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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.  

 
 
Discussion: Reading Grant
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Understanding Islam - Jones LibraryJones Librarymore

Reading and discussion series about Islam.

Jones Library
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Beth Girshman
awarded on: 2004-06-22
amount: $500
Project Grant
Lexington, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

The Lure of the West: Films and LiteratureNational Heritage Museummore

A reading and discussion series and film/discussion series to accompany an exhibit of American West artifacts.

National Heritage Museum
Lexington, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Alice Promisel
awarded on: 2004-06-11
amount: $3,500

A videotaped oral history project about the five villages of Montague, produced in honor of Montague's 250th anniversary. The programs will air on a local access television station in late 2004.

Montague Community Cable Incorporated
Turners Falls, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Jeffrey Singleton
awarded on: 2004-06-11
amount: $3,480
Project: Media Grant
Walpole, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

Monkey Dance Distribution GrantCenter For Independent Documentarymore

The distribution grant will cover the production of a high school teacher's guide to accompany the documentary, design and printing of a poster to promote local screenings, and film festival entry costs.

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

project director: Julie Mallozzi
awarded on: 2004-06-11
amount: $4,980
Project Grant
Lexington, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Discover Roxbury's Art and HistoryThe Bridges Programmore

A series of five "moving lecture" bus tours highlighting Roxbury's history, art and culture, led by experts in their fields.

The Bridges Program
Lexington, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Marcia Butman
awarded on: 2004-06-11
amount: $4,000
Project Grant
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

Concord River Greenway HistoryLowell Parks & Conservation Trustmore

An oral history project that will utilize interviews with residents of neighborhoods that abut the Concord River in Lowell. The end products will be a lengthy oral history document, a Concord River Greenway brochure, and historical signage.

Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

project director: Kristin McCauley
awarded on: 2004-06-11
amount: $3,600
Project Grant
Shrewsbury, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Yours for Humanity--Abby, A One-Act PlayWorcester Women's History Projectmore

A one-woman play about Abby Kelley Foster.

Worcester Women's History Project
Shrewsbury, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Linda B. Rosenlund
awarded on: 2004-06-11
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Medford, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Website DesignRoyall House Associationmore

The designing of a website for the Royall House, the only home in New England with preserved slave quarters.

Royall House Association
Medford, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Fred Schlicher
awarded on: 2004-06-11
amount: $1,680

A UMass-published anthology containing the articles upon which the lectures for Historic Northampton's lecture series commemorating the 350th anniversary year of the city of Northampton were based.

Historic Northampton
Northampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Kerry Buckley
awarded on: 2004-06-11
amount: $5,000
Project: Media Grant
New York, NY, New York County

The Political Dr. SeussThe New Pressmore

A 90-minute documentary film on the little known political side of Theodor Seuss Geisal, a Springfield native.

The New Press
New York, NY, New York County

project director: Ron Lamothe
awarded on: 2004-06-11
amount: $5,000
Project: Media Grant
Walpole, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

Plastic: Credit Cards and the Culture of DebtCenter For Independent Documentarymore

A documentary investigating the culture of debt in America.

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

project director: Tim Wright
awarded on: 2004-06-11
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Salem, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

Witch House Family Program SeriesWitch Housemore

A series of educational public programs to enhance the Witch House's role as a center for community involvement and local history. The Witch House is the only historic building in Salem with direct ties to the witchcraft trials of 1692.

Witch House
Salem, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Elizabeth Seater
awarded on: 2004-06-11
amount: $3,400
Discussion: Reading Grant
Wilbraham, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

The American Short StoryWilbraham Public Librarymore

A library reading and discussion series.

Wilbraham Public Library
Wilbraham, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

project director: Ardie McEathron
awarded on: 2004-05-18
amount: $150
Project Grant
Mashpee, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

Voices from the Oak TreeOversoul Theatre Collective, Inc.more

A series of public presentations focusing on the oral and literary traditions of the Wampanoag people.

Oversoul Theatre Collective, Inc.
Mashpee, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: Morgan J. Peters
awarded on: 2004-03-15
amount: $2,500
Project Grant
Salem, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

Nathaniel Hawthorne Bicentennial LecturesHouse of the Seven Gablesmore

Three lectures about the life, work and legacy of Nathaniel Hawthorne during 2004, the bicentennial of his birth.

