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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.  

 
 
Resource Center Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Angel of the BattlefieldState Housemore

Part of an ongoing series of tributes to some of history's most interesting and influential women, featuring a reading of "Angel of the Battlefield," the story of Clara Harlowe Barton.

State House
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Richard T. Moore
awarded on: 2000-11-06
amount: $300
Discussion: Reading Grant
Wilbraham, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

Literature of RussiaWilbraham Public Librarymore

A reading and discussion program emphasizing the pleasure and knowledge that can be found in books.

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

project director: Ardie McEathron
awarded on: 2000-10-23
amount: $300
Project Grant
Brighton, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

From Monteverdi to BeethovenBoston Baroquemore

A series of six presentations of three different lectures. These lectures will introduce audiences to concerts perspectives and information drawn from disciplines of music theory, theory and criticism which will broaden and deepen their understanding of Baroque and Classical music.

Boston Baroque
Brighton, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Martin Pearlman
awarded on: 2000-09-21
amount: $2,500

A series of lectures exploring how the landscape ecologies of Massachusetts changed as Worcester and other industrial cities and towns grew.

Worcester Natural History Society
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Russell Handsman
awarded on: 2000-07-18
amount: $2,500
Discussion: Reading Grant
Sudbury, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

The Civil War: A Second Look (biographies)Goodnow Public Librarymore

A book discussion series that focuses on themes that surround the American Civil War and biographies that were written during this period.

Goodnow Public Library
Sudbury, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: William Talentino
awarded on: 2000-07-07
amount: $935
Project Grant
Longmeadow, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

The Enchantment of Brevity: Short Story Magic at StorrsFriends of Storrs Librarymore

A scholar-led book discussion series for short stories from _Fiction: A Longman Pocket Anthology_.

Friends of Storrs Library
Longmeadow, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

project director: Fran Cress
awarded on: 2000-07-01
amount: $225
Project Grant
Concord, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

The Choreographers' ProjectSummer Stages Dancemore

A project that will bring together a small group of emerging choreographers to work together with the public at the Summer Stage Dance facilities. The project will provide a mentoring group for emerging artists and give them time, rehearsal space, dancers, and opportunities for discussion and feedback.

Summer Stages Dance
Concord, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Amy Spencer
awarded on: 2000-06-20
amount: $2,500
Project Grant
Orleans, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

Save the SaltElements Theatre Companymore

A play that was written and produced by the members of "Stages Theatre Company". It provides a vivid picture of the early nineteenth century, a critical period in history when young America's life and liberty was threatened.

Elements Theatre Company
Orleans, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Sally Kanaga
awarded on: 2000-06-20
amount: $1,575
Project Grant
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Cambridge Women in the 20th CenturyCambridge Arts Councilmore

A one year research and outreach project that will identify the impacts of women on the life of the city. The project will also encompass the development of art work that will celebrate women.

Cambridge Arts Council
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Nancy M. Ryan
awarded on: 2000-06-09
amount: $10,000

A project that is geared on engaging Franklin county residents in an examination of the impacts of changing transportation technologies.

Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA)
Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Sandra F. Thomas
awarded on: 2000-06-09
amount: $13,949
Project Grant
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

2050 ProjectNew World Theatermore

A two-year scholarly and artistic exploration of the expected mid-century demographic 'millennium shift'. Request for funding is for the first year of the project to support the scholars', artists', and facilitators' fees and expenses.

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

project director: Roberta Uno
awarded on: 2000-06-09
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
New York, NY, New York County

The Political Dr. SeussThe New Pressmore

Preproduction for a one-hour documentary film on Springfield's Theodor Seuss Geisel.

The New Press
New York, NY, New York County

project director: Ron Lamothe
awarded on: 2000-06-09
amount: $9,925
Project Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Exhibition of Handpainted Cambodian Shop SignsBoston Center For The Artsmore

An exhibition of handpainted Cambodian shop signs. These signs advertise a range of everyday activities and provides a window into the culture of Cambodians and Cambodian-Americans.

Boston Center For The Arts
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Laurie B. Kalb
awarded on: 2000-06-09
amount: $14,956
Project Grant
Concord, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Keeping Time: Clockmaking in Concord, 1790-1835The Concord Museummore

A four-month exhibit on Concord clockmaking, a day-long research symposium, and family programming related exhibit.

The Concord Museum
Concord, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: David Wood
awarded on: 2000-06-09
amount: $8,000
Project Grant
Melrose, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

A Sentence of DeathFilmmakers Collaborativemore

A 60-Minute documentary film targeted for public television and is an in-depth examination of the administration of our capital justice system.

