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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.  

 
 
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    Discussion Grant
    Norwood, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

    Reading Frederick Douglass TogetherOld Parish Preservation Volunteers, Inc.more

    A community reading and discussion of Douglass's speech on the meaning of the 4th of July.

    Old Parish Preservation Volunteers, Inc.
    Norwood, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Patricia Fanning
    awarded on: 2019-05-13
    amount: $500

    Development of a tour focused on the life, writing, and activism of Robert Roberts, a leader in Boston's free black community and a servant at Gore Place. The tour emphasizes the value of labor over the denigration of service and explores the relationship between work, life, and activism, and the challenge of trying to change the world while also surviving in it.

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

    project director: Susan Robertson
    awarded on: 2019-03-15
    amount: $7,000
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant
    Eastham, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

    The Story of the First Encounter at Eastham: from Conflict to CommunityEastham Public Librarymore

    For research and writing of a revised history of the first encounter between Pilgrim settlers and Native people that will be used as the basis for web-content and programming leading up to 400th anniversary commemorations in 2020. Project programs will make the public narrative newly relevant by connecting it to crises and challenges faced by Cape residents today.

    Eastham Public Library
    Eastham, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Debra Dejonker-Berry
    awarded on: 2019-03-15
    amount: $15,000
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant
    Leominster, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    The Chinese and the Iron RoadLeominster Public Librarymore

    Funding to host a traveling exhibit created by the Chinese Historical Society of America Museum and Stanford University in addition to public programs refocusing commemorating the transcontinental railroad on the experience of Chinese workers who did much of the labor.

    Leominster Public Library
    Leominster, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: May Lee Tom
    awarded on: 2019-03-15
    amount: $4,950
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    Roxbury Strong: A Story of Emergence, Performance and Discussion SeriesBoston Public Schoolsmore

    Support for BPS and BHCC students to engage in the history and culture of Boston's Roxbury neighborhood through researching, rehearsing, performing, and leading community discussions of "Roxbury Strong," a play based on archival research and oral histories with residents.

    Boston Public Schools
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Ron T. Jones
    awarded on: 2019-03-15
    amount: $14,500
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant
    Oak Bluffs, MA, Dukes County (Cape & Islands)

    Cross-Cultural Perceptions vs. Reality Through Global ConversationsMartha's Vineyard High Schoolmore

    Funding for a project engaging the island in cross-cultural conversations, with a thematic focus on the experiences of immigrants and refugees and an interest in teaching cultural literacy by having students actually converse with people from other countries.

    Martha's Vineyard High School
    Oak Bluffs, MA, Dukes County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Kevin McGrath
    awarded on: 2019-03-15
    amount: $9,250
    Project: Media Grant
    Granby, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    "Lucio" Documentary Film Treatment and TrailerWarren Plaut Charitable Trustmore

    Production of a treatment and trailer to aid in production of a feature-length documentary film exploring U.S. immigration from Central America and the current sanctuary movement through the story of Lucio, an immigrant from Guatemala who came to the U.S. illegally and who entered sanctuary in the First Congregational Church in Amherst in 2017 after receiving deportation orders.

    Warren Plaut Charitable Trust
    Granby, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Kate Way
    awarded on: 2019-03-15
    amount: $15,000
    Project Grant
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    Sweet Souls: Voices from the Margaret Fuller House in CambridgeCambridge Historical Societymore

    Funding to conduct and interpret 12 oral histories with affiliates of Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House, a 112-year-old settlement house, adding under-documented narratives into the archives that address the relationship between providers and patrons in the settlement house movement, and reflect on how such settlement houses were transformed by patrons who became providers.

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

    project director: Marieke Van Damme
    awarded on: 2019-03-15
    amount: $7,500
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant
    Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    Making Lowell's Immigration and Refugee History Accessible in the ClassroomUniversity of Massachusetts Lowellmore

    Completion of a digital site on the history of immigration to Lowell, with a particular emphasis on immigration since 1965 to make often scattered information publicly available.

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

    project director: Ingrid Hess
    awarded on: 2019-03-15
    amount: $12,500
    Project: Media Grant
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    Camera Kids - Genocide Victims and Genocide PerpetratorsThe Ground Truth Projectmore

    Production of a multimedia project for the 25th Anniversary of the Rwandan genocide this year in addition to creation of the trailer in for a film featuring three three men orphaned by the Rwandan genocide who teach photography as a healing practice to vulnerable children around the world, including at the Home for Little Wanderers in Boston.

    The Ground Truth Project
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Beth Murphy
    awarded on: 2019-03-15
    amount: $15,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    West Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    What Our Voices CarryHispanic Resource, Inc.more

    A collaboration between formerly incarcerated women, a scholar, facilitators, and a playwright to create a performance exploring the history of incarceration and its connection to the women's personal experiences.

