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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.  

 
 
Discussion: Open Grant
Somerville, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Exploring Somerville's Economic History/Union Square at WorkSomerville Museummore

A series of five discussion events on Somerville's economic history held in public spaces like bars and social service nonprofits.

Somerville Museum
Somerville, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Charan Devereaux
awarded on: 2017-02-06
amount: $3,485
Discussion: FAIR Grant
Plainville, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

Plainville Library and Bookstore FAIR TogetherPlainville Public Librarymore

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
Research Inventory Grant
Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

A Century of Work: Greenfield Employers and EmployeesGreenfield Historical Societymore

An inventory of artifacts from three local businesses and explore connections between skilled labor and buying power.

Greenfield Historical Society
Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Robin Yerkes
awarded on: 2017-02-06
amount: $1,500

A communal and choreographed reading of Frederick Douglass' speech, followed by conversation and musical performance in partnership with Double Edge Theatre.

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

project director: Susan S. Purdy
awarded on: 2017-02-06
amount: $1,935

Creation of a catalog their collection of carriages and sleighs as part of establishing a professional framework for their collection and developing an interpretive focus on the material culture of Amesbury.

Amesbury Carriage Museum
Amesbury, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: John W. Mayer
awarded on: 2017-02-06
amount: $2,000
Discussion: Open Grant
Walpole, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

Birth of a MovementCenter For Independent Documentarymore

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
Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Migration Stories: Reading and Writing Across BordersBentley College Center for Business Ethicsmore

A three-session migration-themed discussion project for recent Central American immigrants in Waltham.

Bentley College Center for Business Ethics
Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Jane De Leon Griffin
awarded on: 2016-12-19
amount: $1,868
Discussion: Open Grant
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

Bringing History to Life Through the ArtsNew Bedford Balletmore

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: Common Good Reads Grant
Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

Changing Lives Through Literature Reading GroupGreenfield Community Collegemore

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
Discussion: Literature & Medicine Grant
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Literature & MedicineVeterans Education Projectmore

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

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

A five-part speaker series in Northern Berkshire County addressing the history of reform in the U.S. and its relevance today.

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

project director: Colleen E. Janz
awarded on: 2016-12-09
amount: $1,750
Discussion: Open Grant
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

Literacy Live! 2017: "The Giver"Zeiterion Theatremore

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

Six discussion events of the "Community Read" program centered on Robert Putnam's Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis.

Fitchburg State University
Fitchburg, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Sean C. Goodlett
awarded on: 2016-12-09
amount: $3,000
Discussion: Open Grant
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

Communicating Through Art: Engaging People with Alzheimer'sNew Bedford Art Museummore

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
Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Boston's Hidden Secret SpacesBrandeis Universitymore

Facilitation of an art and architectural history program for 20-35 residents and staff at retirement/assisted living facilities in Dedham, Concord, and Jamaica Plain on the subject of the hidden sacred spaces of Greater Boston.

Brandeis University
Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Wendy Cadge
awarded on: 2016-12-09
amount: $3,000
Discussion: Open Grant
Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

Nursing Ethics at the Heart of HealthcareBaystate Health Systemsmore

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
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

Documenting the History of New Bedford's Central American Immigrant WorkersCentro Communitario de Trabajadoresmore

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

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
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

William Bullard: Reimagining an American Community of ColorWorcester Art Museummore

An exhibit of photographs left by a local photographer that capture issues of African-American migration after the Civil War, citizenship and community membership, and historic race relations in Worcester.

Worcester Art Museum
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Nancy Burns
awarded on: 2016-12-09
amount: $15,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Ashfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

The Town Spectacle: Engaging the Heart and History of AshfieldDouble Edge Theatremore

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
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

New City Dreams ProjectPreservation Worcestermore

Day trips to historically important local urban landscapes with students of the University Park Campus school in Worcester.

Preservation Worcester
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Susan M. Ceccacci
awarded on: 2016-12-09
amount: $1,670
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

In the Time of the ButterfliesCasa Cultural Dominicana of Worcestermore

An original theatrical production about the Dominican Republic and Dominican immigrants in the United States based on the Julia Alvarez novel "In the Time of the Butterflies."

