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    Support for an exhibit and lectures making the historical connection between people gathering socially and people organizing for political change.

    Museum of African American History
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Chandra Harrington
    awarded on: 2019-06-14
    amount: $6,500
    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

    A distribution grant for a documentary focused on the life of a Jewish teen living in Germany in the 1930s who was gradually targeted by the Nazis and eventually escaped to Britain and then to Massachusetts. The project produces a trailer and a curriculum guide, and includes 6 screenings, in order to build outreach to middle- and high school teachers.

    Center For Independent Documentary
    Walpole, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

    project director: Susan Orleans Rieder
    awarded on: 2019-06-14
    amount: $8,750
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    Diary of a Confused Immigrant -Telling Our StoriesAfrican Cultural Services, Inc.more

    A community based participatory research project into the experiences of the Ugandan immigrant community in Waltham, followed by public performances based on the findings.

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

    project director: Juliet Najjumba
    awarded on: 2019-06-14
    amount: $12,914
    Discussion Grant
    Newton, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    Incorporating the Arts and Humanities in Death and Dying EducationGood Shepherd Community Caremore

    A series of 4 lecture/small-group discussion events to support conversations about end-of-life planning.

    Good Shepherd Community Care
    Newton, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Arlene Lowney
    awarded on: 2019-05-13
    amount: $3,500

    A reading and round table discussion of Douglass's speech on the meaning of the 4th of July.

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

    project director: Cassandra Peltier
    awarded on: 2019-05-13
    amount: $394

    A moderated discussion as part of the Her Story project.

    Fort Point Theatre Channel
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Jennifer Jean
    awarded on: 2019-05-13
    amount: $3,000
    Research Inventory Grant
    Hanover, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

    Half-Hulls in Hanover: Inventorying One Town's Shipbuilding PastHanover Historical Societymore

    Support for the production of an annotated catalog of documents and artifacts related to the history of shipbuilding on the North River.

    Hanover Historical Society
    Hanover, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

    project director: John Galluzo
    awarded on: 2019-05-13
    amount: $2,000
    Discussion Grant
    Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    Environmental Challenges in the Berkshires SymposiumBarrington Stage Companymore

    A free symposium in conjunction with a performance of "Fall Springs," a dark musical comedy about environmental disaster.

    Barrington Stage Company
    Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Martin Mansfield
    awarded on: 2019-05-13
    amount: $3,500

    A series of scholar-led discussions, accompanying a performance that tells the story of one of the first Native Hawai'ian missionaries to travel to New England.

    Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives
    Honolulu, HI, Honolulu County

    project director: Neal Hitch
    awarded on: 2019-05-13
    amount: $3,500

    A lecture and moderated discussion that is part of The Mastheads 2019 season.

    City of Pittsfield Office of Cultural Development
    Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Tessa Kelly
    awarded on: 2019-05-13
    amount: $3,500

    Funding for two events for participants to experience and reflect upon Native culture and presence in Western Massachusetts.

    Institute for Environmental Awareness
    Petersham, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Elyssa Serrilli
    awarded on: 2019-05-13
    amount: $3,500

    Creation of a finding aid for a collection of Jack Kerouac's papers recently gifted to the University.

    University of Massachusetts Lowell
    Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Michael Millner
    awarded on: 2019-05-13
    amount: $2,000
    Research Inventory Grant
    Mansfield, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    Mansfield Public Library Local Newspaper Digitization ProjectMansfield Public Librarymore

    Digitization of 30 reels of the Mansfield News, a local newspaper dating back to 1873.

    Mansfield Public Library
    Mansfield, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Whitney Brown
    awarded on: 2019-05-13
    amount: $2,000
    Research Inventory Grant
    Lee, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    Lee Historical Society Archive Inventory and Finding AidLee Historical Societymore

    Inventory and creation of a finding aid for Lee Historical Society's collection.

    Lee Historical Society
    Lee, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Millard Eckert
    awarded on: 2019-05-13
    amount: $2,000
    Discussion Grant
    Chester, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    Chester Theatre Company's 2019 Panel Discussion SeriesChester Theatre Companymore

    A series of four scholar-led post-performance discussions.

    Chester Theatre Company
    Chester, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Daniel E. Kramer
    awarded on: 2019-05-13
    amount: $2,310
    Discussion Grant
    Concord, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    From the Declaration of Independence Through the Long Civil Rights MovementThe Robbins Housemore

    A public reading and discussion of Frederick Douglass's speech "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July."

