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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.  

 
 

Production of an 80-minute documentary featuring footage from more than 50 oral-history interviews of elderly Lenox residents to mark the town's 250th anniversary.

Lenox Library Association
Lenox, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Judy Seaman
awarded on: 2015-06-20
amount: $3,542
Reading Frederick Douglass Together Grant
Lynn, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

5th Annual Reading Frederick Douglass at High Rock Tower ParkNew Lynn Coalitionmore

Support for a public reading of Frederick Douglass' famous Fourth of July oratory as part of the Mass Humanities Reading Frederick Douglass program.

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

project director: Wendy Joseph
awarded on: 2015-06-19
amount: $500
Project: Media Grant
Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Techung: Bone of the Heart documentary filmDocumentary Educational Resourcesmore

Preproduction work on a documentary covering the role of music in the maintaining of cultural identity among Tibetan exiles.

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

project director: Marilyn D. Pennell
awarded on: 2015-06-19
amount: $9,310
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Holyoke, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

Nuestras Abuelas - Our GrandmothersWistariahurst Museum Association, Incmore

A bilingual exhibit on Latino heritage created in consultation with Holyoke residents and focused on the relationships of the subjects with their grandmothers.

Wistariahurst Museum Association, Inc
Holyoke, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

project director: Penni Martorell
awarded on: 2015-06-19
amount: $6,200
Project Grant
Shelburne Falls, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

Hilltowns History Conference and Fair - Hooked on HistoryMary Lyon Foundation, Inc.more

A local history day at Mohawk Trail Regional High School uniting teachers, students, and the public with local history organizations.

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

project director: Sheila Damkoehler
awarded on: 2015-06-19
amount: $5,000
Research Inventory Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Harry H. Dow Legal Case FilesChinese Historical Society of New Englandmore

Inventory, translation, and assessment of client files from the Harry H. Dow papers archived at the Suffolk Law School Library.

Chinese Historical Society of New England
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Susan Chinsen
awarded on: 2015-06-19
amount: $1,500
Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Domestic Workers and Employers: Exploring the Realities of Work, Family, Care and CommunityMataHari: Eye of the Daymore

A multimedia oral history project with workers and employers about the MA Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, including two public events.

MataHari: Eye of the Day
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Moniqe Nguyen
awarded on: 2015-06-19
amount: $10,000
Project Grant
Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

2015 Speaker SeriesSpringfield Public Forummore

Support for the 80th season of the speaker series, consisting of five free public lectures.

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

project director: Michelle Morash
awarded on: 2015-06-19
amount: $5,000
Project: Media Grant
Wellesley, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

VIETNAM: Not the War - The Post WarIndochina Arts Partnershipmore

Creation of a trailer, script, and fundraising plan for a one-hour documentary film by Bestor Cram about the post-war realities in Vietnam and American veterans' ongoing involvement there.

Indochina Arts Partnership
Wellesley, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: C. David Thomas
awarded on: 2015-06-19
amount: $10,000

A four-day themed film festival on intergenerational immigrant experiences.

Asian American Resource Workshop
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Susan Chinsen
awarded on: 2015-06-19
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
South Hadley, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New WorldSilverthorne Theater Company Inc.more

Production of a play by Yussef El Guindi, post-performance talks with the playwright, and a free, public symposium on the role of the arts in challenging stereotypes.

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

project director: J. Lucinda Kidder
awarded on: 2015-06-19
amount: $2,900
Project: Media Grant
Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

The Portuguese KitchenWGBY TV 57more

Creation of a five-to-twelve minute pilot video about Portuguese cuisine and its history hosted by Manny Lopes of "Cooking with Dad TV."

WGBY TV 57
Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

project director: Harold Wolfe
awarded on: 2015-06-19
amount: $5,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Driving to the American Dream: Citizenship at the WheelWilliam Monroe Trotter Center for Black Culture and Historymore

A reading, discussion, and performance program for Boston cab drivers based on Dmitry Samarov's Where To?

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

project director: Barbara Lewis
awarded on: 2015-06-19
amount: $9,848
Project Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Stem to Stern: Building CONSTITUTIONUSS Constitution Museummore

A short film featuring an animation of the 1790s building of the USS Constitution, to be shown while Old Ironsides is in dry dock and can be seen in her entirety.

