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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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    For the development of a widely accessible digital walking tour and virtual visit focused on the little-known story of enslaved and free Black people in 18th-century Deerfield, MA.

    Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association
    Deerfield, MA

    project director: Jeanne Sojka
    awarded on: 2021-03-26
    amount: $5,000

    A virtual experience of our program, Conference of the Birds.


    project director:
    awarded on: 2021-03-26
    amount: $5,000

    Technology to stream, broadcast and video record programs in the Calvin Coolidge Museum for audiences who can’t or prefer not to attend in person.

    Forbes Library
    Northampton, MA

    project director:
    awarded on: 2021-03-26
    amount: $4,999

    A virtual exhibition of the upcoming show Many Trails Muhheconeok: The people of the waters that never stand still. A digital platform will enhance the narrative of the exhibition through digital representation of the objects and space on the explore.berkshiremuseum.org website and expands the audience to serve those who are unable to visit the exhibition in person.

    Berkshire Museum
    Pittsfield, MA

    project director:
    awarded on: 2021-03-26
    amount: $5,000

    An online virtual tour of Old North Church and accompanying enrichment materials designed for middle and high school classrooms.

    Old North Foundation of Boston, Inc.
    Boston, MA

    project director:
    awarded on: 2021-03-26
    amount: $4,500

    An online program on U.S. fascism from the 1930s until today, and how that threat motivated activists and writers to create cultural and political works to counter it. The program will include NAASR's personal archives of Avedis Derounian, aka John Roy Carlson, who infiltrated the Nazi underground and wrote “Under Cover."

    National Association for Armenian Studies and Research
    Belmont, MA

    project director:
    awarded on: 2021-03-26
    amount: $4,980

    "Sharing Our Stories: An Interactive, Digital Exploration of Our Lives" is a humanities program for 30 adult literacy students that includes a free, open to the public, online reading and discussion forum that features local authors.

    The Literacy Project
    Greenfield, MA

    project director:
    awarded on: 2021-03-26
    amount: $5,000

    Two online exhibits and accompanying gallery talks about the history of the Black community of abolitionists and formerly enslaved in Florence, Northampton, Massachusetts in the two decades before the Civil War.

    The David Ruggles Center
    Florence, MA

    project director:
    awarded on: 2021-03-26
    amount: $5,000

    The Early Stages Conversation Series showcases writers, historians, poets, thinkers, scientists, and more in hybrid events, and there will be a web-based archive of the series.

    Payomet, Inc.
    Truro, MA

    project director:
    awarded on: 2021-03-26
    amount: $5,000

    Improve the Museum's virtual lecture experience with video editing, upgraded streaming capabilities and equipment purchases.

    The Bidwell House Museum
    Monterey, MA

    project director:
    awarded on: 2021-03-26
    amount: $3,650

    An upgrade and redesign for the museum's website, including migration of the website to Wordpress and support the addition of additional content.

    Hull Lifesaving Museum
    Hull, MA

    project director:
    awarded on: 2021-03-26
    amount: $5,000

    For the Digital Native Connections and Ancestral Story Circles project.

    WAM Theatre
    Lenox, MA

    project director: Kristen van Ginhoven
    awarded on: 2021-03-26
    amount: $5,000

    For the creation of a digital tour of three of the museum's historic houses and a walking tour of historic Gloucester.

    Cape Ann Museum
    Gloucester, MA

    project director: Miranda Aisling
    awarded on: 2021-03-26
    amount: $4,989

    Workshops with Lawrence high school teachers who want to bring Latinx history, art, culture and pedagogy into their humanities classrooms.

    Lesley University
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County

    project director: Martha Barry McKenna
    awarded on: 2020-03-16
    amount: $9,855

    Weekly classes on poetry for male inmates preparing to reenter society at the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department Pre-Release Center. Participants will discuss poems and write their own, exploring how language and storytelling are central to the ways concepts like crime and humanity are defined, becoming well-versed in a literary form that will complement their work on how to deal with common uncertainties about re-entrance.

    Hampden County Sheriff's Department, MA
    Ludlow, MA, Hampden County

    project director: Susan Goodwin
    awarded on: 2020-03-16
    amount: $10,790

    A take-home story and activity booklet on invention as a creative process and as local history, with teacher training to use it in the classroom, for all of Springfield’s first graders when they take a field trip to the Springfield Museums.

