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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: Social Media Outreach Grant
Dennis Port, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

Hit and Run History: The Columbia ExpeditionCape Cod Community Media Centermore

Creation of a website and social media campaign for its public television series, The Columbia Expedition, which chronicles the exploration credited with jumpstarting the Massachusetts economy after the Revolutionary War.

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

project director: Andrew G. Buckley
awarded on: 2010-12-10
amount: $10,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Brookline, MA, Norfolk County (Greater Boston)

StoriesLive - Storytelling and High School Story Slam ProjectMassmouth, Inc.more

Storytelling programs in 10 public high schools that will enhance intellectual skills and public speaking and culminate in a regional "story slam" competition.

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

project director: Norah Dooley
awarded on: 2010-12-10
amount: $10,000
Project Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Time Traveling Through Franklin ParkFranklin Park Coalitionmore

Creation of two tours and a brochure about Frederick Law Olmsted's Franklin Park, known as the "Jewel of the Emerald Necklace."

Franklin Park Coalition
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Lanae Handy
awarded on: 2010-12-10
amount: $5,000
Project: Media Grant
Walpole, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

The Carlos Arredondo ProjectCenter For Independent Documentarymore

Production of a trailer for a film that explores the concept of patriotism, with focus on the story of Carlos Arredondo, a Costa Rican immigrant whose oldest son Alexander died in combat in the war in Iraq.

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

project director: Janice Rogovin
awarded on: 2010-12-10
amount: $10,000
Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

From Cultural Conflict to Common GroundVeterans Education Projectmore

A series of events designed to raise consciousness on the realities and impact of war, particularly those relating to the current conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Veterans Education Project
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Rob Wilson
awarded on: 2010-12-10
amount: $9,350
Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant
Somerville, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Community Nights & ConversationsActors' Shakespeare Projectmore

A series of panel discussions that will follow the performances of four plays during the company's Winter Festival: "Cymbeline","Antony & Cleopatra", and two contemporary plays, "The Hotel Nepenthe" and "Living in Exile". The grant will also subsidize free community performances and open rehearsals.

Actors' Shakespeare Project
Somerville, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Lori Taylor
awarded on: 2010-12-10
amount: $5,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

The David Walker Memorial ProjectCommunity Change, Incmore

An educational forum directed at the city's youth concerning the life and work of David Walker, a pioneering figure in the abolitionist movement and precursor to Frederick Douglass.

Community Change, Inc
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Paul Marcus
awarded on: 2010-12-10
amount: $5,000
Project: Social Media Outreach Grant
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Left on Pearl: Women Take Over 888 Memorial Drive, Cambridge888 Women's History Project, Inc.more

A social media coordinator will expand awareness of the documentary film "Left on Pearl: Women Take Over 888 Memorial Drive, Cambridge", which explores 1970s feminist activism in Boston.

888 Women's History Project, Inc.
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Susan Rivo
awarded on: 2010-12-10
amount: $10,000
Project: Media Grant
Northampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

What's the Big Idea?Northampton Arts Councilmore

Development of the pilot segment of a film series for middle school classrooms that will use situations from popular movies to explore issues involving ethics and moral choices.

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

project director: Julie Akeret
awarded on: 2010-12-10
amount: $10,000
Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant
Lawrence, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

Mother of All Strikes: Bread and Roses Strike of 1912 Centennial ExhibitLawrence History Center / Immigrant City Archivesmore

Development of a permanent multimedia, multilingual exhibit on the Bread and Roses Strike. The exhibit will be mounted at the Everett Mill, where the historic strike began.

Lawrence History Center / Immigrant City Archives
Lawrence, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Barbara Brown
awarded on: 2010-12-10
amount: $10,000
Project: Social Media Outreach Grant
Walpole, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

The Banjo Project: The Story of America's InstrumentCenter For Independent Documentarymore

Enhancement of the website and social media campaign for "The Banjo Project: The Story of America's Instrument", a film to premiere on PBS that traces the compelling intersections of art, the humanities, race, and class that the banjo represents.

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

project director: Marc Fields
awarded on: 2010-12-10
amount: $10,000
Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Tories, Timid or True Blue? Teacher WorkshopOld North Foundationmore

Teacher workshops that train middle and high school educators to use a website that will allow them, and ultimately their students, to work with primary source documents from the Revolutionary War period.

