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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.  

 
 
Scholar in Residence Grant
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

Listening to Change on Working WaterfrontCommunity Economic Development Centermore

Development of a thematic and comprehensive understanding of facilitated discussion with the fishing community recorded since 2004 on the Narrative Stage and preparation of the materials for archival storage and public access.

Community Economic Development Center
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: Laura Orleans
awarded on: 2014-03-31
amount: $3,000
Project Grant
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Worcester Revolution 1774Worcester Historical Museummore

A county-wide reenactment of the events of September, 1774, when the local British government was overthrown by weaponless militiamen.

Worcester Historical Museum
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Bill D. Wallace
awarded on: 2013-12-13
amount: $10,000
Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant
Conway, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

Poverty, Place, Disability & Mutual AidStraight Ahead Picturesmore

An online exhibit and curriculum unit to be developed within the existing Disability History Museum website using the story of Anne Sullivan (Hellen Keller's famous teacher and Agawam, MA, resident) to tell the story of disability rights and poverty advocacy.

Straight Ahead Pictures
Conway, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Laurie Block
awarded on: 2013-12-13
amount: $10,000

A residency to produce the local history theatre piece Mill, Mountain, River: A Child's Eye View of Olde Colraine alongside third and fourth graders in Colrain, MA. The play tells the story of child workers in the Griswoldville factories and will be produced over two weeks and presented publicly as well as to the school community.

Fractured Atlas
New York, NY, New York County

project director: Jonathan Mirin
awarded on: 2013-12-13
amount: $4,150
Project Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Boston Muslim Film FestivalAmerican Islamic Congressmore

Support for speakers, scholars, and publicity materials for the seventh annual Boston Muslim Film Festival.

American Islamic Congress
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Edina Skaljic
awarded on: 2013-12-13
amount: $4,900

Two four-day summer institutes for 60 Boston-area teachers. The institutes are loosely organized around the theme of women in African American history.

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

project director: L'Merchie Frazier
awarded on: 2013-12-13
amount: $10,000
Project Grant
Hull, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

Stony Beach Outdoor InterpretationHull Lifesaving Museum, Inc.more

Production and installation of outdoors signage to help visitors interpret the history of the precarious entrance to Boston Harbor as viewed from Stony Beach in Hull, including the stories of pilots, lifesavers, lighthouse keepers and more.

Hull Lifesaving Museum, Inc.
Hull, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

project director: Victoria Stevens
awarded on: 2013-12-13
amount: $5,000
Project: Media Grant
Yellow Springs, OH, Greene County

9 to 5 ProjectCMP Inc.more

Pre-production of a one hour television documentary on the untold story of women clerical workers organizing for pay equity, advancement, and recognition. The 9 to 5 Project addresses a significant aspect of feminist social movement history in the U.S. and raises important questions about labor history.

CMP Inc.
Yellow Springs, OH, Greene County

project director: Julia Reichert
awarded on: 2013-12-13
amount: $10,000

Production of a short film about historical discrimination against the Irish in Lowell. Lowell's "Irish Problem": The Town Vote to Fund a School for the Irish will be incorporated into fourth grade curricula.

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

project director: Kristin Gallas
awarded on: 2013-12-13
amount: $5,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Jamaica Plain, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Engaging Student Audiences with PlaybillsTheatre Espressomore

Creation of multi-lingual playbills for the company's Road to Tolerance cycle of five plays, to be presented to Boston Public School students.

Theatre Espresso
Jamaica Plain, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Wendy Lement
awarded on: 2013-12-13
amount: $10,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Counting the PeopleNorman B. Leventhal Map Centermore

Development and implementation a multi-lingual exhibit of census-based maps of Boston telling the story of recent immigration in the city.

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

project director: Michelle LeBlanc
awarded on: 2013-12-13
amount: $9,707
Project: Media Grant
Walpole, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

SeamsCenter For Independent Documentarymore

Support for development of the film Seams, a poetic oral history of women's experiences of the conflict between Britain and Ireland.

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

project director: Carolyn Lewis
awarded on: 2013-12-13
amount: $10,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Northampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

The Mildred FilesNorthampton Academy of Music, Inc.more

Production of a new, original play, The Mildred Files about a scandal involving the Academy's past interim director. The performance is part of the Academy's Women's Work Initiative, a multi-year series of events and productions focused on women in the performing arts.

