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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: Media Grant
Melrose, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

"The American Revolution"Filmmakers Collaborativemore

Support for research, a film treatment, and a trailer for a documentary about the early years of the Boston radio station, WBCN.

Filmmakers Collaborative
Melrose, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

project director: Bill Lichtenstein
awarded on: 2009-12-11
amount: $10,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Dorchester, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

The Big Read: Boston - Fahrenheit 451WUMB Radiomore

Funding to purchase copies of the book Fahrenheit 451 for a citywide, "one book" project.

WUMB Radio
Dorchester, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Patricia Monteith
awarded on: 2009-12-11
amount: $6,135
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Gloucester, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

Mrs. Murray's Writing ClosetSargent House Museummore

Support for planning an exhibition of the writing closet of Enlightenment author and early feminist Judith "Constantia" Sargent Murray.

Sargent House Museum
Gloucester, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Barbara Silberman
awarded on: 2009-12-11
amount: $5,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Walpole, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

The Bread and Roses ProjectCenter For Independent Documentarymore

Support for research, script writing, and the production of a trailer for The Bread and Roses Project documentary.

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

project director: Bernardo Ruiz
awarded on: 2009-12-11
amount: $10,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Somerville, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Exposed at WorkThe Welcome Projectmore

Support for production of a play about the language-based health and safety struggles of immigrant day laborers in Somerville.

The Welcome Project
Somerville, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Warren Goldstein-Gelb
awarded on: 2009-12-11
amount: $9,982
Project Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

The 5th Annual Boston Muslim Film FestivalAmerican Islamic Congressmore

Support for the "Cultures in Conflict?" festival featuring controversial issues in the Muslim world.

American Islamic Congress
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Lauren Murphy
awarded on: 2009-12-11
amount: $4,120
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Deerfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

TRUTH: A New Opera on the Life of Sojourner TruthOld Deerfield Productions, Inc.more

Support for writing of the libretto for a new opera entitled TRUTH, on the life of Sojourner Truth.

Old Deerfield Productions, Inc.
Deerfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Linda McInerney
awarded on: 2009-12-11
amount: $10,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

The Harriet Jacobs ProjectUnderground Railway Theatermore

Support for educational materials and auxiliary programming to contextualize "Harriet Jacobs", a play based on the autobiographical narrative of a former slave who settled in Cambridge.

Underground Railway Theater
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Debra Wise
awarded on: 2009-12-11
amount: $10,000
Project Grant
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

The Places Poems MakeWorcester County Poetry Associationmore

Support for a workshop for Worcester high school teachers exploring connections between poetry and local history.

Worcester County Poetry Association
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Mark Wagner
awarded on: 2009-12-11
amount: $4,750
Project Grant
Truro, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

Truro Archaeology: A Hands-On ExhibitTruro Historical Societymore

Support for planning a hands-on exhibit based on the society's collection of Native American artifacts, including a portable "suitcase" exhibit.

Truro Historical Society
Truro, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Deborah Minsky
awarded on: 2009-12-11
amount: $2,500
Project Grant
Lexington, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

The Reverend Hancock's Household: Early Colonial Life in LexingtonLexington Historical Societymore

Support for planning a 2010-2012 archaeological exhibit at Buckman Tavern.

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

project director: Susan J. Bennett
awarded on: 2009-12-11
amount: $5,000
Project: Media Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Scribbling WomenPublic Media Foundationmore

Support for development of an audio dramatization of Elinore Pruitt Stuart's "Letters of a Woman Homesteader."

Public Media Foundation
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Valerie Henderson
awarded on: 2009-12-11
amount: $5,000

Support for the research and development of a documentary film, "Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America."

Western NY Public Broadcasting Association
Buffalo, NY

project director: Lawrence R. Hott
awarded on: 2009-12-11
amount: $10,000
Discussion: Reading Grant
Reading, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

American Roots and American VoicesReading Public Librarymore

Reading and discussion program concentrating on the concept of the American experience, democracy, immigration and great literature.

Reading Public Library
Reading, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

project director: Ruth Urell
awarded on: 2009-10-19
amount: $1,000
Project Grant
Shutesbury, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

Back to the Future: A Sea Change Radio SeriesThe Trusteeship Institutemore

Support for the radio series by Sea Change Radio, examining historical precedents for sustainable energy use in New England.

The Trusteeship Institute
Shutesbury, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Francesca Rheannon
awarded on: 2009-09-11
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Adoption: Secret Histories, Public PoliciesMIT School of Humanities, Arts and Sciencesmore

Funding for keynote speakers for a conference entitled, Adoption: Secret Histories, Public Policies.

MIT School of Humanities, Arts and Sciences
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Sally Haslanger
awarded on: 2009-09-11
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Massachusetts River of Words Planning GrantMassachusetts Center For The Bookmore

Support for the adaptation of the national River of Words curriculum for Massachusetts implementation.

Massachusetts Center For The Book
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Sharon Shaloo
awarded on: 2009-09-11
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

Moby-Dick: A Whaling OdysseySpinner Publicationsmore

Support for an interdisciplinary and multi-media high school curriculum that centers on Spinner's illustrated, abridged version of Moby Dick.

Spinner Publications
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: Elizabeth Comeau
awarded on: 2009-09-11
amount: $5,000
Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

2009 Massachusetts Poetry FestivalCultural Organization of Lowellmore

Support for the Massachusetts Poetry Festival.

Cultural Organization of Lowell
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

project director: Suzz Cromwell
awarded on: 2009-09-11
amount: $10,000
Project Grant
Fitchburg, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Reading Lois Lowry: Discussing Young Adult LiteratureFitchburg State Universitymore

A reading and discussion series.

