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Explore the Mass Humanities funded projects awarded from 2000 to the present.  Browse by grant type, city, region or keyword.  Subscribe to our newsletter and receive news when grants are awarded.  

 
 
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    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    Diary of a Confused Immigrant -Telling Our StoriesAfrican Cultural Services, Inc.more

    A community based participatory research project into the experiences of the Ugandan immigrant community in Waltham, followed by public performances based on the findings.

    African Cultural Services, Inc.
    Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Juliet Najjumba
    awarded on: 2019-06-14
    amount: $12,914

    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
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    New York, NY, New York County

    Valley Playwright MentorshipFractured Atlasmore

    Two concurrent series of scholar-supported workshops in which Franklin County youth explore the social and historical context of their identity and develop a performance based on the workshops.

    Fractured Atlas
    New York, NY, New York County

    project director: Jonathan Mirin
    awarded on: 2019-06-14
    amount: $10,670
    Project: Media Grant
    Melrose, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    When Voices Carry: The Power of Voices from InsideFilmmakers Collaborativemore

    A pre-production film grant for a documentary on the experiences of four women from Voices From Inside, a Greenfield-based organization that facilitates writing groups for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women.

    Filmmakers Collaborative
    Melrose, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Alexandra Wagman
    awarded on: 2019-06-14
    amount: $15,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Great Barrington, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    Paradise for All: Forging New Aspirations Through MentorshipFlying Cloud Institutemore

    A project with 20 underserved Pittsfield girls in an after-school science program that uses theater and humanities-based discussion to help them understand the production of scientific knowledge as a process shaped by social and cultural forces.

    Flying Cloud Institute
    Great Barrington, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Lindsey Berkowitz
    awarded on: 2019-06-14
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Plymouth, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

    "Biography of the Landscape: Unearthed Voices of 17th Century Plimoth/Pawtuxet" ExhibitionPlimoth Plantation, Incmore

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

    project director: Sarah Rose
    awarded on: 2019-06-14
    amount: $14,925
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant
    Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    Springfield Public ForumSpringfield Public Forummore

    A lecture series centered around "The Achievement Gap."

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

    project director: Michelle Morash
    awarded on: 2019-06-14
    amount: $7,500
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    The Citizens' Senate: Women's Fight for SuffrageEdward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senatemore

    Production of a 20-minute program on the suffrage movement in the U.S., with a focus on 1910-20, that will become part of EMK's rotating repertoire of daily programs.

    Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Caroline Burke
    awarded on: 2019-06-14
    amount: $15,000
    Project Grant
    Concord, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    Robbins House Family Tree ExhibitDrinking Gourd Project, Inc.more

    Creation of an expansive "family tree" exhibit.

    Drinking Gourd Project, Inc.
    Concord, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Liz Clayton
    awarded on: 2019-06-14
    amount: $7,500
    Project Grant
    Arlington, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    The Day History Marched Down Our StreetsArlington Historical Societymore

    A permanent exhibit about the site of the most intense fighting on the first day of the American Revolution.

    Arlington Historical Society
    Arlington, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Sara Lundberg
    awarded on: 2019-06-14
    amount: $7,500

    Support for an exhibit and lectures making the historical connection between people gathering socially and people organizing for political change.

    Museum of African American History
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Chandra Harrington
    awarded on: 2019-06-14
    amount: $6,500
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant
    South Hadley, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    Facing Closed Doors: Exploring the Roots of Racial & Ethnic Exclusion Through TheaterSilverthorne Theater Company Inc.more

    A public programming series designed to complement STC's October production of "The Diary of Anne Frank". Anne's voice, in her search for identity as a child of an oppressed minority in dangerous times, is iconic.

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

    project director: J. Lucinda Kidder
    awarded on: 2019-06-14
    amount: $3,275
    Project: Media Grant
    Walpole, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

    How Do You KnowCenter For Independent Documentarymore

    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
    Discussion Grant
    Norwood, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

    Reading Frederick Douglass TogetherOld Parish Preservation Volunteers, Inc.more

    A community reading and discussion of Douglass's speech on the meaning of the 4th of July.

