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Support for the Family Festival & 15th Annual International Film Series, featuring international film and documentary premiers and focusing on international cultural understanding.

Belmont World Film
Sudbury, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Ellen Gitelman
awarded on: 2015-12-11
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

Spirit Voices: Pacific Northwest Native MythsBerkshire Museummore

A five-month exhibition that explores and dramatizes the cultural heritage of various Native peoples of the Pacific Northwest through myths and stories embodied in art, artifacts, and performances.

Berkshire Museum
Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Maria Mingalone
awarded on: 2015-12-11
amount: $4,680
Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Boston's Colonial Religious History Tour AppCongregational Library and Archivesmore

Development of a walking tour mobile application explores Boston's early religious history, with a particular focus on the decision-making practices and contentious issues that characterized life in seventeenth-century Boston.

Congregational Library and Archives
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Carolyn Hewitt
awarded on: 2015-12-11
amount: $7,000

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.

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

project director: Virginia Troutman
awarded on: 2015-12-11
amount: $5,000
Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant
Somerville, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Long Road to Justice: The African American Experience in the Massachusetts CourtsGeorge Lewis Ruffin Societymore

Expansion and updating of the exhibit Long Road to Justice: The African American Experience in the Massachusetts Courts, a chronicle of the legal struggle for civil rights of African Americans in Massachusetts.

George Lewis Ruffin Society
Somerville, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Julian Houston
awarded on: 2015-12-11
amount: $10,000
Project Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Boston Live Theater ProjectThe Boston Live Theater Projectmore

A program to introduce 36 high school juniors and seniors from nine public charter schools to live theater through six live shows and post-performance discussions.

The Boston Live Theater Project
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Eleanor Devens
awarded on: 2015-12-11
amount: $5,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Foxborough, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

Pre-Teen Reading ProgramFoxborough Regional Charter Schoolmore

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

Production of an 80-minute documentary featuring footage from more than 50 oral-history interviews of elderly Lenox residents to mark the town's 250th anniversary.

Lenox Library Association
Lenox, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Judy Seaman
awarded on: 2015-06-20
amount: $3,542
Reading Frederick Douglass Together Grant
Lynn, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

5th Annual Reading Frederick Douglass at High Rock Tower ParkNew Lynn Coalitionmore

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

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

project director: Wendy Joseph
awarded on: 2015-06-19
amount: $500
Project: Media Grant
Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Techung: Bone of the Heart documentary filmDocumentary Educational Resourcesmore

Preproduction work on a documentary covering the role of music in the maintaining of cultural identity among Tibetan exiles.

Documentary Educational Resources
Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Marilyn D. Pennell
awarded on: 2015-06-19
amount: $9,310
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Holyoke, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

Nuestras Abuelas - Our GrandmothersWistariahurst Museum Association, Incmore

A bilingual exhibit on Latino heritage created in consultation with Holyoke residents and focused on the relationships of the subjects with their grandmothers.

Wistariahurst Museum Association, Inc
Holyoke, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

project director: Penni Martorell
awarded on: 2015-06-19
amount: $6,200
Project Grant
Shelburne Falls, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

Hilltowns History Conference and Fair - Hooked on HistoryMary Lyon Foundation, Inc.more

A local history day at Mohawk Trail Regional High School uniting teachers, students, and the public with local history organizations.

Mary Lyon Foundation, Inc.
Shelburne Falls, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Sheila Damkoehler
awarded on: 2015-06-19
amount: $5,000
Research Inventory Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Harry H. Dow Legal Case FilesChinese Historical Society of New Englandmore

Inventory, translation, and assessment of client files from the Harry H. Dow papers archived at the Suffolk Law School Library.

Chinese Historical Society of New England
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Susan Chinsen
awarded on: 2015-06-19
amount: $1,500
Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Domestic Workers and Employers: Exploring the Realities of Work, Family, Care and CommunityMataHari: Eye of the Daymore

A multimedia oral history project with workers and employers about the MA Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, including two public events.

MataHari: Eye of the Day
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Moniqe Nguyen
awarded on: 2015-06-19
amount: $10,000
Project Grant
Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

2015 Speaker SeriesSpringfield Public Forummore

Support for the 80th season of the speaker series, consisting of five free public lectures.

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

project director: Michelle Morash
awarded on: 2015-06-19
amount: $5,000
Project: Media Grant
Wellesley, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

VIETNAM: Not the War - The Post WarIndochina Arts Partnershipmore

Creation of a trailer, script, and fundraising plan for a one-hour documentary film by Bestor Cram about the post-war realities in Vietnam and American veterans' ongoing involvement there.

Indochina Arts Partnership
Wellesley, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: C. David Thomas
awarded on: 2015-06-19
amount: $10,000

A four-day themed film festival on intergenerational immigrant experiences.

Asian American Resource Workshop
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Susan Chinsen
awarded on: 2015-06-19
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
South Hadley, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New WorldSilverthorne Theater Company Inc.more

Production of a play by Yussef El Guindi, post-performance talks with the playwright, and a free, public symposium on the role of the arts in challenging stereotypes.

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

project director: J. Lucinda Kidder
awarded on: 2015-06-19
amount: $2,900
Project: Media Grant
Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

The Portuguese KitchenWGBY TV 57more

Creation of a five-to-twelve minute pilot video about Portuguese cuisine and its history hosted by Manny Lopes of "Cooking with Dad TV."

