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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 Grant
Easthampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

A Legacy of Rural Music, People and PlaceCountry Dance and Song Society, Inc.more

A weeklong workshop between beginner musicians from a selection of Hill Towns (Ashfield, Plainfield, Hawley, and Buckland) and mentors conversant in regional folk classics in preparation for storytelling performances.

Country Dance and Song Society, Inc.
Easthampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Jacqueline Cooper
awarded on: 2013-03-15
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Making History on the CommonsFriends of the Public Gardenmore

The fourth annual history fair on the Boston Common for third and fifth grade students. The fair has grown into an annual collaboration between FPG, the schools, and various history organizations that interpret, re-enact, and engage students in how the Common has been used throughout history.

Friends of the Public Garden
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Elizabeth Vizza
awarded on: 2013-03-15
amount: $5,000

Four dinner concerts and 10 lunchtime concerts, to be followed by scholar-facilitated discussions at the Center, a community organization that serves homeless and low-income people.

Amherst Survival Center
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Bob Weiner
awarded on: 2013-03-15
amount: $2,000
Project Grant
Lexington, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Buckman Tavern Self-Guided Audio TourLexington Historical Societymore

A new audio tour for Buckman Tavern, the gathering place for the Lexington militia before they encountered British soldiers in the first battle of the American Revolution.

Lexington Historical Society
Lexington, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Alison Falotico
awarded on: 2013-03-15
amount: $5,000
Research Inventory Grant
Ocean Bluff, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

Cataloguing the Paul White DocumentsWinslow Housemore

Awarded to catalogue, re-house, and transcribe the "Paul White documents," a group of about fifty documents that date from the 1740's to the early nineteenth century, with an eye towards future public programming.

Winslow House
Ocean Bluff, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

project director: Laura Smolcha
awarded on: 2013-01-31
amount: $1,500
Discussion: Reading Grant
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

Jack Kerouac Reading and Discussion SeriesUniversity of Massachusetts Lowellmore

Reading and discussion series focusing on books by Jack Kerouac.

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

project director: Sara Marks
awarded on: 2012-12-21
amount: $1,000
Research Inventory Grant
South Grafton, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Photo Digitization and ExhibitHassanamisco Indian Museum / Nipmuc Nationmore

Scanning, inventory, and electronic storage of more than 500 photographs in the Hassanamisco Indian Museum's collection.

Hassanamisco Indian Museum / Nipmuc Nation
South Grafton, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: D. Rae Gould
awarded on: 2012-12-14
amount: $1,500
Research Inventory Grant
Aquinnah, MA, Dukes County (Cape & Islands)

Helen V. Manning Archive Inventory ProjectAquinnah Cultural Centermore

Inventory of the archival pictures, research papers, and notes left by Helen Vanderhoop Manning, an Aquinnah Wampanoag leader, historian, and educator.

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

project director: Berta Welch
awarded on: 2012-12-14
amount: $1,500
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

Art in WordsCommunity Foundation of Southeastern MAmore

An after-school reading and visual arts program for middle school students focusing on the connection between the novel Okay for Now by award-winning writer Gary Schmidt and the New Bedford Public Library's unique collection of James Audubon's Birds of America prints.

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

project director: Jill Horton-Simms
awarded on: 2012-12-14
amount: $10,000
Project Grant
Medford, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Youth Programs at the Royall House & Slave QuartersRoyall House Associationmore

Development of a youth curriculum for the museum-which features the only known "slave quarters" in New England-that is tied to the Massachusetts curriculum frameworks for third and fifth grade (when Massachusetts history is taught).

Royall House Association
Medford, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Margen Kelsey
awarded on: 2012-12-14
amount: $5,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Florence, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Sojourner Truth and 19th Century FlorenceCommittee for Northampton, Inc.more

A three-part effort to bring 300 Springfield students to Florence for a Sojourner Truth walking tour, which will include exploration of historic houses and places where African-American fugitives lived and worked during the antebellum period.

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

project director: Terrence O'Toole
awarded on: 2012-12-14
amount: $9,566
Project Grant
Ashfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

Writing and Reading Through IllnessParis Pressmore

A reading, discussion, and writing initiative in nursing homes, retirement facilities, hospitals, and care centers. Using Virginia Woolf's "On Being Ill" along with "Notes from Sick Rooms" by Julia Stephen (Woolf's mother), staff and residents in these facilities will explore the experience, meaning, and transformational aspect of illness and care giving.

Paris Press
Ashfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Jan Freeman
awarded on: 2012-12-14
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Why Worcester?New England Archivistsmore

An oral history project about immigration to Worcester, in which the oral histories are conversations between two people about migration to Worcester, recorded in a Story Corps booth.