    Old Parish Preservation Volunteers, Inc.
    Norwood, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Patricia Fanning
    awarded on: 2019-05-13
    amount: $500

    A series of scholar-led discussions, accompanying a performance that tells the story of one of the first Native Hawai'ian missionaries to travel to New England.

    Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives
    Honolulu, HI, Honolulu County

    project director: Neal Hitch
    awarded on: 2019-05-13
    amount: $3,500
    Discussion Grant
    Newton, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    Incorporating the Arts and Humanities in Death and Dying EducationGood Shepherd Community Caremore

    A series of 4 lecture/small-group discussion events to support conversations about end-of-life planning.

    Good Shepherd Community Care
    Newton, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Arlene Lowney
    awarded on: 2019-05-13
    amount: $3,500

    A reading and round table discussion of Douglass's speech on the meaning of the 4th of July.

    Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum
    Adams, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Cassandra Peltier
    awarded on: 2019-05-13
    amount: $394

    A moderated discussion as part of the Her Story project.

    Fort Point Theatre Channel
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Jennifer Jean
    awarded on: 2019-05-13
    amount: $3,000
    Research Inventory Grant
    Hanover, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

    Half-Hulls in Hanover: Inventorying One Town's Shipbuilding PastHanover Historical Societymore

    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
    Discussion Grant
    Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    Environmental Challenges in the Berkshires SymposiumBarrington Stage Companymore

    A free symposium in conjunction with a performance of "Fall Springs," a dark musical comedy about environmental disaster.

    Barrington Stage Company
    Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Martin Mansfield
    awarded on: 2019-05-13
    amount: $3,500
    Research Inventory Grant
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    Preservation of Auburn's Winfried P Sommerfeld Photographic ArchivePhotographic Preservation Centermore

    Inventory, organization, and digitization of items from the collection of photographer Winfried Sommerfeld.

    Photographic Preservation Center
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Fred Mirliani
    awarded on: 2019-05-13
    amount: $2,000

    A lecture and moderated discussion that is part of The Mastheads 2019 season.

    City of Pittsfield Office of Cultural Development
    Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Tessa Kelly
    awarded on: 2019-05-13
    amount: $3,500

    Funding for two events for participants to experience and reflect upon Native culture and presence in Western Massachusetts.

    Institute for Environmental Awareness
    Petersham, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Elyssa Serrilli
    awarded on: 2019-05-13
    amount: $3,500

    Creation of a finding aid for a collection of Jack Kerouac's papers recently gifted to the University.

    University of Massachusetts Lowell
    Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Michael Millner
    awarded on: 2019-05-13
    amount: $2,000
    Research Inventory Grant
    Mansfield, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    Mansfield Public Library Local Newspaper Digitization ProjectMansfield Public Librarymore

    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
    Research Inventory Grant
    Lee, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    Lee Historical Society Archive Inventory and Finding AidLee Historical Societymore

    Inventory and creation of a finding aid for Lee Historical Society's collection.

    Lee Historical Society
    Lee, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Millard Eckert
    awarded on: 2019-05-13
    amount: $2,000
    Discussion Grant
    Chester, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    Chester Theatre Company's 2019 Panel Discussion SeriesChester Theatre Companymore

    A series of four scholar-led post-performance discussions.

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

    project director: Daniel E. Kramer
    awarded on: 2019-05-13
    amount: $2,310
    Discussion Grant
    Concord, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    From the Declaration of Independence Through the Long Civil Rights MovementThe Robbins Housemore

    A public reading and discussion of Frederick Douglass's speech "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July."

    The Robbins House
    Concord, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Nichole A. Turpin
    awarded on: 2019-05-13
    amount: $600

    A reading and discussion of Douglass's speech on the meaning of the 4th of July, as well as a follow-up discussion of the Massachusetts State Constitution.

