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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: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

Branded on My Arm and In My SoulSpinner Publicationsmore

Publication of "Branded on My Arm and In My Soul," the holocaust memoir of long-time New Bedford resident, Abraham Landeau.

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

project director: Karen Gravel
awarded on: 2007-06-09
amount: $5,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Left on Pearl: Women Take Over 888 Memorial Drive888 Women's History Project, Inc.more

Production of a film titled "Left on Pearl: Women Take Over 888 Memorial Drive, Cambridge". Employing multiple perspectives, this documentary will tell the story of a little-known but highly significant event in the history of the Second Wave of the women's movement. The takeover of a Harvard building was the surprise ending of that year's International Women's Day March.

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

project director: Susan Rivo
awarded on: 2007-06-09
amount: $10,000
Project: Media Grant
Walpole, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

Peacemaking CircleCenter For Independent Documentarymore

Pre-production of a documentary exploring cutting-edge applications of a Native American tradition in which community members resolve conflict by convening a special ritual circle.

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

project director: Julie Mallozzi
awarded on: 2007-06-09
amount: $10,000
Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant
Plainfield, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Hidden Walls, Hidden Mills, Exploring the Plainfield LandscapePlainfield Historical Societymore

Design of self-guided outings for a family audience that explore the history and ecology of the Plainfield landscape. Tours will involve participants in the 'discovery' of history.
(project website)

Plainfield Historical Society
Plainfield, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Pleun Bouricius
awarded on: 2007-06-09
amount: $7,500
Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant
Falmouth, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

Living Off the Land in Falmouth, Then and NowFalmouth Historical Societymore

A trolley tour focusing on Falmouth's agricultural history including a visit to a modern farm and a local community garden.

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

project director: Carolyn T. Powers
awarded on: 2007-06-09
amount: $3,090
Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

Working Waterfront Documentation ProjectCommunity Economic Development Centermore

The Working Waterfront Documentation Project will document and present the history and culture of New England's commercial fishing and port industries in conjunction with the Working Waterfront Festival.

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

project director: Laura Orleans
awarded on: 2007-06-09
amount: $9,320
Project Grant
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

John Quincy Adams in RussiaAmerican Antiquarian Societymore

Series of regional performances of a historically accurate presentation of the role of John Quincy Adams in creating the lasting bonds between Russia and America.

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

project director: James D. Moran
awarded on: 2007-06-09
amount: $4,985
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

The Color InitiativeLifted Veils Productions, Inc.more

Radio reporting initiative that will examine complex global issues of democracy, liberty, culture, history and society through the framework of human perceptions and experiences related to skin color. Aired on WGBH/BBC/PRI's The World.

Lifted Veils Productions, Inc.
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Phillip Martin
awarded on: 2007-06-08
amount: $10,000
Project: Media Grant
Harwich Port, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

Memory Breakdown?Harwich Port Library Associationmore

Pre-production funds to support research, consultation with a scholar, and the usage of archival footage for the documentary film "Memory Breakdown?" The film will feature Nina Schuessler, a Massachusetts woman who takes a trip into the unknown and finds the place where her mother's friends were guillotined.

Harwich Port Library Association
Harwich Port, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Stefan Roloff
awarded on: 2007-06-08
amount: $10,000
Project Grant
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Martha Rosler: Bringing the War HomeWorcester Art Museummore

A brochure and public programs for students and adults in conjunction with the exhibition. Includes a lecture by Howard Zinn and an artist talk by Martha Rosler.
(project website)

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

project director: Susan L. Stoops
awarded on: 2007-06-08
amount: $5,000
Scholar in Residence Grant
Attleboro, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

Attleboro Area Industrial Museum SIRAttleboro Area Industrial Museummore

Research into Attleboro's great fire of 1898.

Attleboro Area Industrial Museum
Attleboro, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: George Shelton
awarded on: 2007-04-15
amount: $2,500
Scholar in Residence Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Inquiry into the Role of African-Americans at Old NorthOld North Foundationmore

Research on the lives of enslaved and free Africans and African-Americans who were members of the Old North congregation.

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

project director: Christine Baron
awarded on: 2007-03-13
amount: $2,500
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Our American CousinLive in Concert, Inc.more

Peformances of a new opera with music by Eric Sawyer and libretto by John Shoptaw. Set in Ford's Theatre on the night of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln in 1865, "Our American Cousin" provides and unusal lens on the events of that evening by telling its story both from the perspective of the actors who were onstage at the time and from that of President and Mrs. Lincoln as they watched the show from their box.

