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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.  

 
 
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    A series of six online teacher professional development workshops on teaching civics content related to the new Massachusetts History and Social Science Framework, with a focus on how Lowell's underrepresented groups have fought, and continue to fight, for an equitable electoral process.

    UMass Lowell Research Foundation
    Lowell, MA, Middlesex County

    project director: Sheila Kirschbaum
    awarded on: 2019-12-13
    amount: $7,521
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Roxbury, MA, Suffolk County

    Young Author's Book Project: A Student's Perspective on Grove Hall, Dorchester826 Bostonmore

    Development of school curriculum on "Partners in Protest: Massachusetts Working Women and their Struggle for the Vote" for eighth-grade civics classes in commemoration of the national woman suffrage centennial.

    826 Boston
    Roxbury, MA, Suffolk County

    project director: Will Marshall
    awarded on: 2019-12-13
    amount: $7,500

    3 free public lecture and discussion events and one book discussion in coordination with an exhibit on the 18th-century writer and advocate for women's equality, Judith Sargent Murray.

    Cape Ann Museum
    Gloucester, MA, Essex County

    project director: Courtney Richardson
    awarded on: 2019-12-13
    amount: $3,610

    Design and implementation of a professional development series for K-12 social studies teachers that will include a one-day seminar (run twice) and a three-part webinar series on historical and contemporary challenges to expanding and protecting voting rights in the United States, each through a humanities lens.

    Primary Source
    Watertown, MA, Middlesex County

    project director: Daniel Osborn
    awarded on: 2019-12-13
    amount: $14,878

    Development of school curriculum on "Partners in Protest: Massachusetts Working Women and their Struggle for the Vote" for eighth-grade civics classes in commemoration of the national woman suffrage centennial.

    Stonehurst, Robert Treat Paine Estate
    Waltham, MA, Middlesex County

    project director: Ann Clifford
    awarded on: 2019-12-13
    amount: $7,550

    Daylong programming for a multi-generational audience on the history of women's suffrage, including coverage of the contributions of the African American community, and a travelling exhibit on the history of suffrage in the Berkshires.

    Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community Col
    Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County

    project director: Megan Whilden
    awarded on: 2019-12-13
    amount: $14,660

    A film series about celebrating the role of faith in our lives, along with training for high school youth enrolled in a community service program to lead discussions of the films.

    Congregational Church of West Medford dba Sanctuary
    Medford, MA, Middlesex County

    project director: Wendy Olapade
    awarded on: 2019-07-29
    amount: $3,500

    A reading and discussion series for health professionals to support the social and emotional aspects of patient care.

    Baystate Health Systems
    Springfield, MA, Hampden County

    project director: Bridget Gunn
    awarded on: 2019-07-29
    amount: $1,800

    A Scholar in Residence Grant to conduct archival research and ethnographies on race, racism, and the experiences of people of color in the Massachusetts Council of Churches.

    Massachusetts Council of Churches
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County

    project director: Laura Everett
    awarded on: 2019-07-29
    amount: $3,500

    Production of a finding aid and index for 100 issues of The Trail Maker magazine from 1933-1942.

    Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County

    project director: Lynn Saunders Cutter
    awarded on: 2019-07-29
    amount: $2,000

    A reading and discussion group for Bedford VA staff working with veterans.

    Bedford VA Medical Center
    Bedford, MA, Middlesex County

    project director: Sarah Carnes
    awarded on: 2019-07-29
    amount: $2,900

    Four panel discussions and a lecture centered on the relationship between images and words in graphic storytelling.

    Mount Wachusett Community College
    Gardner, MA, Worcester County

    project director: Michelle Valois
    awarded on: 2019-07-29
    amount: $2,900

    A series of three public events focused on how we respond to art from different time periods.

    Fitchburg State University
    Fitchburg, MA, Worcester County

    project director: Catherine Buell
    awarded on: 2019-07-29
    amount: $2,934

    A panel discussion on Mass Rock Against Racism's history and the role of music in youth movements.

    Community Change, Inc
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County

    project director: Fran Smith
    awarded on: 2019-07-29
    amount: $300

    A series free Shakespeare seminars at the Northampton Senior Center, Kinney Renaissance Center, and Christopher Heights Assisted Living.