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

project director: Mary C. Durling
awarded on: 2009-09-11
amount: $1,500
Project Grant
Bedford, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Changing Lives Through LiteratureMiddlesex Community Collegemore

Support for transportation, books, and a meeting for instructors for the alternative sentencing program.

Middlesex Community College
Bedford, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Jean Flanagan
awarded on: 2009-09-11
amount: $5,000
Discussion: Reading Grant
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Loyal Lesley Daughters: An Oral history of Massachusetts' Women Teachers, 1925-1965Lesley Universitymore

Programming and video production for the exhibit.

Lesley University
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Patricia Kramer
awarded on: 2009-09-11
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Concord, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Henry David Thoreau Birthplace: Interpretive Planning ProjectThoreau Farm Trustmore

Support to develop an interpretive plan for the newly-restored birthplace of Henry David Thoreau.

Thoreau Farm Trust
Concord, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Nancy Grohol
awarded on: 2009-09-11
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Remaking Historic House Museums in the 21st CenturyWorcester Historical Museummore

A conference where staff, board members, and community leaders will explore sustainable solutions for house museums in the 21st century.

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

project director: Bill D. Wallace
awarded on: 2009-09-11
amount: $5,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

John Brown and New EnglandAmerican Antiquarian Societymore

Programs in Worcester, Concord, and Boston, using Thoreau's "A Plea for Captain John Brown" to explore New England support for John Brown in 1859.

American Antiquarian Society
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: James D. Moran
awarded on: 2009-09-11
amount: $8,825
Project Grant
Clinton, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Russian Folklore Family Audio TourMuseum of Russian Iconsmore

Writing and recording an audio tour linking the museum's collection with Russian folklore and legend.

Museum of Russian Icons
Clinton, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Tara Young
awarded on: 2009-09-11
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Winter Festival and ForumBoston Chamber Music Societymore

A winter series of forums and concerts about the relationship between time and music at MIT's Kresge Auditorium.

Boston Chamber Music Society
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Alan Mann
awarded on: 2009-09-11
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Jews and Sufis: A Sacred BridgeDUNYAmore

A concert of Turkish Judeo-Sufi music at Brookline's Temple Beth Zion, followed by a panel of experts speaking on this tradition.

DUNYA
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Mehmet Sanlikol
awarded on: 2009-09-11
amount: $4,250

A summer program for high school students in Holyoke and Springfield.

Hampshire Shakespeare Company
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: J. Lucinda Kidder
awarded on: 2009-06-12
amount: $5,000
Research Inventory Grant
Arlington, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Schwamb Mill Business Records RIGSchwamb Mill Preservation Trustmore

Preparation for creating a database of all known workers at the Schwamb framing mill.

Schwamb Mill Preservation Trust
Arlington, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Margaret L. Clarke
awarded on: 2009-06-12
amount: $1,500
Project Grant
Ashfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

World War II Veterans' VoicesAshfield Historical Societymore

Expand the focus of an oral-history-and-photography project beyond Ashfield to include five other hill towns.

Ashfield Historical Society
Ashfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Jacqueline Cooper
awarded on: 2009-06-12
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

3rd Annual AIA-MOS Archaeology FairArchaeological Institute of Americamore

Third annual AIA-MOS Archaeology Fair at the Museum of Science in the Fall of 2009.

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

project director: Ben S. Thomas
awarded on: 2009-06-12
amount: $5,000
Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant
Roxbury, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Right Here in RoxburyDiscover Roxburymore

Resource guide and a script for a trolley car tour, called "Roxbury Then and Now."

Discover Roxbury
Roxbury, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Marcia Butman
awarded on: 2009-06-12
amount: $7,900
Project: Media Grant
Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Down the Fort, a Video DocumentaryDocumentary Educational Resourcesmore

An archive and documentary project that focuses on the Gloucester Sicilian fishing community known locally as "the Fort." The Down the Fort project seeks to create a permanent record of the neighborhood's history, and to open a multimedia channel for exploring the story of Sicilian immigration, the hard working families and members of the fishing industry, and the neighborhood's profile in a changing urban landscape.

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

project director: James Wehmeyer
awarded on: 2009-06-12
amount: $9,750
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Teaching for Global Understanding in the 21st CenturyPrimary Sourcemore

Teaching for Global Understanding in the 21st Century, a week long summer institute for K-12 teachers in Massachusetts.

Primary Source
Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Deborah L. Cunningham
awarded on: 2009-06-12
amount: $10,000
Project Grant
Becket, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

Free PillowTalks at Jacob's Pillow Dance FestivalJacob's Pillow Dance Festivalmore

Presentations about the colorful history and varied forms of dance.

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Becket, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: David Barrett
awarded on: 2009-06-12
amount: $5,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

World Wide Views on Global Warming: MassachusettsMuseum Of Sciencemore

One of six US consensus conferences for laypeople on the issue of global warming.

Museum Of Science
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: David Sittenfeld
awarded on: 2009-06-12
amount: $8,274

Public programming to accompany the exhibit of South Danvers war correspondence.

Peabody Institute Library
Peabody, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Nancy Barthelemy
awarded on: 2009-06-12
amount: $2,025
Project: Media Grant
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Yankees Fight the KaiserUniversity of Massachusetts Amherstmore

Archival research and the acquisition of WWI footage shot by the US Army Signal Corps for a documentary.

University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Ed Klekowski
awarded on: 2009-06-12
amount: $10,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Jamaica Plain, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

The Nine Who Dared: Crisis in Little RockTheatre Espressomore

"The Nine Who Dared: Crisis in Little Rock" an interactive play for middle and high school students about the desegregation crisis of 1957, presented at the John Adams Courthouse.

Theatre Espresso
Jamaica Plain, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Derek Nelson
awarded on: 2009-06-12
amount: $10,000

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