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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 Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

The Long Road to JusticeJustice George Lewis Ruffin Societymore

A multi-media exhibition covering over three centuries of the history of African Americans in the Massachusetts court system. The exhibition will travel to courthouses statewide.

Justice George Lewis Ruffin Society
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Julian Houston
awarded on: 1999-12-17
amount: $25,000
Project Grant
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

Atlantic PearlSpinner Publicationsmore

A script development grant to produce a trailer for a 60 minute documentary on scalloping in New Bedford.

Spinner Publications
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: Joseph D. Thomas
awarded on: 1999-12-15
amount: $10,000
Project Grant
Newtonville, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Connick Project, Phase 1The Charles J. Connick Stained Glass Foundation, Lmore

The plans for an exhibition, catalogue, website and possibly a CD-ROM or DVD to explore the work of Charles J. Connick Associations (1912-1986) who were makers of stained glass.

The Charles J. Connick Stained Glass Foundation, L
Newtonville, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Catherine Zusy
awarded on: 1999-12-10
amount: $7,500
Project Grant
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

American Textile History Museum Video ProductionAmerican Textile History Museummore

For the installation and production of a four-minute interpretive video in exhibit "Textiles in America" which is part of a five video series about the immigrant experience in American textile history.

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

project director: Linda Carpenter
awarded on: 1999-12-10
amount: $10,000

A four-hour documentary film series on the untold stories of millions of people who participated in the struggle against apartheid and influenced the actions of the apartheid regime and their supporters.

Clarity Educational Productions
Berkeley, CA

project director: Connie Field
awarded on: 1999-12-10
amount: $25,000

Massachusetts Center for the Book will plan a two-phase literary map of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, both in-print and on-line.

Massachusetts Center For The Book
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Sharon Shaloo
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $15,000
Project Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Dante at the GardnerIsabella Stewart Gardner Museummore

Five public readings and discussions of Dante's Inferno plus an unspecified 'day-long event.'

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Margaret Burchenal
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $8,000
Project Grant
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

The Skinned Lan: Connecticut River Log DrivesUniversity of Massachusetts Amherstmore

Pre-production grant for a documentary exploring the Connecticut River log drives, 1868-1915.

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

project director: Ed Klekowski
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $10,000

Historic, interpretative installation to accompany the Korean War Memorial, extended until 10/31/02

Korean War Veterans Association Cape & Islands Chapter
Dennis, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Sarah Brophy
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $2,550

An oral history project documenting the lives of men who earned livings working at the oldest continuously operating marine railway in the country.

Gloucester Maritime Heritage Museum
Gloucester, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Harriet Webster
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $4,925
Project Grant
Newton, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

American Jewish MusicZamir Chorale of Bostonmore

Lecture on American Jewish music, including presentations by three scholars of Jewish music and history. The Zamir Chorale will sing works to illustrate the speakers' points.

Zamir Chorale of Boston
Newton, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Joshua Jacobson
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $1,150
Project Grant
East Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Maverick Photography ProjectZumixmore

Youth residents of Maverick Gardens public housing will attend formal photography training and lab courses, in order to then document images of their community, slated for demolition within the next few years. Photos will be displayed at Maverick Gardens, and a public space TBD.

Zumix
East Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Jennifer Gilbert
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $3,200

A free lecture series for adult audiences exploring selected major themes from the writings of Emerson and Thoreau: individualism, environmental vision, land use, and the relationship between science and nature.

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

project director: Judith H. Stern
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $1,565
Project Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Scribbling WomenPublic Media Foundationmore

Curriculum, lesson plans, and web site development relating to the radio play production of Sarah Orne Jewett's "The Flight of Betsey Lane", distributed by NPR in February/March 2002.

Public Media Foundation
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Valerie Henderson
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $5,000
Discussion: Reading Grant
Lakeville, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

Contemporary Massachusetts AuthorsFriends of the Lakeville Public Librarymore

Series featuring books by Massachusetts authors: _Murder at the Gardner_ by Janet Langdon, _Pagoda_ by Patricial Powell, _Family Orchard_ by Nomi Eve, _Fortune's Rocks_ by Anita Shreve.