House of the Seven Gables
Salem, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Alexandria Mason
awarded on: 2004-03-12
amount: $3,000
Project Grant
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Project 2050New World Theatermore

"Knowledge for Power" sessions for the Project 2050 summer retreat, a yearly ten-day gathering of artists, scholars, and a racially diverse group of 45 Western Massachusetts youth, at which themes connected to the projected demographic shift of 2050--when people of color will become the majority in the US--are explored through artistic and scholastic expression.

New World Theater
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Talvin Wilkes
awarded on: 2004-03-12
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Chestnut Hill, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Still Present PastsBoston Collegemore

A multi-media exhibit that explores the legacies of the Korean war and encourages reflection about the devastation of all wars.
(project website)

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

project director: G. Ramsay Liem
awarded on: 2004-03-12
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
West Tisbury, MA, Dukes County (Cape & Islands)

African American Heritage TrailAfrican American Heritage Trail of Martha's Vineyardmore

The publication of a revised and expanded version of the African American Heritage Trail book that will include information on more sites on Martha's Vineyard.

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

project director: Elaine C. Weintraub
awarded on: 2004-03-12
amount: $3,500

A subvention grant for a study of Massachusetts archaeologist Roland Robbins to be published by the University Press of New England in the fall of 2004.

University of Maryland
College Park, MD, Prince Georges County

project director: Donald W. Linebaugh
awarded on: 2004-03-12
amount: $1,000
Project: K-12 Grant
Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

The Genesis and Genius of IslamPrimary Sourcemore

An interdisciplinary summer institute on Islam. The course will explore the development of Islamic religious, social, and political life over time and across several cultures.

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

project director: Deborah L. Cunningham
awarded on: 2004-02-13
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Bedford, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Changing Lives Through LiteratureMiddlesex Community Collegemore

Books and transportation for CLTL, an alternative sentencing program for repeat offenders of literature discussions in a college setting.

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

project director: Jean Flanagan
awarded on: 2003-12-13
amount: $5,000

Public events in conjunction with the annual conference of the Organization of American Historians. The featured topics are the 60th Anniversary of Japanese American draft resistance in WWII, the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education and the 30th anniversary of the Garrity decision on busing.

Organization of American Historians
Bloomington, IN, Monroe County

project director: Sarah Deutsch
awarded on: 2003-12-13
amount: $3,835

A local history curriculum for fifth grade students and teachers in the New Bedford public schools consisting of reading, writing, research and interactive activities focused on New Bedford architecture, 19th century social and domestic history and Quakerism. Based on selected primary sources.

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

project director: Blair Walker
awarded on: 2003-12-12
amount: $4,042

A collaborative inquiry into the work of writer Grace Paley, including three work-in-progress performances and a culminating staged reading of A State of Grace, a new play that dramatizes Paley's short stories, essays and poems.

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

project director: Debra Wise
awarded on: 2003-08-27
amount: $3,000
Project Grant
Chestnut Hill, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Ending the Silence: Korean Americans Remember the Korean WarBoston Collegemore

Support of the planning phase of an exhibit devoted to the legacy of the Korean War for Korean Americans.

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

project director: G. Ramsay Liem
awarded on: 2003-03-14
amount: $4,550
Project Grant
Dorchester, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Ancient Fishweir Permanent Panels in Arlington Street SubwayTouchable Stories, Inc.more

Production costs to cover the design and writing of two 5' by 12' enamel panels to be permanently installed in the Arlington Street T station when it is renovated in the fall of 2003. The panels will tell the story of the 5000-year-old fishweirs that are buried under the Back Bay, alongside the tracks of the Green Line.

Touchable Stories, Inc.
Dorchester, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Ross Miller
awarded on: 2003-03-14
amount: $4,000
Project Grant
Lawrence, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

Robert Frost's Lawrence: A Visual RecordRobert Frost Foundationmore

Support of an exhibit of photographs and historical artifacts highlighting Frost's poetry to the city where he spent much of his adolescence and young adulthood, illuminating the public as to how Frost's poems were inspired by a history and culture of the textile-manufacturing city.

Robert Frost Foundation
Lawrence, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Mary Ellen Janeiro
awarded on: 2003-03-14
amount: $5,000
Discussion: Reading Grant
Leominster, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Autobiography: Writing and MemoryFriends of the Leominster Public Librarymore

A reading and discussion series that examines four autobiographies of people from varying cultural circumstances and ethnicities.

