Past Grants Awarded

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Discussion: Open Grant

Sustainable Oceans Open Discussion

A discussion program-taking place during New Bedford's Seaport Art Walk-on the history and future of sustainable fisheries, questions of ethical responsibility, and the role of art in prompting action.

Seaport Art Walk
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: Jessica Bregoli
awarded on: 2017-07-17
amount: $850
Project: Media Grant

Dawnland Teacher's 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.

Center For Independent Documentary
Walpole, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

project director: Adam Mazo
awarded on: 2017-06-16
amount: $15,000
Discussion: FAIR Grant

Family Adventures in Reading

A six-session Family Adventures in Reading series using the syllabus on Relationships with storyteller Karen Chace.

Sharon Public Library
Sharon, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

project director: Jessica Henderson
awarded on: 2017-05-08
amount: $3,000
Discussion: Civil Rights Grant

We Read Frederick Douglass Together as One

The third annual public reading and moderated discussion of Douglass's "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?"

Frederick Douglass Neighborhood Association
Brockton, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

project director: Madeline M. Smith
awarded on: 2017-05-08
amount: $500
Discussion: Civil Rights Grant

Reading Frederick Douglass in the Age of Trump

A facilitated reading of Douglass's speech, "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?" with poet Everett Hoagland as the discussion leader.

New Bedford Historical Society
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: Loretta D. Blake
awarded on: 2017-05-08
amount: $500
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

Hip History NB

A local history and interpretation project using creative approaches like hip-hop for students at three area middle schools.

AHA! Office
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: Candace L. Heald
awarded on: 2017-03-17
amount: $9,115
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

Exploring Abolition, Activism and a Principled Life

Research, historic documentation, interpretative writing about the house museum and its inhabitants.

Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: Kate Corkum
awarded on: 2017-03-17
amount: $5,000
Discussion: FAIR Grant

Plainville Library and Bookstore FAIR Together

A four-session FAIR series in partnership with a local bookstore.

Plainville Public Library
Plainville, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

project director: Laura Brillant-Giangrande
awarded on: 2017-02-06
amount: $2,150
Discussion: Open Grant

Birth of a Movement

Boston premiere of the film Birth of a Movement: The Battle over America's First Blockbuster and community panel discussion.

Center For Independent Documentary
Walpole, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

project director: Susan Gray
awarded on: 2016-12-19
amount: $3,000
Discussion: Open Grant

Bringing History to Life Through the Arts

A facilitated discussion, live ballet performance of Esther's Journey, and solo performance a Frederick Douglass impersonator for 85 fifth graders from the Alfred Gomes Elementary School.

New Bedford Ballet
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: Joanne Gracia
awarded on: 2016-12-19
amount: $3,100
Project Grant

Re-Imagining Bradford: 4 Bradford Daughters and Lives Well-Lived

Transition of the interpretation of the Bradford House Museum to focus on the daughters who inhabited the house and were socially and politically active yet underrepresented in the house's history.

Duxbury Rural and Historical Society
Duxbury, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

project director: Erin McGough
awarded on: 2016-12-09
amount: $7,500
Discussion: Open Grant

Communicating Through Art: Engaging People with Alzheimer's

A morning-long event with facilitated discussion on the uses of art for communication with people with Alzheimer's and other types of dementia.

New Bedford Art Museum
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: Noelle Foye
awarded on: 2016-12-09
amount: $1,300
Discussion: Open Grant

Literacy Live! 2017: "The Giver"

A project that brings a scholar-facilitated discussion and a live theatrical production of Lois Lowry's The Giver to area students less familiar with theatre.

Zeiterion Theatre
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: Rosemary Gill
awarded on: 2016-12-09
amount: $3,500
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

At Sea and On Shore: Work and Community in New Bedford's Fishing Industry

A large exhibit and oral histories documenting the 20th century labor practices and social and labor contract negotiations in the New Bedford fishing industry.