Casa Cultural Dominicana of Worcester
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Maury Ramirez
awarded on: 2016-12-09
amount: $15,000
Project: Media Grant
Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Made Here: Rebuilding America's Apparel Manufacturing IndustryDocumentary Educational Resourcesmore

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
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

In Our Own WordsClark Universitymore

An after-school poetry program-involving translation, history, literary analysis, and discussion, along with a thematic focus on migration-for low-income, multilingual middle-school students.

Clark University
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Sarah Michaels
awarded on: 2016-12-09
amount: $6,500
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Reaching Audiences Through Bandits & HeroesWorcester Center for Craftsmore

An exhibit with enhanced programming that explores cultural syncretism between West African cultures with indigenous and colonial Portuguese traditions to make the cultural mosaic of modern Folk Art of Northeastern Brazil.

Worcester Center for Crafts
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Honee Hess
awarded on: 2016-12-09
amount: $9,900
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

Sharing Our Stories Through Voice and PerformanceThe Literacy Projectmore

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
Project: Media Grant
San Francisco, CA, San Francisco County

Forbidden Knowledge: The Return of PsychedelicsTeddy Bear Filmsmore

Preproduction activities for film on current research into the pharmaceutical viability of psychedelic drugs and the historical and cultural contexts influencing how society regulates drugs.

Teddy Bear Films
San Francisco, CA, San Francisco County

project director: Caleb Hellerman
awarded on: 2016-12-09
amount: $15,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

At Sea and On Shore: Work and Community in New Bedford's Fishing IndustryNew Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, Inc.more

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
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Great Barrington, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

Exploring History, Gender and Science in Lauren Gunderson's "Emilie" with Young Women in PittsfieldFlying Cloud Institutemore

An educational program to accompany a re-mounting of WAM Theatre's "Emilie: The Marquise du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight."

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

project director: Lindsey Berkowitz
awarded on: 2016-12-09
amount: $9,845
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Stockbridge, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

W.E.B. Dubois Educational Series in Great BarringtonBerkshire Hills Regional School Distsrictmore

A series of programs designed to heighten awareness of racism, modern slavery, gender and economic inequality, and other injustices through lectures, film, and music.

Berkshire Hills Regional School Distsrict
Stockbridge, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: John Horan
awarded on: 2016-12-09
amount: $11,350
Discussion: FAIR Grant
Lawrence, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

Family Adventures in Reading at the Parthum Elementary SchoolParthum Elementary Schoolmore

A six-session Family Adventures in Reading series meeting on Tuesday evenings.

Parthum Elementary School
Lawrence, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Tricia Hand Seery
awarded on: 2016-10-17
amount: $3,000
Discussion: Open Grant
Watertown, MA, Middlesex County

Global Migration StoriesPrimary Sourcemore

A professional development discussion series for K?12 educators and librarians on the subject of migration.

Primary Source
Watertown, MA, Middlesex County

project director: Deborah L. Cunningham
awarded on: 2016-10-17
amount: $3,500
Scholar in Residence Grant
Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Institutes, Outing Clubs & Working Class Perspectives on StonehurstStonehurst, Robert Treat Paine Estatemore

Research that will form the foundation for future programs at the summer estate of activist and reformer Robert Treat Paine.

Stonehurst, Robert Treat Paine Estate
Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Ann Clifford
awarded on: 2016-10-17
amount: $3,500
Discussion: Open Grant
North Andover, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

One Author, One CommunityNorth Andover Public Schoolsmore

A reading and discussion series for children and adults on the works of Jacqueline Woodson.

North Andover Public Schools
North Andover, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Lorene Marx
awarded on: 2016-10-17
amount: $3,000
Discussion: Literature & Medicine Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Literature and Medicine at MGHThe Stoeckle Center for Primary Care Innovation at MGHmore

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
Falmouth, MA, Barnstable County

Women's History Month Lecture and DiscussionFalmouth Historical Societymore

A program of lectures and discussions to mark Women's History Month, 2017.

Falmouth Historical Society
Falmouth, MA, Barnstable County

project director: Mark Schmidt
awarded on: 2016-10-17
amount: $3,000
Discussion: FAIR Grant
Williamsburg, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Adventures in CommunityMeekins Public Librarymore

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
Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

African Dance and Discussion SeriesAfrican Cultural Services, Inc.more

Revision and improvement to the academic portions of the Kyeza African Dance Project, a dance and discussion series that serves over 100 children each year in the Boston area.

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

project director: Juliet Najjumba
awarded on: 2016-08-12
amount: $3,500

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

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