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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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    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
    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
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    My Voice, My CommunityWorcester State Foundation Inc.more

    A project that uses performance and documentary photography to allow middle-school students in Springfield to learn about Puerto-Rican immigrant experiences in their community.

    Worcester State Foundation Inc.
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Milagros Martinez
    awarded on: 2018-06-15
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Salem, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    My Town, My HistorySalem State Universitymore

    An out-of-school digital humanities project to introduce teenagers to local history and archival research, which will result in the creation of a replicable curriculum.

    Salem State University
    Salem, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Susan Edwards
    awarded on: 2018-06-15
    amount: $12,250
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Somerville, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    Mind the Gap: The Power of Shakespeare's Language Then and NowActors' Shakespeare Projectmore

    A series of public programs to complement the fall production of Macbeth that will engage audiences-including Boston Public School students and young people recommended to the program by the Department of Youth Services and the Department of Child and Family Services-in debates about language in productions of Shakespeare's plays.

    Actors' Shakespeare Project
    Somerville, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

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

    Inside Chinatown - Planning ProjectBoston Chinatown Neighborhood Centermore

    A project that connects experienced scholars with a cohort of Chinatown laborers-who will participate in six workshops on local history, national Chinatown histories, immigration, and documentary photography-to create original materials for a future exhibition.

    Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

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

    Story of Our Streets ProjectEveryday Bostonmore

    A program for young people in Boston that will combine literary discussion, archival research, and community interviews in order for participants to learn and write about Boston as a city, while focusing on the history and community of an individual street.

    Everyday Boston
    Jamaica Plain, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Cara Solomon
    awarded on: 2018-06-15
    amount: $7,500
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    Resistance and Movements: Puerto Ricans in Worcester 1960's to TodayWorcester Historical Museummore

    Research and organization of three discussion events for Puerto Rican community members to compare events in Worcester that took place in the 1960s with the current reception of those relocating in Worcester due to Hurricane Maria.

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

    project director: Olga Lopez Hill
    awarded on: 2018-06-15
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    The Ethics of Public Memory in BostonUniversity of Massachusetts Bostonmore

    A year-long project that asks high school students to consider the ethical and philosophical questions raised by controversial public monuments-including those debated nationally, as well as controversial removals and renamings of Boston-area landmarks.

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

    project director: Nir Eiskovits
    awarded on: 2018-06-15
    amount: $14,692
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Jamaica Plain, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    Road to Tolerance Program ExtensionTheatre Espressomore

    The creation and implementation of in-school post-show workshops to accompany Theatre Espresso's historical plays held each year at the John Adams Courthouse for Boston Public School students.

    Theatre Espresso
    Jamaica Plain, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Wendy Lement
    awarded on: 2018-06-15
    amount: $15,000

    Four moderated discussions to accompany performances of "The Burials", a play addressing gun violence in schools.

    Firehouse Center for the Arts
    Newburyport, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Colleen Cullen
    awarded on: 2018-05-14
    amount: $3,500

    Two events celebrating the work and legacy of Frederick Douglass: a performed mock trial with a community discussion and Worcester's annual Reading Frederick Douglass event.

    Worcester Roots Project
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Cedric Arno
    awarded on: 2018-05-14
    amount: $3,000
    Research Inventory Grant
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    Rediscovering Chester Square: A Lost Park in the South EndSouth End Historical Societymore

    Inventory and creation of a finding aid for recently obtained records from the Chester Square Area Neighborhood Association.

    South End Historical Society
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Lauren Prescott
    awarded on: 2018-05-14
    amount: $2,000
    Research Inventory Grant
    Brewster, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

    People and Places from Brewster's PastBrewster Historical Societymore

    Inventory and creation of a searchable catalog of the Society's Photographic Collection.

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

    project director: Teresa Lamperti
    awarded on: 2018-05-14
    amount: $2,000
    Research Inventory Grant
    Haverhill, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    Fruitlands Shakers: New Collection/New AudiencesThe Trustees of Reservationsmore

    Inventory and processing of the Fruitlands Shaker Collection of journals, church membership logs, sermons, and financial records.

