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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.  

 
 
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
Project Grant
Charlemont, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

Immigration: Proud Past, Troubled PresentCharlemont Federated Churchmore

A series of summer lectures offered by scholars, legal experts, and city officials, with contributions from recent immigrants to the Commonwealth on the history of immigration in the United States.

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

project director: Susan S. Purdy
awarded on: 2015-03-20
amount: $5,000
Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant
San Francisco, CA, San Francisco County

Community Bonds: Life Inside Immigration Detention in MassachusettsCommunity Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinementmore

Documentation of the stories of detained immigrants in six short audio/video pieces and to present those in four moderated community film-and-discussion programs.

Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement
San Francisco, CA, San Francisco County

project director: Christina Mansfield
awarded on: 2014-12-20
amount: $10,000
Project: Media Grant
Dennis Port, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

Stephano: The True Story of Shakespeare's ShipwreckCape Cod Community Media Centermore

Preproduction of "Stephano: The True Story of Shakespeare's Shipwreck," a film project that will trace the life of Mayflower passenger Stephen Hopkins as part of the Center's "Hit and Run History" series.

Cape Cod Community Media Center
Dennis Port, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Andrew G. Buckley
awarded on: 2014-12-20
amount: $10,000

Development of a trailer and a written treatment for a documentary about the security measure in American public schools of arming teachers.

Insight Productions
Marlboro, VT, Windham County

project director: Kate Way
awarded on: 2014-12-20
amount: $10,000

A one-day conference for staff members of New England's literary house museums, entitled Creative Spaces: The Preservation, Interpretation, and Future of Historic Literary Sites.

Emily Dickinson Museum
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Cindy Dickinson
awarded on: 2014-12-20
amount: $4,695

An exhibition timed to coincide with the 250th anniversary of Boston's resistance to the British Stamp Act of 1765, as well as a summer teachers' institute for teachers in the Boston Public School district.

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

project director: Michelle LeBlanc
awarded on: 2014-12-12
amount: $9,700
Project Grant
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

The Health of DemocracyCambridge Forummore

A series of six public conversations, entitled The Health of Democracy, that examine the proper role of government in promoting the general welfare of its citizens as well as shaping and overseeing the nation's social contract.

Cambridge Forum
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Patricia Suhrcke
awarded on: 2014-12-10
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Newton, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

The Great War Theatre Company: Messengers of a Bitter TruthTC Squared Theatre Companymore

Performances of the play, "The Great War Theatre Company: Messengers of Bitter Truth," at Boston area high schools.

TC Squared Theatre Company
Newton, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Susan Werbe
awarded on: 2014-12-10
amount: $3,500
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

The Mr. g ProjectCentral Square Theatermore

Community humanities programming to complement the play, "Mr g," for underserved youth and young and working adults, including faith-based communities of color.

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

project director: Debra Wise
awarded on: 2014-12-10
amount: $10,000

Development and implementation of an exhibit with programming focusing on Portuguese immigration to Lowell, beginning in the early twentieth century.

Saab-Pedroso Center for Portuguese Culture and Research
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

project director: Frank Sousa
awarded on: 2014-12-10
amount: $5,000
Discussion: Reading Grant
Barnstable, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

Shaking Two Nickels Together: A Literary Perspective on Impoverishment and Income InequalitySturgis Librarymore

Reading and discussion group centered around the theme of income inequality.

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

project director: Antonia Stephens
awarded on: 2014-12-02
amount: $1,000
Research Inventory Grant
Charlestown, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Appalachian Mountain Club Historical Photograph Digitization ProjectAppalachian Mountain Clubmore

Scanning and inventory 1,000 photographic prints of New Englanders enjoying the outdoors between 1930-1950.

Appalachian Mountain Club
Charlestown, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Rebecca Fullerton
awarded on: 2014-06-20
amount: $1,500
Research Inventory Grant
Northborough, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Proctor Comb and Button Manufacturing InventoryNorthborough Historical Societymore

Inventory of 12 boxes of artifacts and records from the Proctor Comb and Button Manufacturing Company, a significant industry in the town from the mid-1800s into the early 1900s.