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

project director: Donna Tibbetts
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $400
Project Grant
Brookline, MA, Norfolk County (Greater Boston)

H3 Gala ScreeningBoston Irish Film Festivalmore

The US premiere of H3, an Irish drama based on the 1981 Maze Prison hunger strikes in Northern Ireland. Writer Laurence McKeown and producer James Flynn will attend the event and discuss their film with the audience.

Boston Irish Film Festival
Brookline, MA, Norfolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Peter Flynn
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $2,015
Project Grant
Acton, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Poetry in ActonActon Memorial Librarymore

Poetry reading followed by questions from the audience featuring poet Galway Kinell in celebration of National Poetry Month (April).

Acton Memorial Library
Acton, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Wanda S. Null
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $900

The Hillside Restoration Project and the Boylston Historical Society present an interpretive and educational program on John B Gough. The program consists of a one-man play and corresponding curriculum for the Boylston Public Schools.

Boylston Historical Society
Boylston, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Nel Lazour
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $4,000

A series of public programs focusing on three aspects of nature and art as they relate to the poet, her work, and her family, especially Austin and Susan Dickinson. The programs are based at the two houses on Main Street in Amherst and include and nature walk and poetry discussion.

Dickinson Homestead
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Cindy Dickinson
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $4,720
Project Grant
Northampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

The Goody Parsons Case: A Journey to the 17th Century, Phase 2Historic Northamptonmore

Implementation of a multi-level learning experience regarding the 17th century, via the exploration of the Goody Parsons witchcraft case. Phase 2 includes: (1) structuring the website to include curriculum materials and student activities, and (2) introducing these resources to teachers via workshops.

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

project director: Kerry Buckley
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $24,985
Project Grant
Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Making Freedom II: African Americans in U.S. HistoryPrimary Sourcemore

Year two of the "Making Freedom" educational initiative to bring a more complete history of African American life into pre-college classrooms. The program is a seven-day summer institute.

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

project director: Anna Roelofs
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $25,000
Discussion: Reading Grant
Huntington, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

The Quest for Cultural Identity in AmericaHuntington Public Librarymore

Reading and discussion series of 20th century novels that examine the struggle of assimilation from a broad range of viewpoints--Jewish, African American, Asian, and American Indian.

Huntington Public Library
Huntington, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Margaret L. Nareau
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $750
Project Grant
Northampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Hope and PromiseNorthampton Arts Councilmore

An afternoon of music, film and discussion by and about Israelis and Palestinians. The film will explore the relationships between Palestinians and Israelis with a special focus on young people.

Northampton Arts Council
Northampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Bob Cilman
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $2,500

A lecture series on the ramifications of contact, trade, and cultural and agricultural exchange in the European Mediterranean, particularly the Arab influence beginning in the medieval period and the New World influences on the Early Modern period.

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

project director: Thomas Glick
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $1,740
Discussion: Reading Grant
Easthampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Autobiography: Writing and MemoryEmily Williston Memorial Librarymore

A library reading and discussion program.

Emily Williston Memorial Library
Easthampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Rebecca Plimpton
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $1,085
Project Grant
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Massachusetts Review Radio ProgramMassachusetts Reviewmore

A new radio program featuring half-hour interviews with local writers, artists, and thinkers. The objective of the program is to a medium to spotlight and celebrate the cultural life of the CT River Valley region.

Massachusetts Review
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: David Lenson
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $2,000
Project Grant
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

Moby Dick--The MarathonNew Bedford Whaling Museummore

A 25-hour nonstop reading of Moby Dick preceded by a scholar-led talk.

New Bedford Whaling Museum
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: Candace L. Heald
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $2,563

The James D. St. Clair Court Education Project has commissioned a dramatic work on the 1858 extradition of the fugitive slave, Anthony Burns to a slave owner in Virginia. A public exhibit on the life of Anthony Burns will be mounted in the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse, where the play will be staged.