    The Robbins House
    Concord, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Nikki A. Turpin
    awarded on: 2019-05-13
    amount: $600

    A reading and discussion of Douglass's speech on the meaning of the 4th of July, as well as a follow-up discussion of the Massachusetts State Constitution.

    Shaw Memorial Library
    Plainfield, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Erik Burcroff
    awarded on: 2019-05-13
    amount: $2,200
    Discussion Grant
    Brewster, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

    What to the Negro is the Fourth of July?Cape Cod Cape Verdean Museum and Cultural Centermore

    A reading and discussion of Douglass's speech on the meaning of the 4th of July.

    Cape Cod Cape Verdean Museum and Cultural Center
    Brewster, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Barbara Burgo
    awarded on: 2019-05-13
    amount: $1,500

    A July 3rd reading and discussion of Douglass's speech on the meaning of the 4th of July, and a follow-up discussion in September.

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

    project director: Wendy Joseph
    awarded on: 2019-05-13
    amount: $3,500
    Research Inventory Grant
    Sharon, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

    The Eugene Tappan PapersSharon Public Librarymore

    Reparation and digitization of the papers of Eugene Tappan (1840-1908), the town's first historian, and creation of a finding aid.

    Sharon Public Library
    Sharon, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

    project director: Lee Ann Amend
    awarded on: 2019-05-13
    amount: $2,000
    Discussion Grant
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    New Bedford LGBTQ Winter Film SeriesSouth Coast LGBTQ Networkmore

    A series of 4 films at the New Bedford Whaling Museum followed by a panel discussion and conversation with the audience.

    South Coast LGBTQ Network
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Paul Cassidy
    awarded on: 2019-05-13
    amount: $3,500

    Join us for a community reading and discussion of Douglass's speech on the meaning of the 4th of July.

    Frederick Douglass Neighborhood Association
    Brockton, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

    project director: Madeline M. Smith
    awarded on: 2019-05-13
    amount: $500
    Research Inventory Grant
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    Preservation of Auburn's Winfried P Sommerfeld Photographic ArchivePhotographic Preservation Centermore

    Inventory, organization, and digitization of items from the collection of photographer Winfried Sommerfeld.

    Photographic Preservation Center
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Fred Mirliani
    awarded on: 2019-05-13
    amount: $2,000
    Discussion Grant
    Norwood, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

    Reading Frederick Douglass TogetherOld Parish Preservation Volunteers, Inc.more

    A community reading and discussion of Douglass's speech on the meaning of the 4th of July.

    Old Parish Preservation Volunteers, Inc.
    Norwood, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Patricia Fanning
    awarded on: 2019-05-13
    amount: $500

    Development of a tour focused on the life, writing, and activism of Robert Roberts, a leader in Boston's free black community and a servant at Gore Place. The tour emphasizes the value of labor over the denigration of service and explores the relationship between work, life, and activism, and the challenge of trying to change the world while also surviving in it.

    Gore Place
    Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Susan Robertson
    awarded on: 2019-03-15
    amount: $7,000
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant
    Eastham, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

    The Story of the First Encounter at Eastham: from Conflict to CommunityEastham Public Librarymore

    For research and writing of a revised history of the first encounter between Pilgrim settlers and Native people that will be used as the basis for web-content and programming leading up to 400th anniversary commemorations in 2020. Project programs will make the public narrative newly relevant by connecting it to crises and challenges faced by Cape residents today.

    Eastham Public Library
    Eastham, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Debra Dejonker-Berry
    awarded on: 2019-03-15
    amount: $15,000
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant
    Leominster, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    The Chinese and the Iron RoadLeominster Public Librarymore

    Funding to host a traveling exhibit created by the Chinese Historical Society of America Museum and Stanford University in addition to public programs refocusing commemorating the transcontinental railroad on the experience of Chinese workers who did much of the labor.

    Leominster Public Library
    Leominster, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: May Lee Tom
    awarded on: 2019-03-15
    amount: $4,950
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    Roxbury Strong: A Story of Emergence, Performance and Discussion SeriesBoston Public Schoolsmore

    Support for BPS and BHCC students to engage in the history and culture of Boston's Roxbury neighborhood through researching, rehearsing, performing, and leading community discussions of "Roxbury Strong," a play based on archival research and oral histories with residents.