Filmmakers Collaborative
Melrose, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

project director: Miri Navasky
awarded on: 2000-06-09
amount: $10,000

The script development stage of a one-hour documentary about the efforts of residents of North Adams to use art as an instrument of economic recovery.

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

project director: Nancy Kelly
awarded on: 2000-06-09
amount: $10,000
Project Grant
Brookline, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

EAT!Tempest Productions, Inc.more

A presentation for a general audience which will generate critical thinking about the current trend in our culture and the media: the idealization of the emaciates and the very young body as standards of beauty.

Tempest Productions, Inc.
Brookline, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Deborah Fortson
awarded on: 2000-06-09
amount: $6,000
Project Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Basketball: The Story of the GameNew England Foundation for the Artsmore

The completion of a treatment and production of a promotional video tape for a major national public television series and multimedia educational initiative about the social history of America over the last century as seen through the evolution of basketball as a major sport, entertainment, and industry.

New England Foundation for the Arts
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Martha Fowlkes
awarded on: 2000-06-09
amount: $10,000
Project Grant
Northampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Only a TeacherSmith Collegemore

The distribution of a three-part series that explores the work of current teachers through the lens of history, to show how the profession developed, where it stands today and what challenges and opportunities lie ahead. The film will be broadcast on PBS and distributed widely to schools, colleges and universities.

Smith College
Northampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Claudia Levin
awarded on: 2000-06-09
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

TUPPERWARE: Earl and Brownie's Plastic EmpireBlueberry Hill Productionsmore

A pre-production that includes research and script development for a one-hour film about Earl Tupper, Brownie Wise, and the creation of tupperware.

Blueberry Hill Productions
Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Laurie Kahn
awarded on: 2000-06-09
amount: $10,000
Project Grant
Shrewsbury, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Angels and Infidels/ Women 2000Worcester Women's History Projectmore

Support for part of the producer's fees for twenty professional actors for the major speaking roles (and seven minor ones) for a production of "Angels' and Infidels", the historic dramatization of the first National Women's Rights Convention in 1850.

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

project director: Jessie Rodrique
awarded on: 2000-06-09
amount: $25,000
Discussion: Reading Grant
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

Laughing MattersFrancis J. Lawler Branch Librarymore

A book series that will take place on Thursday evenings every other week for a total of 4 sessions in order to provide quality literature for the library's users. Organization is asking for funds in order to pay the scholar's fee.

Francis J. Lawler Branch Library
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: Sharon Pinho
awarded on: 2000-06-02
amount: $600
Proposal Development Grant
Williamstown, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

Williamstown House of Local HistoryWilliamstown Historical Museummore

The preliminary stage (planning and consulting) for a long-term exhibit that explores how and why the town of Williamstown came to be what it is, the forces and groups that shapes it, the ways in which it has reflected national developments, and the ways in which the town is unique.

Williamstown Historical Museum
Williamstown, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Nancy Burstein
awarded on: 2000-05-26
amount: $500
Project Grant
Jamaica Plain, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Call 4 Art: Collaboration of Action Representatives & TransformationUrban Improvmore

Collaboration between an academic research institution, a community art organization, a public high school and two video artists. The collaboration is about "breaking walls" that exist between the academic world/public schools and between schools/ community to share resources and expertise.

Urban Improv
Jamaica Plain, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Julie Criniere
awarded on: 2000-04-18
amount: $2,500
Project Grant
Somerville, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Connected in Time, Connected in SpaceSomerville Historical Society and Museummore

An exhibit that explores the history of Malvern Avenue in Somerville through oral history accounts and various city agencies doing research. The exhibit will also include the process used in order to obtain information about the former residents of Malvern Avenue. Exhibit related programs will include one historical musical performance, five accompanying lectures given by scholars, historians and community activists, which will act as an expansion on the process and also address related historical topics, diversity and understanding, and community building in Somerville.

Somerville Historical Society and Museum
Somerville, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Carol Menkiti
awarded on: 2000-04-18
amount: $1,850
Project Grant
North Adams, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

Cybernations: The Game DomainMassachusetts Museum of Contemporary Artmore

A panel discussion that will explore issues and aesthetics surrounding multimedia computer gaming, focusing on multi-user domain games.

Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art
North Adams, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Laura S. Heon
awarded on: 2000-04-18
amount: $2,500
Project Grant
Melrose, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

Film Talks (Filmmakers Collaborative's Speakers' Bureau)Filmmakers Collaborativemore

Develop a Speakers' Bureau that will allow filmmakers to engage in an intense dialogue with small audiences from a wide range of communities throughout the greater Boston area.

