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Past Grants Awarded

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.  

 
 
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
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
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
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

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

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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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
Discussion: Reading Grant
East Longmeadow, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

Family AffairsFriends of the East Longmeadow Librarymore

A library discussion series that encompasses themes that have been previously discussed, community headlines, and issues.

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

project director: Ann Dotterer
awarded on: 1999-12-30
amount: $325

An exhibition and event that celebrates the publication of the anthology "Standing before Us: Unitarian Universalist Women and Social Reform, 1776-1936".

Unitarian Universalist Women's Heritage Society
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Dorothy M. Emerson
awarded on: 1999-12-21
amount: $2,500
Project Grant
Shutesbury, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Celebrate ShutesburyShutesbury Education Foundationmore

A project that will focus on Shutesbury's history from 1900-2000 by conducting a community forum, the publishing of a book and an organized community celebration.

Shutesbury Education Foundation
Shutesbury, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Gail Thomas
awarded on: 1999-12-21
amount: $2,500
Project Grant
Falmouth, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

Falmouth 2000 Life HistoryFalmouth Historical Societymore

An oral history project, museum exhibit, and companion publication documenting the lives of Falmouth residents in the 20th century.

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

project director: Ann Sears
awarded on: 1999-12-21
amount: $2,499
Project Grant
Walpole, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

Once RemovedCenter For Independent Documentarymore

A one-hour documentary film about a film maker's trip to China to meet her mother's family and learn about the role in China's convulsive political movements.

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

project director: Julie Mallozzi
awarded on: 1999-12-21
amount: $2,500
Project Grant
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Turned Out: Sexual Assault Behind BarsInterlock Media Inc.more

Script development grant for a documentary on rape within American prisons.

Interlock Media Inc.
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Jonathan Schwartz
awarded on: 1999-12-17
amount: $10,000
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
Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

Seen and Received: The Private Art of the ShakersHancock Shaker Villagemore

A year-long exhibit of Shaker folk art, the production of a catalogue, and related programming. Exhibit features the Shakers' religious art, the "gift drawings" in particular.

Hancock Shaker Village
Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Sharon D. Koomler
awarded on: 1999-12-17
amount: $15,000

An exhibition and attendant programming on representative and unusual swords from the Higgins collection.

Higgins Armory Museum - closed 2013
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Jeffrey L. Forgeng
awarded on: 1999-12-17
amount: $5,853
Project Grant
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

The Ecological Imagination: Reflections on Nature, Place and SpiritualityCambridge Forummore

A conference bringing together approximately 20 of America's outstanding nature writers to examine with each other the nature and role of the imaginative and spiritual impulses that prompt their writing.

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

project director: Mary E. Tucker
awarded on: 1999-12-17
amount: $11,060
Project Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

The City GameNew England Foundation for the Artsmore

Preproduction grant for the planning and convening of a symposium of scholars and media producers to guide the research and development for a major public television series: The City Game: Basketball and Social Life in 20th Century America.

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

project director: Martha Fowlkes
awarded on: 1999-12-17
amount: $5,000
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
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
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

A series of humanities seminars offered to BPS teachers to enrich curriculum and humanities pedagogy.

Teachers As Scholars, Inc.
Newton, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: William Holinger
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $4,779

The Fund for Women Artists will distribute a one hour documentary about Jane Sapp, a leader in cultural activism and music education workshops for 'at-risk' youth.

Fund For Women Artists
San Francisco, CA, San Francisco County

project director: Julie Akeret
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $10,000

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

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