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

project director: Robert Kiihne
awarded on: 2015-06-19
amount: $5,000

A community art and discussion project that will engage former chair manufacturing workers in producing 400 copies of eleven oral histories recorded in 2009, after the closing of the city's last chair manufacturer.

The Gardner Museum, Inc.
Gardner, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Tracie Pouliot
awarded on: 2015-06-19
amount: $4,000
Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

Lowell's Irish Problem: The Town Vote to Establish a School for the IrishTsongas Industrial History Centermore

Production of a 3-minute film that is to provide background for Tsongas Center interactive civic activity that focuses on immigration.

Tsongas Industrial History Center
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

project director: Kristin Gallas
awarded on: 2015-06-19
amount: $5,000
Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant
Salem, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

Exploring Effective Interpretation of Northern Slavery and its LegaciesEssex National Heritage Commissionmore

A one-day symposium familiarizing regional historic and cultural resource organizations with the history and legacy of slavery in the north and helping them develop programming and materials.

Essex National Heritage Commission
Salem, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Beth Beringer
awarded on: 2015-06-19
amount: $4,630
Project Grant
Oak Bluffs, MA, Dukes County (Cape & Islands)

1854...a folk operaU.S. Slave Song Projectmore

Writing of the libretto of a "folk opera" about the mid-nineteenth-century African American experience on Martha's Vineyard.

U.S. Slave Song Project
Oak Bluffs, MA, Dukes County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Jack Schimmelman
awarded on: 2015-06-19
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

earth.sky mobile exhibitionMount Auburn Cemeterymore

Creation of two short films by Roberto Mighty featuring historical figures, their monuments, and the cemetery landscape, to be included in a series of twenty shorts that will be the basis of a walking tour mobile app.

Mount Auburn Cemetery
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Bree Harvey
awarded on: 2015-06-19
amount: $5,000

Research and fabrication of six historical plaques, to be awarded to property owners for their efforts in maintaining the historical integrity and condition of their property.

The Preservation Society of Fall River
Fall River, MA, Bristol County

project director: Jim Soule
awarded on: 2015-06-19
amount: $2,500
Project: Media Grant
Walpole, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

DAWNLAND short filmsCenter For Independent Documentarymore

Short-film social media efforts to support the creation and distribution of the full-length documentary film DAWNLAND, about the Maine Wabanaki-State Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission.

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

project director: Adam Mazo
awarded on: 2015-06-19
amount: $10,000

Development of an educational website about the history of the commercial fishing industry in New Bedford, providing online access to oral histories and other materials gathered by the Working Waterfront Festival.

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

project director: Laura Orleans
awarded on: 2015-06-16
amount: $5,000
Reading Frederick Douglass Together Grant
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Frederick Douglass Communal ReadingWorcester Roots Projectmore

Support for a public reading of Frederick Douglass' famous Fourth of July oratory as part of the Mass Humanities Reading Frederick Douglass program.

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

project director: Cedric Arno
awarded on: 2015-06-03
amount: $500
Reading Frederick Douglass Together Grant
Brockton, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

Many Languages, One Collective Voice: We Read Frederick Douglass as One CommunityCity of Brocktonmore

Support for a public reading of Frederick Douglass' famous Fourth of July oratory as part of the Mass Humanities Reading Frederick Douglass program.

City of Brockton
Brockton, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

project director: Lynn Smith
awarded on: 2015-05-19
amount: $500
Scholar in Residence Grant
Hatfield, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Understanding Early 20th Century Medical Care in HatfieldHatfield Historical Societymore

Examination and interpretation of Hatfield Historical Museum's medical collection from the early 1900s, focusing on Dr. Charles A. Byrne.

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

project director: Kathie Gow
awarded on: 2015-03-20
amount: $3,000

A convention of Native groups in Boston, Worcester, Cape Cod Islands, South Coast, and Amherst in roundtable discussions envisioning a new social contract between the Commonwealth and its Native peoples.

Institute for New England Native American Studies
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Cedric Woods
awarded on: 2015-03-20
amount: $10,000

A conversation between jazz legend Archie Shepp and students from Science and Technology of Springfield and Holyoke High Schools on how social and political current events impact the direction of contemporary music.

Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts
Holyoke, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

project director: Stephen Burrell
awarded on: 2015-03-20
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Lawrence, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

Reel Talk Film SeriesLawrence Community Worksmore

A three-part moderated film-and-discussion program with underserved Lawrence youth.