New England Archivists
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Lisa Long Feldmann
awarded on: 2012-12-14
amount: $5,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Brookline, MA, Norfolk County (Greater Boston)

StoriesLive IIIMassmouth, Inc.more

A program in which professional Massachusetts storytellers teach 10th, 11th, and 12th graders in 10 Massachusetts high schools the art of personal storytelling while imparting formative public speaking skills and writing strategies. The program culminates in an intramural story slam (with cash prizes).

Massmouth, Inc.
Brookline, MA, Norfolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Norah Dooley
awarded on: 2012-12-14
amount: $10,000

Research, script development, image selection, location scouting, music, and more for a short film on the Olmsted architectural firm's role in shaping the design and urban plan of Brookline, Massachusetts

Library of American Landscape History
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Robin Karson
awarded on: 2012-12-14
amount: $5,000

Creation and installation of three historic markers about local history concerning slavery and abolition. The new markers will feature "QR codes" that, when scanned with a smartphone, will lead to Web resources that feature more information than the marker, such as short audio and video files.

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

project director: Kerry Buckley
awarded on: 2012-12-14
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Provincetown, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

Fine Arts Work Center Year-Round Reading SeriesFine Arts Work Centermore

Honoraria for visiting authors of national repute and two chartered buses that will be used to transport seniors to readings held at the Center.

Fine Arts Work Center
Provincetown, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Salvatore Scibona
awarded on: 2012-12-14
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Melrose, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

Making Media Now Conference PanelFilmmakers Collaborativemore

A panel at the "Making Media Now," conference, that will offer insights and best practices to filmmakers on developing the most productive working relationships between humanities scholars and documentary filmmakers.

Filmmakers Collaborative
Melrose, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

project director: Kathryn Dietz
awarded on: 2012-12-14
amount: $1,200
Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Non-Violent Movements in the Modern WorldCenter for Nonviolent Solutionsmore

A 10-session professional development course for 20 teachers to study primary sources and teaching materials on notable nonviolent movements in the modern world.

Center for Nonviolent Solutions
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Paul S. Ropp
awarded on: 2012-12-14
amount: $10,000
Project Grant
Great Barrington, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

Berkshire Festival of Women WritersBard College at Simon's Rockmore

A month-long, community-wide series of readings, lectures, films and discussions, writing workshops, networking events, and performances by and for women writers. The festival focuses on the concept of strengthening women's voices through writing.

Bard College at Simon's Rock
Great Barrington, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez
awarded on: 2012-12-14
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

See-Hear-Feel-FilmAmherst Cinema Arts Center, Inc.more

A program designed for third graders that uses a series of international short films to teach students the power of story, help them gain visual literacy, cultivate the analytical skills necessary for our media culture, and inspire their imaginations. Participants will hail from 66 classes in public schools in underserved districts throughout the Pioneer Valley, including Amherst.

Amherst Cinema Arts Center, Inc.
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Jake Meginsky
awarded on: 2012-12-14
amount: $5,000
Discussion: Reading Grant
Northampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Time EnoughForbes Librarymore

Reading and discussion group using Christian McEwen's "World Enough and Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down" as the basis for discussion, along with books and articles drawn from the library's own collection.

Forbes Library
Northampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Lisa Downing
awarded on: 2012-12-08
amount: $1,000
Discussion: Reading Grant
Barnstable, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

Point A to Point B: The Literature of Traveling and TransformationSturgis Librarymore

Reading and discussion program on the literature of travel and transformation.

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

project director: Antonia Stephens
awarded on: 2012-11-06
amount: $500
Research Inventory Grant
Concord, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Robbins House Interpretive Center InventoryDrinking Gourd Project, Inc.more

Surveyal of archives relating to the African-American history of Concord and its neighboring towns from 1750-1787 in preparation for programming at the newly restored Robbins House.

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

project director: Robert Gross
awarded on: 2012-06-15
amount: $1,500
Research Inventory Grant
Arlington, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Winn-Adams Family CollectionArlington Historical Societymore

Inventory of the images relating to the annual Barrington Fair (c. 1841-1980) that are part of the Domenic and Marie Tassone photographic collection.

Arlington Historical Society
Arlington, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Faith Ferguson
awarded on: 2012-06-15
amount: $1,498
Research Inventory Grant
Great Barrington, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

Tassone Photo Exhibition: Great Barrington's Agricultural FairsGreat Barrington Historical Societymore

Inventory of the images relating to the annual Barrington Fair (c. 1841-1980) that are part of the Domenic and Marie Tassone photographic collection.