    University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Amherst, MA

    project director: Marie Roche
    awarded on: 2019-07-29
    amount: $3,200
    Discussion Grant
    Watertown, MA, Middlesex County

    New Repertory Theatre Spotlight Symposium SeriesNew Repertory Theatremore

    A series of 6 post-performance panel discussions connected to 6 productions at the New Repertory Theatre

    New Repertory Theatre
    Watertown, MA, Middlesex County

    project director: Elena Morris
    awarded on: 2019-07-29
    amount: $3,000
    Discussion Grant
    Newton, MA, Middlesex County

    Reading King in BostonCooperative Metropolitan Ministriesmore

    A series of four discussions of works by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., each chosen to be in dialog with a national or international holiday.

    Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries
    Newton, MA, Middlesex County

    project director: Rodney L. Petersen
    awarded on: 2019-07-29
    amount: $3,000

    A community engagement and discussion project focused on Leverett's industrial history and historic landscape.

    Leverett Historical Commission
    Leverett, MA, Franklin County

    project director: Pleun Bouricius
    awarded on: 2019-07-29
    amount: $3,000

    A documentary film and discussion series with a unifying theme focused on what it means to be human.

    Documentary Educational Resources
    Watertown, MA, Middlesex County

    project director: Alice Apley
    awarded on: 2019-07-29
    amount: $3,000
    Discussion Grant
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County

    Paul Cuffe's Atlantic WorldSpinner Publicationsmore

    A series of four discussions, with four communities in Southeastern Massachusetts, of Paul Cuffe's history and legacy.

    Spinner Publications
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County

    project director: Joseph D. Thomas
    awarded on: 2019-07-29
    amount: $3,500

    A series of three symposia on the theme of witch hunts through the lens of CST's production of The Crucible.

    Central Square Theater
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County

    project director: Lee Mikeska Gardner
    awarded on: 2019-07-29
    amount: $3,000

    A public discussion of hip-hop and international youth culture, featuring AfH's teen artists and Global Artists in Residence, and scholar Elizabeth Rosner.

    Artists for Humanity
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County

    project director: Elizabeth Rosner
    awarded on: 2019-07-29
    amount: $3,500

    Two public events for middle and high school students and their parents on bachata music, a form of music that has changed in form and reputation from its Afro-Caribbean roots to its growing popularity in the U.S.

    CENTRO
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County

    project director: Vanessa De Leon
    awarded on: 2019-07-29
    amount: $3,500
    Discussion Grant
    Cohasset, MA, Norfolk County

    Great Decisions 2020Paul Pratt Memorial Librarymore

    A weekly reading and discussion series with topics on global issues chosen by the non-partisan Foreign Policy Association.

    Paul Pratt Memorial Library
    Cohasset, MA, Norfolk County

    project director: Gayle Walsh
    awarded on: 2019-07-29
    amount: $3,000

    A series of four free panel discussions exploring the history of six public housing sites in Boston.

    Massachusetts Historical Society
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County

    project director: Gavin Kleespies
    awarded on: 2019-07-29
    amount: $3,500
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    Diary of a Confused Immigrant -Telling Our StoriesAfrican Cultural Services, Inc.more

    A community based participatory research project into the experiences of the Ugandan immigrant community in Waltham, followed by public performances based on the findings.

    African Cultural Services, Inc.
    Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Juliet Najjumba
    awarded on: 2019-06-14
    amount: $12,914

    A distribution grant for a documentary focused on the life of a Jewish teen living in Germany in the 1930s who was gradually targeted by the Nazis and eventually escaped to Britain and then to Massachusetts. The project produces a trailer and a curriculum guide, and includes 6 screenings, in order to build outreach to middle- and high school teachers.

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

    project director: Susan Orleans Rieder
    awarded on: 2019-06-14
    amount: $8,750
    Project: Media Grant
    Walpole, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

    How Do You KnowCenter For Independent Documentarymore

    Creation of a documentary that explores the institution of marriage and the couples whose own marriages have broken new ground, including the first same-sex couple to obtain a marriage license in the U.S., and an interracial couple who wed overseas because of anti-miscegenation laws in their home state.

