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Two symposia related to the themes of two of New Repertory's productions, performances of which accompany the discussions.

New Repertory Theatre
Watertown, MA, Middlesex County

project director: Adrienne Boris
awarded on: 2016-08-12
amount: $3,000
Discussion: Literature & Medicine Grant
Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

Literature & Medicine 2016Baystate Health Systemsmore

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
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
Discussion: Common Good Reads Grant
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

Family Literacy Day at the Adult Learning CenterNew Bedford Public Schools Adult Basic Educationmore

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
Research Inventory Grant
Gloucester, MA, Essex County

Squam Life: Lasting More Than a DayAnnisquam Historical Societymore

Inventory of up to three boxes of ephemera that document life in Annisquam between 1850 and 1950.

Annisquam Historical Society
Gloucester, MA, Essex County

project director: Mary Ellen Lepionka
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $1,500
Research Inventory Grant
Florence, MA, Hampshire County

The David Ruggles Center Archive Biographical InventoryDavid Ruggles Centermore

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

project director: Lisa Baskin
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $1,500
Research Inventory Grant
Hatfield, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Exploring the Porter & McLeod Machine Shop CollectionHatfield Historical Societymore

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
Research Inventory Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Processing and Making Available the Papers of Charles ShivelyThe History Projectmore

Inventory and processing of the papers of Charles Shively, a gay activist and poet in the Boston area during the 1970s and early 1980s, who was actively involved in a number of early and influential gay and queer newspapers, including Gay Community News, Fag Rag, and Gay Sunshine.

The History Project
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: William Holden
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $1,500
Research Inventory Grant
Nahant, MA, Essex County

The ValiantNahant Historical Societymore

Inventory of six folders of ephemera and other materials about the community effort to build and launch the Valiant, the last fishing vessel that was built by a fishing family in their back yard in Nahant, between 1955 and 1965.

Nahant Historical Society
Nahant, MA, Essex County

project director: Bonnie D'Orlando
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $1,500
Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant
Chester, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

The Mountaintop: the Civil Rights Movement and the Social ContractChester Theatre Companymore

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: Negotiating Social Contract Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County

The Boston Civic Literacy & Public Engagement InitiativeNew Democracy Coalitionmore

A project examining race and civic engagement within Boston's black community through film, discussion, performance, and a bike tour.

New Democracy Coalition
Boston, MA, Suffolk County

project director: Kevin Peterson
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $10,000
Project Grant
Chesterfield, MA, Hampshire County

Hilltown Chautauqua, Earthcare FestivalHilltown CDCmore

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

Hilltown CDC
Chesterfield, MA, Hampshire County

project director: David S. Perkins
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $5,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Somerville, MA, Middlesex County

Hamlet: Fault LinesActors' Shakespeare Projectmore

A series of humanities events built around the production of William Shakespeare's "Hamlet."

Actors' Shakespeare Project
Somerville, MA, Middlesex County

project director: Mara Sidmore
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $10,000
Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant
Waltham, MA, Middlesex County

Freedom of Speech: Lessons from Lenny BruceBrandeis Universitymore

Creation and presentation of five performances using Brandeis's newly acquired Lenny Bruce archives on the subject of First Amendment rights, free speech, and inclusive language-especially in regard to comedy and public performance.

Brandeis University
Waltham, MA, Middlesex County

project director: Robert F. Walsh
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $10,000
Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant
Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

2016 Speaker SeriesSpringfield Public Forummore

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: Media Grant
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Margaret Fuller, A Thoroughly Modern WomanInterlock Media Inc.more

Preproduction activities for a film about the life and work of Margaret Fuller.

Interlock Media Inc.
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Jonathan Schwartz
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $10,000

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 Grant
Shelburne Falls, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

"Spirit of Place" Community EventMary Lyon Foundation, Inc.more

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
Vineyard Haven, MA, Dukes County

Teen Education Through FilmMartha's Vineyard Film Societymore

Six history curriculum-related film screenings with discussions led by invited guests for students from Martha's Vineyard Regional High School and Martha's Vineyard Public Charter School.

Martha's Vineyard Film Society
Vineyard Haven, MA, Dukes County

project director: Jessica Johnson
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $3,000

A public presentation, a bilingual article for publication, an online repository of research, and a virtual walking tour on HistoryPin.com related to an exhibit regarding the social history of publishing, reading, and community engagement with the written word in Chinatown.

Chinese Historical Society of New England
Boston, MA, Suffolk County

project director: Diane O'Donoghue
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $5,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Lee, MA, Berkshire County

The Bakelite Masterpiece "Truth and Reconciliation" Audience Enrichment ProjectWAM Theatremore

Audience enrichment sessions and talkbacks for the company's production of "The Bakelite Masterpiece."