Northborough Historical Society
Northborough, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Ellen Racine
awarded on: 2014-06-20
amount: $1,500
Research Inventory Grant
Westminster, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Gardner's Colony for the Insane: A Story to TellWestminster Historical Societymore

Inventory of negatives and photographs taken at Gardener's Colony for the Insane during the 1950s and 1960s and reproduce them in print for researchers and online for the public.

Westminster Historical Society
Westminster, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Elizabeth Hannula
awarded on: 2014-06-20
amount: $1,500
Project Grant
Foxborough, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

Family Reading ProgramFoxborough Regional Charter Schoolmore

A reading and discussion series for fathers and their five-to-nine year olds based on our Family Adventures in Reading program.

Foxborough Regional Charter School
Foxborough, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

project director: Karen Harris
awarded on: 2014-06-20
amount: $3,160

Research, design, and installation of Work + House, an exhibit focused on workers' housing in the city's industrial past that began with the paper and textile mills.

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

project director: Megan Whilden
awarded on: 2014-06-20
amount: $5,000
Public Squared Grant
New York, NY, New York County

James Baldwin Transmedia ProjectMaysles Institutemore

A series of six events combining film, live performances, and conversations with community leaders and humanities scholars on Baldwin's life, work, and message of equality.

Maysles Institute
New York, NY, New York County

project director: Karen Thorsen
awarded on: 2014-06-20
amount: $24,990
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Florence, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Sojourner Truth's FlorenceCommittee for Northampton, Inc.more

Transportation of 75 Commonwealth Academy students to Sojourner Truth's Florence abolition and slavery walking tour, which will also be overhauled with streamlined, age-appropriate educational materials and online resources.

Committee for Northampton, Inc.
Florence, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Terrence O'Toole
awarded on: 2014-06-20
amount: $9,248
Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture 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: 2014-06-20
amount: $10,000
Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

The A.R.T of Human RightsAmerican Repertory Theatremore

An extensive collaborative program exploring art and human rights, to be held as interactive seminars, theatrical productions and public conversations at the Loeb Drama Center and participating schools and organizations.

American Repertory Theatre
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Timothy P. McCarthy
awarded on: 2014-06-20
amount: $10,000
Project Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

The Golden DoorIn Good Companymore

Performances of a new musical play on the immigration history of Boston and honoraria for a humanities scholar and panelists for post-performance talk back in three communities.

In Good Company
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Kay Dunlap
awarded on: 2014-06-20
amount: $3,970

A summer school for budding archaeologists from underserved area high schools.

Sons and Daughters of Hawley, Inc.
Hawley, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: John F. Sears
awarded on: 2014-06-20
amount: $4,334
Project Grant
Deerfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" in a new adaptation.Old Deerfield Productions, Inc.more

Production of two performances of an adaptation of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" with performances at Springfield Historical Museum and including an educational outreach component to include Springfield youth participants and play development workshops in Greenfield.

Old Deerfield Productions, Inc.
Deerfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Linda McInerney
awarded on: 2014-06-20
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Multi-Sensory Interpretation at Gore PlaceGore Placemore

Finalization of improvements to their accessibility measures for sight-impaired visitors, including experiential interpretation, and for a workshop sharing best practices learned from this project.

Gore Place
Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Thom Roach
awarded on: 2014-06-20
amount: $5,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Religion RefocusedThe Pluralism Projectmore

A partnership with upwards of ten faith-based groups of diverse traditions uniting to host five film-and-discussion events on civics and religion.

The Pluralism Project
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Elinor Pierce
awarded on: 2014-06-20
amount: $10,000

Documentation of the oral histories of the working-class life of women and/or their descendants during the 1910-1940 period.

Fall River Historical Society
Fall River, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: Joyce B. Rodrigues
awarded on: 2014-06-20
amount: $5,000
Scholar in Residence Grant
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County

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

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

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