Live in Concert, Inc.
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Eric Sawyer
awarded on: 2007-03-13
amount: $7,500
Project: Media Grant
Brooklyn, NY, Kings County

Thomas Paine: Voice of the RevolutionOld Stone House of Brooklynmore

Documentary exploring Thomas Paine's contributions to democracy.

Old Stone House of Brooklyn
Brooklyn, NY, Kings County

project director: Karen Thorsen
awarded on: 2007-03-09
amount: $10,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Jamaica Plain, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

"Uprising on King Street" The Boston Massacre" at the John Adams CourthouseTheatre Espressomore

Performances of an original play examining the nature of justice during times of military occupation followed by a debate.

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

project director: Derek Nelson
awarded on: 2007-03-09
amount: $10,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Ashfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

Art as Healer and ProvocateurDouble Edge Theatremore

A three evening event including an exhibition by Polish-Jewish artist and Holocaust survivor Mira Zelechower-Aleksiun, a presentation of Double Edge's original production, "Republic of Dreams," based on the life of WWII-era Polish-Jewish writer and artist Bruno Schulz, and a symposium featuring Mexican-Jewish writer/scholar Ilan Stavans, German-American author/scholar Sigrid Bauschinger, Congregation B'Nai Israel Rabbi Justin David and Double Edge artists Carlos Uriona and Stacy Klein.

Double Edge Theatre
Ashfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Stacy Klein
awarded on: 2007-03-09
amount: $6,631
Project Grant
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Environmental Change and Society: Massachusetts as a ModelFriends of WFCRmore

A 24 part radio series using Massachusetts as a model to document the connections between environmental change and human history.

Friends of WFCR
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Laurie Sanders
awarded on: 2007-03-09
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

New England News Forum OutreachUniversity Of Massachusetts Amherstmore

Panel discussions in Boston and Springfield discussing the role of the press in society and introducing the audience to the New England News Forum.

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

project director: Steve J. Simurda
awarded on: 2007-03-09
amount: $2,350
Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant
Orleans, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

300 Years of Mapping Orleans and Cape Cod, 1600-1900Orleans Historical Societymore

Exhibit of antique maps showing how cartographic depictions of the area were used to not only assist with the exploration and trade commerce of the coastal area, but as a marketing tool for prospective colonists from the old world. Guest speakers will discuss the history, interpretation and collecting of antique maps.

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

project director: Tamsen Cornell
awarded on: 2007-03-09
amount: $2,000
Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Massachusetts Poetry Outreach ProjectThe Commonwealth Foundationmore

Creation of a database including MA poets, poetry organizations, poetry programs, readings, poetry societies, workshops and opportunities for public poetry for use by anyone seeking to promote poetry within the Commonwealth.

The Commonwealth Foundation
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Michael Ansara
awarded on: 2007-03-09
amount: $5,000

A theatrical production based on the lives of sailors and sailor's widows who applied for pensions after the War of 1812. The play is an outgrowth of research funded by MFH, NEH and IMLS.

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

project director: Anne G. Rand
awarded on: 2007-03-09
amount: $4,588
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Somerville, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

The Immigrant City: Then and NowThe Welcome Projectmore

The project comprises an exhibit including oral histories and artifacts at the Somerville Museum and related activities before and during the exhibit period that will provide the materials to promote a public dialogue across generation and across various racial-ethnic groups in Somerville about similarities and differences in how these immigrants experienced the American dream of liberty and justice for all.

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

project director: Warren Goldstein-Gelb
awarded on: 2007-03-09
amount: $10,000
Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

On the Road in LowellCultural Organization of Lowellmore

A multi-faceted commemorative event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the publication of Jack Kerouac's ground-breaking novel. The celebration consits of a summer-long exhibition, a film and music series and a speaker series.

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

project director: Dora St. Martin
awarded on: 2007-03-09
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Roxbury, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Presentation by Humanities Scholar During Jazz PerformanceRoxbury Action Programmore

Salim Washington will speak between sets of a jazz performance by The Makand Project to discuss the broader social implications of trends in jazz.

Roxbury Action Program
Roxbury, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: John Kordalewski
awarded on: 2007-03-09
amount: $600
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Aspiring to Liberty: Middle Eastern Identities and Conflict in Context Summer InstitutePrimary Sourcemore

A one-week summer institute cultivating teachers' understanding of the different ways liberty and justice are expressed in the Middle East. The institute will explore five themes: Colonialism and Modernity; Political Aspirations and Ideologies; Oil, Water, and Labor; Gender and Social Issues; and Ethnic and Religious Difference.