    Shaw Memorial Library
    Plainfield, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Erik Burcroff
    awarded on: 2019-05-13
    amount: $2,200
    Discussion Grant
    Brewster, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

    What to the Negro is the Fourth of July?Cape Cod Cape Verdean Museum and Cultural Centermore

    A reading and discussion of Douglass's speech on the meaning of the 4th of July.

    Cape Cod Cape Verdean Museum and Cultural Center
    Brewster, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Barbara Burgo
    awarded on: 2019-05-13
    amount: $1,500

    A July 3rd reading and discussion of Douglass's speech on the meaning of the 4th of July, and a follow-up discussion in September.

    New Lynn Coalition
    Lynn, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Wendy Joseph
    awarded on: 2019-05-13
    amount: $3,500
    Research Inventory Grant
    Sharon, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

    The Eugene Tappan PapersSharon Public Librarymore

    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
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    New Bedford LGBTQ Winter Film SeriesSouth Coast LGBTQ Networkmore

    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

    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: Media Grant
    Granby, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    "Lucio" Documentary Film Treatment and TrailerWarren Plaut Charitable Trustmore

    Production of a treatment and trailer to aid in production of a feature-length documentary film exploring U.S. immigration from Central America and the current sanctuary movement through the story of Lucio, an immigrant from Guatemala who came to the U.S. illegally and who entered sanctuary in the First Congregational Church in Amherst in 2017 after receiving deportation orders.

    Warren Plaut Charitable Trust
    Granby, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Kate Way
    awarded on: 2019-03-15
    amount: $15,000

    Development of a tour focused on the life, writing, and activism of Robert Roberts, a leader in Boston's free black community and a servant at Gore Place. The tour emphasizes the value of labor over the denigration of service and explores the relationship between work, life, and activism, and the challenge of trying to change the world while also surviving in it.

    Gore Place
    Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Susan Robertson
    awarded on: 2019-03-15
    amount: $7,000
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant
    Eastham, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

    The Story of the First Encounter at Eastham: from Conflict to CommunityEastham Public Librarymore

    For research and writing of a revised history of the first encounter between Pilgrim settlers and Native people that will be used as the basis for web-content and programming leading up to 400th anniversary commemorations in 2020. Project programs will make the public narrative newly relevant by connecting it to crises and challenges faced by Cape residents today.

    Eastham Public Library
    Eastham, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Debra Dejonker-Berry
    awarded on: 2019-03-15
    amount: $15,000
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant
    Leominster, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    The Chinese and the Iron RoadLeominster Public Librarymore

    Funding to host a traveling exhibit created by the Chinese Historical Society of America Museum and Stanford University in addition to public programs refocusing commemorating the transcontinental railroad on the experience of Chinese workers who did much of the labor.

    Leominster Public Library
    Leominster, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: May Lee Tom
    awarded on: 2019-03-15
    amount: $4,950
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    Roxbury Strong: A Story of Emergence, Performance and Discussion SeriesBoston Public Schoolsmore

    Support for BPS and BHCC students to engage in the history and culture of Boston's Roxbury neighborhood through researching, rehearsing, performing, and leading community discussions of "Roxbury Strong," a play based on archival research and oral histories with residents.

    Boston Public Schools
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Ron T. Jones
    awarded on: 2019-03-15
    amount: $14,500
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant
    Oak Bluffs, MA, Dukes County (Cape & Islands)

    Cross-Cultural Perceptions vs. Reality Through Global ConversationsMartha's Vineyard High Schoolmore

    Funding for a project engaging the island in cross-cultural conversations, with a thematic focus on the experiences of immigrants and refugees and an interest in teaching cultural literacy by having students actually converse with people from other countries.

    Martha's Vineyard High School
    Oak Bluffs, MA, Dukes County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Kevin McGrath
    awarded on: 2019-03-15
    amount: $9,250

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