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    Project: Media Grant
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    Orchestrating ChangeMe2/Orchestramore

    Support for the distribution phase of a feature-length documentary film about the Me2/Orchestra in which half the musicians are diagnosed with mental illness.

    Me2/Orchestra
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Margie Friedman
    awarded on: 2019-03-15
    amount: $14,795
    Project: Media Grant
    Granby, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    "Lucio" Documentary Film Treatment and TrailerWarren Plaut Charitable Trustmore

    Production of a treatment and trailer to aid in production of a feature-length documentary film exploring U.S. immigration from Central America and the current sanctuary movement through the story of Lucio, an immigrant from Guatemala who came to the U.S. illegally and who entered sanctuary in the First Congregational Church in Amherst in 2017 after receiving deportation orders.

    Warren Plaut Charitable Trust
    Granby, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Kate Way
    awarded on: 2019-03-15
    amount: $15,000
    Project Grant
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    Sweet Souls: Voices from the Margaret Fuller House in CambridgeCambridge Historical Societymore

    Funding to conduct and interpret 12 oral histories with affiliates of Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House, a 112-year-old settlement house, adding under-documented narratives into the archives that address the relationship between providers and patrons in the settlement house movement, and reflect on how such settlement houses were transformed by patrons who became providers.

    Cambridge Historical Society
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Marieke Van Damme
    awarded on: 2019-03-15
    amount: $7,500
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant
    Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    Making Lowell's Immigration and Refugee History Accessible in the ClassroomUniversity of Massachusetts Lowellmore

    Completion of a digital site on the history of immigration to Lowell, with a particular emphasis on immigration since 1965 to make often scattered information publicly available.

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

    project director: Ingrid Hess
    awarded on: 2019-03-15
    amount: $12,500
    Project: Media Grant
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    Camera Kids - Genocide Victims and Genocide PerpetratorsThe Ground Truth Projectmore

    Production of a multimedia project for the 25th Anniversary of the Rwandan genocide this year in addition to creation of the trailer in for a film featuring three three men orphaned by the Rwandan genocide who teach photography as a healing practice to vulnerable children around the world, including at the Home for Little Wanderers in Boston.

    The Ground Truth Project
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Beth Murphy
    awarded on: 2019-03-15
    amount: $15,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    West Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    What Our Voices CarryHispanic Resource, Inc.more

    A collaboration between formerly incarcerated women, a scholar, facilitators, and a playwright to create a performance exploring the history of incarceration and its connection to the women's personal experiences.

    Hispanic Resource, Inc.
    West Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Gretchen Krull
    awarded on: 2019-03-15
    amount: $15,000

    Support for moderated conversations following a series of one-act plays written by Patrick Gabridge.

    Mount Auburn Cemetery
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Jennifer Gilbert
    awarded on: 2018-12-14
    amount: $3,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    Visions of Labor: Film and Worker VoicesUniversity Of Massachusetts Amherstmore

    Support for a project using film to help local workers see their work lives as worthy of attention, and as a part of a historical trajectory in which they are agents, including a three-day digital story-telling workshop, solicited video submissions from local workers, a 1 1/2 day conference and a website showing workers' videos.

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

    project director: Patricia A. Greenfield
    awarded on: 2018-12-14
    amount: $15,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    Translating Words and Worlds: Poetry Inside Out with ESL Teachers and Their Multilingual StudentsClark Universitymore

    Support for curricular development, a semester-long seminar for ESL teachers, and stipends for ESL teachers to learn and implement Poetry Inside Out, a translation-based approach to literary interpretation, in their ESL classrooms.

    Clark University
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Sarah Michaels
    awarded on: 2018-12-14
    amount: $14,998

    Support for a weeklong teacher's institute in July on the holocaust, genocide, and human rights, that employs a multidisciplinary approach engaging history, philosophy, ethics, and religion with an emphasis on literature and reflective writing.

    Olga Lengyel Institute for Holocaust Studies & Human Rights
    New York, NY, New York County

    project director: Cara Crandall
    awarded on: 2018-12-14
    amount: $12,209
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    CodeSwitching: Race and Identity in the Suburban SchoolhouseInterlock Media Inc.more

    Support for promotion and distribution of the documentary CodeSwitching, which explores the experience of shifting between 'home' and 'away' cultures for two generations of students who were bused from urban to suburban schools as part of Boston's METCO program.

    Interlock Media Inc.
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Jonathan Schwartz
    awarded on: 2018-12-14
    amount: $13,500
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    Boston Through a Wider Lens: Communities of Color and the Narrative of FreedomUMass Boston CANALA Institutesmore

    Support for a five-day summer teacher workshop highlighting historic sites in Boston where communities of color struggled for recognition and inclusion in the social contract.