WGBY TV 57
Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

project director: Harold Wolfe
awarded on: 2015-06-19
amount: $5,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Driving to the American Dream: Citizenship at the WheelWilliam Monroe Trotter Center for Black Culture and Historymore

A reading, discussion, and performance program for Boston cab drivers based on Dmitry Samarov's Where To?

William Monroe Trotter Center for Black Culture and History
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Barbara Lewis
awarded on: 2015-06-19
amount: $9,848
Project Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Stem to Stern: Building CONSTITUTIONUSS Constitution Museummore

A short film featuring an animation of the 1790s building of the USS Constitution, to be shown while Old Ironsides is in dry dock and can be seen in her entirety.

USS Constitution Museum
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Robert Kiihne
awarded on: 2015-06-19
amount: $5,000

A community art and discussion project that will engage former chair manufacturing workers in producing 400 copies of eleven oral histories recorded in 2009, after the closing of the city's last chair manufacturer.

The Gardner Museum, Inc.
Gardner, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Tracie Pouliot
awarded on: 2015-06-19
amount: $4,000
Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

Lowell's Irish Problem: The Town Vote to Establish a School for the IrishTsongas Industrial History Centermore

Production of a 3-minute film that is to provide background for Tsongas Center interactive civic activity that focuses on immigration.

Tsongas Industrial History Center
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

project director: Kristin Gallas
awarded on: 2015-06-19
amount: $5,000
Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant
Salem, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

Exploring Effective Interpretation of Northern Slavery and its LegaciesEssex National Heritage Commissionmore

A one-day symposium familiarizing regional historic and cultural resource organizations with the history and legacy of slavery in the north and helping them develop programming and materials.

Essex National Heritage Commission
Salem, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Beth Beringer
awarded on: 2015-06-19
amount: $4,630
Project Grant
Oak Bluffs, MA, Dukes County (Cape & Islands)

1854...a folk operaU.S. Slave Song Projectmore

Writing of the libretto of a "folk opera" about the mid-nineteenth-century African American experience on Martha's Vineyard.

U.S. Slave Song Project
Oak Bluffs, MA, Dukes County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Jack Schimmelman
awarded on: 2015-06-19
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

earth.sky mobile exhibitionMount Auburn Cemeterymore

Creation of two short films by Roberto Mighty featuring historical figures, their monuments, and the cemetery landscape, to be included in a series of twenty shorts that will be the basis of a walking tour mobile app.

Mount Auburn Cemetery
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Bree Harvey
awarded on: 2015-06-19
amount: $5,000

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

project director: Jim Soule
awarded on: 2015-06-19
amount: $2,500
Project: Media Grant
Walpole, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

DAWNLAND short filmsCenter For Independent Documentarymore

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

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.

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
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Frederick Douglass Communal ReadingWorcester Roots Projectmore

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

Worcester Roots Project
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Cedric Arno
awarded on: 2015-06-03
amount: $500
Reading Frederick Douglass Together Grant
Brockton, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

Many Languages, One Collective Voice: We Read Frederick Douglass as One CommunityCity of Brocktonmore

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
Provincetown, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

Provincetown Theater, Then and Now - Centennial Humanities ProgramProvincetown Theater Foundationmore

Multi-lingual playbill essays and study for local high schools and community college classes illuminating the relationship between the Provincetown Playhouse's famous founders and the Portuguese fishing community on the theater's 100th anniversary.

Provincetown Theater Foundation
Provincetown, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Margaret Van Sant
awarded on: 2015-03-20
amount: $5,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Williamstown, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

Project eLEVateMCLA Foundationmore

Support for a summer youth program as part of the Biannual Lift Ev'ry Voice Festival, focused on African-American identity in the Berkshires as well as the history and question of civil rights.

MCLA Foundation
Williamstown, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Don Q. Kelley
awarded on: 2015-03-20
amount: $10,000
Project Grant
Northampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Digging Northampton's History - A Community Archaeology ProjectHistoric Northamptonmore

An archaeological dig at the 1719 Parsons House, to which area third and fourth grade students and the public will be invited.

Historic Northampton
Northampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Linda Ziegenbein
awarded on: 2015-03-20
amount: $5,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Taunton, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

A Most Commodius Store: N.H. Skinner and CompanyOld Colony Historical Societymore

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: Social Media Outreach Grant
Melrose, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

Touching Home in China: in search of missing girlhoodsFilmmakers Collaborativemore

Support for a social media campaign to launch a multimedia electronic book depicting the history of China's One-Child Policy and the experiences of two adopted Chinese-American girls who visited their place of birth.

Filmmakers Collaborative
Melrose, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

project director: Melissa Ludtke
awarded on: 2015-03-20
amount: $10,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

Sharing Our Stories: Sharing Our LivesThe Literacy Projectmore

Memoir writing workshops for 75 adult basic education students in five western Massachusetts classrooms.

The Literacy Project
Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Judith Roberts
awarded on: 2015-03-20
amount: $9,750
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Pirates, Shipwrecks and Ghosts of Boston HarborSave the Harbor/Save the Baymore

Training of the summer program staff to engage new audiences in humanities storytelling about Boston Harbor and its historical denizens.

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

project director: Bruce Berman
awarded on: 2015-03-20
amount: $10,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Brockton, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

"Stride Toward Freedom" Together: Connecting Brockton's Diversity by Exploring Our Common GroundCity of Brocktonmore

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

11th graders' dramatic reading of the voices of selected human rights leaders in a theatrical performance of "Voices From Beyond the Dark" by Ariel Dorfman.

Four Rivers Charter School
Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Susan Durkee
awarded on: 2015-03-20
amount: $2,500

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