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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: Open Grant
    Aquinnah, MA, Dukes County (Cape & Islands)

    Our Story: 400 Years of Wampanoag HistoryAquinnah Cultural Centermore

    A series of three discussions moderated by Linda Coombs and Paula Peters based on the interactive "Our Story" exhibit of Wampanoag history, along with the Mashpee Nine book/film.

    Aquinnah Cultural Center
    Aquinnah, MA, Dukes County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Linda Coombs
    awarded on: 2017-05-08
    amount: $1,618
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    The New American SongbookThe Ground Truth Projectmore

    A series of audio documentaries using live radio broadcasts and listening events provoking discussion on the value of immigrant music, culture, and experience for the social life of the Commonwealth.

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

    project director: Charles Sennott
    awarded on: 2017-03-17
    amount: $15,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Springfield, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    Stories from New Voices: NEPR Media LabNew England Public Radiomore

    Three sessions of a free after-school program in journalism, radio/web production, and storytelling for high-school students in Springfield and Holyoke.

    New England Public Radio
    Springfield, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Carlos McBride
    awarded on: 2017-03-17
    amount: $15,000
    Project Grant
    Lawrence, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    Photos de NosotrosLawrence Community Worksmore

    A youth-led community development project investigating identities in Lawrence through research, photography, and documentation.

    Lawrence Community Works
    Lawrence, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Anna Elzer
    awarded on: 2017-03-17
    amount: $6,095
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant
    Longmeadow, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    Transforming this MomentCritical Connectionsmore

    A series of conversations exploring threats to civil rights and liberties of vulnerable communities, effective responses, and how such threats affect the country's social fabric.

    Critical Connections
    Longmeadow, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Mehlaqa Samdani
    awarded on: 2017-03-17
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    Hip History NBCommunity Foundation of Southeastern MAmore

    A local history and interpretation project using creative approaches like hip-hop for students at three area middle schools.

    Community Foundation of Southeastern MA
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Candace L. Heald
    awarded on: 2017-03-17
    amount: $9,115

    A project including a summer camp for middle-school students and professional development workshops for Springfield teachers,

    Western Masssachusetts Writing Project at UMass Amherst
    Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Bruce Penniman
    awarded on: 2017-03-17
    amount: $7,500
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant
    Concord, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    The Robbins House, Inc.: The Long Civil Rights MovementThe Robbins Housemore

    Development of a multimedia, interactive educational program about civil rights from slavery to the present day,

    The Robbins House
    Concord, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Linda Ziemba
    awarded on: 2017-03-17
    amount: $15,000

    An exhibition, a lecture series, and a series of Community Conversations related to the impact of labor, servitude, and slavery over four centuries.

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

    project director: Julie Arrison-Bishop
    awarded on: 2017-03-17
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    Exploring Abolition, Activism and a Principled LifeRotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museummore

    Research, historic documentation, interpretative writing about the house museum and its inhabitants.

    Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Kate Corkum
    awarded on: 2017-03-17
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    International Day of Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its AbolitionMuseum of African American Historymore

    A series of events in observance of the International Day of Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition.

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

    project director: Marita Rivero
    awarded on: 2017-03-17
    amount: $7,500
    Project: Media Grant
    Chicago, IL, Cook County

    Loyalty By Another NameKartemquin Educational Filmsmore

    Pre-production of the one-hour documentary Loyalty By Another Name.

    Kartemquin Educational Films
    Chicago, IL, Cook County

    project director: David Washburn
    awarded on: 2017-03-17
    amount: $10,000
    Discussion: Open Grant
    Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    Browsing Through Birke'sBoott Cotton Mills Museummore

    A film screening of a documentary film about a family, a clothing business, & the legacies of genocide and discussion on the nature and meaning of immigrant and refugee resiliency.