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

project director: Jared Ravreby
awarded on: 2015-03-20
amount: $4,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Provincetown, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

Provincetown Theater, Then and Now - Centennial Humanities ProgramProvincetown Theater Foundationmore

Multi-lingual playbill essays and study for local high schools and community college classes illuminating the relationship between the Provincetown Playhouse's famous founders and the Portuguese fishing community on the theater's 100th anniversary.

Provincetown Theater Foundation
Provincetown, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Margaret Van Sant
awarded on: 2015-03-20
amount: $5,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Williamstown, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

Project eLEVateMCLA Foundationmore

Support for a summer youth program as part of the Biannual Lift Ev'ry Voice Festival, focused on African-American identity in the Berkshires as well as the history and question of civil rights.

MCLA Foundation
Williamstown, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Don Q. Kelley
awarded on: 2015-03-20
amount: $10,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Civic Awareness and Opportunities for Young Males of Color to Refine 21st Century SkillsFletcher Maynard Academymore

A program engaging 25 young black men from grades three through five in nominating the home of local hero Suzanne Revaleon Green for inclusion on the African American Heritage Trail in Cambridge.

Fletcher Maynard Academy
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Robin Harris
awarded on: 2015-03-20
amount: $10,000
Project Grant
Northampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Digging Northampton's History - A Community Archaeology ProjectHistoric Northamptonmore

An archaeological dig at the 1719 Parsons House, to which area third and fourth grade students and the public will be invited.

Historic Northampton
Northampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Linda Ziegenbein
awarded on: 2015-03-20
amount: $5,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Taunton, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

A Most Commodius Store: N.H. Skinner and CompanyOld Colony Historical Societymore

Support for an exhibit to focus on the Skinner department store in downtown Taunton at the turn of the twentieth century as part of the Society's revitalized community engagement efforts.

Old Colony Historical Society
Taunton, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: Katie MacDonald
awarded on: 2015-03-20
amount: $5,000
Project: Social Media Outreach Grant
Melrose, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

Touching Home in China: in search of missing girlhoodsFilmmakers Collaborativemore

Support for a social media campaign to launch a multimedia electronic book depicting the history of China's One-Child Policy and the experiences of two adopted Chinese-American girls who visited their place of birth.

Filmmakers Collaborative
Melrose, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

project director: Melissa Ludtke
awarded on: 2015-03-20
amount: $10,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

Sharing Our Stories: Sharing Our LivesThe Literacy Projectmore

Memoir writing workshops for 75 adult basic education students in five western Massachusetts classrooms.

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

project director: Judith Roberts
awarded on: 2015-03-20
amount: $9,750
Project Grant
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

Mill Girls of Lowell Photovoice ProjectGirls Incorporated of Greater Lowellmore

Support for programs for girls 10 and older learning about the famous Lowell Mill Girls through history lessons, site visits, and walking-and-photography tours.

Girls Incorporated of Greater Lowell
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

project director: Jennifer Demers
awarded on: 2015-03-20
amount: $5,000
Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant
Athol, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Farm Values: Civic Agriculture at the CrossroadsMount Grace Land Conservation Trustmore

Support for the development of an educational and informational program focusing on the economic and civic history of local agriculture by telling the stories of 6 farms in 6 towns in the region served by the Trust.

Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust
Athol, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Jamie Pottern
awarded on: 2015-03-20
amount: $10,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Pirates, Shipwrecks and Ghosts of Boston HarborSave the Harbor/Save the Baymore

Training of the summer program staff to engage new audiences in humanities storytelling about Boston Harbor and its historical denizens.

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Bruce Berman
awarded on: 2015-03-20
amount: $10,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Brockton, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

"Stride Toward Freedom" Together: Connecting Brockton's Diversity by Exploring Our Common GroundCity of Brocktonmore

A community conversation on historic approaches to social contract negotiation and achieving citizen rights and freedoms, and signage marking approaches to the subject by notable historical figures.

City of Brockton
Brockton, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

project director: Lynn Smith
awarded on: 2015-03-20
amount: $10,000

11th graders' dramatic reading of the voices of selected human rights leaders in a theatrical performance of "Voices From Beyond the Dark" by Ariel Dorfman.

Four Rivers Charter School
Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Susan Durkee
awarded on: 2015-03-20
amount: $2,500

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