    Smithsonian Affiliations/Smithsonian Institution
    Springfield, MA, Hampden County

    project director: Tricia Edwards
    awarded on: 2020-03-16
    amount: $9,988

    Development of a new guided house tour and supporting exhibit panels to tell the story of the domestic workers who lived at the house over its 100 years of occupancy.

    Gibson Society, Inc.
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County

    project director: Meghan Gelardi Holmes
    awarded on: 2020-03-16
    amount: $5,300

    Recently incarcerated persons to tell their stories and engage the public in conversation about the challenges of life after prison.

    Communities for Restorative Justice
    Concord, MA, Middlesex County

    project director: Nomi Sofer
    awarded on: 2020-03-16
    amount: $15,000

    Five Schools Speak Out about Free Speech, pre-production for a feature documentary about free speech on college campuses today, with a focus on the 5 Colleges.

    Insight Productions, Inc.
    project director: Julie Akeret
    awarded on: 2020-03-16
    amount: $15,000
    Project Grant
    Milton, MA, Norfolk County

    Its Just BusinessForbes House Museummore

    The roots and consequences of the opium trade between China and the United States, connecting the Forbes family’s wealth derived from opium trading with contemporary debates about the opioid epidemic.

    Forbes House Museum
    Milton, MA, Norfolk County

    project director: Heidi Vaughan
    awarded on: 2020-03-16
    amount: $10,000

    Two-week summer residential program at UMass Amherst for 14 underserved high school students from Holyoke and Springfield, using philosophy to think through the theme of identity and diversity.

    University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Hadley, MA, Hampshire County

    project director: Julia Jorati
    awarded on: 2020-03-16
    amount: $15,000

    An Exploration of Past and Present in the “Kwinitekw” River Valley’s Indigenous Communities. Community dialog and lecture series on the past, present, and contemporary experiences of Indigenous communities in the Valley.

    Karuna Center for Peacebuilding
    Amherst, MA, Hampshire County

    project director: Olivia Stokes Dreier
    awarded on: 2020-03-16
    amount: $13,706
    Project Grant
    Belchertown, MA, Hampshire County

    Revolution Happened HerePioneer Valley History Networkmore

    Collaboration with local historical societies on a website highlighting items in their collections that reveal diverse, on-the-ground stories of the American Revolution in the Connecticut River Valley.

    Pioneer Valley History Network
    Belchertown, MA, Hampshire County

    project director: Juliet Jacobson
    awarded on: 2020-03-16
    amount: $9,040
    Project Grant
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County

    Act Up and Vote! FestivalCentral Square Theatermore

    Youth engagement project centered on voting as a civic practice. Funding supports outreach, panel discussions, and training of youth to lead reflection workshops that follow a youth-generated play about voting.

    Central Square Theater
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County

    project director: Kortney Adams
    awarded on: 2020-03-16
    amount: $10,000
    Grant
    Hamilton, MA, Essex County

    Our Voices, Our PlaceHarbor Voicesmore

    Bringing residents together to narrate their families’ immigration stories and to use those stories to create an audio documentary and supporting laser show, with further events to inspire deeper reflection on the immigrant experience.

    Harbor Voices
    Hamilton, MA, Essex County

    project director: Stephanie Benenson
    awarded on: 2020-03-16
    amount: $15,000

    Research, analyze and interpret the history of enslaved laborers who harvested live oak for the construction of the USS Constitution.

    USS Constitution Museum, Inc.
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County

    project director: Sarah Watkins
    awarded on: 2020-03-16
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Media Grant
    Amherst, MA, Hampshire County

    A House Built by HopeAmherst Mediamore

    Short documentary and a second short film aimed at high schools and focused on how people helped each other during and after the Holocaust.

    Amherst Media
    Amherst, MA, Hampshire County

    project director: Elsie Fetterman
    awarded on: 2020-03-16
    amount: $11,250

    A week-long educator workshop on teaching histories of genocide and survival, with an emphasis on Native perspectives.