    Boott Cotton Mills Museum
    Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Sheila Kirschbaum
    awarded on: 2017-02-06
    amount: $3,280
    Research Inventory Grant
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    Preserving and Digitizing the John Quinn AIDS Memorial Books CollectionThe History Projectmore

    A project inventorying, processing, and digitizing the John Quinn AIDS Memorial Books in preparation for public programming and an online exhibit honoring people in the Boston area who died from HIV/AIDS related illnesses.

    The History Project
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Andrew Elder
    awarded on: 2017-02-06
    amount: $2,000
    Discussion: FAIR Grant
    Lawrence, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    Family Adventures in Reading at Community DayThe Community Groupmore

    A six-session FAIR series with storyteller Nicolette Nordin Heavey.

    The Community Group
    Lawrence, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Manuela Su
    awarded on: 2017-02-06
    amount: $3,000
    Discussion: Open Grant
    Somerville, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    Exploring Somerville's Economic History/Union Square at WorkSomerville Museummore

    A series of five discussion events on Somerville's economic history held in public spaces like bars and social service nonprofits.

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

    project director: Charan Devereaux
    awarded on: 2017-02-06
    amount: $3,485
    Discussion: FAIR Grant
    Plainville, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

    Plainville Library and Bookstore FAIR TogetherPlainville Public Librarymore

    A four-session FAIR series in partnership with a local bookstore.

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

    project director: Laura Brillant-Giangrande
    awarded on: 2017-02-06
    amount: $2,150
    Research Inventory Grant
    Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    A Century of Work: Greenfield Employers and EmployeesGreenfield Historical Societymore

    An inventory of artifacts from three local businesses and explore connections between skilled labor and buying power.

    Greenfield Historical Society
    Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Robin Yerkes
    awarded on: 2017-02-06
    amount: $1,500

    A communal and choreographed reading of Frederick Douglass' speech, followed by conversation and musical performance in partnership with Double Edge Theatre.

    Charlemont Federated Church
    Charlemont, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Susan S. Purdy
    awarded on: 2017-02-06
    amount: $1,935

    Creation of a catalog their collection of carriages and sleighs as part of establishing a professional framework for their collection and developing an interpretive focus on the material culture of Amesbury.

    Amesbury Carriage Museum
    Amesbury, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: John W. Mayer
    awarded on: 2017-02-06
    amount: $2,000
    Discussion: Open Grant
    Walpole, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

    Birth of a MovementCenter For Independent Documentarymore

    Boston premiere of the film Birth of a Movement: The Battle over America's First Blockbuster and community panel discussion.

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

    project director: Susan Gray
    awarded on: 2016-12-19
    amount: $3,000
    Discussion: Open Grant
    Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    Migration Stories: Reading and Writing Across BordersBentley College Center for Business Ethicsmore

    A three-session migration-themed discussion project for recent Central American immigrants in Waltham.

    Bentley College Center for Business Ethics
    Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Jane De Leon Griffin
    awarded on: 2016-12-19
    amount: $1,868
    Discussion: Open Grant
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    Bringing History to Life Through the ArtsNew Bedford Balletmore

    A facilitated discussion, live ballet performance of Esther's Journey, and solo performance a Frederick Douglass impersonator for 85 fifth graders from the Alfred Gomes Elementary School.

    New Bedford Ballet
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Joanne Gracia
    awarded on: 2016-12-19
    amount: $3,100
    Discussion: Common Good Reads Grant
    Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    Changing Lives Through Literature Reading GroupGreenfield Community Collegemore

    Ten Common Good Reads sessions of a weekly reading-and-writing group for probationers, probation officers, and judges on the subject of reentering society from prison.

    Greenfield Community College
    Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Leo Hwang
    awarded on: 2016-12-19
    amount: $1,500
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    In Our Own WordsClark Universitymore

    An after-school poetry program-involving translation, history, literary analysis, and discussion, along with a thematic focus on migration-for low-income, multilingual middle-school students.