Northampton Academy of Music, Inc.
Northampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Debra J'Anthony
awarded on: 2013-12-13
amount: $5,000
Discussion: Reading Grant
Barnstable, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

Odd Couples: Literary Feuds, Friendships and Falling-outsSturgis Librarymore

A four-part reading and discussion group exploring the works of four pairs of authors who were known to have a complicated relationship with one another.

Sturgis Library
Barnstable, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Antonia Stephens
awarded on: 2013-11-21
amount: $500
Research Inventory Grant
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

City of Lowell Division of Planning & Development CollectionLowell Historical Societymore

Preservation of the City of Lowell Division of Planning and Development Collection.

Lowell Historical Society
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

project director: Martha Mayo
awarded on: 2013-06-21
amount: $1,500
Project Grant
Melrose, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

"The American Media Revolution" Archival CollectionFilmmakers Collaborativemore

An on-line exhibit and archive of images, film clips and sound files related to the early years of WBCN FM in Boston and protest movements on Boston Common.

Filmmakers Collaborative
Melrose, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

project director: Bill Lichtenstein
awarded on: 2013-06-21
amount: $5,000
Project: Media Grant
Whitinsville, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Whitin DocumentaryValleyCASTmore

A pre-production grant to ValleyCAST for a script and trailer for a documentary about the Whitin family's mills in Whitinsville, MA and the employees in this company town.

ValleyCAST
Whitinsville, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Heather J. Riley
awarded on: 2013-06-21
amount: $10,000
Project Grant
Concord, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Robbins House Exhibit Planning & Development GrantDrinking Gourd Project, Inc.more

Core exhibit planning for the Robbins House, a home built by the son of slavery survivor and Revolutionary War veteran Caesar Robbins in the early 1800s.

Drinking Gourd Project, Inc.
Concord, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Linda Ziemba
awarded on: 2013-06-21
amount: $5,000
Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Re-Visioning Tomorrow: Emancipation for a New CenturyWilliam Monroe Trotter Center for Black Culture and Historymore

A series of six staged readings of plays from August Wilson's ten-play cycle about the lives of African Americans in the decades of the twentieth century.

William Monroe Trotter Center for Black Culture and History
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Barbara Lewis
awarded on: 2013-06-21
amount: $10,000
Project: Media Grant
Auburndale, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Reflections on RaceThe Mirror of Race Project, Inc.more

Support for a script and trailer for a documentary film about the meaning of race in America.

The Mirror of Race Project, Inc.
Auburndale, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Gregory Fried
awarded on: 2013-06-21
amount: $10,000

Design and fabrication of a display about the varied career and entrepreneurship of Paul Revere.

Paul Revere Memorial Association
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Nina Zannieri
awarded on: 2013-06-21
amount: $5,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Du Bois in Our TimeUniversity Museum of Contemporary Artmore

Springfield-based programs featuring artists whose new work about the vision of W.E.B. Du Bois will be exhibited at the Umass Amherst Museum of Contemporary Art.

University Museum of Contemporary Art
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Eva Fierst
awarded on: 2013-06-21
amount: $7,500
Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant
Albany, NY, Albany County

Agreeing to Disagree: Civility in Public DiscourseWAMCmore

Three one-hour radio segments taking a look at civility (and the lack thereof) in public discourse.

WAMC
Albany, NY, Albany County

project director: Joe Donahue
awarded on: 2013-06-21
amount: $10,000
Project Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

1763 Peace of Paris Project Public ProgrammingBostonian Societymore

French-Canadian historical re-enactors take part in a public commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the treaty that ended the French and Indian Wars.

Bostonian Society
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Donald C. Carleton
awarded on: 2013-06-21
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Lee, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

Emilie: The Marquise de Chatelet Defends Her Life TonightWAM Theatremore

WAM Theatre
Lee, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Kristen van Ginhoven
awarded on: 2013-06-21
amount: $9,980
Project Grant
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Carnaval!Worcester Center for Craftsmore

An exhibit and programs exploring the history and culture of Carnival in eight communities in Europe and the Americas.

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

project director: Honee Hess
awarded on: 2013-06-21
amount: $5,000

A video installation about how Old Ironsides was built by skilled boatwrights, focusing on the all important axe.

USS Constitution Museum
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director:
awarded on: 2013-06-21
amount: $3,849
Project Grant
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Boston Book Festival 2013Boston Book Festival, Inc.more

Three days of varied programs with multiple literary collaborators including authors of national repute.

