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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.  

 
 
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
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Frederick Douglass Communal ReadingFuture Focus Mediamore

A scripted mock trial and post-performance discussion and the seventh annual communal reading of Douglass's 1852 speech on the Worcester Commons.

Future Focus Media
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Cedric Arno
awarded on: 2017-05-08
amount: $500
Discussion: Open Grant
Roxbury, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Reflections on Race in America: Then and NowUnitarian Universalist Urban Ministrymore

One a communal reading of Rev. Martin Luther King's Riverside Church speech, Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence, and the other a screening of the documentary Passage at St. Augustine: The 1964 Black Lives Matter Movement That Transformed America to be followed by a discussion between filmmaker Clennon King and long-time civil rights leader Mimi Jones.

Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry
Roxbury, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Mary M. Earl
awarded on: 2017-05-08
amount: $3,500
Discussion: Civil Rights Grant
Roxbury, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Hollis Watkins: Sankofa of a Movement ManUnion Capital Bostonmore

A presentation by Hollis Watkins, author, civil rights leader, and founder of Southern Echo, Inc., on the civil rights themes of the last 50 years and the challenges of today.

Union Capital Boston
Roxbury, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Eric Leslie
awarded on: 2017-05-08
amount: $450
Discussion: Open Grant
South Hadley, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Ta Voix Poete (Your VOice Poet), by Jean Dany JoachimSilverthorne Theater Company Inc.more

Two performances of Jean Dany Joachim's Ta Voix Poete and post-performance scholar-facilitated discussions.

Silverthorne Theater Company Inc.
South Hadley, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: J. Lucinda Kidder
awarded on: 2017-05-08
amount: $2,275
Discussion: FAIR Grant
Sharon, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

Family Adventures in ReadingSharon Public Librarymore

A six-session Family Adventures in Reading series using the syllabus on Relationships with storyteller Karen Chace.

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

project director: Jessica Henderson
awarded on: 2017-05-08
amount: $3,000
Discussion: Civil Rights Grant
Lynn, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

Reading Frederick Douglass at High Rock TowerNew Lynn Coalitionmore

The 7th annual communal reading of "What is the Fourth of July to the Slave?" on July 4th. Evening entertainment will include musical and dance performances, spoken word, and fireworks.

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

project director: Wendy Joseph
awarded on: 2017-05-08
amount: $500
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
Discussion: Open Grant
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

No Human is Illegal: A Conversation on Immigrants and the American IdeaWorcester Interfaithmore

Part of the city's Clemente Course in the Humanities to sponsor a public poetry reading and conversation with poet Naomi Shihab Nye on defining the place of immigrants in the American idea.

Worcester Interfaith
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Lucia Knoles
awarded on: 2017-05-08
amount: $2,812
Discussion: Open Grant
Aquinnah, MA, Dukes County (Cape & Islands)

Our Story: 400 Years of Wampanoag HistoryAquinnah Cultural Centermore

A series of three discussions moderated by Linda Coombs and Paula Peters based on the interactive "Our Story" exhibit of Wampanoag history, along with the Mashpee Nine book/film.

Aquinnah Cultural Center
Aquinnah, MA, Dukes County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Linda Coombs
awarded on: 2017-05-08
amount: $1,618
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

The New American SongbookThe Ground Truth Projectmore

A series of audio documentaries using live radio broadcasts and listening events provoking discussion on the value of immigrant music, culture, and experience for the social life of the Commonwealth.

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

project director: Charles Sennott
awarded on: 2017-03-17
amount: $15,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Springfield, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Stories from New Voices: NEPR Media LabNew England Public Radiomore

Three sessions of a free after-school program in journalism, radio/web production, and storytelling for high-school students in Springfield and Holyoke.

New England Public Radio
Springfield, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Carlos McBride
awarded on: 2017-03-17
amount: $15,000
Project Grant
Lawrence, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

Photos de NosotrosLawrence Community Worksmore

A youth-led community development project investigating identities in Lawrence through research, photography, and documentation.

Lawrence Community Works
Lawrence, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Anna Elzer
awarded on: 2017-03-17
amount: $6,095
Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant
Longmeadow, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

Transforming this MomentCritical Connectionsmore

A series of conversations exploring threats to civil rights and liberties of vulnerable communities, effective responses, and how such threats affect the country's social fabric.

Critical Connections
Longmeadow, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

project director: Mehlaqa Samdani
awarded on: 2017-03-17
amount: $5,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

Hip History NBCommunity Foundation of Southeastern MAmore

A local history and interpretation project using creative approaches like hip-hop for students at three area middle schools.

Community Foundation of Southeastern MA
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: Candace L. Heald
awarded on: 2017-03-17
amount: $9,115

A project including a summer camp for middle-school students and professional development workshops for Springfield teachers,

Western Masssachusetts Writing Project at UMass Amherst
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Bruce Penniman
awarded on: 2017-03-17
amount: $7,500
Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant
Concord, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

The Robbins House, Inc.: The Long Civil Rights MovementThe Robbins Housemore

Development of a multimedia, interactive educational program about civil rights from slavery to the present day,

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

project director: Linda Ziemba
awarded on: 2017-03-17
amount: $15,000

An exhibition, a lecture series, and a series of Community Conversations related to the impact of labor, servitude, and slavery over four centuries.

House of the Seven Gables
Salem, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Julie Arrison-Bishop
awarded on: 2017-03-17
amount: $5,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

Exploring Abolition, Activism and a Principled LifeRotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museummore

Research, historic documentation, interpretative writing about the house museum and its inhabitants.

Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: Kate Corkum
awarded on: 2017-03-17
amount: $5,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

International Day of Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its AbolitionMuseum of African American Historymore

A series of events in observance of the International Day of Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition.

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

project director: Marita Rivero
awarded on: 2017-03-17
amount: $7,500
Project: Media Grant
Chicago, IL, Cook County

Loyalty By Another NameKartemquin Educational Filmsmore

Pre-production of the one-hour documentary Loyalty By Another Name.

Kartemquin Educational Films
Chicago, IL, Cook County

project director: David Washburn
awarded on: 2017-03-17
amount: $10,000
Discussion: FAIR Grant
Plainville, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

Plainville Library and Bookstore FAIR TogetherPlainville Public Librarymore

A four-session FAIR series in partnership with a local bookstore.

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

project director: Laura Brillant-Giangrande
awarded on: 2017-02-06
amount: $2,150
Research Inventory Grant
Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

A Century of Work: Greenfield Employers and EmployeesGreenfield Historical Societymore

An inventory of artifacts from three local businesses and explore connections between skilled labor and buying power.

Greenfield Historical Society
Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Robin Yerkes
awarded on: 2017-02-06
amount: $1,500

A communal and choreographed reading of Frederick Douglass' speech, followed by conversation and musical performance in partnership with Double Edge Theatre.

Charlemont Federated Church
Charlemont, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Susan S. Purdy
awarded on: 2017-02-06
amount: $1,935

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