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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
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
Research Inventory Grant
South Grafton, MA, Worcester County

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

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

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

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

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

project director: Jill Horton-Simms
awarded on: 2012-12-14
amount: $10,000

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

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

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
Project Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County

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

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

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

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

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: 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.

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

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