    The Trustees of Reservations
    Haverhill, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Alison Bassett
    awarded on: 2018-05-14
    amount: $2,000
    Research Inventory Grant
    Wellesley Hills, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

    Denton Family Collection at Wellesley Historical SocietyWellesley Historical Societymore

    Necessary re-processing of a portion of the Denton Family Collection.

    Wellesley Historical Society
    Wellesley Hills, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Kathleen D. Fahey
    awarded on: 2018-05-14
    amount: $2,000

    A four-part discussion series on influental works by Ella Baker, Lucy Stone, Dolores Huerta, and Ida B. Wells.

    Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry
    Roxbury, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Mary M. Earl
    awarded on: 2018-05-14
    amount: $3,500

    A moderated discussion on Leigh Fought's recently published "Women in the World of Frederick Douglass", as well as Lynn's annual Reading Frederick Douglass event.

    New Lynn Coalition
    Lynn, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Wendy Joseph
    awarded on: 2018-05-14
    amount: $3,500
    Discussion Grant
    Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    The MastheadsCity of Pittsfield Office of Cultural Developmentmore

    A five-part lecture and discussion series on Pittsfield local history.

    City of Pittsfield Office of Cultural Development
    Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Tessa Kelly
    awarded on: 2018-05-14
    amount: $3,500

    A six-week reading and discussion series for children and their caregivers intended to provoke conversations on immigration.

    Sharon Public Library
    Sharon, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

    project director: Jessica Henderson
    awarded on: 2018-05-14
    amount: $3,500

    A public discussion, moderated by popular scholar and speaker Donovan Livingston, on the media's role in how equity and diversity are understood and addressed in schools.

    Edith Wharton Restoration, Inc.
    Lenox, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Anastasia Whalen
    awarded on: 2018-05-14
    amount: $3,040
    Discussion Grant
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    Douglass Bicentennial: Visioning Anna DouglassNew Bedford Historical Societymore

    A book group focused on Anna Douglass, in addition to New Bedford's annual "Reading Frederick Douglass" event.

    New Bedford Historical Society
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Lee Blake
    awarded on: 2018-05-14
    amount: $3,359

    Plainfield's third annual "Reading Frederick Douglass" event in July as well as an October reading of (parts of) "The Constitution of the United States followed by moderated discussion.

    Earthdance Creative Living Project, Inc.
    Plainfield, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Erik Burcroff
    awarded on: 2018-05-14
    amount: $1,500

    Brockton's annual "Reading Frederick Douglass" event offered in twelve languages this year.

    Frederick Douglass Neighborhood Association
    Brockton, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

    project director: Madeline M. Smith
    awarded on: 2018-05-14
    amount: $500

    A series of eleven discussion on "forgotten" episodes in women's history.

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

    project director: Mark Schmidt
    awarded on: 2018-05-14
    amount: $3,000
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant
    Somerville, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    Religious History of SomervilleSomerville Museummore

    Research and planning for an exhibition on religious institutions and groups in Somerville, with the intention of tackling issues of immigration, religious tradition and history, and religious practices, and contemporary religious communities.

    Somerville Museum
    Somerville, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Charan Devereaux
    awarded on: 2018-03-16
    amount: $13,700
    Project: Media Grant
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    Left on Pearl888 Women's History Project, Inc.more

    The implementation of an online user interface to promote distribution of the film that will allow organizations and individuals to host screenings and to download a screening guide (with historical context and discussion questions).

    888 Women's History Project, Inc.
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Susan Rivo
    awarded on: 2018-03-16
    amount: $15,000
    Project: Media Grant
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    John Adams Courthouse Visitors Film (Trailer)Supreme Judicial Court Historical Societymore

    The creation of a film trailer to raise funds for a visitors film-supported by input from historians and legal scholars-for the John Adams Courthouse.

    Supreme Judicial Court Historical Society
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Wendy Lement
    awarded on: 2018-03-16
    amount: $15,000

    A film distribution project, including the creation of an interactive website and curriculum guide-both focused on constitutional law, ethics, and the history of conflict in the United States-as well as a large, public Massachusetts screening and discussion (preceding the film's broadcast on WGBY).