    UMass Boston CANALA Institutes
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Elena Stone
    awarded on: 2018-12-14
    amount: $14,047
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    100 Years Later: THe Great Molasses Flood RevisitedOld South Meeting Housemore

    A series of three panel discussions exploring Boston's Great Molasses Flood of 1919, on its 100th anniversary.

    Old South Meeting House
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Erica B. Lindamood
    awarded on: 2018-12-14
    amount: $3,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    Radical Interconnectedness Festival Follow-up Public Panel ConversationEggtooth Productionsmore

    Support for historical, contextual, and interpretive conversations between scholars, artists, and participating audience on art expressing the stories of marginalized social groups.

    Eggtooth Productions
    Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Linda McInerney
    awarded on: 2018-12-14
    amount: $7,500
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    Isaiah Thomas - Patriot PrinterAmerican Antiquarian Societymore

    Support for the final planning stages of an interactive educational website on Isaiah Thomas that will introduce children, particularly high school students, to archival material.

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

    project director: James D. Moran
    awarded on: 2018-12-14
    amount: $14,935
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    For the Record: LGBTQ+ WorcesterWorcester Historical Museummore

    Support for a project that will fill a gap in Worcester Historical Museum's collections and result in an exhibition and related programming during 2019, the 50th anniversary of New York's Stonewall Uprising.

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

    project director: Bill D. Wallace
    awarded on: 2018-12-14
    amount: $15,000

    A project exploring how changing technologies have affected the fishing community in New Bedford that includes archival research, ethnographic interviews with members of the fishing community, two public exhibits, six panel discussions, and MA standards-based curricula for elementary and secondary school children.

    New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, Inc.
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Laura Orleans
    awarded on: 2018-12-14
    amount: $6,960
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Holyoke, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    Black Holyoke Oral History ProjectHistoric Holyoke at Wistariahurstmore

    Oral history collection, transcription, and creation of a gallery exhibit examining the lives and experiences of Black residents of Holyoke from the second half of the 20th century through the present.

    Historic Holyoke at Wistariahurst
    Holyoke, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Penni Martorell
    awarded on: 2018-12-14
    amount: $14,500

    A reorganization of archival documents and electronic inventories to create a searchable, accessible inventory for both scholars and the public.

    Lowell Historical Society
    Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Anthony Sampas
    awarded on: 2018-07-30
    amount: $2,000

    A three-part discussion series, led by Historian Bob Forrant, on immigration in the Lowell area.

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

    project director: Robert Forrant
    awarded on: 2018-07-30
    amount: $3,500
    Discussion Grant
    West Roxbury, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    Shaping the Social Contract - Insights from the Women of Brook FarmNew Brook Farm, Inc.more

    Two public events-moderated by Scholar Kerri Greenidge and held in Cambridge and in Roslindale-based on writings by the women of Brook Farm, a 19th-century transcendentalist community in Boston.

    New Brook Farm, Inc.
    West Roxbury, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Gretchen Dietz
    awarded on: 2018-07-30
    amount: $1,883
    Discussion Grant
    Bedford, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    Literature and the Experience of WarEdith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospitalmore

    A Literature & Medicine series, led by Scholar Ruth Rhode, at Bedford's local VA facility.

    Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital
    Bedford, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Mary Cutter
    awarded on: 2018-07-30
    amount: $1,450

    Research by Scholar Stephen O'Neill on 17th-century Plymouth Colony artifacts in order to produce a draft manuscript with photos, as well as a monograph and a public lecture.

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

    project director: Bronson Michaud
    awarded on: 2018-07-30
    amount: $3,500

    A series of discussion-based events on local history and public health, inspired by Norwood's Great Flu Epidemic of 1918 and led by Scholar Patricia Fanning.

    Morrill Memorial Library
    Norwood, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Elizabeth Reed
    awarded on: 2018-07-30
    amount: $3,000
    Discussion Grant
    Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    Who are We? Literature & Medicine at Baystate HealthBaystate Health Systemsmore

    A Literature & Medicine series, led by Scholar Kent Jacobson, at Baystate Medical Center.

    Baystate Health Systems
    Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Bridget Gunn
    awarded on: 2018-07-30
    amount: $1,800
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Jamaica Plain, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    Road to Tolerance Program ExtensionTheatre Espressomore

    The creation and implementation of in-school post-show workshops to accompany Theatre Espresso's historical plays held each year at the John Adams Courthouse for Boston Public School students.