Old North Foundation
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Elisabeth Nevins
awarded on: 2010-12-10
amount: $4,000
Project Grant
Natick, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Henry Wilson ExhibitNatick Historical Societymore

Reinvention of the exhibition on the important, but unheralded, abolitionist politician, Henry Wilson. The exhibit will feature new interactive materials and become more accessible to children

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

project director: Jennifer Hance
awarded on: 2010-12-10
amount: $5,000

Audio archive of 175 interviews concerning acclaimed writer and native son, Jack Kerouac. The project will result in a permanent oral history walking tour in Lowell.

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

project director: Michael Millner
awarded on: 2010-12-10
amount: $5,000
Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Nonviolent Movements in The Modern World Professional Development Teacher InstituteCenter for Nonviolent Solutionsmore

Teacher training on the history of nonviolent movements. The program will show how such movements advance the cause of human rights and dignity as well as provide educators with tools to create better learning environments in their classrooms.

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

project director: Paul S. Ropp
awarded on: 2010-12-10
amount: $10,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Northampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Academy of Music School Day SeriesNorthampton Academy of Music, Inc.more

Two performance education programs designed for elementary and middle school children. The programs will be based on the plays" Freedom Train" (on the life of Harriet Tubman) and "Three Cups of Tea" (about Greg Mortenson's mission to build schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan).

Northampton Academy of Music, Inc.
Northampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Debra J'Anthony
awarded on: 2010-12-10
amount: $5,726
Discussion: Reading Grant
Barnstable, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

Rediscovering the ClassicsSturgis Librarymore

Library reading and discussion program.

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

project director: Marcella M. Curry
awarded on: 2010-12-07
amount: $500
Research Inventory Grant
East Douglas, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Coppola Collection InventoryDouglas Historical Societymore

Inventory of the Coppola Collection of archival materials (1868-1908), a collection newly acquired from the Coppola family that will augment an exhibition at the E.N. Jenckes General Store, the Historical Society's museum.

Douglas Historical Society
East Douglas, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Pattie McNulty
awarded on: 2010-11-30
amount: $1,500
Research Inventory Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Boston's GLBT HistoryThe History Projectmore

Documentation and exhibition of Boston's GLBT History, to inventory the records of three transgender-related organizations as part of its Transgender Initiative.

The History Project
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Andrea Gray
awarded on: 2010-11-30
amount: $1,500
Research Inventory Grant
Scituate, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

Textile CollectionScituate Historical Societymore

Organization and inventory its textile collection, assess it for programming use, and identify clothing and accessories that represent styles commonly worn in the 1930s and 1940s. The work will result in an exhibit on the 1930s work of LIFE photographer Hansel Mieth.

Scituate Historical Society
Scituate, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

project director: Carol Miles
awarded on: 2010-11-30
amount: $1,500
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

There's a Meeting Here Tonight!Revels Incmore

A production about the Hutchinson Family Singers, who shared stages with leaders of the abolitionist, women's suffrage, and temperance movements.

Revels Inc
Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Kay Dunlap
awarded on: 2010-06-11
amount: $5,000
Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Table for 10: The Art, History and Science of FoodFive Colleges, Incmore

A series of exhibitions and lectures about food in Pioneer Valley museums.

Five Colleges, Inc
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Kevin Kennedy
awarded on: 2010-06-11
amount: $10,000

Discussion guide and publicity to promote screenings of the documentary "Marion Stoddart: Work of 1000."

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

project director: Susan Edwards
awarded on: 2010-06-11
amount: $5,000
Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant
Concord, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Thoreau Country: Mapping Henry David Thoreau's Travels in MassachusettsThoreau Societymore

Support for research and the creation of entries for an interactive online map of Thoreau's travels through Massachusetts.

Thoreau Society
Concord, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Susan E. Gallagher
awarded on: 2010-06-11
amount: $3,500

Support for the Historical Journal of Massachusetts' 75th commemorative issue and build a database of articles since 1990.

Westfield State College Foundation, Inc.
Westfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

project director: Mara Dodge
awarded on: 2010-06-11
amount: $5,000

Creation of an oral history and photography exhibit about Ipswich during the first half of the 20th century.

