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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.  

 
 

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
Resource Center Grant
Wilbraham, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

Desperate JourneysWilbraham Public Librarymore

Reading & Discussion Series

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

project director: Karen Demers
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $200
Project Grant
Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

Ancient EgyptSpringfield Museumsmore

Egyptian art and artifacts on exhibit at the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, 1/15/03 - 1/6/04, with related humanities programming.

Springfield Museums
Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

project director: Kay Simpson
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $15,000
Project Grant
Florence, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Northampton's Living History Community Heritage ProjectFlorence Associationmore

Short documentary of portraits of people and institutions that reflect Northampton's diverse 350-year history.

Florence Association
Florence, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: James Ault
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $10,000

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
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 humanities panel discussion about the use of film in times of war.

Provincetown International Film Festival
Provincetown, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

project director: P.J. Layng
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $3,000
Project Grant
Dennis, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

Gertrude Lawrence CelebrationEventide Theatre Companymore

Script development for a play, "GEE!," to be written by Natalie Ross Miller and based on the life of Gertrude Lawrence, one of the most celebrated actresses of the twentieth century. The play will be performed on the Gertrude Lawrence Stage at the Dennis Union Church in late August 2002.

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

project director: Noel Tipton
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $2,500
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

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
Project Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Neighborhood Partnership InitiativeBostonian Societymore

A 14-week course for nine youths and three community-based organizations' representatives with instruction on how to research, design, and implement public history projects in their own community.

Bostonian Society
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Karilyn Crockett
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $15,000

Public performances by Gerald Dickens, great-great grandson of Charles Dickens, who visited Lowell in 1842. These performances, which combine history, literature, and biography in a unique one-man show format, will include new material about that visit gathered through the research of two humanities scholars. The performances will commemorate the 160th anniversary of Charles Dickens' visit to Lowell.

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

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

Cambodian Humanities Internet CurriculumWorld Educationmore

K-12 dissemination project aimed at upgrading on-line curriculum materials that use Cambodian traditional arts to promote understanding of Khmer culture in schools and communities across the state.

World Education
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Alan C. Morgan
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $23,000
Project Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Scribbling WomenPublic Media Foundationmore

The dramatization of "Afterward," by Edith Wharton - one of the ten short stories included in the second Scribbling Women collection - and accompanying related curriculum and lesson plans.

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

project director: Valerie Henderson
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $15,000
Project Grant
Northampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Agents of Social Change in the ClassroomSmith Collegemore

A week-long teacher training institute in using selected documents from several recently opened collections collectively known as the Agents for Social Justice. The intent of this program is to provide the same level of engagement with the documents, scholarly background and curriculum support. The program will be geared for both middle and high school teachers.

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

project director: Kathleen Banks Nutter
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $2,000
Project Grant
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Contemplating NatureHitchcock Center for the Environmentmore

A public program for general audiences by Richard Nelson emphasizing the importance of our having both physical and spiritual connections to the places that we live. The scholar will also address issues surrounding our allegiance to the American landscape and explore our connections and obligations towards the earth, leading to a possible redefinition of patriotism.

Hitchcock Center for the Environment
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Tom Alworth
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $2,500

A week-long summer institute for middle and high school teachers aimed at helping teachers learn to conduct archival research so that they may enhance curricula in English Language Arts and New England social and cultural history from the 18th century through the 20th centuries. In addition, there will be a follow-up session and public presentation in the fall.

Porter Phelps Huntington Foundation
Hadley, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Marla Miller
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $10,200

A 2001 summer poetry institute for Massachusetts educators, designed to affect lasting improvements to the teaching of poetry in Massachusetts schools. A 5-day program on Boston University's Charles River campus will immerse 50 teachers and administrators in the art of poetry, reinforcing their familiarity with a broad range of poems-contemporary authors and great authors of the past, both American and those from foreign cultures.

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

project director: Robert N. Pinsky
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $21,750
Project Grant
Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Making Freedom: African-Americans in United States HistoryPrimary Sourcemore

A two-year professional development initiative including a teacher training institute to introduce Massachusetts middle and high school teachers to major resources in African-American intellectual history.