    CET- ThinkTV
    Dayton, OH, Montgomery County

    project director: Kate Way
    awarded on: 2018-03-16
    amount: $14,850
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    Black Creativity in ComicsMuseum of African American Historymore

    A public event with graphic novelist and scholar John Jennings and other scholars of black comics, which will push audiences to consider questions about the history of black comics, Afro-futurism, colonialism, civil rights, and the future of publishing.

    Museum of African American History
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: L'Merchie Frazier
    awarded on: 2018-03-16
    amount: $6,400
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Florence, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    We Are Here to Honor Liberty and to Denounce SlaveryDavid Ruggles Centermore

    The development of new mini-courses-regarding the radical social reformers who settled in Florence in the 1840s, and what their stories teach about contemporary issues-for visiting school groups, which will be brought to teachers in a professional development workshop.

    David Ruggles Center
    Florence, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Tom Goldscheider
    awarded on: 2018-03-16
    amount: $7,500

    Research and planning for a permanent exhibit about the events based in Arlington on the first day of the American Revolution: April 19, 1775.

    Arlington Historical Society
    Arlington, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Sara Lundberg
    awarded on: 2018-03-16
    amount: $7,500
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    Self-Guided Historical Walking Tour of Boston's ChinatownChinese Historical Society of New Englandmore

    The design and production of a walking-tour brochure of Boston's Chinatown, intended to complement the city's other self-guided walking tours, including the Freedom Trail, Black Heritage Trail, and Women's Trail.

    Chinese Historical Society of New England
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Susan Chinsen
    awarded on: 2018-03-16
    amount: $7,500
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    Haul Away Together: History, Diversity and the Sea in Story and SongSave the Harbor/Save the Baymore

    The introduction of already-successful humanities-based programs to adults in the Boston area; the organization's programs-originally created for teens and young adults-are based on songs and stories of the sea that include the oft-ignored experiences of African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, young people, and women.

    Save the Harbor/Save the Bay
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Bruce Berman
    awarded on: 2018-03-16
    amount: $15,000
    Project Grant
    Westford, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    Westford Stories: Permanent Exhibitions of the Westford MuseumWestford Museummore

    The implementation of permanent exhibitions "Stories of Westford" and "History of Westford Academy," which will engage audiences in the history of Westford Academy-the state's oldest standing coeducational secondary school building-and Westford's beginnings.

    Westford Museum
    Westford, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Penny Lacroix
    awarded on: 2018-03-16
    amount: $7,500

    A series of public programs based on the influence and legacy of Nathaniel Hawthorne to take place during the celebratory summer of 2018, which marks the 350th-anniversary of the House's founding.

    House of the Seven Gables
    Salem, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Julie Arrison-Bishop
    awarded on: 2018-03-16
    amount: $5,025
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Fall River, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    Through Our Eyes: Photographic Portraits of Immigrant Lives in Fall RiverSER - Jobs for Progress Inc.more

    A photography-and-cultural-studies project with recently arrived immigrants in ESOL classes; adult students will find opportunities to document, reflect on, and share their own stories and experiences, while also learning from their classmates and from humanities-based texts and photographs.

    SER - Jobs for Progress Inc.
    Fall River, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Andrea Klimt
    awarded on: 2018-03-16
    amount: $8,800

    A one-day symposium on the history and future of public health in Lawrence.

    Lawrence History Center / Immigrant City Archives
    Lawrence, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Susan Grabski
    awarded on: 2017-12-08
    amount: $7,500
    Project: Media Grant
    Yellow Springs, OH, Greene County

    The 9 to 5 ProjectCMP Inc.more

    Distribution of the documentary film "9 to 5" by means of community screenings and discussions-with a prepared discussion guide-in partnership with community organizations, unions, labor schools, and scholars in Boston and Western Massachusetts.

    CMP Inc.
    Yellow Springs, OH, Greene County

    project director: Julia Reichert
    awarded on: 2017-12-08
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    North Adams, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    Taryn Simon: Public Humanities ProgrammingMassachusetts Museum of Contemporary Artmore

    Development of new public humanities programs to complement an upcoming exhibition by Taryn Simon, whose art revolves around Russian culture and Russo-American relations.

    Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art
    North Adams, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Alexandra Foradas
    awarded on: 2017-12-08
    amount: $10,000

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