Ipswich Council On Aging
Ipswich, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Terri Unger
awarded on: 2010-06-11
amount: $5,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Newton, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Historic Newton Aboliltion and Underground Railroad ExhibitionNewton Historical Societymore

Updating of abolitionism exhibit to reflect current scholarship about the Underground Railroad.

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

project director: Melissa Westlake
awarded on: 2010-06-11
amount: $9,844
Project: Media Grant
Walpole, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

Prison DogsCenter For Independent Documentarymore

Preproduction work on "Prison Dogs", a documentary featuring a program to train service dogs for veterans.

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

project director: Katherine Robinson
awarded on: 2010-06-11
amount: $10,000
Project Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Discovering the Treasures of Spectacle IslandSave the Harbor/Save the Baymore

Archaeological day trips to Spectacle Island for urban youth from communities surrounding the Boston Harbor

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

project director: Bruce Berman
awarded on: 2010-06-11
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

4th Annual AIA-MOS Archaeology FairArchaeological Institute of Americamore

Annual AIA-MOS Archaeology Fair at the Museum of Science, featuring ancient technologies.

Archaeological Institute of America
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Ben S. Thomas
awarded on: 2010-06-11
amount: $5,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Norfolk, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

The Scourge of New England: An Oral History of the Norfolk Prison Debate TeamNorfolk Historical Commissionmore

Support to collect, transcribe, archive, and present oral histories of former Norfolk Prison debaters from the 1930s to the 1950s.

Norfolk Historical Commission
Norfolk, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

project director: Natasha Haverty
awarded on: 2010-06-11
amount: $10,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Deerfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

African Americans in Rural New EnglandPocumtuck Valley Memorial Associationmore

Creation of a podcast, tour map, and online resources for African American sites in Old Deerfield.

Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association
Deerfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Timothy Neumann
awarded on: 2010-06-11
amount: $10,000
Project Grant
Fitchburg, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Remembering GalileoFitchburg State Universitymore

Support for the public series, Remembering Galileo, including keynote speaker Dava Sobel.

Fitchburg State University
Fitchburg, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Mary C. Durling
awarded on: 2010-06-11
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Peabody, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

Mapping Leather: A Look at Peabody's Industrial PastCity of Peabodymore

Creation of a Google Earth map of the leather industry in Peabody from 1939 through the 1990s, when the industry folded.

City of Peabody
Peabody, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Merritt Kirkpatrick
awarded on: 2010-06-11
amount: $3,495
Project Grant
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Boston Book FestivalBoston Book Festival, Inc.more

The hosting of authors at the festival on October 16 in Boston.

Boston Book Festival, Inc.
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Emily D'Amour Pardo
awarded on: 2010-06-11
amount: $5,000
Project: Media Grant
Melrose, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

The Popular Romance ProjectFilmmakers Collaborativemore

A documentary about romance fiction and its authors.

Filmmakers Collaborative
Melrose, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

project director: Laurie Kahn
awarded on: 2010-06-11
amount: $10,000
Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

Voices from the PortCommunity Economic Development Centermore

Ten audio segments based on interviews with a variety of workers in fishing and related industries.

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

project director: Laura Orleans
awarded on: 2010-06-11
amount: $9,070
Project Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

A Sailor's LifeUSS Constitution Museummore

A book about sailors in the U.S. Navy to accompany the exhibit, All Hands on Deck: A Sailor's Life in 1812.

USS Constitution Museum
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Sarah Watkins
awarded on: 2010-06-11
amount: $5,000
Research Inventory Grant
Medfield, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

Beyond the GraveVine Lake Preservation Trustmore

Cataloging of gravestone inscriptions, conditions, and artwork in the four acre "Old Section" of Vine Lake Cemetery, dating back to 1651.

Vine Lake Preservation Trust
Medfield, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Robert T. Gregg
awarded on: 2010-05-20
amount: $1,500
Research Inventory Grant
Holbrook, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

Holbrook Photograph CollectionHolbrook Historical Societymore

Inventory of 2,500 photographs of Holbrook from the 19th through the late 20th centuries.

Holbrook Historical Society
Holbrook, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

project director: Edna Bowers
awarded on: 2010-05-20
amount: $1,470

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