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Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

In Our Own WordsClark Universitymore

An after-school poetry program-involving translation, history, literary analysis, and discussion, along with a thematic focus on migration-for low-income, multilingual middle-school students.

Clark University
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Sarah Michaels
awarded on: 2016-12-09
amount: $6,500
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Reaching Audiences Through Bandits & HeroesWorcester Center for Craftsmore

An exhibit with enhanced programming that explores cultural syncretism between West African cultures with indigenous and colonial Portuguese traditions to make the cultural mosaic of modern Folk Art of Northeastern Brazil.

Worcester Center for Crafts
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Honee Hess
awarded on: 2016-12-09
amount: $9,900
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

Sharing Our Stories Through Voice and PerformanceThe Literacy Projectmore

Three seven-week memoir-writing workshops serving low-income and immigrant residents.

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

project director: Judith Roberts
awarded on: 2016-12-09
amount: $6,000
Project: Media Grant
San Francisco, CA, San Francisco County

Forbidden Knowledge: The Return of PsychedelicsTeddy Bear Filmsmore

Preproduction activities for film on current research into the pharmaceutical viability of psychedelic drugs and the historical and cultural contexts influencing how society regulates drugs.

Teddy Bear Films
San Francisco, CA, San Francisco County

project director: Caleb Hellerman
awarded on: 2016-12-09
amount: $15,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

At Sea and On Shore: Work and Community in New Bedford's Fishing IndustryNew Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, Inc.more

A large exhibit and oral histories documenting the 20th century labor practices and social and labor contract negotiations in the New Bedford fishing industry.

New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, Inc.
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: Laura Orleans
awarded on: 2016-12-09
amount: $15,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Great Barrington, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

Exploring History, Gender and Science in Lauren Gunderson's "Emilie" with Young Women in PittsfieldFlying Cloud Institutemore

An educational program to accompany a re-mounting of WAM Theatre's "Emilie: The Marquise du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight."

Flying Cloud Institute
Great Barrington, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Lindsey Berkowitz
awarded on: 2016-12-09
amount: $9,845
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Stockbridge, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

W.E.B. Dubois Educational Series in Great BarringtonBerkshire Hills Regional School Distsrictmore

A series of programs designed to heighten awareness of racism, modern slavery, gender and economic inequality, and other injustices through lectures, film, and music.

Berkshire Hills Regional School Distsrict
Stockbridge, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: John Horan
awarded on: 2016-12-09
amount: $11,350
Discussion: FAIR Grant
Lawrence, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

Family Adventures in Reading at the Parthum Elementary SchoolParthum Elementary Schoolmore

A six-session Family Adventures in Reading series meeting on Tuesday evenings.

Parthum Elementary School
Lawrence, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Tricia Hand Seery
awarded on: 2016-10-17
amount: $3,000
Discussion: Open Grant
Watertown, MA, Middlesex County

Global Migration StoriesPrimary Sourcemore

A professional development discussion series for K?12 educators and librarians on the subject of migration.

Primary Source
Watertown, MA, Middlesex County

project director: Deborah L. Cunningham
awarded on: 2016-10-17
amount: $3,500
Scholar in Residence Grant
Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Institutes, Outing Clubs & Working Class Perspectives on StonehurstStonehurst, Robert Treat Paine Estatemore

Research that will form the foundation for future programs at the summer estate of activist and reformer Robert Treat Paine.

Stonehurst, Robert Treat Paine Estate
Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Ann Clifford
awarded on: 2016-10-17
amount: $3,500
Discussion: Open Grant
North Andover, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

One Author, One CommunityNorth Andover Public Schoolsmore

A reading and discussion series for children and adults on the works of Jacqueline Woodson.

North Andover Public Schools
North Andover, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Lorene Marx
awarded on: 2016-10-17
amount: $3,000
Discussion: Literature & Medicine Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Literature and Medicine at MGHThe Stoeckle Center for Primary Care Innovation at MGHmore

A six-month facilitated inter-departmental reading and discussion seminars for health Professionals at Mass General Hospital.

