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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
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 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
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

A year-long project focusing on the history of the underground railroad in Greenfield that combines individual research, presentations, and an after school program.

Greenfield Human Rights Commission
Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Joan Featherman
awarded on: 2006-12-08
amount: $7,612

A two-part living history program featuring Elena Dodd as Eleanor Roosevelt and the Master Singers of Worcester performing a cantata about Eleanor Roosevelt's life and accomplishments.

Franklin D. Roosevelt American Heritage Center, Inc.
Whitinsville, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Cyrus Lipsitt
awarded on: 2006-12-08
amount: $3,675
Project Grant
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Never a Bad Hair DayWillis Center Cultural Institutemore

An art exhibit featuring African sculptures and an accompanying series of lectures and workshops about hair in African and African American cultures to be held in various Worcester venues.

Willis Center Cultural Institute
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Gloria Hall
awarded on: 2006-12-08
amount: $5,000
Discussion: Reading Grant
Barnstable, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

Literature in Letters: Four Centuries of the Epsitolary NovelSturgis Librarymore

Reading and discussion program coinciding with a larger year-long series centered around letters.

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

project director: Lucy Loomis
awarded on: 2006-11-07
amount: $500
Discussion: Reading Grant
Pelham, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Lost in TranslationPelham Librarymore

A reading and discussion series based on the stories of individuals who are somehow displaced, removed, or voluntarily in exile from their home contexts.

Pelham Library
Pelham, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Rebecca Frank
awarded on: 2006-09-18
amount: $500

Professional photography for the book: "Quilts: The Social Fabric of Massachusetts."

Massachusetts Quilt Documentation Project
Ware, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Lynne Bassett
awarded on: 2006-09-16
amount: $5,000

Preproduction support for a documentary film that explores New England Native identity from the point of view of view of language preservation and loss.

Northeast Historic Film
Bucksport, ME, Hancock County

project director: Ben Levine
awarded on: 2006-09-15
amount: $10,000

An oral history project to collect the memories of leather business workers and those knowledgeable about the impact of the leather industry on the daily lives of Peabody residents.

George Peabody House Museum
Peabody, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Marieke Van Damme
awarded on: 2006-09-15
amount: $3,915
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Is this America? Liberty and Justice for AllCambridge Forummore

A series of ten public programs examining the contemporary challenges to the ideals of "liberty and justice for all" on which the United states is founded. Each public program is later broadcast nationwide and available for download at WGBH on-demand.

Cambridge Forum
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director:
awarded on: 2006-09-15
amount: $8,450

A four-exhibit series on immigration and migration to Holyoke.

Wistariahurst Museum Association, Inc
Holyoke, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

project director: Kate N. Thibodeau
awarded on: 2006-09-15
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Hands on History at the Old State House MuseumBostonian Societymore

The creation of three "Hands-on-History" galleries for family learning at the Old State House Museum in Boston.

Bostonian Society
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Rainey Tisdale
awarded on: 2006-09-15
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Provincetown, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

Abraca O BarcoTown of Provincetownmore

The production of a 15-minute film to augment the Provincetown Public Library's exhibit of a half-sized replica of the schooner Rose Dorothea.

Town of Provincetown
Provincetown, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Karen MacDonald
awarded on: 2006-09-15
amount: $5,000

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