    Center for Independent Documentary
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County

    project director: Adam Mazo
    awarded on: 2020-03-16
    amount: $15,000
    Project Grant
    Newton, MA, Middlesex County

    Making ChangeHistoric Newtonmore

    Abolition, Activism, and Social Justice from the 19th Century to Today

    Historic Newton
    Newton, MA, Middlesex County

    project director: Clara Silverstein
    awarded on: 2020-03-16
    amount: $2,705
    Project Grant
    Wellfleet, MA, Barnstable County

    Before 1620 - Who Was Here?Wellfleet Historical Society & Museummore

    Research on the collection of Native American artifacts to prepare for a permanent exhibition on Native American history and culture in Wellfleet before 1620, and to pilot a mini-exhibit and produce programming this summer on the same subject.

    Wellfleet Historical Society & Museum
    Wellfleet, MA, Barnstable County

    project director: Sheryl Jaffe
    awarded on: 2020-03-16
    amount: $10,000

    Community readings and a podcast series on the meaning of the Declaration of Independence to audiences today.

    American Repertory Theater
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County

    project director: Ryan McKittrick & Dayron J. Miles
    awarded on: 2020-03-16
    amount: $15,000

    A discussion of voting rights and experiences with voting, focusing on past and present immigrant communities, with residents of The Point neighborhood in Salem

    North Shore Community Development Center
    Salem, MA, Essex County

    project director: Felicia Pierce
    awarded on: 2020-01-06
    amount: $3,500

    Writing workshops with those who are homeless, transitional, and recently-housed, culminating in publication of their works in The Pilgrim magazine and four public reading and discussion programs.

    Somerville Center for Adult Learning Experiences
    Somerville, MA, Middlesex County

    project director: Meryl Becker
    awarded on: 2020-01-06
    amount: $1,757

    Family-size group discussions of Dr. Seuss' book Oh, the Thinks You Can Think, led by a graphic facilitator who translates children's ideas into pictures, which are then displayed on a knowledge wall at the Dr. Seuss Birthday Party, the Museum's flagship event.

    Springfield Museums
    Springfield, MA, Hampden County

    project director: Jenny Powers
    awarded on: 2020-01-06
    amount: $3,500
    Discussion Grant
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County

    Women's Right to be ElectedBoston Reviewmore

    A panel discussion on the political theories and practical differences between the right to vote and the right to be elected, comparing the US with countries where more women hold elected office.

    Boston Review
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County

    project director: Dan Manchon
    awarded on: 2020-01-06
    amount: $3,500
    Discussion Grant
    Northampton, MA, Hampshire County

    The Right to Vote: past, present, futureForbes Librarymore

    4 panel/discussion events on 4 aspects of voting: women's suffrage, civil rights movement, current barriers to voting, and teen voting.

    Forbes Library
    Northampton, MA, Hampshire County

    project director: Faith Kaufmann
    awarded on: 2020-01-06
    amount: $3,500
    Discussion Grant
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County

    Our American StoriesCompany Onemore

    3 panel discussions, led by accomplished women of color, following 3 different plays in Company One's 2020 season, all connected by the theme of American stories.

    Company One
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County

    project director: Ilana Brownstein
    awarded on: 2020-01-06
    amount: $3,500
    Discussion Grant
    Boston, MA, Middlesex County

    Arts Equity SummitArts Connect Internationalmore

    4-hour panel and discussion event focused on problematizing the creation of monuments to memorialize historical events.

    Arts Connect International
    Boston, MA, Middlesex County

    project director: Allegra Fletcher
    awarded on: 2020-01-06
    amount: $3,450
    Discussion Grant
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County

    Voting Rights ,Women's Suffrage and Fannie Lou HamerYWCA Of Cambridgemore

    Two discussions with Billie Jean Young, creator of a one woman show on labor and civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer.

    YWCA Of Cambridge
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County

    project director: Whitney Mooney
    awarded on: 2020-01-06
    amount: $3,000
    Discussion Grant
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County

    Southcoast SevenZeiterion Theatremore

    Seven female students from Berkshire Community College will be guided in developing a public presentation -- to take place before the performance of Seven -- on 7 local women who have made a significant contribution to the world around them.

    Zeiterion Theatre
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County

    project director: Ashley Moore
    awarded on: 2020-01-06
    amount: $3,500

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