    Hispanic Resource, Inc.
    West Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Gretchen Krull
    awarded on: 2019-03-15
    amount: $15,000
    Project: Media Grant
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    Orchestrating ChangeMe2/Orchestramore

    Support for the distribution phase of a feature-length documentary film about the Me2/Orchestra in which half the musicians are diagnosed with mental illness.

    Me2/Orchestra
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Margie Friedman
    awarded on: 2019-03-15
    amount: $14,795
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    America Transformed: Mapping Land and Dispossession in the 19th CenturyNorman B. Leventhal Map Centermore

    Public programming, a teacher institute, and interpretive materials to accompany a two-part exhibit using maps to examine the history of U.S. expansion and Native American dispossession in the 19th and 20th century.

    Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Michelle LeBlanc
    awarded on: 2019-03-15
    amount: $14,817

    Writing workshops with those who are homeless, transitional, and recently-housed, culminating in publication of their works in The Pilgrim magazine and four public reading and discussion programs.

    Cathedral Church of St. Paul
    boston, MA

    project director: Ali White
    awarded on: 2019-01-06
    amount: $3,500
    Discussion Grant
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County

    Ripples: Through a Wampanoag LensNew Bedford Whaling Museummore

    Two events interpreting Indigenous history, culture, and environmental perspectives connected to the art exhibit "Ripples."

    New Bedford Whaling Museum
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County

    project director: Akeia Benard
    awarded on: 2019-01-06
    amount: $3,500

    Lectures with historians and authors on the history of women's political participation.

    Falmouth Historical Society
    Falmouth, MA, Barnstable County

    project director: Mark Schmidt
    awarded on: 2019-01-06
    amount: $2,500
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    Visions of Labor: Film and Worker VoicesUniversity Of Massachusetts Amherstmore

    Support for a project using film to help local workers see their work lives as worthy of attention, and as a part of a historical trajectory in which they are agents, including a three-day digital story-telling workshop, solicited video submissions from local workers, a 1 1/2 day conference and a website showing workers' videos.

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

    project director: Patricia A. Greenfield
    awarded on: 2018-12-14
    amount: $15,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    Translating Words and Worlds: Poetry Inside Out with ESL Teachers and Their Multilingual StudentsClark Universitymore

    Support for curricular development, a semester-long seminar for ESL teachers, and stipends for ESL teachers to learn and implement Poetry Inside Out, a translation-based approach to literary interpretation, in their ESL classrooms.

    Clark University
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Sarah Michaels
    awarded on: 2018-12-14
    amount: $14,998

    Support for a weeklong teacher's institute in July on the holocaust, genocide, and human rights, that employs a multidisciplinary approach engaging history, philosophy, ethics, and religion with an emphasis on literature and reflective writing.

    Olga Lengyel Institute for Holocaust Studies & Human Rights
    New York, NY, New York County

    project director: Cara Crandall
    awarded on: 2018-12-14
    amount: $12,209
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    CodeSwitching: Race and Identity in the Suburban SchoolhouseInterlock Media Inc.more

    Support for promotion and distribution of the documentary CodeSwitching, which explores the experience of shifting between 'home' and 'away' cultures for two generations of students who were bused from urban to suburban schools as part of Boston's METCO program.

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

    project director: Jonathan Schwartz
    awarded on: 2018-12-14
    amount: $13,500
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    Boston Through a Wider Lens: Communities of Color and the Narrative of FreedomUMass Boston CANALA Institutesmore

    Support for a five-day summer teacher workshop highlighting historic sites in Boston where communities of color struggled for recognition and inclusion in the social contract.

    UMass Boston CANALA Institutes
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Elena Stone
    awarded on: 2018-12-14
    amount: $14,047
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    100 Years Later: THe Great Molasses Flood RevisitedOld South Meeting Housemore

    A series of three panel discussions exploring Boston's Great Molasses Flood of 1919, on its 100th anniversary.

    Old South Meeting House
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Erica B. Lindamood
    awarded on: 2018-12-14
    amount: $3,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    Radical Interconnectedness Festival Follow-up Public Panel ConversationEggtooth Productionsmore

    Support for historical, contextual, and interpretive conversations between scholars, artists, and participating audience on art expressing the stories of marginalized social groups.

    Eggtooth Productions
    Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Linda McInerney
    awarded on: 2018-12-14
    amount: $7,500
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    Isaiah Thomas - Patriot PrinterAmerican Antiquarian Societymore

    Support for the final planning stages of an interactive educational website on Isaiah Thomas that will introduce children, particularly high school students, to archival material.

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

    project director: James D. Moran
    awarded on: 2018-12-14
    amount: $14,935

    Support for moderated conversations following a series of one-act plays written by Patrick Gabridge.

    Mount Auburn Cemetery
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Jennifer Gilbert
    awarded on: 2018-12-14
    amount: $3,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    For the Record: LGBTQ+ WorcesterWorcester Historical Museummore

    Support for a project that will fill a gap in Worcester Historical Museum's collections and result in an exhibition and related programming during 2019, the 50th anniversary of New York's Stonewall Uprising.

