Performances of a new musical play on the immigration history of Boston and honoraria for a humanities scholar and panelists for post-performance talk back in three communities.

In Good Company
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Kay Dunlap
awarded on: 2014-06-20
amount: $3,970
Research Inventory Grant

Appalachian Mountain Club Historical Photograph Digitization Project

Scanning and inventory 1,000 photographic prints of New Englanders enjoying the outdoors between 1930-1950.

Appalachian Mountain Club
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Rebecca Fullerton
awarded on: 2014-06-20
amount: $1,500
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

Religion Refocused

A partnership with upwards of ten faith-based groups of diverse traditions uniting to host five film-and-discussion events on civics and religion.

The Pluralism Project
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Elinor Pierce
awarded on: 2014-06-20
amount: $10,000
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