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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
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

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

project director: Antonia Stephens
awarded on: 2013-11-21
amount: $500

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

Lowell Historical Society
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County

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

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

project director: Heather J. Riley
awarded on: 2013-06-21
amount: $10,000

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

project director: Peggy Cahill
awarded on: 2013-03-15
amount: $10,000
Project Grant
Northampton, MA, Hampshire County

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

project director: Sara Marks
awarded on: 2012-12-21
amount: $1,000
Project Grant
Ashfield, MA, Franklin County

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

project director: Jan Freeman
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

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