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

    project director: Alexandra Geller
    awarded on: 2019-06-14
    amount: $15,000
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant
    South Hadley, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    Facing Closed Doors: Exploring the Roots of Racial & Ethnic Exclusion Through TheaterSilverthorne Theater Company Inc.more

    A public programming series designed to complement STC's October production of "The Diary of Anne Frank". Anne's voice, in her search for identity as a child of an oppressed minority in dangerous times, is iconic.

    Silverthorne Theater Company Inc.
    South Hadley, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: J. Lucinda Kidder
    awarded on: 2019-06-14
    amount: $3,275

    Support for an exhibit and lectures making the historical connection between people gathering socially and people organizing for political change.

    Museum of African American History
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Chandra Harrington
    awarded on: 2019-06-14
    amount: $6,500
    Project Grant
    Arlington, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    The Day History Marched Down Our StreetsArlington Historical Societymore

    A permanent exhibit about the site of the most intense fighting on the first day of the American Revolution.

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

    project director: Sara Lundberg
    awarded on: 2019-06-14
    amount: $7,500
    Project Grant
    Concord, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    Robbins House Family Tree ExhibitThe Robbins Housemore

    Creation of an expansive "family tree" exhibit.

    The Robbins House
    Concord, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Liz Clayton
    awarded on: 2019-06-14
    amount: $7,500
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    The Citizens' Senate: Women's Fight for SuffrageEdward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senatemore

    Production of a 20-minute program on the suffrage movement in the U.S., with a focus on 1910-20, that will become part of EMK's rotating repertoire of daily programs.

    Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Caroline Burke
    awarded on: 2019-06-14
    amount: $15,000
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant
    Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    Springfield Public ForumSpringfield Public Forummore

    A lecture series centered around "The Achievement Gap."

    Springfield Public Forum
    Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Michelle Morash
    awarded on: 2019-06-14
    amount: $7,500
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Plymouth, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

    "Biography of the Landscape: Unearthed Voices of 17th Century Plimoth/Pawtuxet" ExhibitionPlimoth Plantation, Incmore

    An exhibit on the relationships between Pilgrim settlers, Wampanoag peoples, and their shared environment. In addition to the exhibit, Plimoth Plantation will also hold public lectures.

    Plimoth Plantation, Inc
    Plymouth, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

    project director: Sarah Rose
    awarded on: 2019-06-14
    amount: $14,925
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Great Barrington, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    Paradise for All: Forging New Aspirations Through MentorshipFlying Cloud Institutemore

    A project with 20 underserved Pittsfield girls in an after-school science program that uses theater and humanities-based discussion to help them understand the production of scientific knowledge as a process shaped by social and cultural forces.

    Flying Cloud Institute
    Great Barrington, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Lindsey Berkowitz
    awarded on: 2019-06-14
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Media Grant
    Melrose, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    When Voices Carry: The Power of Voices from InsideFilmmakers Collaborativemore

    A pre-production film grant for a documentary on the experiences of four women from Voices From Inside, a Greenfield-based organization that facilitates writing groups for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women.

    Filmmakers Collaborative
    Melrose, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Alexandra Wagman
    awarded on: 2019-06-14
    amount: $15,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    New York, NY, New York County

    Valley Playwright MentorshipFractured Atlasmore

    Two concurrent series of scholar-supported workshops in which Franklin County youth explore the social and historical context of their identity and develop a performance based on the workshops.

    Fractured Atlas
    New York, NY, New York County

    project director: Jonathan Mirin
    awarded on: 2019-06-14
    amount: $10,670
    Research Inventory Grant
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    Preservation of Auburn's Winfried P Sommerfeld Photographic ArchivePhotographic Preservation Centermore

    Inventory, organization, and digitization of items from the collection of photographer Winfried Sommerfeld.

    Photographic Preservation Center
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Fred Mirliani
    awarded on: 2019-05-13
    amount: $2,000
    Discussion Grant
    Norwood, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

    Reading Frederick Douglass TogetherOld Parish Preservation Volunteers, Inc.more

    A community reading and discussion of Douglass's speech on the meaning of the 4th of July.

    Old Parish Preservation Volunteers, Inc.
    Norwood, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Patricia Fanning
    awarded on: 2019-05-13
    amount: $500

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