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

project director: Deborah L. Cunningham
awarded on: 2007-03-09
amount: $7,500
Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant
Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

imaginASIABerkshire Museummore

Program highlighting the connection between Eastern and Western cultures featuring an exhibit, gallery lectures, gallery programs, art courses and a festival.

Berkshire Museum
Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Melanie Mowinski
awarded on: 2007-03-09
amount: $5,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
West Tisbury, MA, Dukes County (Cape & Islands)

Linking CommunitiesAfrican American Heritage Trail of Martha's Vineyardmore

A traveling history exhibition and installation of two bronze markers honoring four women from West Tisbury who in 1963 during the years of the Civil Rights Movement, took the great risk of leaving the safety of their homes and traveled to North Carolina to take part in protests against the denial of civil rights to African American people.

African American Heritage Trail of Martha's Vineyard
West Tisbury, MA, Dukes County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Elaine C. Weintraub
awarded on: 2007-03-09
amount: $2,000
Research Inventory Grant
Brockton, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

Brockton Historical Society RIGBrockton Historical Societymore

Archival of the personal and military papers of Captain Lucius Richmond a Brocktonian and an Officer in the Fourth Massachusetts Cavalry during the Civil War.

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

project director: Derek Canavan
awarded on: 2007-02-01
amount: $1,000
Research Inventory Grant
Middleboro, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

Middleborough Historical Society Research Inventory GrantMiddleborough Historical Associationmore

Support to inventory the Lavinia Warren Bump (Mrs. Tom Thumb) collection in preparation for renewing their exhibition of material on the couple.

Middleborough Historical Association
Middleboro, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

project director: Dorothy Thayer
awarded on: 2007-01-20
amount: $1,000
Research Inventory Grant
Natick, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Research Inventory GrantNatick Historical Societymore

An inventory project for the Natick Historical Society to catalogue their collection of photographs.

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

project director: Jennifer Hance
awarded on: 2007-01-20
amount: $1,000
Project Grant
Littleton, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

Herbert J. Harwood (1854-1910)Littleton Historical Society and Museummore

Description and analysis of the life of Herbert J. Harwood.

Littleton Historical Society and Museum
Littleton, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

project director: Ann H. Himmelberger
awarded on: 2007-01-15
amount: $2,463
Proposal Development Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Partnership of the Historic BostonsPartnership of the Historic Bostonsmore

Proposal development for Partnership of the Historic Bostons.

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

project director: Wilfred Holton
awarded on: 2006-12-27
amount: $500
Project: Media Grant
Chestnut Hill, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Memory of a Forgotten War PreproductionBoston Collegemore

Pre-production work on a documentary film on the impact and legacies of the Korean War.

Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: G. Ramsay Liem
awarded on: 2006-12-08
amount: $10,000
Project Grant
Hull, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

They Had to Go OutHull Lifesaving Museum, Inc.more

The installation a permanent exhibit on the history of the coastal lifesaving station whose headquarters the museum now occupies.

Hull Lifesaving Museum, Inc.
Hull, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

project director: Victoria Stevens
awarded on: 2006-12-08
amount: $4,780

The design and installation of an exhibit on the Rotch family and its role in New Bedford's whaling industry.

Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: Kate Corkum
awarded on: 2006-12-08
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Salem, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

Witch House Program SeriesWitch Housemore

An expansion of the museum's family-oriented program series on colonial life.

Witch House
Salem, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Elizabeth Seater
awarded on: 2006-12-08
amount: $3,413

Pre-production for a feature-length documentary focusing on Daniel Ellsberg, the whistleblower who released the Pentagon Papers.

Kovno Communications
Berkeley, CA, Alameda County

project director: Judith Ehrlich
awarded on: 2006-12-08
amount: $10,000
Project: Media Grant
New York, NY, New York County

The Late Indian WarWomen Make Movies, Inc.more

Pre-production of a documentary exploring the social and spiritual impact of English colonization on eastern Indians from the perspectives of their living descendants.

Women Make Movies, Inc.
New York, NY, New York County

project director: Ann Tweedy
awarded on: 2006-12-08
amount: $10,000
Project: Media Grant
Walpole, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

Far Out: Life on and after the CommuneCenter For Independent Documentarymore

A treatment and trailer for a documentary on two sister communes in Montague, Massachusetts and Guilford, Vermont.

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

project director: Charles Light
awarded on: 2006-12-08
amount: $10,000
Project Grant
Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Between Revolutions: The Federal PeriodGore Placemore

The production and dissemination of elementary and middle school curriculum materials on the Federal Period of U.S. history.

Gore Place
Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Susan Katz
awarded on: 2006-12-08
amount: $5,000

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