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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
    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
    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
    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

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