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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: Media Grant
Portland, ME, Cumberland County

Henry David Thoreau, Surveyor of the SoulMaine Alliance of Media Artsmore

Preproduction phase of a feature length documentary film on Thoreau's profound impact on American literature and culture and how his are as influential today.

Maine Alliance of Media Arts
Portland, ME, Cumberland County

project director: James Coleman
awarded on: 2005-09-10
amount: $10,000
Research Inventory Grant
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

RIG: Lowell Historical SocietyLowell Historical Societymore

A scholary inquiry into the papers of Lowell-based magician, Louis Ackerman, as a means to explore the history of popular culture of the city and the country.

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

project director: Denise Cailler
awarded on: 2005-06-30
amount: $1,000
Research Inventory Grant
Brockton, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

RIG: Brockton Historical SocietyBrockton Historical Societymore

Organization of the Brockton Historical Society's collection of materials documenting the life and career of Rocky Marciano, famous boxer and Brockton resident.

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

project director: Robert Wychulis
awarded on: 2005-06-30
amount: $1,000
Research Inventory Grant
Raynham Center, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

RIG: Raynham Historical SocietyRaynham Historical Societymore

Inventory of artifacts of the Leonard family, one of the oldest in Raynham.

Raynham Historical Society
Raynham Center, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: Eleanor B. Calvin
awarded on: 2005-06-30
amount: $1,000
Research Inventory Grant
Fall River, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

RIG: The Lyman ReserveLyman Reservemore

Project tracing the conservation legacy of a notable Massachusetts family, that of Theodore Lyman via an extensive collection of artifactual, photographic and written items.

Lyman Reserve
Fall River, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: Susan Edwards
awarded on: 2005-06-30
amount: $1,000

Exhibit enhancement for Stopping the Clock; A Time to Remember Salem's Pequot Mill Strike of 1933

Salem Harbor Community Development Corporation
Salem, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Aviva Chomsky
awarded on: 2005-06-12
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Crossroads of Cultures: The Islamic World, 750-1400Primary Sourcemore

A summer teachers' institute that will explore the ways that the proximity of Asia, Africa and Europe prompted cultural sharing and hybrids of many kinds in the Islamic world of the mid-8th to late 15th centuries.

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

project director: Deborah L. Cunningham
awarded on: 2005-06-10
amount: $5,000

A semester-long college course to be taught at the Hampden County Correctional Center's Women's Unit that will bring together incarcerated students and students from Mount Holyoke College in a classroom in the prison.

Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Simone W. Davis
awarded on: 2005-06-10
amount: $1,915
Project Grant
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Project 2050 Knowledge for Power ProgramNew World Theatermore

The humanities component of Project 2050's ten-day residential retreat for participating Massachusetts youth. This year's theme confronts issues of "war" in all its forms and the gender implications of contemporary social, political, and military conflicts.

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

project director: Andrea Assaf
awarded on: 2005-06-10
amount: $5,000

A conceptual plan, draft text, and exhibit format for an orientation exhibit to the site of the museum complex.

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

project director: Alexandria Mason
awarded on: 2005-06-10
amount: $5,000
Project: Media Grant
Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

SecondHand: Lives and Afterlives of the Social FabricDocumentary Educational Resourcesmore

Preproduction support for a documentary exploring the linked cultures and histories of used clothing, focusing on the immigrant experience in Boston.

Documentary Educational Resources
Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Hanna R. Shell
awarded on: 2005-06-10
amount: $10,000
Project Grant
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

Working Waterfront Documentation ProjectCommunity Economic Development Centermore

Audio-taped interviews with fishermen and others whose work and lives are linked to the New Bedford/Fairhaven port. This oral history project will be done in conjunction with the second annual "Working Waterfront Festival."

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

project director: Laura Orleans
awarded on: 2005-06-10
amount: $4,750
Project Grant
Whitinsville, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Honoring Eleanor RooseveltFranklin D. Roosevelt American Heritage Center, Inc.more

A public event honoring Eleanor Roosevelt featuring, a dramatic portrayal of Eleanor Roosevelt, a book talk by author/historian Dr. Cathy D. Knepper, and a concert of big-band music from the 40s.

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

project director: Cyrus Lipsitt
awarded on: 2005-06-10
amount: $4,962
Project Grant
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Afterburn-Willie Cole: selected works 1997-2004Worcester Art Museummore

A gallery brochure and public programs for youth and adults in conjunction with an upcoming exhibition, Afterburn-Willie Cole: Selected works 1997-2004.

