Past Grants Awarded

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Discussion: Common Good Reads Grant

Changing Lives Through Literature Reading Group

Ten Common Good Reads sessions of a weekly reading-and-writing group for probationers, probation officers, and judges on the subject of reentering society from prison

Greenfield Community College
Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Leo Hwang
awarded on: 2016-12-19
amount: $1,500
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

The Town Spectacle: Engaging the Heart and History of Ashfield

A project that seeks to engage the public about the history of the town meeting and identity formation through community readings of a related text and a weekend-long cultural fair and theatrical spectacle.

Double Edge Theatre
Ashfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Stacy Klein
awarded on: 2016-12-09
amount: $15,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

Sharing Our Stories Through Voice and Performance

Three seven-week memoir-writing workshops serving low-income and immigrant residents.

The Literacy Project
Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Judith Roberts
awarded on: 2016-12-09
amount: $6,000
Discussion: Open Grant

Nursing Ethics at the Heart of Healthcare

A seven-month, ethics-based reading-and-discussion group for bedside care providers on the theme of patient-centered care.

Baystate Health Systems
Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

project director: Sarah B. Romain
awarded on: 2016-12-09
amount: $2,810
Discussion: Literature & Medicine Grant

Literature & Medicine

A six-month Literature & Medicine series at the VA Central Western MA Healthcare System in Leeds.

Veterans Education Project
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Susan Leary
awarded on: 2016-12-09
amount: $2,410
Discussion: FAIR Grant

Adventures in Community

A four-session series using the Family Adventures in Reading syllabus on Community.

Meekins Public Library
Williamsburg, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Tim Van Egmond
awarded on: 2016-08-12
amount: $3,000
Discussion: Open Grant

Bending the Future: Fifty Ideas for the Next Fifty Years of Historic Preservation

A panel discussion engaging the audience about the local relevance of historical preservation and mark the fiftieth anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act.

University of MA Press
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Karen M. Fisk
awarded on: 2016-08-12
amount: $2,565
Discussion: Literature & Medicine Grant

Literature & Medicine 2016

A facilitated inter-departmental reading and discussion sessions for health Professionals.

Baystate Health Systems
Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

project director: Bridget Gunn
awarded on: 2016-08-12
amount: $1,500
Research Inventory Grant

The David Ruggles Center Archive Biographical Inventory

Inventory of research materials collected by various scholars and members of the organization during the past decade or so of pulling itself into being and obtaining a headquarters.

David Ruggles Center
Florence, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Lisa Baskin
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $1,500
Research Inventory Grant

Exploring the Porter & McLeod Machine Shop Collection

Processing of the papers of the Porter McLeod Machine Shop, an industrial company in a town that knows most about its agrarian past, and evaluate its potential for a series of programs, including as part of the HHS core exhibit.

Hatfield Historical Society
Hatfield, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Kathie Gow
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $1,500
Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

2016 Speaker Series

Sponsorship of Bryan Stevenson's keynote address in Holyoke on incarceration and mass criminalization in the U.S.

Springfield Public Forum
Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

project director: Michelle Morash
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $7,500
Project Grant

Hilltown Chautauqua, Earthcare Festival

Humanities speakers and facilitators for a day-long festival and symposium at the Bryant Homestead in Cummington.

Hilltown CDC
Chesterfield, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: David S. Perkins
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $5,000
Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

The Mountaintop: the Civil Rights Movement and the Social Contract

11 performances of Katori Hall's "The Mountaintop," seven of which will be followed by audience talkbacks, cast conversations, and a panel discussion with visiting scholars and other outside experts in the fields of civil rights and African American studies.

Chester Theatre Company
Chester, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

project director: Daniel E. Kramer
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $5,000
Project Grant

"Spirit of Place" Community Event

A day-long community event on the subject of im/migration and a sense of place in Western Massachusetts.

Mary Lyon Foundation, Inc.
Shelburne Falls, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Sheila Damkoehler
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $5,000
Project Grant

Northampton State Hospital Memorialization - A Walking Tour of Hospital Hill

Creation and installation of historical markers for a walking tour at the location of the former Northampton State Hospital.

Northampton Historical Commission
Northampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Tom Riddell
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $5,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

Learning Ahead: Community-Based Cultural Itineraries

A year-long project to produce six digital compilations of regional events to expand the popular Hilltown Families website.

Hilltown Families
West Chesterfield, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

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

Planning for Populating the Commonwealth Historical Collaborative Catablog

Development of a research-based plan designed to support small historical organizations in participating in a new statewide Commonwealth Historical Collaborative online archive.

Pioneer Valley History Network
Deerfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Penni Martorell
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $5,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

Reading Changes Lives

A two-part literature-based workshop series for women incarcerated at the Women's Correctional Center in Chicopee.

Arise for Social Justice
Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

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

Food for Change

Distribution of the film "Food For Change" and the development of discussion materials.

Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association
Deerfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Steven Alves
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $5,000
Scholar in Residence Grant

At Sword's Point: A Labor History of Greenfield

Research and an overview history of local factory labor based on materials in the collection of the Museum and other sources.

Museum of Our Industrial Heritage
Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: James Terapane
awarded on: 2016-03-18
amount: $3,000
Discussion: Common Good Reads Grant

Incarceration and the Common Good

Common Good Reads discussion series that uses discussion, theatre, storytelling, reading, and writing to engage residents in conversations about Douglass Blackmon's Pulitzer-Prize-winning book "Slavery by Another Name" and Loftin's play "When the System Swallows You."

Franklin County Sherrif's Office
Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Revan Schendler
awarded on: 2016-02-10
amount: $2,500
Research Inventory Grant

Reweaving the Social Fabric - Inventorying Leverett's Historical Record

Funding to inventory the Leverett Town Meeting Record and Municipal Archives in order to asses and catalogue town collections for their research potential.

