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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.  

 
 

A three-part performance-and-discussion series on the veteran experience designed to attract and engage both veterans and civilians.

Zeiterion Theatre
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: Rosemary Gill
awarded on: 2017-12-08
amount: $12,500
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Jamaica Plain, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Afro Latin Folktales ProjectHyde Square Task Forcemore

An out-of-school literature and theatre project for youth leaders to explore themes of immigration, cultural assimilation, and belonging in relationship to Boston immigrant communities.

Hyde Square Task Force
Jamaica Plain, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Eva Farrell
awarded on: 2017-12-08
amount: $15,000

Implementation funds for eight local history organizations to implement capacity-building projects after completing six intensive workshops on best practices.

Pioneer Valley History Network
Deerfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Clifford McCarthy
awarded on: 2017-12-08
amount: $7,500
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

GLOWRose Kennedy Greenway Conservancymore

An exhibition of eight historic neon road signs of Massachusetts businesses, c. 1927-1970, related research and accompanying panels, and a moderated panel discussion.

Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Lucas Cowan
awarded on: 2017-12-08
amount: $10,000

An audience immersion pilot program for about 100 community residents to explore how historical theater is produced-through lenses of dramaturgy, cultural studies, and history.

Merrimack Repertory Theatre
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

project director: Sean Daniels
awarded on: 2017-12-08
amount: $14,750

Scholarly consulting, the creation of informative playbills, and a post-performance discussion of a student production of Peter Pan.

Oakmont Regional High School
Ashburnham, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Jeffrey Aubuchon
awarded on: 2017-12-08
amount: $4,615
Project Grant
Auburn, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Activate the ArboretumAuburn Public Schoolsmore

An environmental history project for Auburn Public School students that is led by a humanities scholar and includes lessons, a photography project, an exhibit, and a tour.

Auburn Public Schools
Auburn, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Sarah Connell
awarded on: 2017-12-08
amount: $7,500

Inventory and make public their William Wood collection of photographs, maps, and publications.

Andover Historical Society
Andover, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Elaine Clements
awarded on: 2017-11-09
amount: $2,000
Scholar in Residence Grant
Medford, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Susanna Rowson in Medford 1799-1803Medford Historical Societymore

Research on and transcription of their Swan Collection of letters, along with two public lectures on the material.

Medford Historical Society
Medford, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Kyna Hamill
awarded on: 2017-11-06
amount: $3,500
Research Inventory Grant
Douglas, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Douglas Historical InitiativeSimon Fairfield Public Librarymore

Inventory and processing of the Douglas Historical Society's Coppola Collection.

Simon Fairfield Public Library
Douglas, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Justin Snook
awarded on: 2017-11-06
amount: $2,000
Research Inventory Grant
Sharon, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

Sharon Public Library Newspaper Digitization ProjectSharon Public Librarymore

Digitization of the local Sharon Advocate Newspaper archive and make it available online to patrons.

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

project director: Lee Ann Amend
awarded on: 2017-11-06
amount: $2,000

Inventory and scanning of Wistariahurst Museum's Holyoke and Carlos Vegas/Latino History Collections in order to provide a searchable documentation of Holyoke's black populations.

Historic Holyoke at Wistariahurst
Holyoke, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

project director: Penni Martorell
awarded on: 2017-11-06
amount: $2,000
Discussion Grant
Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

STCC Stands Social Justice ForumSpringfield Technical Community Collegemore

A film-and-discussion series-with "Hidden Figure", "I Am Not Your Negro", and "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks"..

Springfield Technical Community College
Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

project director: Vonetta Lightfoot
awarded on: 2017-11-06
amount: $2,453
Discussion Grant
Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Teens, Bodies, and Identities in Global LiteraturePrimary Sourcemore

A reading-and-discussion series for Boston-area teachers and librarians focusing on global literature about teenagers' relationships with their bodies.

Primary Source
Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Deborah L. Cunningham
awarded on: 2017-11-06
amount: $3,500
Discussion Grant
Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Spotlight Symposium Series: "Lonely Planet" and "Statements"New Repertory Theatremore

Two post-production moderated conversations around the history of intolerance and how art from the past can bring up questions from the present.