New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, Inc.
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: Laura Orleans
awarded on: 2016-12-09
amount: $15,000
Discussion: Open Grant

The Man in the Cowboy Hat, Premiere Film Screening and Discussion

Screening of the documentary film The Man in the Cowboy Hat-chronicling the life of Carlos Arredondo, the Boston Marathon bombing hero-and a post-screening discussion.

Center For Independent Documentary
Walpole, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

project director: Janice Rogovin
awarded on: 2016-12-09
amount: $3,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

Documenting the History of New Bedford's Central American Immigrant Workers

A project that will create oral histories with about forty Central American immigrant workers, some documented.

Centro Communitario de Trabajadores
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: Lisa Maya Knauer
awarded on: 2016-12-09
amount: $7,500
Discussion: Common Good Reads Grant

Family Literacy Day at the Adult Learning Center

A family Literacy Day based on the Family Adventures in Reading curriculum.

New Bedford Public Schools Adult Basic Education
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: Gail Eddy
awarded on: 2016-08-12
amount: $2,288
Discussion: FAIR Grant

FAIR at the Whitman Public Library

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

Whitman Public Library
Whitman, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

project director: Stephanie Nogler
awarded on: 2016-08-12
amount: $2,150
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

Campello Village: Sunday in the Park with George

Creation of a "pop-up" historic Campello Village neighborhood in George E. Keith Park in Brockton.

Brockton Historical Society
Brockton, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

project director: Lynn Smith
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $6,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

Circle Up: Let's Talk About Justice, Forgiveness and Accountability

Creation of discussion materials and a series of conversations in Boston Public High Schools using clips from the film "The Circle: A Story of Murder and Reconciliation in Boston".

Center For Independent Documentary
Walpole, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

project director: Julie Mallozzi
awarded on: 2016-03-18
amount: $9,998
Reading Frederick Douglass Together Grant

We Read Frederick Douglass as a Community: One Voice, Three Languages

A public reading of Frederick Douglass' "What is the Fourth of July to the Slave" in the three major languages of Brockton.

Frederick Douglass Neighborhood Association
Brockton, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

project director: Madeline M. Smith
awarded on: 2016-03-16
amount: $500
Project Grant

Somerset, Massachusetts: Envisioning Past and Present

A program for 36 students in the school's Advanced Digital Photography program to create a town-wide large-scale photo installation of the historic places, people, and culture of the town.
(project website)

Somerset Berkley Regional High School
Somerset, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: Virginia Troutman
awarded on: 2015-12-11
amount: $5,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

Pre-Teen Reading Program

A reading and discussion program for pre-teens and their caregivers, particularly focused on participation by male caregivers.

Foxborough Regional Charter School
Foxborough, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

project director: Karen Harris
awarded on: 2015-12-11
amount: $4,047
Project Grant

Historic Property Research and Plaque Project

Research and fabrication of six historical plaques, to be awarded to property owners for their efforts in maintaining the historical integrity and condition of their property.

The Preservation Society of Fall River
Fall River, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: Jim Soule
awarded on: 2015-06-19
amount: $2,500
Project: Media Grant

DAWNLAND short films

Short-film social media efforts to support the creation and distribution of the full-length documentary film DAWNLAND, about the Maine Wabanaki-State Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission.

Center For Independent Documentary
Walpole, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

project director: Adam Mazo
awarded on: 2015-06-19
amount: $10,000
Project Grant

New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center Website

Development of an educational website about the history of the commercial fishing industry in New Bedford, providing online access to oral histories and other materials gathered by the Working Waterfront Festival.
(project website)

New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, Inc.
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: Laura Orleans
awarded on: 2015-06-16
amount: $5,000
Reading Frederick Douglass Together Grant

Many Languages, One Collective Voice: We Read Frederick Douglass as One Community

Support for a public reading of Frederick Douglass' famous Fourth of July oratory as part of the Mass Humanities Reading Frederick Douglass program.

City of Brockton
Brockton, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

project director: Lynn Smith
awarded on: 2015-05-19
amount: $500
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

"Stride Toward Freedom" Together: Connecting Brockton's Diversity by Exploring Our Common Ground

A community conversation on historic approaches to social contract negotiation and achieving citizen rights and freedoms, and signage marking approaches to the subject by notable historical figures.

