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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
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
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

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.

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: Honee Hess
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
Scholar in Residence Grant
Concord, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

The Jacob Whittemore House - A Whittemore Family BiographyMinute Man National Historic Parkmore

Research into the multigenerational Whittemore family.

Minute Man National Historic Park
Concord, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Leslie Obleschuk
awarded on: 2012-03-09
amount: $2,650
Scholar in Residence Grant
Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

The Cultural Landscape of Herman Melville's ArrowheadBerkshire Historical Societymore

Research into the cultural landscape of Arrowhead, Herman Melville's farm in Pittsfield, during the period of his residency from 1850-1862, in order to better interpret Melville's life and work.

Berkshire Historical Society
Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Will Garrison
awarded on: 2012-03-09
amount: $2,900
Scholar in Residence Grant
Cummington, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

The Antislavery Movement in CummingtonCummington Historical Commissionmore

Support for research on the extensive antislavery activity that took place in the small rural hilltown of Cummington during the three decades that preceded the Civil War.

Cummington Historical Commission
Cummington, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Carla Ness
awarded on: 2012-03-09
amount: $3,000
Project Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Stirring the Pot: Women in Early MassachusettsPartnership of the Historic Bostonsmore

Funding for the hiring of a consultant to devise and execute a public outreach program for the Partnership's activities to mark the founding of Boston.

Partnership of the Historic Bostons
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Wilfred Holton
awarded on: 2012-03-09
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Needham, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

Public Health Museum Exhibit Redesign & ReinterpretationPublic Health Museummore

Redesign of the museum's gallery spaces using PhD candidates from Harvard's History of Science department to manage the process.

Public Health Museum
Needham, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Sara Lundberg
awarded on: 2012-03-09
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
North Brookfield, MA, Worcester County (Central)

North Brookfield Poetry ProjectNorth Brookfield Jr.- Sr. High Schoolmore

A poetry residency, after-school poetry writing workshops for students, and public readings that will be open to the community.

North Brookfield Jr.- Sr. High School
North Brookfield, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Heather Macpherson
awarded on: 2012-03-09
amount: $2,500
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Lincoln, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

A Healing Landscape: Environmental and Social History of the Boston Nature CenterMass Audubonmore

Support for activities that will lead to the inclusion of history into the teaching at the Center, formerly the site of the Boston State Hospital.

Mass Audubon
Lincoln, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Julie Brandlen
awarded on: 2012-03-09
amount: $10,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Lynn, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

More Than a Number ExhibitionLynn Museummore

An exhibition exploring local Cambodian refugee culture, Cambodian-American culture, and non-Cambodians during and after the 1975-1979 genocide. The exhibit will address a number of themes: tolerance, acceptance and hope; the meaning of genocide, survival, healing; and re-building.

Lynn Museum
Lynn, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Abby Battis
awarded on: 2012-03-09
amount: $5,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

Art in WordsFriends of the New Bedford Free Public Librarymore

10-week after-school program for children that will focus on reading and discussion of books and instruction in drawing and watercolor techniques.

Friends of the New Bedford Free Public Library
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: Jill Horton-Simms
awarded on: 2012-03-09
amount: $10,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Walpole, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

Coexist and Teaching about Human DignityCenter For Independent Documentarymore

A program designed to engage new audiences in four public high schools to reflect on moral and ethical themes: responsibility to others, the meaning of human dignity, relationships that foster human flourishing, and respect and honor for difference.

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

project director: Adam Mazo
awarded on: 2012-03-09
amount: $10,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Shelburne Falls, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

Hilltowns History Conference and FairMary Lyon Foundation, Inc.more

A Franklin County history happening, to be held at Colrain Central School. The daylong event will consist of a free history fair with activities and booths for all ages presented by organizations and individuals from around the county, as well as an indoor history conference with about 20 breakout sessions.

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

project director: Susan Samoriski
awarded on: 2012-03-09
amount: $5,000
Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Generational Legacy ProjectOn With Living and Learningmore

A nine-month project, beginning with a series of workshops for previously incarcerated women, culminating in performances to be produced by the Fort Point Theatre Channel.

On With Living and Learning
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Michael Ricca
awarded on: 2012-03-09
amount: $10,000

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