New Repertory Theatre
Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Leila Ghaemi
awarded on: 2017-11-06
amount: $3,000

A project allowing fifth-grade students in New Bedford and Fairhaven to view and discuss a performance about overcoming cultural barriers and the role of exploration and commerce in New Bedford's whaling history.

New Bedford Ballet
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: Joanne Gracia
awarded on: 2017-11-06
amount: $3,100
Discussion Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Protest and Citizenship in AmericaMassachusetts Historical Societymore

A panel discussion and public conversation exploring the history of citizenship and protest in America.

Massachusetts Historical Society
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Gavin Kleespies
awarded on: 2017-11-06
amount: $3,000
Discussion Grant
Somerville, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Discussion Event with MA History Teacher of the YearHistoric Somervillemore

A moderated discussion with 2017 Mass History Teacher of the Year Kevin Dua and historian Dan Breen addressing the roles of patriotism, freedom, individuality, and collectivism in the United States both historically and in the present.

Historic Somerville
Somerville, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Eileen Schofield
awarded on: 2017-11-06
amount: $1,350
Discussion Grant
Danvers, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

Discover Danvers Round-tableDanvers Historical Societymore

Moderated round-table sessions allowing participants to handle historical objects while learning about them and posing their own questions.

Danvers Historical Society
Danvers, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Sheila Cooke-Kayser
awarded on: 2017-11-06
amount: $3,500
Discussion Grant
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Central Conversations - Guards at the TajCentral Square Theatermore

Two symposia, one exploring contemporary connections to the history, politics, and meaning of great monuments, and the other exploring dynamics between the disciplines of history and theater.

Central Square Theater
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Debra Wise
awarded on: 2017-11-06
amount: $3,000
Discussion: Literature & Medicine Grant
Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

Who Are We? Literature & Medicine at BaystateBaystate Health Systemsmore

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

Baystate Health Systems
Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

project director: Bridget Gunn
awarded on: 2017-07-17
amount: $1,800

A panel discussion-on racial justice as it relates to the evolution of American music-at the Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival that will be recorded and presented in local high schools.

Blues to Green, Inc.
Huntington, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Kristin Neville
awarded on: 2017-07-17
amount: $3,000
Discussion: Civil Rights Grant
Lynn, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

Let Freedom Sing: The Songs and The Song-MakersThe Highlands Coalitionmore

A scholar-led discussion of civil rights, especially as reflected in American jazz.

The Highlands Coalition
Lynn, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Michael Palter
awarded on: 2017-07-17
amount: $500
Discussion: Open Grant
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Activating Communication through Public ArtPow! Wow! Worcestermore

A film screening and discussion event on Worcester's history and the role of public art in community development.

Pow! Wow! Worcester
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Che Anderson
awarded on: 2017-07-17
amount: $3,500
Discussion: Open Grant
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

Sustainable Oceans Open DiscussionSeaport Art Walkmore

A discussion program-taking place during New Bedford's Seaport Art Walk-on the history and future of sustainable fisheries, questions of ethical responsibility, and the role of art in prompting action.

Seaport Art Walk
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: Jessica Bregoli
awarded on: 2017-07-17
amount: $850

A one-day public forum on the legacy and contemporary relevance of Jane Addams, social justice advocate and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.

Traprock Center for Peace & Justice
Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Rutherford Platt
awarded on: 2017-07-17
amount: $3,000

An inventory of the papers of Theresa-India Young, noted fiber artist, educator, community organizer, and activist.

University of Massachusetts Boston
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Meghan Bailey
awarded on: 2017-07-17
amount: $2,000

Photographing and inventory of 260 eighteenth?century gravestones in Medfield's Vine Lake Cemetery.

Vine Lake Preservation Trust
Medfield, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Elise M. Ciregna
awarded on: 2017-07-17
amount: $2,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

On Equal Terms - VirtualBrandeis Universitymore

Creation and presentation of a web-based exhibition about gender-based segregation in the construction industry, a re-envisioning of the successful 2008 physical exhibition On Equal Terms.