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

project director: Maria Karagianis
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $25,000
Project Grant
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

The Voices of 1704Friends of WFCRmore

The research and development of a six-to-twelve part radio feature series on the Attack on Deerfield, Massachusetts of 1704.

Friends of WFCR
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Robert Paquette
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $10,000
Project Grant
New York, NY, New York County

Sacco and VanzettiNew York Foundation for the Artsmore

A feature-length documentary about the lives and legal case of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, Italian immigrant anarchists who were executed in 1927 for the murder seven years earlier of two men at a South Braintree, MA shoe factory.

New York Foundation for the Arts
New York, NY, New York County

project director: Peter Miller
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $10,000
Project Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

The Indians Who Met the Pilgrims Kit Revitalization ProjectBoston Children's Museummore

A prototype museum kit/curriculum unit about the Wampanoag people of Massachusetts.

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

project director: Juli Brownrigg
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $24,420
Project Grant
Portsmouth, NH, Rockingham County

Boys Home: The History of Fernald State SchoolCoruway Film Institutemore

One hour television program about America's first institution for the 'feeble-minded'.

Coruway Film Institute
Portsmouth, NH, Rockingham County

project director: William C. Rogers
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $20,000
Project Grant
Walpole, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

Monkey DanceCenter For Independent Documentarymore

A one-hour documentary following the stories of three Cambodian-American teenagers and Lowell's Angkor Dance Troupe.

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

project director: Julie Mallozzi
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $20,000
Project Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Slavery DocumentsCantata Singers, Inc.more

A community education program (consisting of workshops, lectures, and discussion groups) centering around the March 2002 Symphony Hall performance of a newly commissioned work by composer T. J. Anderson entitled "Slavery Documents".

Cantata Singers, Inc.
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Lisa Stiller
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $15,000
Project Grant
South Hadley, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Mt. Holyoke: Looking at LandscapeMount Holyoke College Art Museummore

An exhibition that will examine the historical significance of Mt. Holyoke, the prominent mountain that is one of the nation's cultural icons. Interpretive texts at the beginning of each section will introduce the central themes and the conceptual framework of the exhibition.

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

project director: Marianne Doezema
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $5,000

A multifaced project that will create, through visual documentation and oral history, a record of Somerville's rich cultural and architectural past. The focus of the project will be the fourteen movie theatres that defined their various neighborhoods.

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

project director: David M. Guss
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $10,000

A film based on Jay Neugeboren's memoir about himself and his mentally ill brother, Robert. The film will provide the occasion to draw together people involved with mental health--family members, medical personnel, patients, police--to explore the impact of chronic mental illness on families.

Florentine Films/Hott Productions, Inc.
Florence, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Lawrence R. Hott
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $25,000
Project Grant
Cuttyhunk, MA, Dukes County (Cape & Islands)

Gosnold's Hope: Exploration and Enduring LegacyCuttyhunk Historical Societymore

A four-part lecture series, which is part of a larger observance commemorating the 400th anniversary of the landing of Bartholomew Gosnold (1571-1607) in the Buzzard's Bay region. The focus of the project is to foster connections between the past and the present, between the Native people who lived in the region and the Europeans who explored and settled there.

Cuttyhunk Historical Society
Cuttyhunk, MA, Dukes County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Carolyn T. Powers
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $14,700
Project Grant
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Massachusetts Capitol Forum on America's FutureTeacher Center for Global Studiesmore

A series of professional development workshops for teachers using methods and curriculum materials developed by the Choices for the 21st Century Education Project at Brown University.

Teacher Center for Global Studies
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Mimi Stephens
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $3,525
Project Grant
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Life After 60Cambridge Senior Volunteer Clearinghousemore

Two public forums on the opportunities and challenges presented by aging.

Cambridge Senior Volunteer Clearinghouse
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Beverly Cassara
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $2,500

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