    Worcester Historical Museum
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Bill D. Wallace
    awarded on: 2018-12-14
    amount: $15,000

    A project exploring how changing technologies have affected the fishing community in New Bedford that includes archival research, ethnographic interviews with members of the fishing community, two public exhibits, six panel discussions, and MA standards-based curricula for elementary and secondary school children.

    New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, Inc.
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Laura Orleans
    awarded on: 2018-12-14
    amount: $6,960
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Holyoke, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    Black Holyoke Oral History ProjectHistoric Holyoke at Wistariahurstmore

    Oral history collection, transcription, and creation of a gallery exhibit examining the lives and experiences of Black residents of Holyoke from the second half of the 20th century through the present.

    Historic Holyoke at Wistariahurst
    Holyoke, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Penni Martorell
    awarded on: 2018-12-14
    amount: $14,500
    Discussion Grant
    West Roxbury, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    Shaping the Social Contract - Insights from the Women of Brook FarmNew Brook Farm, Inc.more

    Two public events-moderated by Scholar Kerri Greenidge and held in Cambridge and in Roslindale-based on writings by the women of Brook Farm, a 19th-century transcendentalist community in Boston.

    New Brook Farm, Inc.
    West Roxbury, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Gretchen Dietz
    awarded on: 2018-07-30
    amount: $1,883
    Discussion Grant
    Bedford, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    Literature and the Experience of WarEdith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospitalmore

    A Literature & Medicine series, led by Scholar Ruth Rhode, at Bedford's local VA facility.

    Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital
    Bedford, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Mary Cutter
    awarded on: 2018-07-30
    amount: $1,450

    A reorganization of archival documents and electronic inventories to create a searchable, accessible inventory for both scholars and the public.

    Lowell Historical Society
    Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Anthony Sampas
    awarded on: 2018-07-30
    amount: $2,000

    A series of discussion-based events on local history and public health, inspired by Norwood's Great Flu Epidemic of 1918 and led by Scholar Patricia Fanning.

    Morrill Memorial Library
    Norwood, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Elizabeth Reed
    awarded on: 2018-07-30
    amount: $3,000
    Discussion Grant
    Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    Who are We? Literature & Medicine at Baystate HealthBaystate Health Systemsmore

    A Literature & Medicine series, led by Scholar Kent Jacobson, at Baystate Medical Center.

    Baystate Health Systems
    Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Bridget Gunn
    awarded on: 2018-07-30
    amount: $1,800

    Research by Scholar Stephen O'Neill on 17th-century Plymouth Colony artifacts in order to produce a draft manuscript with photos, as well as a monograph and a public lecture.

    Hanover Historical Society
    Hanover, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

    project director: Bronson Michaud
    awarded on: 2018-07-30
    amount: $3,500

    A three-part discussion series, led by Historian Bob Forrant, on immigration in the Lowell area.

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

    project director: Robert Forrant
    awarded on: 2018-07-30
    amount: $3,500
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    North Adams, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    North Adams: Discovering a Community at the CrossroadsMassachusetts College of Liberal Artsmore

    The development and launch of a digital public history project, combined with an annual History Harvest event, at which community members will share their own artifacts and stories.

    Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
    North Adams, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Ely Janis
    awarded on: 2018-06-15
    amount: $15,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    The Peculiar Patriot: Play Reading Book Club and Public DialogueArtsEmersonmore

    A "Play Reading Book Club" for families with incarcerated members and returning citizens that will lead up to the production of "The Peculiar Patriot."

    ArtsEmerson
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: David Howse
    awarded on: 2018-06-15
    amount: $10,450
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    The Hurricane Maria Project: Negotiating Diaspora in Western MassachusettsWGBY TV 57more

    The creation, by Springfield-area youth producers, of three filmed segments, based in documentary journalism and storytelling, to explore the effects of Hurricane Maria on Springfield-area communities.

    WGBY TV 57
    Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Vanessa Pabon-Hernandez
    awarded on: 2018-06-15
    amount: $15,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Ludlow, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    Poetry Beyond WallsHampden County Sheriff's Departmentmore

    Three sections of a twelve-week course on poetry for male inmates at the Hampden County Sheriff's Department Pre-Release Center.

    Hampden County Sheriff's Department
    Ludlow, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Susan Goodwin
    awarded on: 2018-06-15
    amount: $11,198
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    Please Touch the ArtMosesian Center for the Artsmore

    A disability-studies exhibit-to accompany a tactile art exhibit- on the history of accessibility in arts programming and on how both blind and sighted artists and audiences influence and affect the fine arts.

    Mosesian Center for the Arts
    Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Kimberly Thompson
    awarded on: 2018-06-15
    amount: $10,000

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