WAM Theatre
Lee, MA, Berkshire County

project director: Kristen van Ginhoven
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $5,000

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

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

Learning Ahead: Community-Based Cultural ItinerariesHilltown Familiesmore

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

project director: Sienna Wildfield
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $10,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County

Enhancing Families Through LiteratureBerkshire County Head Startmore

Implementation of two series (in 2016 and 2017) of the Enhancing Families Through Literature program with families involved with Berkshire Family and Probate Court.

Berkshire County Head Start
Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County

project director: Stacy Parsons
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $8,000
Project Grant
Brewster, MA, Barnstable County

Cape Cod Fishing ProjectCape Cod Repertory Theatermore

Creation of a theatre piece that will also produce an oral history of the fishing and environmental communities on Cape Cod.

Cape Cod Repertory Theater
Brewster, MA, Barnstable County

project director: Alison Weller
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $5,000
Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County

Housing for All? ConversationsCambridge Historical Societymore

A series of community conversations about affordable housing in Cambridge, based on citizen-conducted research and talks with experts and stake holders.

Cambridge Historical Society
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County

project director: Marieke Van Damme
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $7,000

Planning for a new core exhibit for the museum on the subject of local history.

Westford Museum
Westford, MA, Middlesex County

project director: Penny Lacroix
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Deerfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

Food for ChangePocumtuck Valley Memorial Associationmore

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

A year of professional development activities for area humanities high school teachers about teaching the human and social consequences to violent conflicts and approaches to peaceful conflict resolution.

William Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Con
Boston, MA, Suffolk County

project director: Alan Stoskopf
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Lexington, MA, Middlesex County

18th Century Social MediaLexington Historical Societymore

Support for an interactive exhibit that features Revolutionary War era communications systems in comparison and contrast with today's social and communications media in Buckman Tavern, one of the gathering and planning places for the Lexington militia .

Lexington Historical Society
Lexington, MA, Middlesex County

project director: Susan J. Bennett
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $5,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Brockton, MA, Plymouth County

Campello Village: Sunday in the Park with GeorgeBrockton Historical Societymore

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

Brockton Historical Society
Brockton, MA, Plymouth County

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

Reading Changes LivesArise for Social Justicemore

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

project director: Gretchen Krull
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $10,000
Reading Frederick Douglass Together Grant
Concord, MA, Middlesex County

Are All Men Created Equal: What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?The Robbins Housemore

A three-part event in Concord including readings of the Declaration of Independence, shared readings of Frederick Douglass' July 4 speech, and a facilitated discussion by Professor Kendra Fields of Tufts University.

The Robbins House
Concord, MA, Middlesex County

project director: Elon Cook
awarded on: 2016-06-06
amount: $500
Reading Frederick Douglass Together Grant
Newton, MA, Middlesex County

The July 4 Address of Frederick Douglass: A Public ReadingHistoric Newtonmore

A public reading of the July 4 address by Frederick Douglass on the Newton Centre Green, an event co-sponsored by the City of Newton.

Historic Newton
Newton, MA, Middlesex County

project director: Clara Silverstein
awarded on: 2016-06-06
amount: $495
Reading Frederick Douglass Together Grant
Lynn, MA, Essex County

6th Annual Reading Frederick Douglass at High Rock Tower ParkHaitian Action Orphans Missionmore

A communal reading of Frederick Douglass' July 4 speech as part of an Independence Day themed festival co-sponsored by the City of Lynn.

Haitian Action Orphans Mission
Lynn, MA, Essex County

project director: Wendy Joseph
awarded on: 2016-06-06
amount: $500
Reading Frederick Douglass Together Grant
Worcester, MA, Worcester County

Frederick Douglass Communal Reading WorcesterFuture Focus Mediamore

A Reading Frederick Douglass event on Worcester Commons.

Future Focus Media
Worcester, MA, Worcester County

project director: Cedric Arno
awarded on: 2016-05-25
amount: $500
Reading Frederick Douglass Together Grant
Adams, MA, Berkshire County

Reading Frederick Douglass Together in the BerkshiresSusan B. Anthony Birthplace Museummore

A three-part event on the history of Frederick Douglass' alliance with Susan B. Anthony and his enduring relevance.

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

project director: Mary Ostraff
awarded on: 2016-05-18
amount: $275
Reading Frederick Douglass Together Grant
Worcester, MA, Worcester County

Fitchburg Frederick Douglass Communal ReadingWomen in Actionmore

A parade and public discussion during the Reading Frederick Douglass event in Fitchburg, co-sponsored by many local organizations.

Women in Action
Worcester, MA, Worcester County

project director: Chantel Bethea
awarded on: 2016-05-18
amount: $500
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Storytelling by the SeaSave the Harbor/Save the Baymore

A new storytelling program about the history of Boston Harbor.

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Bruce Berman
awarded on: 2016-03-18
amount: $10,000

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