    Boston Public Schools
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Ron T. Jones
    awarded on: 2019-03-15
    amount: $14,500
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant
    Oak Bluffs, MA, Dukes County (Cape & Islands)

    Cross-Cultural Perceptions vs. Reality Through Global ConversationsMartha's Vineyard High Schoolmore

    Funding for a project engaging the island in cross-cultural conversations, with a thematic focus on the experiences of immigrants and refugees and an interest in teaching cultural literacy by having students actually converse with people from other countries.

    Martha's Vineyard High School
    Oak Bluffs, MA, Dukes County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Kevin McGrath
    awarded on: 2019-03-15
    amount: $9,250
    Project: Media Grant
    Granby, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    "Lucio" Documentary Film Treatment and TrailerWarren Plaut Charitable Trustmore

    Production of a treatment and trailer to aid in production of a feature-length documentary film exploring U.S. immigration from Central America and the current sanctuary movement through the story of Lucio, an immigrant from Guatemala who came to the U.S. illegally and who entered sanctuary in the First Congregational Church in Amherst in 2017 after receiving deportation orders.

    Warren Plaut Charitable Trust
    Granby, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Kate Way
    awarded on: 2019-03-15
    amount: $15,000
    Project Grant
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    Sweet Souls: Voices from the Margaret Fuller House in CambridgeCambridge Historical Societymore

    Funding to conduct and interpret 12 oral histories with affiliates of Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House, a 112-year-old settlement house, adding under-documented narratives into the archives that address the relationship between providers and patrons in the settlement house movement, and reflect on how such settlement houses were transformed by patrons who became providers.

    Cambridge Historical Society
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Marieke Van Damme
    awarded on: 2019-03-15
    amount: $7,500
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant
    Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    Making Lowell's Immigration and Refugee History Accessible in the ClassroomUniversity of Massachusetts Lowellmore

    Completion of a digital site on the history of immigration to Lowell, with a particular emphasis on immigration since 1965 to make often scattered information publicly available.

    University of Massachusetts Lowell
    Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Ingrid Hess
    awarded on: 2019-03-15
    amount: $12,500
    Project: Media Grant
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    Camera Kids - Genocide Victims and Genocide PerpetratorsThe Ground Truth Projectmore

    Production of a multimedia project for the 25th Anniversary of the Rwandan genocide this year in addition to creation of the trailer in for a film featuring three three men orphaned by the Rwandan genocide who teach photography as a healing practice to vulnerable children around the world, including at the Home for Little Wanderers in Boston.

    The Ground Truth Project
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Beth Murphy
    awarded on: 2019-03-15
    amount: $15,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    West Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    What Our Voices CarryHispanic Resource, Inc.more

    A collaboration between formerly incarcerated women, a scholar, facilitators, and a playwright to create a performance exploring the history of incarceration and its connection to the women's personal experiences.

    Hispanic Resource, Inc.
    West Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Gretchen Krull
    awarded on: 2019-03-15
    amount: $15,000
    Project: Media Grant
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    Orchestrating ChangeMe2/Orchestramore

    Support for the distribution phase of a feature-length documentary film about the Me2/Orchestra in which half the musicians are diagnosed with mental illness.

    Me2/Orchestra
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Margie Friedman
    awarded on: 2019-03-15
    amount: $14,795
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    America Transformed: Mapping Land and Dispossession in the 19th CenturyNorman B. Leventhal Map Centermore

    Public programming, a teacher institute, and interpretive materials to accompany a two-part exhibit using maps to examine the history of U.S. expansion and Native American dispossession in the 19th and 20th century.

    Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Michelle LeBlanc
    awarded on: 2019-03-15
    amount: $14,817

    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.

    Cathedral Church of St. Paul
    boston, MA

    project director: Ali White
    awarded on: 2019-01-06
    amount: $3,500
    Discussion Grant
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County

    Ripples: Through a Wampanoag LensNew Bedford Whaling Museummore

    Two events interpreting Indigenous history, culture, and environmental perspectives connected to the art exhibit "Ripples."

    New Bedford Whaling Museum
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County

    project director: Akeia Benard
    awarded on: 2019-01-06
    amount: $3,500

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