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

project director: Anna Roelofs
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $24,405
Project Grant
North Dartmouth, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

Charles Pace as Frederick Douglass PerformancesUniversity of Massachusetts Dartmouthmore

Five performances of Charles Pace as Frederick Douglass in a Southern Massachusetts community.

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
North Dartmouth, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: Kimberly Wilson
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $2,500
Project Grant
Framingham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

I'm Every Woman Symposium: Suffragettes and AbolitionistsHarmony Grove Research Centermore

A symposium with a featured speaker (Sylvia McDowell) on 19th century women activists. The event will focus on the visibility of diverse women activists in American history who varied in ideas and interests but helped to inspire positive social change.

Harmony Grove Research Center
Framingham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Edwina Weston-Dyer
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $2,500
Project Grant
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Isaiah Thomas-Patriot PrinterAmerican Antiquarian Societymore

A combination of theatrical performance by a professional actor and a facsimile/curriculum packet containing historic documents and graphic images from the collections of the American Antiquarian Society. The packet will contain background materials and lesson plans developed by classroom teachers from grades five through high school.

American Antiquarian Society
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: James D. Moran
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $2,500
Project Grant
Walpole, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

Nantucket: Rock of ChangesCenter For Independent Documentarymore

Preparations for the documentary, "Nantucket/Rock of Changes" for national broadcast by PBS. The films tells an important historical story relevant to our time: the African American whaling community of Nantucket and its fight for equal education two decades before the Civil War.

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

project director: Harlan Reiniger
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Walpole, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

Monkey DanceCenter For Independent Documentarymore

Pre-production for "Monkey Dance", a one hour documentary video following three Cambodian-American teenagers in the Angkor Dance Troupe of Lowell, Massachusetts. All three are leaders in their community who find positive solutions to challenges they face with poverty, gang violence, and ethnic identity. Their life stories will serve as a lens through which to examine issues of cultural identity, ethnic relations, and family bonds-and the role that traditional arts play in these arenas.

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

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

Completion of the production and post-productiion stages of a documentary "The North Adams Project: A Case Study for Industrial Transformation". This film is an hour long independent documentary that will examine the case of North Adams, former mill town in rural western Massachusetts, which is using a visionary arts initiative to break out of a long period of economic decline.

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

project director: Nancy Kelly
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $25,000

The completion of a one-hour documentary motion picture that examines the role of dissenting citizens as participants in the process of a democratic government. The film focuses on the Vietnam War veterans and Lexington townspeople who participated in an anti-war demonstration over the Memorial Dat weekend, May 1971.

Northern Light Productions
Allston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Bestor Cram
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $15,000
Project Grant
Provincetown, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

Still Standing: Trapfishing in AmericaProvincetown Community Compact, Inc.more

A documentary that will explore the rich tradition of trapfishing along the Massachusetts coastline and consider the crisis of a fishery in jeopardy.

Provincetown Community Compact, Inc.
Provincetown, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Seth Rolbein
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $15,000
Project Grant
Northampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

The Last Place in the WorldHistoric Northamptonmore

An exhibition about the former Northampton State Hospital to be viewed at the Center for the Arts in Northampton. The exhibition will focus on the historical and artistic aspects of the hospital through the selected works of the scholars involved in the project.

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

project director: Anna Schuleit
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $2,500
Project Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Keys to the Highway: The Big Bill Broonzy StoryEmerson Collegemore

The preproduction funding for the research and development of a four-part radio documentary and internet website on blues composer and singer William "Bog Bill" Broonzy. The project will explore the connections between African-American social, economic and cultural history, the codification of the country blues between 1925 and 1940, and the influence of the blues on American popular music.

Emerson College
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Roger House
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $9,030
Project Grant
Harvard, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Frontier Colonial House and Farm SiteFruitlands Museumsmore

A site interpretation of a frontier colonial house and farm site.

Fruitlands Museums
Harvard, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Joanne Myers
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $15,000

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