Past Grants Awarded

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Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

"Biography of the Landscape: Unearthed Voices of 17th Century Plimoth/Pawtuxet" Exhibition

Plimoth Plantation, Inc
Plymouth, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

project director: Sarah Rose
awarded on: 2019-06-14
amount: $14,925
Project: Media Grant

How Do You Know

Creation of a documentary that explores the institution of marriage and the couples whose own marriages have broken new ground, including the first same-sex couple to obtain a marriage license in the U.S., and an interracial couple who wed overseas because of anti-miscegenation laws in their home state.

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

project director: Alexandra Geller
awarded on: 2019-06-14
amount: $15,000
Project Grant

Exile and Community: The Life of Carola Domar

A distribution grant for a documentary focused on the life of a Jewish teen living in Germany in the 1930s who was gradually targeted by the Nazis and eventually escaped to Britain and then to Massachusetts. The project produces a trailer and a curriculum guide, and includes 6 screenings, in order to build outreach to middle- and high school teachers.

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

project director: Susan Orleans Rieder
awarded on: 2019-06-14
amount: $8,750
Research Inventory Grant

Half-Hulls in Hanover: Inventorying One Town's Shipbuilding Past

Support for the production of an annotated catalog of documents and artifacts related to the history of shipbuilding on the North River.

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

project director: John Galluzo
awarded on: 2019-05-13
amount: $2,000
Research Inventory Grant

Mansfield Public Library Local Newspaper Digitization Project

Digitization of 30 reels of the Mansfield News, a local newspaper dating back to 1873.

Mansfield Public Library
Mansfield, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

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

New Bedford LGBTQ Winter Film Series

A series of 4 films at the New Bedford Whaling Museum followed by a panel discussion and conversation with the audience.

South Coast LGBTQ Network
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: Paul Cassidy
awarded on: 2019-05-13
amount: $3,500
Research Inventory Grant

The Eugene Tappan Papers

Reparation and digitization of the papers of Eugene Tappan (1840-1908), the town's first historian, and creation of a finding aid.

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

project director: Lee Ann Amend
awarded on: 2019-05-13
amount: $2,000
Discussion Grant

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

Join us for a community reading and discussion of Douglass's speech on the meaning of the 4th of July.

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

project director: Madeline M. Smith
awarded on: 2019-05-13
amount: $500
Project Grant

Sonar to GPS: Exploring the Evolution and Impact of Technology on New Bedford's Fishing Industry

A project exploring how changing technologies have affected the fishing community in New Bedford that includes archival research, ethnographic interviews with members of the fishing community, two public exhibits, six panel discussions, and MA standards-based curricula for elementary and secondary school children.

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

project director: Laura Orleans
awarded on: 2018-12-14
amount: $6,960
Discussion Grant

Plymouth Colony in the Collection of Taunton's Old Colony History Museum

Research by Scholar Stephen O'Neill on 17th-century Plymouth Colony artifacts in order to produce a draft manuscript with photos, as well as a monograph and a public lecture.

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

project director: Bronson Michaud
awarded on: 2018-07-30
amount: $3,500
Discussion Grant

Family Adventures in Reading: A Children's Book Discussion Series on Immigration

A six-week reading and discussion series for children and their caregivers intended to provoke conversations on immigration.

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

project director: Jessica Henderson
awarded on: 2018-05-14
amount: $3,500
Discussion Grant

Douglass Bicentennial: Visioning Anna Douglass

A book group focused on Anna Douglass, in addition to New Bedford's annual "Reading Frederick Douglass" event.

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

project director: Lee Blake
awarded on: 2018-05-14
amount: $3,359
Discussion Grant

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

Brockton's annual "Reading Frederick Douglass" event offered in twelve languages this year.

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

project director: Madeline M. Smith
awarded on: 2018-05-14
amount: $500
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

Through Our Eyes: Photographic Portraits of Immigrant Lives in Fall River

A photography-and-cultural-studies project with recently arrived immigrants in ESOL classes; adult students will find opportunities to document, reflect on, and share their own stories and experiences, while also learning from their classmates and from humanities-based texts and photographs.

SER - Jobs for Progress Inc.
Fall River, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: Andrea Klimt
awarded on: 2018-03-16
amount: $8,800
Project Grant

Windmill Point Historic Interpretation

Permanent outdoor local history interpretive panels on the US Coast Guard presence in Hull.

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

project director: Victoria Stevens
awarded on: 2017-12-08
amount: $7,500
Project Grant

The Veteran Experience and the Social Contract: A Performance and Discussion Series

A three-part performance-and-discussion series on the veteran experience designed to attract and engage both veterans and civilians.

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

project director: Rosemary Gill
awarded on: 2017-12-08
amount: $12,500
Discussion Grant

Manjiro and the Americans - Unlocking the Mystery of Japan Through the Arts

A project allowing fifth-grade students in New Bedford and Fairhaven to view and discuss a performance about overcoming cultural barriers and the role of exploration and commerce in New Bedford's whaling history.

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

project director: Joanne Gracia
awarded on: 2017-11-06
amount: $3,100
Research Inventory Grant

Sharon Public Library Newspaper Digitization Project

Digitization of the local Sharon Advocate Newspaper archive and make it available online to patrons.

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

project director: Lee Ann Amend
awarded on: 2017-11-06
amount: $2,000
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

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
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
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
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.

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

project director: Candace L. Heald
awarded on: 2017-03-17
amount: $9,115
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

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
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

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
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
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: 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 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
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: 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
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
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: 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
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