Leverett Historical Commission
Leverett, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

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

Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World

Production of a play by Yussef El Guindi, post-performance talks with the playwright, and a free, public symposium on the role of the arts in challenging stereotypes.

Silverthorne Theater Company Inc.
South Hadley, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: J. Lucinda Kidder
awarded on: 2015-06-19
amount: $2,900
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

Nuestras Abuelas - Our Grandmothers

A bilingual exhibit on Latino heritage created in consultation with Holyoke residents and focused on the relationships of the subjects with their grandmothers.

Wistariahurst Museum Association, Inc
Holyoke, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

project director: Penni Martorell
awarded on: 2015-06-19
amount: $6,200
Project Grant

Hilltowns History Conference and Fair - Hooked on History

A local history day at Mohawk Trail Regional High School uniting teachers, students, and the public with local history organizations.

Mary Lyon Foundation, Inc.
Shelburne Falls, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

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

2015 Speaker Series

Support for the 80th season of the speaker series, consisting of five free public lectures.

Springfield Public Forum
Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

project director: Michelle Morash
awarded on: 2015-06-19
amount: $5,000
Project: Media Grant

The Portuguese Kitchen

Creation of a five-to-twelve minute pilot video about Portuguese cuisine and its history hosted by Manny Lopes of "Cooking with Dad TV."

WGBY TV 57
Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

project director: Harold Wolfe
awarded on: 2015-06-19
amount: $5,000
Scholar in Residence Grant

Understanding Early 20th Century Medical Care in Hatfield

Examination and interpretation of Hatfield Historical Museum's medical collection from the early 1900s, focusing on Dr. Charles A. Byrne.

Hatfield Historical Society
Hatfield, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Kathie Gow
awarded on: 2015-03-20
amount: $3,000
Project Grant

Digging Northampton's History - A Community Archaeology Project

An archaeological dig at the 1719 Parsons House, to which area third and fourth grade students and the public will be invited.

Historic Northampton
Northampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Linda Ziegenbein
awarded on: 2015-03-20
amount: $5,000
Project Grant

Voices from Beyond the Dark: Sharing Historical Understanding Through Performance

11th graders' dramatic reading of the voices of selected human rights leaders in a theatrical performance of "Voices From Beyond the Dark" by Ariel Dorfman.

Four Rivers Charter School
Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Susan Durkee
awarded on: 2015-03-20
amount: $2,500
Project Grant

A Conversation with a Living Legend

A conversation between jazz legend Archie Shepp and students from Science and Technology of Springfield and Holyoke High Schools on how social and political current events impact the direction of contemporary music.

Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts
Holyoke, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

project director: Stephen Burrell
awarded on: 2015-03-20
amount: $5,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

Sharing Our Stories: Sharing Our Lives

Memoir writing workshops for 75 adult basic education students in five western Massachusetts classrooms.

The Literacy Project
Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Judith Roberts
awarded on: 2015-03-20
amount: $9,750
Project Grant

Immigration: Proud Past, Troubled Present

A series of summer lectures offered by scholars, legal experts, and city officials, with contributions from recent immigrants to the Commonwealth on the history of immigration in the United States.

Charlemont Federated Church
Charlemont, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Susan S. Purdy
awarded on: 2015-03-20
amount: $5,000
Project Grant

Creative Spaces: The Preservation, Interpretation, and Future of New England's Historic Literary Sites

A one-day conference for staff members of New England's literary house museums, entitled Creative Spaces: The Preservation, Interpretation, and Future of Historic Literary Sites.

Emily Dickinson Museum
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Cindy Dickinson
awarded on: 2014-12-20
amount: $4,695
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

Sojourner Truth's Florence

Transportation of 75 Commonwealth Academy students to Sojourner Truth's Florence abolition and slavery walking tour, which will also be overhauled with streamlined, age-appropriate educational materials and online resources.

Committee for Northampton, Inc.
Florence, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Terrence O'Toole
awarded on: 2014-06-20
amount: $9,248
Project Grant

Sanford Tavern Archaeology Field Training Program

A summer school for budding archaeologists from underserved area high schools.

Sons and Daughters of Hawley, Inc.
Hawley, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: John F. Sears
awarded on: 2014-06-20
amount: $4,334
Project Grant

Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" in a new adaptation.

Production of two performances of an adaptation of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" with performances at Springfield Historical Museum and including an educational outreach component to include Springfield youth participants and play development workshops in Greenfield.

Old Deerfield Productions, Inc.
Deerfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Linda McInerney
awarded on: 2014-06-20
amount: $5,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

The Mildred Files

Production of a new, original play, The Mildred Files about a scandal involving the Academy's past interim director. The performance is part of the Academy's Women's Work Initiative, a multi-year series of events and productions focused on women in the performing arts.

Northampton Academy of Music, Inc.
Northampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Debra J'Anthony
awarded on: 2013-12-13
amount: $5,000
Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant

Poverty, Place, Disability & Mutual Aid

An online exhibit and curriculum unit to be developed within the existing Disability History Museum website using the story of Anne Sullivan (Hellen Keller's famous teacher and Agawam, MA, resident) to tell the story of disability rights and poverty advocacy.

Straight Ahead Pictures
Conway, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Laurie Block
awarded on: 2013-12-13
amount: $10,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

Du Bois in Our Time

Springfield-based programs featuring artists whose new work about the vision of W.E.B. Du Bois will be exhibited at the Umass Amherst Museum of Contemporary Art.

University Museum of Contemporary Art
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Eva Fierst
awarded on: 2013-06-21
amount: $7,500
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