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

project director: Susan L. Stoops
awarded on: 2005-06-10
amount: $5,000
Project: K-12 Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Shakespeare and JusticeDiscovering Justice: James D. St. Clair Court Public Ed Projmore

A collaboration with Discovering Justice and the Actors' Shakespeare Project to produce matinees in the courtroom of the Moakley US Courthouse for 9th-12th graders.

Discovering Justice: James D. St. Clair Court Public Ed Proj
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Maria Karagianis
awarded on: 2005-06-10
amount: $5,000

90-minute tv documentary on Madame Helena Rubenstein and Miss Elizabeth Arden, two entrepreneurial women from different parts of the world, who pursued the American Dream by creating new industries in the time of a rising consumer culture.

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

project director: Ann C. Grossman
awarded on: 2005-06-01
amount: $10,000
Discussion: Reading Grant
Medford, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Crime and the Cultural LandscapeMedford Public Librarymore

Library reading and discussion series.

Medford Public Library
Medford, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Victoria Schneiderman
awarded on: 2005-05-23
amount: $500
Scholar in Residence Grant
North Oxford, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Scholar in Residence - Clara Barton Birthplace MuseumClara Barton Birthplace Museummore

"Clustering Memories of Clara" - Developing an interpretive plan that tells the complete story of Clara Barton - the child, the woman, the humanitarian, the inspiration.

Clara Barton Birthplace Museum
North Oxford, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Cathy Woods
awarded on: 2005-05-02
amount: $2,500
Scholar in Residence Grant
Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

Scholar in Residence - Berkshire Historical SocietyBerkshire Historical Societymore

Tor Court in Context: Impact of the Gilded Age on the economic and physical development in Pittsfield.

Berkshire Historical Society
Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Catherine Reynolds
awarded on: 2005-04-27
amount: $2,500
Scholar in Residence Grant
Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Scholar in Residence - Robert Treat Paine Historical TrustStonehurst, Robert Treat Paine Estatemore

Research aimed to deep understanding and interpretation of the servants that lived on the property of Stonehurst.

Stonehurst, Robert Treat Paine Estate
Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Ann Clifford
awarded on: 2005-04-27
amount: $2,500
Scholar in Residence Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Scholar in Residence - Forest Hills Educational TrustForest Hills Educational Trustmore

Documentation and cataloguing of representative selection of both unusual and typical sculpture, gravestones and monuments by "anonymous" or little-known carvers which mark 19th century family burial lots.

Forest Hills Educational Trust
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Cecily Miller
awarded on: 2005-04-27
amount: $2,500
Project: Media Grant
Chicago, IL

Identity CrisisThe Kindling Groupmore

A one-hour documentary for Public Television that explores and life and ideas of Erik H. Erikson - the psychoanalyst who developed the concept of identity and, most famously, the identity crisis.

The Kindling Group
Chicago, IL

project director: Daniel Alpert
awarded on: 2005-04-21
amount: $10,000
Project Grant
Lenox, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

The Bankside Humanities SeriesShakespeare & Companymore

Free public lecture/demonstrations on the historical and cultural aspects of the Renaissance that helped shape the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries.

Shakespeare & Company
Lenox, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Mel Cobb
awarded on: 2005-04-21
amount: $4,500

Revised and expanded booklet that will serve as a primary text for a Summer 2005 African American studies colloquium and for subsequent curriculum development in public school districts.

Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area
Lakeville, CT, Litchfield County (Berkshire)

project director: Rachel Fletcher
awarded on: 2005-04-21
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Juniper Literary FestivalUniversity of Massachusetts Amherstmore

Annual gathering of readers, writers, scholars, editors, publishers and independent journals and presses.

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

project director: Lisa Olstein
awarded on: 2005-04-21
amount: $5,000

Symposium bringing together journalists, filmmakers, etc. who use documentation of violations with scholars who approach it from theoretical perspectives.

Brandeis University
Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Leigh Swigart
awarded on: 2005-04-21
amount: $4,130

Exhibit and lecture series in Boston, the theme of which is how a Middle East community, the Assyrians, has been emigrating throughout the 20th century and adjusting to the United States.

United Assyrian Association of Massachusetts, Inc.
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Eden Naby
awarded on: 2005-04-21
amount: $4,500
Project Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

African American Sailors on CONSTITUTION in 1812USS Constitution Museummore

Exhibition planning grant to research the lives of the estimated 10-15% of CONSTITUTION'S crew who were free African Americans.