City of Brockton
Brockton, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

project director: Lynn Smith
awarded on: 2015-03-20
amount: $10,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

A Most Commodius Store: N.H. Skinner and Company

Support for an exhibit to focus on the Skinner department store in downtown Taunton at the turn of the twentieth century as part of the Society's revitalized community engagement efforts.

Old Colony Historical Society
Taunton, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

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

Family Reading Program

A reading and discussion series for fathers and their five-to-nine year olds based on our Family Adventures in Reading program.

Foxborough Regional Charter School
Foxborough, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

project director: Karen Harris
awarded on: 2014-06-20
amount: $3,160
Project Grant

Women at Work: An Oral History of Working Class Women in Fall River, MA 1910-1940

Documentation of the oral histories of the working-class life of women and/or their descendants during the 1910-1940 period.

Fall River Historical Society
Fall River, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: Joyce B. Rodrigues
awarded on: 2014-06-20
amount: $5,000
Scholar in Residence Grant

Listening to Change on Working Waterfront

Development of a thematic and comprehensive understanding of facilitated discussion with the fishing community recorded since 2004 on the Narrative Stage and preparation of the materials for archival storage and public access.

Community Economic Development Center
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: Laura Orleans
awarded on: 2014-03-31
amount: $3,000
Project: Media Grant

Seams

Support for development of the film Seams, a poetic oral history of women's experiences of the conflict between Britain and Ireland.

Center For Independent Documentary
Walpole, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

project director: Carolyn Lewis
awarded on: 2013-12-13
amount: $10,000
Project Grant

Stony Beach Outdoor Interpretation

Production and installation of outdoors signage to help visitors interpret the history of the precarious entrance to Boston Harbor as viewed from Stony Beach in Hull, including the stories of pilots, lifesavers, lighthouse keepers and more.

Hull Lifesaving Museum, Inc.
Hull, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

project director: Victoria Stevens
awarded on: 2013-12-13
amount: $5,000
Scholar in Residence Grant

Elizabeth Cadman White

Research into the life of Elizabeth Cadman White (1685-1768), one of the first owners of the 1710 Cadman-White-Handy House, and her social, cultural, economic, and political environment.

Westport Historical Society
Westport, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: Jenny O'Neill
awarded on: 2013-03-15
amount: $3,000
Research Inventory Grant

Cataloguing the Paul White Documents

Awarded to catalogue, re-house, and transcribe the "Paul White documents," a group of about fifty documents that date from the 1740's to the early nineteenth century, with an eye towards future public programming.

Winslow House
Ocean Bluff, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

project director: Laura Smolcha
awarded on: 2013-01-31
amount: $1,500
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

Art in Words

An after-school reading and visual arts program for middle school students focusing on the connection between the novel Okay for Now by award-winning writer Gary Schmidt and the New Bedford Public Library's unique collection of James Audubon's Birds of America prints.

Community Foundation of Southeastern MA
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: Jill Horton-Simms
awarded on: 2012-12-14
amount: $10,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

Portholes: An Inside Look at the Commercial Fishing Industry

Community Economic Development Center of Southeastern, MA will organize and hold a series of monthly community events on topics and issues related to the commercial fishing industry. The topics range from sustainability to women in the industry.

Community Economic Development Center
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: Laura Orleans
awarded on: 2012-06-08
amount: $5,000
Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant

Hidden in Plain Sight: Freedom Seekers and Abolitionism in New Bedford, MA

A core exhibit examining the choices of citizens who harbored fugitives from slavery both before and after the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, which made such sanctuary illegal.

New Bedford Historical Society
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: Loretta D. Blake
awarded on: 2012-06-08
amount: $10,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

Coexist and Teaching about Human Dignity

A program designed to engage new audiences in four public high schools to reflect on moral and ethical themes: responsibility to others, the meaning of human dignity, relationships that foster human flourishing, and respect and honor for difference.

Center For Independent Documentary
Walpole, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

project director: Adam Mazo
awarded on: 2012-03-09
amount: $10,000
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