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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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    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

    A lecture and discussion event with civil rights activist and author Rodney Hurst and legal scholar David Harris.

    North Shore Juneteenth Association
    Lynn, MA, Essex County

    project director: Jacquelyn Fitzhugh
    awarded on: 2020-01-06
    amount: $3,000

    Daylong programming for a multi-generational audience on the history of women's suffrage, including coverage of the contributions of the African American community, and a travelling exhibit on the history of suffrage in the Berkshires.

    Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community Col
    Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County

    project director: Megan Whilden
    awarded on: 2019-12-13
    amount: $14,660

    Design and implementation of a professional development series for K-12 social studies teachers that will include a one-day seminar (run twice) and a three-part webinar series on historical and contemporary challenges to expanding and protecting voting rights in the United States, each through a humanities lens.

    Primary Source
    Watertown, MA, Middlesex County

    project director: Daniel Osborn
    awarded on: 2019-12-13
    amount: $14,878

    A series of free activities and programs for The Vote: A Divided Movement that Brings Us Together.

    Brockton Public Library
    Brockton, MA, Plymouth County

    project director: Patricia Monteith
    awarded on: 2019-12-13
    amount: $12,030

    Support for a humanist to research in women's suffrage documents and history to provide materials creating a script and discussion format for four shows.

    Tempest Productions, Inc.
    Brookline, MA, Middlesex County

    project director: Deborah Fortson
    awarded on: 2019-12-13
    amount: $14,983

    Multiple community events, lectures, facilitated discussions, book groups, documentary screenings, hands-on projects, and performances centered around the history of voting rights.

    Reading Public Library
    Reading, MA, Middlesex County

    project director: Andrea Fiorillo
    awarded on: 2019-12-13
    amount: $8,360

    Support for training on reproductive justice and engaging in dialogue across differences, to prepare WAM staff to facilitate post-show discussions, develop a post-production community dialogue event, and create playbill and educational lobby materials.

    WAM Theatre
    Lee, MA, Berkshire County

    project director: Kristen van Ginhoven
    awarded on: 2019-12-13
    amount: $10,000

    Support for the distribution phase of the Borderland documentary

    Center For Independent Documentary
    Walpole, MA, Norfolk County

    project director: Kevin Friend
    awarded on: 2019-12-13
    amount: $15,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Holyoke, MA, Hampden County

    Diary of Anne Frank 2020OneHolyoke Community Development Corporationmore

    A series of public events in Holyoke highlighting the literary, social, and historical importance of the Diary of Anne Frank.

    OneHolyoke Community Development Corporation
    Holyoke, MA, Hampden County

    project director: Michael Moriarty
    awarded on: 2019-12-13
    amount: $15,000

    A community-based oral history project, "The Untold History of Bhutanese Americans in Western Mass."

    Bhutanese Society of Western Massachusetts, Inc.
    Springfield, MA, Hampden County

    project director: Taran Tiwari
    awarded on: 2019-12-13
    amount: $15,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County

    Homeward Bound: Global Intimacies in Converging ChinatownsBoston Chinatown Neighborhood Centermore

    An exhibition to center around narratives of home, community, and intergenerational resilience.

    Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County

    project director: Cynthia Woo
    awarded on: 2019-12-13
    amount: $14,195

    A three-part series, in partnership with the New Bedford Whaling Museum's (NBWM) Lighting the Way Project (LTW), that explores the subject of voting rights in our community.

    YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County

    project director: Jordan Latham
    awarded on: 2019-12-13
    amount: $14,997

    A special half-day conference under the umbrella of the Kennedy Library Forums featuring three forums on the history and current relevance of the suffrage movement.

    JFK Library Foundations, Inc.
    Boston, MA, Middlesex County

    project director: Liz Murphy
    awarded on: 2019-12-13
    amount: $15,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Roxbury, MA, Suffolk County

    Neighborhood Voices:DNI Community Land TrustDudley Street Neighborhood Initiativemore

    Training, collection, sharing and archiving of oral histories from the first families who moved twenty-five years ago on to the largest community land trust in Boston called Dudley Neighbors, Inc. (DNI).

    Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative
    Roxbury, MA, Suffolk County

    project director: Rosalind Everdell
    awarded on: 2019-12-13
    amount: $9,900

    A series of six online teacher professional development workshops on teaching civics content related to the new Massachusetts History and Social Science Framework, with a focus on how Lowell's underrepresented groups have fought, and continue to fight, for an equitable electoral process.

    UMass Lowell Research Foundation
    Lowell, MA, Middlesex County

    project director: Sheila Kirschbaum
    awarded on: 2019-12-13
    amount: $7,521
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Roxbury, MA, Suffolk County

    Young Author's Book Project: A Student's Perspective on Grove Hall, Dorchester826 Bostonmore

    Development of school curriculum on "Partners in Protest: Massachusetts Working Women and their Struggle for the Vote" for eighth-grade civics classes in commemoration of the national woman suffrage centennial.

    826 Boston
    Roxbury, MA, Suffolk County

    project director: Will Marshall
    awarded on: 2019-12-13
    amount: $7,500

    3 free public lecture and discussion events and one book discussion in coordination with an exhibit on the 18th-century writer and advocate for women's equality, Judith Sargent Murray.

    Cape Ann Museum
    Gloucester, MA, Essex County

    project director: Courtney Richardson
    awarded on: 2019-12-13
    amount: $3,610

    Development of school curriculum on "Partners in Protest: Massachusetts Working Women and their Struggle for the Vote" for eighth-grade civics classes in commemoration of the national woman suffrage centennial.