The Stoeckle Center for Primary Care Innovation at MGH
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Suzanne Koven
awarded on: 2016-10-17
amount: $2,000
Discussion: Open Grant
Falmouth, MA, Barnstable County

Women's History Month Lecture and DiscussionFalmouth Historical Societymore

A program of lectures and discussions to mark Women's History Month, 2017.

Falmouth Historical Society
Falmouth, MA, Barnstable County

project director: Mark Schmidt
awarded on: 2016-10-17
amount: $3,000
Discussion: FAIR Grant
Williamsburg, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Adventures in CommunityMeekins Public Librarymore

A four-session series using the Family Adventures in Reading syllabus on Community.

Meekins Public Library
Williamsburg, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Tim Van Egmond
awarded on: 2016-08-12
amount: $3,000

A public moderated discussion of United South End Settlements' history and an exhibit at the Harriet Tubman House, both of which commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Settlement House.

United South End Settlements (USES)
Boston, MA, Suffolk County

project director: Kimberly White
awarded on: 2016-08-12
amount: $3,500
Discussion: FAIR Grant
Whitman, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

FAIR at the Whitman Public LibraryWhitman Public Librarymore

A four-session series using the Family Adventures in Reading syllabus on Community.

Whitman Public Library
Whitman, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

project director: Stephanie Nogler
awarded on: 2016-08-12
amount: $2,150

Two symposia related to the themes of two of New Repertory's productions, performances of which accompany the discussions.

New Repertory Theatre
Watertown, MA, Middlesex County

project director: Adrienne Boris
awarded on: 2016-08-12
amount: $3,000
Discussion: Literature & Medicine Grant
Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

Literature & Medicine 2016Baystate Health Systemsmore

A facilitated inter-departmental reading and discussion sessions for health Professionals.

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

project director: Bridget Gunn
awarded on: 2016-08-12
amount: $1,500
Discussion: Open Grant
Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

African Dance and Discussion SeriesAfrican Cultural Services, Inc.more

Revision and improvement to the academic portions of the Kyeza African Dance Project, a dance and discussion series that serves over 100 children each year in the Boston area.

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

project director: Juliet Najjumba
awarded on: 2016-08-12
amount: $3,500

A panel discussion engaging the audience about the local relevance of historical preservation and mark the fiftieth anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act.

University of MA Press
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Karen M. Fisk
awarded on: 2016-08-12
amount: $2,565
Discussion: Common Good Reads Grant
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

Family Literacy Day at the Adult Learning CenterNew Bedford Public Schools Adult Basic Educationmore

A family Literacy Day based on the Family Adventures in Reading curriculum.

New Bedford Public Schools Adult Basic Education
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: Gail Eddy
awarded on: 2016-08-12
amount: $2,288
Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant
Waltham, MA, Middlesex County

Freedom of Speech: Lessons from Lenny BruceBrandeis Universitymore

Creation and presentation of five performances using Brandeis's newly acquired Lenny Bruce archives on the subject of First Amendment rights, free speech, and inclusive language-especially in regard to comedy and public performance.

Brandeis University
Waltham, MA, Middlesex County

project director: Robert F. Walsh
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $10,000
Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant
Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

2016 Speaker SeriesSpringfield Public Forummore

Sponsorship of Bryan Stevenson's keynote address in Holyoke on incarceration and mass criminalization in the U.S.

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

project director: Michelle Morash
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $7,500
Project: Media Grant
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Margaret Fuller, A Thoroughly Modern WomanInterlock Media Inc.more

Preproduction activities for a film about the life and work of Margaret Fuller.

Interlock Media Inc.
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Jonathan Schwartz
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $10,000

Creation and installation of historical markers for a walking tour at the location of the former Northampton State Hospital.

Northampton Historical Commission
Northampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Tom Riddell
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Shelburne Falls, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

"Spirit of Place" Community EventMary Lyon Foundation, Inc.more

A day-long community event on the subject of im/migration and a sense of place in Western Massachusetts.