Boston Book Festival, Inc.
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Norah Piehl
awarded on: 2013-06-21
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Northampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Academy of Music Play DevelopmentNorthampton Academy of Music, Inc.more

Development of a play that tackles issues in the history of women's work, based on the life of the strong-willed Mildred E. Walker, box office manager at the Academy whose controversial promotion to interim manager became the occasion of a scandal, criminal accusations, and the loss of her job.

Northampton Academy of Music, Inc.
Northampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Debra J'Anthony
awarded on: 2013-03-15
amount: $2,000
Project Grant
Framingham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Civil War Teacher Training WorkshopFramingham History Centermore

A three-day workshop to introduce local teachers to the significant Civil War resources at the Center, and work with them in preparing to create lesson plans on the topic.

Framingham History Center
Framingham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Annie Murphy
awarded on: 2013-03-15
amount: $5,000

Research into and documentation of the land use history of Hawk Valley Farm (1664), a five-acre conservation property that is still occupied by the descendants of the settlers.

Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

project director: Jane Calvin
awarded on: 2013-03-15
amount: $3,000
Scholar in Residence Grant
Westport, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

Elizabeth Cadman WhiteWestport Historical Societymore

Research into the life of Elizabeth Cadman White (1685-1768), one of the first owners of the 1710 Cadman-White-Handy House, and her social, cultural, economic, and political environment.

Westport Historical Society
Westport, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: Jenny O'Neill
awarded on: 2013-03-15
amount: $3,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Unlearning the Language of ViolenceVeterans Education Projectmore

Community conversations about violence in America by way of a series of public events, lectures, panels, oral history, film, literature, radio interviews or "town meetings," and online outreach.

Veterans Education Project
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Susan Leary
awarded on: 2013-03-15
amount: $10,000
Public Squared Grant
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Roots of Liberty: The Haitian Revolution and the American Civil WarCentral Square Theatermore

Community conversations and other interactive programming around the production of a historical pageant commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. The pageant will be focused on the Haitian Revolution (a defining moment in the history of slavery in the Americas) and the larger-than-life figure of Haitian liberator Toussaint Louverture.

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

project director: Debra Wise
awarded on: 2013-03-15
amount: $24,990
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

Poetry Lifts LiteracyThe Literacy Projectmore

The introduction of 75 adult basic education students to literature through poetry workshops that will culminate in a reading alongside nationally and regionally known poets at the fourth annual Greenfield Annual Word Festival.

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

project director: Judith Roberts
awarded on: 2013-03-15
amount: $8,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Nantucket, MA, Nantucket County (Cape & Islands)

New Voices: Nantucket's Diverse Immigrant PopulationNantucket Historical Associationmore

A complex and multifaceted oral history project to record the new voices and life histories of recent immigrants to the island.

Nantucket Historical Association
Nantucket, MA, Nantucket County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Betsy S. Tyler
awarded on: 2013-03-15
amount: $5,000

Six public events-in the Berkshires, Roxbury, Cambridge, Medford, Watertown and Worcester-that explore the unfinished business of the Civil War and the civil rights era.

The Tracing Center on Histories and Legacies of Slavery
Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Margo Varea
awarded on: 2013-03-15
amount: $10,000
Project Grant
North Andover, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

Harvest of Voices - Cuentos de LawrenceMerrimack Collegemore

A community-based oral history/musical theatre project drawn from personal interviews within the Latino community in Lawrence, collected by Spanish-speaking students at Merrimack College, and dramatized by playwright Jose Cruz Gonzalez.

Merrimack College
North Andover, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Joseph Kelley
awarded on: 2013-03-15
amount: $5,000
Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant
Fitchburg, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Farenheit 451: "If I had to Choose..." and "Who Gets to Choose..."Fitchburg State Universitymore

Two-months of community programming on the history and contemporary role of censorship in our society, using Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451" as the centerpiece.

Fitchburg State University
Fitchburg, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Mary C. Durling
awarded on: 2013-03-15
amount: $10,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Gloucester, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

CAM ConnectionsCape Ann Museummore

Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester will bring reproductions of regional landscape paintings from the Museum collection to seniors in care facilities in and around Gloucester, and also to support field trips for these seniors to the museum.

Cape Ann Museum
Gloucester, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Peggy Cahill
awarded on: 2013-03-15
amount: $10,000

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