Friends of the Leominster Public Library
Leominster, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Edward Bergman
awarded on: 2002-08-07
amount: $400

M. Bruchac presents Native American versions of folktales in collaboration with the Wenham Museum's exhibit of the same theme. Two sessions will be held; one for teachers and adults, one for families. The Beverly group Help for Abused Women and Children will transport mothers and children free of charge.

Wenham Museum
Wenham, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Carolyn Simmonds
awarded on: 2002-02-22
amount: $2,205
Project Grant
Lenox, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

Berkshire Country Day School Du Bois ProjectBerkshire Country Day Schoolmore

Educational music/theater piece based on the life and work of W.E.B. Du Bois

Berkshire Country Day School
Lenox, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: John Hadden
awarded on: 2002-02-16
amount: $5,000

Two one-day workshops focusing on the historical, cultural, and linguistic background of the Haitian and Capeverdean communities in Boston.

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

project director: Erik Jacobson
awarded on: 2002-01-16
amount: $1,250
Project Grant
Conway, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

Remember My NameStraight Ahead Picturesmore

An ongoing project recording the process of restoring the Danvers State Hospital cemetery. The end result will be short, time-lapse film of the last month that the graves remain unmarked.

Straight Ahead Pictures
Conway, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Laurie Block
awarded on: 2001-12-19
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

An Oral Histoy of Cy LeMieuxAmerican Textile History Museummore

An oral history project focusing on the experiences of a ninety-six year old expert on machinery used in Massachusetts mills during most of the twentieth century.

American Textile History Museum
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

project director: Helen Stroud
awarded on: 2001-09-20
amount: $622
Discussion: Reading Grant
Winchendon, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Family Affairs Series BFriends of the Beals Memorial Librarymore

A library reading and discussion series.

Friends of the Beals Memorial Library
Winchendon, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Elaine Gaspard
awarded on: 2001-09-12
amount: $936
Project Grant
Dennis, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

Anna Howard Shaw Meets Harriet TubmanEventide Theatre Companymore

An Eventide Arts Festival drama that poses the question, what would be the nature of a conversation between Rev. Anna Howard Shaw, one of the first female ministers who preached at the Dennis Union Church from 1878-1885 and Harriet Tubman. The dialogue has been informed by Shaw's writing and illuminates attitudes about race that permeated the Cape during the latter part of the nineteenth century.

Eventide Theatre Company
Dennis, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Noel Tipton
awarded on: 2001-07-19
amount: $1,500
Project Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

The Artist's Role in Effecting Social ChangeMassachusetts College of Art Foundationmore

A free lecture series investigating the various ways artists have been and can be involved in their communities, both socially and politically.

Massachusetts College of Art Foundation
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Nicholas Sorlien
awarded on: 2001-07-19
amount: $2,495
Project Grant
Northampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

The Goody Parsons CaseHistoric Northamptonmore

A multifaceted program on witchcraft that builds on primary documents, historical artifacts, and humanities scholarship to develop public programs and exhibits to enrich K-12 curriculum.

Historic Northampton
Northampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Kerry Buckley
awarded on: 2001-06-26
amount: $2,500
Project Grant
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

The Laces of IpswichAmerican Textile History Museummore

The planning of an exhibition intended to increase the public's understanding and appreciation of the significance of the handmade lace production in the New England Town of Ipswich, Massachusetts between 1750 and 1840 as a social, economic, and cultural phenomenon and to provide insight into the lives of the women who made the lace, some of the nation's first entrepreneurs.

American Textile History Museum
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

project director: Diane F. Affleck
awarded on: 2001-06-08
amount: $15,000
Project Grant
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Project 2050New World Theatermore

Given the profound demographic changes that will be evident in the year 2050, these seminars and workshops are designed to generate artistic responses to themes that include personal and ethnic identity, injustice, and power relationships.

New World Theater
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Roberta Uno
awarded on: 2001-06-08
amount: $25,000

Pre-performance lectures and post-performance discussions led by Resident Pillow Scholars. The talks will lead audiences through art criticism, historic and cultural interpretations, as well as live discussions with Festival artists and other people of note.

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

project director: Norton Owen
awarded on: 2001-06-08
amount: $7,500

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