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

project director: Sheila Damkoehler
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Vineyard Haven, MA, Dukes County

Teen Education Through FilmMartha's Vineyard Film Societymore

Six history curriculum-related film screenings with discussions led by invited guests for students from Martha's Vineyard Regional High School and Martha's Vineyard Public Charter School.

Martha's Vineyard Film Society
Vineyard Haven, MA, Dukes County

project director: Jessica Johnson
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $3,000

A public presentation, a bilingual article for publication, an online repository of research, and a virtual walking tour on HistoryPin.com related to an exhibit regarding the social history of publishing, reading, and community engagement with the written word in Chinatown.

Chinese Historical Society of New England
Boston, MA, Suffolk County

project director: Diane O'Donoghue
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $5,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Lee, MA, Berkshire County

The Bakelite Masterpiece "Truth and Reconciliation" Audience Enrichment ProjectWAM Theatremore

Audience enrichment sessions and talkbacks for the company's production of "The Bakelite Masterpiece."

WAM Theatre
Lee, MA, Berkshire County

project director: Kristen van Ginhoven
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $5,000

Development of a research-based plan designed to support small historical organizations in participating in a new statewide Commonwealth Historical Collaborative online archive.

Pioneer Valley History Network
Deerfield, MA, Franklin County

project director: Penni Martorell
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $5,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
West Chesterfield, MA, Hampshire County

Learning Ahead: Community-Based Cultural ItinerariesHilltown Familiesmore

A year-long project to produce six digital compilations of regional events to expand the popular Hilltown Families website.

Hilltown Families
West Chesterfield, MA, Hampshire County

project director: Sienna Wildfield
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $10,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County

Enhancing Families Through LiteratureBerkshire County Head Startmore

Implementation of two series (in 2016 and 2017) of the Enhancing Families Through Literature program with families involved with Berkshire Family and Probate Court.

Berkshire County Head Start
Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County

project director: Stacy Parsons
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $8,000
Project Grant
Brewster, MA, Barnstable County

Cape Cod Fishing ProjectCape Cod Repertory Theatermore

Creation of a theatre piece that will also produce an oral history of the fishing and environmental communities on Cape Cod.

Cape Cod Repertory Theater
Brewster, MA, Barnstable County

project director: Alison Weller
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $5,000
Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County

Housing for All? ConversationsCambridge Historical Societymore

A series of community conversations about affordable housing in Cambridge, based on citizen-conducted research and talks with experts and stake holders.

Cambridge Historical Society
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County

project director: Marieke Van Damme
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $7,000

Planning for a new core exhibit for the museum on the subject of local history.

Westford Museum
Westford, MA, Middlesex County

project director: Penny Lacroix
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Deerfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

Food for ChangePocumtuck Valley Memorial Associationmore

Distribution of the film "Food For Change" and the development of discussion materials.

Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association
Deerfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Steven Alves
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $5,000

A year of professional development activities for area humanities high school teachers about teaching the human and social consequences to violent conflicts and approaches to peaceful conflict resolution.

William Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Con
Boston, MA, Suffolk County

project director: Alan Stoskopf
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Lexington, MA, Middlesex County

18th Century Social MediaLexington Historical Societymore

Support for an interactive exhibit that features Revolutionary War era communications systems in comparison and contrast with today's social and communications media in Buckman Tavern, one of the gathering and planning places for the Lexington militia .

Lexington Historical Society
Lexington, MA, Middlesex County

project director: Susan J. Bennett
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $5,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Brockton, MA, Plymouth County

Campello Village: Sunday in the Park with GeorgeBrockton Historical Societymore

Creation of a "pop-up" historic Campello Village neighborhood in George E. Keith Park in Brockton.

Brockton Historical Society
Brockton, MA, Plymouth County

project director: Lynn Smith
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $6,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Springfield, MA, Hampden County

Reading Changes LivesArise for Social Justicemore

A two-part literature-based workshop series for women incarcerated at the Women's Correctional Center in Chicopee.

Arise for Social Justice
Springfield, MA, Hampden County

project director: Gretchen Krull
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $10,000

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