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

    project director: Wendy Lement
    awarded on: 2018-06-15
    amount: $15,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    The Ethics of Public Memory in BostonUniversity of Massachusetts Bostonmore

    A year-long project that asks high school students to consider the ethical and philosophical questions raised by controversial public monuments-including those debated nationally, as well as controversial removals and renamings of Boston-area landmarks.

    University of Massachusetts Boston
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Nir Eiskovits
    awarded on: 2018-06-15
    amount: $14,692
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    The Peculiar Patriot: Play Reading Book Club and Public DialogueArtsEmersonmore

    A "Play Reading Book Club" for families with incarcerated members and returning citizens that will lead up to the production of "The Peculiar Patriot."
    (project website)

    ArtsEmerson
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: David Howse
    awarded on: 2018-06-15
    amount: $10,450
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    The Hurricane Maria Project: Negotiating Diaspora in Western MassachusettsWGBY TV 57more

    The creation, by Springfield-area youth producers, of three filmed segments, based in documentary journalism and storytelling, to explore the effects of Hurricane Maria on Springfield-area communities.

    WGBY TV 57
    Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Vanessa Pabon-Hernandez
    awarded on: 2018-06-15
    amount: $15,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Ludlow, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    Poetry Beyond WallsHampden County Sheriff's Departmentmore

    Three sections of a twelve-week course on poetry for male inmates at the Hampden County Sheriff's Department Pre-Release Center.

    Hampden County Sheriff's Department
    Ludlow, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Susan Goodwin
    awarded on: 2018-06-15
    amount: $11,198
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    Please Touch the ArtMosesian Center for the Artsmore

    A disability-studies exhibit-to accompany a tactile art exhibit- on the history of accessibility in arts programming and on how both blind and sighted artists and audiences influence and affect the fine arts.

    Mosesian Center for the Arts
    Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Kimberly Thompson
    awarded on: 2018-06-15
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    North Adams, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    North Adams: Discovering a Community at the CrossroadsMassachusetts College of Liberal Artsmore

    The development and launch of a digital public history project, combined with an annual History Harvest event, at which community members will share their own artifacts and stories.

    Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
    North Adams, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Ely Janis
    awarded on: 2018-06-15
    amount: $15,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    My Voice, My CommunityWorcester State Foundation Inc.more

    A project that uses performance and documentary photography to allow middle-school students in Springfield to learn about Puerto-Rican immigrant experiences in their community.

    Worcester State Foundation Inc.
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Milagros Martinez
    awarded on: 2018-06-15
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Salem, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    My Town, My HistorySalem State Universitymore

    An out-of-school digital humanities project to introduce teenagers to local history and archival research, which will result in the creation of a replicable curriculum.

    Salem State University
    Salem, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Susan Edwards
    awarded on: 2018-06-15
    amount: $12,250
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Somerville, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    Mind the Gap: The Power of Shakespeare's Language Then and NowActors' Shakespeare Projectmore

    A series of public programs to complement the fall production of Macbeth that will engage audiences-including Boston Public School students and young people recommended to the program by the Department of Youth Services and the Department of Child and Family Services-in debates about language in productions of Shakespeare's plays.

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

    project director: Mara Sidmore
    awarded on: 2018-06-15
    amount: $15,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    Inside Chinatown - Planning ProjectBoston Chinatown Neighborhood Centermore

    A project that connects experienced scholars with a cohort of Chinatown laborers-who will participate in six workshops on local history, national Chinatown histories, immigration, and documentary photography-to create original materials for a future exhibition.

    Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Cynthia Woo
    awarded on: 2018-06-15
    amount: $15,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Jamaica Plain, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    Story of Our Streets ProjectEveryday Bostonmore

    A program for young people in Boston that will combine literary discussion, archival research, and community interviews in order for participants to learn and write about Boston as a city, while focusing on the history and community of an individual street.

    Everyday Boston
    Jamaica Plain, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Cara Solomon
    awarded on: 2018-06-15
    amount: $7,500
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    Resistance and Movements: Puerto Ricans in Worcester 1960's to TodayWorcester Historical Museummore

    Research and organization of three discussion events for Puerto Rican community members to compare events in Worcester that took place in the 1960s with the current reception of those relocating in Worcester due to Hurricane Maria.

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

    project director: Olga Lopez Hill
    awarded on: 2018-06-15
    amount: $10,000

    Two events celebrating the work and legacy of Frederick Douglass: a performed mock trial with a community discussion and Worcester's annual Reading Frederick Douglass event.

    Worcester Roots Project
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Cedric Arno
    awarded on: 2018-05-14
    amount: $3,000

    Four moderated discussions to accompany performances of "The Burials", a play addressing gun violence in schools.

    Firehouse Center for the Arts
    Newburyport, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Colleen Cullen
    awarded on: 2018-05-14
    amount: $3,500

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