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

project director: Anne G. Rand
awarded on: 2005-04-21
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

New England Native American ExhibitBoston Children's Museummore

The planning phase for a new Native American exhibition focusing on and in collaboration with many New England tribes.

Boston Children's Museum
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Leslie Swartz
awarded on: 2005-03-17
amount: $5,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Sheffield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

If They Close the Door on You, Go in the WindowSheffield Historical Societymore

An exhibit, symposium on the African American heritage of the Berkshires and a celebration of the life of Elizabeth Freeman.

Sheffield Historical Society
Sheffield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Joanne Hurlbut
awarded on: 2005-03-17
amount: $5,000
Research Inventory Grant
Falmouth, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

Falmouth As a Summer Resort Research Inventory GrantFalmouth Historical Societymore

A study of the families of wealth and prestige who came to Falmouth in the 1880-1920's and who left behind graceful mansions and their family names on the streets, ponds and landmarks.

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

project director: Mary Sicchio
awarded on: 2004-12-30
amount: $1,000
Research Inventory Grant
Brookline, MA, Norfolk County (Greater Boston)

Research Inventory Grant: Brookline Historical SocietyBrookline Historical Societymore

Comprehensive inventory of the Devotion House, the headquarters of the Brookline Historical Society.

Brookline Historical Society
Brookline, MA, Norfolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Jean Stringham
awarded on: 2004-12-30
amount: $1,000
Research Inventory Grant
Brockton, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

Research Inventory Grant - Brockton Shoe MuseumBrockton Shoe Museummore

Inventory of the Brockton Shoe Museum collection.

Brockton Shoe Museum
Brockton, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

project director: John W. Learnard
awarded on: 2004-12-30
amount: $1,000
Scholar in Residence Grant
Salem, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

Scholar in Residence: Stephen Phillips Trust HouseStephen Phillips Trust Housemore

A study of the collections related to the second generation of the Phillips family culminating in a public lecture: From Sail to Rail: The Phillips Family After Salem's Golden Age of Sail and a written body of research material.

Stephen Phillips Trust House
Salem, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Laurie Austin
awarded on: 2004-12-30
amount: $1,250
Scholar in Residence Grant
Lexington, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Scholar in Residence: Lexington Historical SocietyLexington Historical Societymore

Reckoning with the Parkers: Three Generations of Artisan Trade in Colonial and Early Republic Lexington.

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

project director: Richard Kollen
awarded on: 2004-12-30
amount: $2,500
Project: Media Grant
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Spirit of ProvidenceUniversity of Massachusetts Amherstmore

Funds to support the pre-production of Spirit of Providence, a documentary television program about the Sisters of Providence, a small order of Catholic Sisters from Holyoke, MA, who have made a great impact in establishing non-profit healthcare institutions and social services in their communities.

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

project director: Elizabeth Wilda
awarded on: 2004-12-10
amount: $10,000
Project: Media Grant
Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

SCENES FROM A PARISHDocumentary Educational Resourcesmore

Funds for the research, production and editing of a documentary film examining social change at Saint Patrick's, a working-class Catholic parish in Lawrence, MA experiencing dramatic changes as immigrants from Latin America and Asia move to the neighborhood.

Documentary Educational Resources
Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: James Rutenbeck
awarded on: 2004-12-10
amount: $10,000

Support for transportation costs for 10 performances of the interactive historical drama, The Trial of Anthony Burns, in collaboration with the Revere Public Schools. Funds will offset costs so that 500 students in grades 9-12 can visit Orchard House and experience this program.

Louisa May Alcott Memorial Association
Concord, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Nancy Gahagan
awarded on: 2004-12-10
amount: $2,700
Project: Media Grant
Walpole, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

The Banjo ProjectCenter For Independent Documentarymore

Production grant as partial funding for a two-hour national public television documentary about the social history of the banjo. MFH funds will be used for the Massachusetts-based topics in the program.

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

project director: Marc Fields
awarded on: 2004-12-10
amount: $5,000
Project: Media Grant
Melrose, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

Telling Women's LivesFilmmakers Collaborativemore

Pre-production grant for a series of ten films about women in the American past.

Filmmakers Collaborative
Melrose, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

project director: Laurie Kahn
awarded on: 2004-12-10
amount: $10,000

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