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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 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
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
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: Nichole 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
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
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
Discussion Grant
West Roxbury, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Shaping the Social Contract - Insights from the Women of Brook FarmNew Brook Farm, Inc.more

Two public events-moderated by Scholar Kerri Greenidge and held in Cambridge and in Roslindale-based on writings by the women of Brook Farm, a 19th-century transcendentalist community in Boston.

New Brook Farm, Inc.
West Roxbury, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Gretchen Dietz
awarded on: 2018-07-30
amount: $1,883
Discussion Grant
Bedford, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Literature and the Experience of WarEdith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospitalmore

A Literature & Medicine series, led by Scholar Ruth Rhode, at Bedford's local VA facility.

Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital
Bedford, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Mary Cutter
awarded on: 2018-07-30
amount: $1,450

A series of discussion-based events on local history and public health, inspired by Norwood's Great Flu Epidemic of 1918 and led by Scholar Patricia Fanning.

Morrill Memorial Library
Norwood, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Elizabeth Reed
awarded on: 2018-07-30
amount: $3,000
Discussion Grant
Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

Who are We? Literature & Medicine at Baystate HealthBaystate Health Systemsmore

A Literature & Medicine series, led by Scholar Kent Jacobson, at Baystate Medical Center.

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

project director: Bridget Gunn
awarded on: 2018-07-30
amount: $1,800

Research by Scholar Stephen O'Neill on 17th-century Plymouth Colony artifacts in order to produce a draft manuscript with photos, as well as a monograph and a public lecture.

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

project director: Bronson Michaud
awarded on: 2018-07-30
amount: $3,500

A three-part discussion series, led by Historian Bob Forrant, on immigration in the Lowell area.

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

project director: Robert Forrant
awarded on: 2018-07-30
amount: $3,500

Four moderated discussions to accompany performances of "The Burials", a play addressing gun violence in schools.

Firehouse Center for the Arts
Newburyport, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Colleen Cullen
awarded on: 2018-05-14
amount: $3,500

Two events celebrating the work and legacy of Frederick Douglass: a performed mock trial with a community discussion and Worcester's annual Reading Frederick Douglass event.

Worcester Roots Project
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Cedric Arno
awarded on: 2018-05-14
amount: $3,000

A four-part discussion series on influental works by Ella Baker, Lucy Stone, Dolores Huerta, and Ida B. Wells.

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

project director: Mary M. Earl
awarded on: 2018-05-14
amount: $3,500

A moderated discussion on Leigh Fought's recently published "Women in the World of Frederick Douglass", as well as Lynn's annual Reading Frederick Douglass event.

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

project director: Wendy Joseph
awarded on: 2018-05-14
amount: $3,500
Discussion Grant
Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

The MastheadsCity of Pittsfield Office of Cultural Developmentmore

A five-part lecture and discussion series on Pittsfield local history.

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

project director: Tessa Kelly
awarded on: 2018-05-14
amount: $3,500

A six-week reading and discussion series for children and their caregivers intended to provoke conversations on immigration.

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

project director: Jessica Henderson
awarded on: 2018-05-14
amount: $3,500

A public discussion, moderated by popular scholar and speaker Donovan Livingston, on the media's role in how equity and diversity are understood and addressed in schools.

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

project director: Anastasia Whalen
awarded on: 2018-05-14
amount: $3,040
Discussion Grant
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

Douglass Bicentennial: Visioning Anna DouglassNew Bedford Historical Societymore

A book group focused on Anna Douglass, in addition to New Bedford's annual "Reading Frederick Douglass" event.

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

project director: Lee Blake
awarded on: 2018-05-14
amount: $3,359

Plainfield's third annual "Reading Frederick Douglass" event in July as well as an October reading of (parts of) "The Constitution of the United States followed by moderated discussion.

Earthdance Creative Living Project, Inc.
Plainfield, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Erik Burcroff
awarded on: 2018-05-14
amount: $1,500

Brockton's annual "Reading Frederick Douglass" event offered in twelve languages this year.

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

project director: Madeline M. Smith
awarded on: 2018-05-14
amount: $500

A series of eleven discussion on "forgotten" episodes in women's history.

Falmouth Historical Society
Falmouth, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Mark Schmidt
awarded on: 2018-05-14
amount: $3,000
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

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