Filmmakers Collaborative
Melrose, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

project director: Michal Goldman
awarded on: 2000-03-21
amount: $2,399
Project Grant
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Making Music in Massachusetts (supplement)Club Passim, Incmore

An additional program in the series "Making Music in Massachusetts" which focuses on Caribbean musical traditions. Event is to be recorded for broadcasting purposes.

Club Passim, Inc
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Karen Lecompte
awarded on: 2000-03-21
amount: $2,300
Project Grant
Deerfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

Turns of the CenturiesPocumtuck Valley Memorial Associationmore

The creation, piloting and early dissemination of curriculum that features the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association's primary document and artifact collection.

Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association
Deerfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Timothy Neumann
awarded on: 2000-03-17
amount: $10,000
Project Grant
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

Loewen In LowellUniversity of Massachusetts Lowellmore

A series of three different events presented by scholar, Dr. James Loewen. The largest of the events will be a public presentation that will held at the American Textile Museum and informal discussions at various sites. The general aim of each event was to discussion the gross misrepresentations that are perpetuated in American history textbooks and historic sites.

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

project director: Alice Walters
awarded on: 2000-02-15
amount: $1,520

An exploration of the works of Carrie Smith Lorraine who was a photographer and central figure in history of Sheffield during the town transition from the nineteenth to the twentieth century. This series hopes to explore her techiniques in visual representation of a bygone era.

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

project director: Joanne Hurlbut
awarded on: 2000-02-15
amount: $2,465
Project Grant
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

ConversationsCambridge Historical Societymore

A series of nine lectures and discussions for the general public. Each program will focus on a different subject, chosen to reflect current scholarship and new discoveries in the areas of social, religious, literary, racial, philosophical, gender-oriented, architectural, politics, musical, artistic, and technological history. Each talk will be followed by an informal audience discussion on a related topic.

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

project director: Aurore D. Eaton
awarded on: 2000-02-15
amount: $2,500

An expansion and enhancement of an already existing writing program, by adding a stronger literary component and giving the workshop members an opportunity to share their works in public settings.

New England Learning Center for Women (NELCWIT)
Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Deborah Seidman
awarded on: 2000-02-15
amount: $2,500
Discussion: Reading Grant
Royalston, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Autobiography: Writing and MemoryPhinehas S. Newton Librarymore

A continuation of a series that was entitled, "The Journey Inward: Women's Biography" but with more diversity (includes men and women). It will explore the theme of self and writing about the self.

Phinehas S. Newton Library
Royalston, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Elizabeth Gospodarek
awarded on: 2000-02-03
amount: $450
Discussion: Reading Grant
Lakeville, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

Historical MysteriesFriends of the Lakeville Public Librarymore

A discussion group whose focus will be on the mystery theme set in historic times. There will be five different book discussions that will be educational and informative but not too heavy for the less serious reader.

Friends of the Lakeville Public Library
Lakeville, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

project director: Donna Tibbetts
awarded on: 2000-02-03
amount: $375
Project Grant
Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Education Script for Dramatic PresentationGore Placemore

Preparations and performance of a historical script for a dramatic presentation. It will directly support an educational program to introduce and develop an appreciation and understanding about the first half of the 19th century.

Gore Place
Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Susan Katz
awarded on: 2000-01-21
amount: $2,500
Project Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

A Scarlet Letter MusicalNathaniel Hawthorne Societymore

A modern, musical version of Nathaniel Hawthorne's book the "The Scarlet Letter" in honor of its 150th anniversary since publication.

Nathaniel Hawthorne Society
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Millicent Bell
awarded on: 2000-01-18
amount: $2,500
Project Grant
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

Mood Indigo: Antique and Comtemporary QuiltsNew England Quilt Museummore

An exploration of the historic and artistic use of indigo-dyed fabrics in quilts.

New England Quilt Museum
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

project director: Jennifer Gilbert
awarded on: 2000-01-18
amount: $2,473
Project Grant
Provincetown, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

Provincetown Playwrights FestivalProvincetown Theater Companymore

To fund a playwriting festival that will feature two scholars who will present workshops and script readings.

Provincetown Theater Company
Provincetown, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Margaret Van Sant
awarded on: 2000-01-18
amount: $2,500

A field research project in Cambodia related to the planning of a groundbreaking exhibition of the handpainted Cambodian shop signs.

New England Folklife Center
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

project director: Laurie B. Kalb
awarded on: 2000-01-15
amount: $1,840

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