Great Barrington Historical Society
Great Barrington, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Gary Leveille
awarded on: 2012-06-15
amount: $1,500
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

City of Champions: Youth Vision in ContextArtists for Humanitymore

A summer class for underserved youth. The six-week intensive course will explore the history of Brockton through documentary photography.
(project website)

Artists for Humanity
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Haidan Hodgson
awarded on: 2012-06-08
amount: $9,555
Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

Hidden in Plain Sight: Freedom Seekers and Abolitionism in New Bedford, MANew Bedford Historical Societymore

A core exhibit examining the choices of citizens who harbored fugitives from slavery both before and after the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, which made such sanctuary illegal.

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

project director: Loretta D. Blake
awarded on: 2012-06-08
amount: $10,000
Project: Media Grant
Ithaca, NY, Tompkins County

Elizabeth Bishop and the Art of LosingIthaca Collegemore

Pre-production for a feature documentary on the life and unknown stories of poet Elizabeth Bishop.

Ithaca College
Ithaca, NY, Tompkins County

project director: John Scott
awarded on: 2012-06-08
amount: $4,000

A permanent exhibit on Bronze and Iron Age artifacts from the Mediterranean Basin. The exhibit will include arms and armaments but also everyday items that illuminate aspects of personal identity in the Ancient World.

Higgins Armory Museum - closed 2013
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Devon Kurtz
awarded on: 2012-06-08
amount: $5,000
Project: Media Grant
Melrose, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

Co-op CityFilmmakers Collaborativemore

A documentary about the largest rent strike in American history, which took place in order to keep housing costs down in the Bronx. The planned film offers a powerful parable to today's housing controversies.

Filmmakers Collaborative
Melrose, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

project director: Sarah Colt
awarded on: 2012-06-08
amount: $10,000
Project Grant
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

African American Heritage TrailMount Auburn Cemeterymore

Development of a walking trail brochure, Web site, and online exhibit focused on 19th- and 20th-century African-American history in Boston, including the monuments of 14 African-American citizens interred at the cemetery.

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

project director: Bree Harvey
awarded on: 2012-06-08
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

The Treasures of Spectacle IslandSave the Harbor/Save the Baymore

Narrated boat trips to Spectacle Island for underserved youth that blends explorations in archaeology, history, environmental philosophy, and civics.

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

project director: Bruce Berman
awarded on: 2012-06-08
amount: $5,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Northampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

What's the Big Idea?Northampton Arts Councilmore

A program that uses popular film clips to teach middle school students lessons on ethics and philosophy. Topics range from bullying to lying, friendship, and peer pressure.
(project website)

Northampton Arts Council
Northampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Julie Akeret
awarded on: 2012-06-08
amount: $10,000
Project: Media Grant
Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

A Song of Hope: The Life Story of Pauli MurrayDocumentary Educational Resourcesmore

Pre-production for a film about Pauli Murray, an African-American woman who made historic contributions to civil rights, women's rights, and religious life in the U.S.

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

project director: Margo Guernsey
awarded on: 2012-06-08
amount: $10,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

Greenfield Annual Word FestivalThe Literacy Projectmore

A program that introduces adult education students to literature through poetry and creative writing workshops.

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

project director: Judith Roberts
awarded on: 2012-06-08
amount: $7,500
Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Kennedy to Kent State ProgrammingWorcester Art Museummore

A public lecture series that will serve as a companion to an exhibit on conflicts in the United States from 1960 to 1974, such as the Kent State riot, Vietnam, and the women's movement.

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

project director:
awarded on: 2012-06-08
amount: $10,000
Project Grant
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

The River Runs Through UsWMUAmore

A six-part radio program that takes on contemporary issues concerning the cultural and historical role of the Connecticut River in the Pioneer Valley. The episodes will examine economics, the environment, and the river's spiritual effects on the area.

WMUA
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Francesca Rheannon
awarded on: 2012-06-08
amount: $5,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

Portholes: An Inside Look at the Commercial Fishing IndustryCommunity Economic Development Centermore

Community Economic Development Center of Southeastern, MA will organize and hold a series of monthly community events on topics and issues related to the commercial fishing industry. The topics range from sustainability to women in the industry.

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

project director: Laura Orleans
awarded on: 2012-06-08
amount: $5,000
Discussion: Reading Grant
Boxford, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

Understanding IslamBoxford Town Librarymore

Reading and discussion program aimed at helping the general reader to explore the roots of Islam through a variety of texts.

Boxford Town Library
Boxford, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Nanci M. Hill
awarded on: 2012-04-04
amount: $500

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