Brandeis University
Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Susan Eisenberg
awarded on: 2017-06-18
amount: $15,000
Project: Media Grant
Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Our Mockingbird Curriculum GuideDocumentary Educational Resourcesmore

Creation of a Teacher's Guide and three companion short films which tell the stories of Native child removal, forced assimilation, and the first Truth and Reconciliation Commission for Native Americans in the country. Creation of a curriculum to accompany the documentary film "Our Mockingbird," exploring individual and group identities, American history, jurisprudence, and ethics in Harper Lee's novel.

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

project director: Sandra Jaffe
awarded on: 2017-06-16
amount: $7,500
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
New York, NY, New York County

Dexter and the DinosaursFractured Atlasmore

An original history-based theatre production created and performed by students and residents of Greenfield in the context of a celebration of Greenfield's 19th-century history.

Fractured Atlas
New York, NY, New York County

project director: Jonathan Mirin
awarded on: 2017-06-16
amount: $4,750
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Somerville, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

The Downfall of Despots: Julius CaesarActors' Shakespeare Projectmore

A series of public educational programs for the upcoming all-female production of Julius Caesar.

Actors' Shakespeare Project
Somerville, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Mara Sidmore
awarded on: 2017-06-16
amount: $15,000
Project Grant
Clinton, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Museum of Russian Icons Audio Tour RevisionMuseum of Russian Iconsmore

A revamp of the museum's audio folklore tour with re-recorded content, new content, images, and professional translations in Russian, Spanish, French, and Portuguese.

Museum of Russian Icons
Clinton, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Tara Young
awarded on: 2017-06-16
amount: $7,500

Creation of three permanent low-profile interpretive wayside signs, a self-guided brochure, and a digital online "story map" for the site of the 1874 Williamsburg Reservoir Dam disaster.

Town of Williamsburg - Woodland Trails
Haydenville, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Paul Jahnige
awarded on: 2017-06-16
amount: $7,500
Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Boston and the Irish Language: Fifty Years of Cultural Connection in Oral HistoryIrish Language Society of Bostonmore

Support for an oral history project exploring the importance of the Irish language among Irish immigrants in the Boston area.

Irish Language Society of Boston
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Brian Frykenberg
awarded on: 2017-06-16
amount: $7,500
Project: Media Grant
Walpole, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

Dawnland Teacher's GuideCenter For Independent Documentarymore

Creation of a Teacher's Guide and three companion short films which tell the stories of Native child removal, forced assimilation, and the first Truth and Reconciliation Commission for Native Americans in the country.

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

project director: Adam Mazo
awarded on: 2017-06-16
amount: $15,000
Discussion: Civil Rights Grant
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

Reading Frederick Douglass in the Age of TrumpNew Bedford Historical Societymore

A facilitated reading of Douglass's speech, "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?" with poet Everett Hoagland as the discussion leader.

New Bedford Historical Society
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: Loretta D. Blake
awarded on: 2017-05-08
amount: $500

Research on the Society's collection of business records, photos, and artifacts from the local machine shop to develop a better understanding of how and why a small precision manufacturing shop, with global connections, grew and prospered in a small agricultural community in western Massachusetts

Hatfield Historical Society
Hatfield, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Kathie Gow
awarded on: 2017-05-08
amount: $3,500
Discussion: Civil Rights Grant
Brockton, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

We Read Frederick Douglass Together as OneFrederick Douglass Neighborhood Associationmore

The third annual public reading and moderated discussion of Douglass's "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?"

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

project director: Madeline M. Smith
awarded on: 2017-05-08
amount: $500
Discussion: Open Grant
Lenox, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

Poetry and the Active CitizenEdith Wharton Restoration, Inc.more

A forum on the role of poetry during times of cultural and political crisis.

Edith Wharton Restoration, Inc.
Lenox, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Abbie Wilson
awarded on: 2017-05-08
amount: $3,000

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