    Stonehurst, Robert Treat Paine Estate
    Waltham, MA, Middlesex County

    project director: Ann Clifford
    awarded on: 2019-12-13
    amount: $7,550

    A series of three public events focused on how we respond to art from different time periods.

    Fitchburg State University
    Fitchburg, MA, Worcester County

    project director: Catherine Buell
    awarded on: 2019-07-29
    amount: $2,934

    A panel discussion on Mass Rock Against Racism's history and the role of music in youth movements.

    Community Change, Inc
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County

    project director: Fran Smith
    awarded on: 2019-07-29
    amount: $300

    A series free Shakespeare seminars at the Northampton Senior Center, Kinney Renaissance Center, and Christopher Heights Assisted Living.

    University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Amherst, MA

    project director: Marie Roche
    awarded on: 2019-07-29
    amount: $3,200
    Discussion Grant
    Watertown, MA, Middlesex County

    New Repertory Theatre Spotlight Symposium SeriesNew Repertory Theatremore

    A series of 6 post-performance panel discussions connected to 6 productions at the New Repertory Theatre

    New Repertory Theatre
    Watertown, MA, Middlesex County

    project director: Elena Morris
    awarded on: 2019-07-29
    amount: $3,000
    Discussion Grant
    Newton, MA, Middlesex County

    Reading King in BostonCooperative Metropolitan Ministriesmore

    A series of four discussions of works by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., each chosen to be in dialog with a national or international holiday.

    Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries
    Newton, MA, Middlesex County

    project director: Rodney L. Petersen
    awarded on: 2019-07-29
    amount: $3,000

    A community engagement and discussion project focused on Leverett's industrial history and historic landscape.

    Leverett Historical Commission
    Leverett, MA, Franklin County

    project director: Pleun Bouricius
    awarded on: 2019-07-29
    amount: $3,000

    A documentary film and discussion series with a unifying theme focused on what it means to be human.

    Documentary Educational Resources
    Watertown, MA, Middlesex County

    project director: Alice Apley
    awarded on: 2019-07-29
    amount: $3,000
    Discussion Grant
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County

    Paul Cuffe's Atlantic WorldSpinner Publicationsmore

    A series of four discussions, with four communities in Southeastern Massachusetts, of Paul Cuffe's history and legacy.

    Spinner Publications
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County

    project director: Joseph D. Thomas
    awarded on: 2019-07-29
    amount: $3,500

    Four panel discussions and a lecture centered on the relationship between images and words in graphic storytelling.

    Mount Wachusett Community College
    Gardner, MA, Worcester County

    project director: Michelle Valois
    awarded on: 2019-07-29
    amount: $2,900

    A series of three symposia on the theme of witch hunts through the lens of CST's production of The Crucible.

    Central Square Theater
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County

    project director: Lee Mikeska Gardner
    awarded on: 2019-07-29
    amount: $3,000

    A public discussion of hip-hop and international youth culture, featuring AfH's teen artists and Global Artists in Residence, and scholar Elizabeth Rosner.

    Artists for Humanity
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County

    project director: Elizabeth Rosner
    awarded on: 2019-07-29
    amount: $3,500

    Two public events for middle and high school students and their parents on bachata music, a form of music that has changed in form and reputation from its Afro-Caribbean roots to its growing popularity in the U.S.

    CENTRO
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County

    project director: Vanessa De Leon
    awarded on: 2019-07-29
    amount: $3,500
    Discussion Grant
    Cohasset, MA, Norfolk County

    Great Decisions 2020Paul Pratt Memorial Librarymore

    A weekly reading and discussion series with topics on global issues chosen by the non-partisan Foreign Policy Association.

    Paul Pratt Memorial Library
    Cohasset, MA, Norfolk County

    project director: Gayle Walsh
    awarded on: 2019-07-29
    amount: $3,000

    A series of four free panel discussions exploring the history of six public housing sites in Boston.

    Massachusetts Historical Society
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County

    project director: Gavin Kleespies
    awarded on: 2019-07-29
    amount: $3,500

    A film series about celebrating the role of faith in our lives, along with training for high school youth enrolled in a community service program to lead discussions of the films.

    Congregational Church of West Medford dba Sanctuary
    Medford, MA, Middlesex County

    project director: Wendy Olapade
    awarded on: 2019-07-29
    amount: $3,500

    A reading and discussion series for health professionals to support the social and emotional aspects of patient care.

    Baystate Health Systems
    Springfield, MA, Hampden County

    project director: Bridget Gunn
    awarded on: 2019-07-29
    amount: $1,800

    A Scholar in Residence Grant to conduct archival research and ethnographies on race, racism, and the experiences of people of color in the Massachusetts Council of Churches.

    Massachusetts Council of Churches
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County

    project director: Laura Everett
    awarded on: 2019-07-29
    amount: $3,500

    Production of a finding aid and index for 100 issues of The Trail Maker magazine from 1933-1942.

    Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County

    project director: Lynn Saunders Cutter
    awarded on: 2019-07-29
    amount: $2,000

    A reading and discussion group for Bedford VA staff working with veterans.

    Bedford VA Medical Center
    Bedford, MA, Middlesex County

    project director: Sarah Carnes
    awarded on: 2019-07-29
    amount: $2,900
    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

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