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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
Framingham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Framingham ArchitectureFramingham Historical Society & Museummore

A major exhibition which will survey four centuries of Framingham architecture, and related programming, including the relationship of these treasures to the social, economic and cultural history of the town, providing a resource for understanding Framingham's contribution to American architectural history.

Framingham Historical Society & Museum
Framingham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Dana Ricciardi
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $4,740
Project Grant
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Schools and Society: The Current Debate on Education ReformCambridge Forummore

A series of public forums to be held at the First Parish in Harvard Square, Cambridge, on issues of education reform, the goals of which will be to explore the larger social issues that underlie the current crises of confidence in public education and to examine contemporary efforts to improve school performance with respect to their effectiveness in achieving broad-based education reform.

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

project director: Patricia Suhrcke
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

Perspectives on "The Ave"ArtWorks! Partners for the Art & Community, Inc.more

A collaborative, multidisciplinary humanities project involving a painter in residence at ArtWorks in New Bedford as well as local city experts, exploring the character of Acushnet Avenue in New Bedford's North End, a thoroughfare that has changed little over the last several decades.

ArtWorks! Partners for the Art & Community, Inc.
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: Karin G. Oen
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $1,500
Project: Media Grant
Walpole, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

Loaded Gun: Life, and Death and DickinsonCenter For Independent Documentarymore

Distribution funds and scholar honoraria and travel expenses for scholar/panelists at screenings of "Loaded Gun," a semi-comical film exploring Emily Dickinson's life and work. Funds may be used to establish the film as a teaching tool.

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

project director: Steve Gentile
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $2,500
Project: Media Grant
Deerfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

Talking to the Wall: The Story of An American BargainPocumtuck Valley Memorial Associationmore

Distribution funds for a one-hour documentary that examines, over a five year period, the impacts and struggles of two rural New England towns that have confronted large-scale retail developments and the clash between national corporate interests and community needs. The proposed distribution plan includes public tv broadcasts, a local premiere, entry in film festivals, and preparing for non-broadcast educational distribution.

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

project director: Steven Alves
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $5,000
Project: Media Grant
Edgartown, MA, Dukes County (Cape & Islands)

"Vineyard Voices, American Stories" Pre-Production ProjectMartha's Vineyard Historical Societymore

Media pre-production project consisting of oral history interviews with eight elderly Vineyard residents as resource material for the documentary film, Vineyard Voices, American Stories.

Martha's Vineyard Historical Society
Edgartown, MA, Dukes County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Linsey Lee
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $2,500
Project: Media Grant
New York, NY, New York County

Sacco and VanzettiNew York Foundation for the Artsmore

Production phase of a video documentary about the lives and legal case of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, two Italian immigrant anarchists who were executed in Boston in 1927 after a famous and controversial trial. (MFH funded the pre-production phase of the project as well.)

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

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

The Banjo ProjectCenter For Independent Documentarymore

Pre-production grant of $5000 to complete a treatment and promotional videotape for a national public television documentary about the social history of America's quintessential musical instrument - the banjo.

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

project director: Marc Fields
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $5,000
Discussion: Reading Grant
Westwood, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

Encounter in Norumbega: The Hidden Story of Early New England MapsWestwood Public Librarymore

Reading & Discussion program at the Westwood Library

Westwood Public Library
Westwood, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Thomas P. Viti
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $800
Project Grant
Sturbridge, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Northeastern Native American Basketry SymposiumOld Sturbridge Villagemore

One day public symposium on Native American basketry.

Old Sturbridge Village
Sturbridge, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Ed Hood
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $2,500
Project Grant
Lenox, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

Celebrating HawthorneShakespeare & Companymore

Shakespeare & Company, a performance and education center, produces a series of historical and interpretive events celebrating Hawthorne's bicentennial.

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

project director: Gordon Hyatt
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $5,000

Professional development initiative to expose Worcester teachers to their students' varied cultures through the study of literature.

Worcester Public Schools
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Gale Nigrosh
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $4,848
Project Grant
South Hadley, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Young Adult Literature Reading and Discussion GroupGaylord Memorial Librarymore

Reading & Discussion group exploring young adult literature.

Gaylord Memorial Library
South Hadley, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Megan Lambert
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $949
Discussion: Reading Grant
Wilbraham, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

Consider the Source: Old Tales RetoldWilbraham Public Librarymore

Reading & discussion group

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

project director: Ardie McEathron
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $300
Project Grant
Deerfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

Native American Public Interpretation ProgramHistoric Deerfield, Inc.more

Free public walking tours of past archaeological dig sites at UMass' Summer Field School in Anthropology for three weeks in June.

Historic Deerfield, Inc.
Deerfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Elizabeth Chilton
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $2,880
Project Grant
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

THE CHAIRWorcester Center for Craftsmore

Exhibition and accompanying catalogue of THE CHAIR at WCC, concentrating on the historical context and meaning of the chair's place within culture.

Worcester Center for Crafts
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Maryon Attwood
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $2,750

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
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

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

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