    Clark University
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Sarah Michaels
    awarded on: 2016-12-09
    amount: $6,500
    Discussion: Literature & Medicine Grant
    Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    Literature & MedicineVeterans Education Projectmore

    A six-month Literature & Medicine series at the VA Central Western MA Healthcare System in Leeds.

    Veterans Education Project
    Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Susan Leary
    awarded on: 2016-12-09
    amount: $2,410

    Screening of the documentary film The Man in the Cowboy Hat-chronicling the life of Carlos Arredondo, the Boston Marathon bombing hero-and a post-screening discussion.

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

    project director: Janice Rogovin
    awarded on: 2016-12-09
    amount: $3,000

    A five-part speaker series in Northern Berkshire County addressing the history of reform in the U.S. and its relevance today.

    Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum
    Adams, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Colleen E. Janz
    awarded on: 2016-12-09
    amount: $1,750
    Discussion: Open Grant
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    Literacy Live! 2017: "The Giver"Zeiterion Theatremore

    A project that brings a scholar-facilitated discussion and a live theatrical production of Lois Lowry's The Giver to area students less familiar with theatre.

    Zeiterion Theatre
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Rosemary Gill
    awarded on: 2016-12-09
    amount: $3,500

    Six discussion events of the "Community Read" program centered on Robert Putnam's Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis.

    Fitchburg State University
    Fitchburg, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Sean C. Goodlett
    awarded on: 2016-12-09
    amount: $3,000
    Discussion: Open Grant
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    Communicating Through Art: Engaging People with Alzheimer'sNew Bedford Art Museummore

    A morning-long event with facilitated discussion on the uses of art for communication with people with Alzheimer's and other types of dementia.

    New Bedford Art Museum
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Noelle Foye
    awarded on: 2016-12-09
    amount: $1,300
    Discussion: Open Grant
    Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    Boston's Hidden Secret SpacesBrandeis Universitymore

    Facilitation of an art and architectural history program for 20-35 residents and staff at retirement/assisted living facilities in Dedham, Concord, and Jamaica Plain on the subject of the hidden sacred spaces of Greater Boston.

    Brandeis University
    Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Wendy Cadge
    awarded on: 2016-12-09
    amount: $3,000
    Discussion: Open Grant
    Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    Nursing Ethics at the Heart of HealthcareBaystate Health Systemsmore

    A seven-month, ethics-based reading-and-discussion group for bedside care providers on the theme of patient-centered care.

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

    project director: Sarah B. Romain
    awarded on: 2016-12-09
    amount: $2,810
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    Documenting the History of New Bedford's Central American Immigrant WorkersCentro Communitario de Trabajadoresmore

    A project that will create oral histories with about forty Central American immigrant workers, some documented.

    Centro Communitario de Trabajadores
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Lisa Maya Knauer
    awarded on: 2016-12-09
    amount: $7,500

    Transition of the interpretation of the Bradford House Museum to focus on the daughters who inhabited the house and were socially and politically active yet underrepresented in the house's history.

    Duxbury Rural and Historical Society
    Duxbury, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

    project director: Erin McGough
    awarded on: 2016-12-09
    amount: $7,500
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    William Bullard: Reimagining an American Community of ColorWorcester Art Museummore

    An exhibit of photographs left by a local photographer that capture issues of African-American migration after the Civil War, citizenship and community membership, and historic race relations in Worcester.

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

    project director: Nancy Burns
    awarded on: 2016-12-09
    amount: $15,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Ashfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    The Town Spectacle: Engaging the Heart and History of AshfieldDouble Edge Theatremore

    A project that seeks to engage the public about the history of the town meeting and identity formation through community readings of a related text and a weekend-long cultural fair and theatrical spectacle.

    Double Edge Theatre
    Ashfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Stacy Klein
    awarded on: 2016-12-09
    amount: $15,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    New City Dreams ProjectPreservation Worcestermore

    Day trips to historically important local urban landscapes with students of the University Park Campus school in Worcester.

    Preservation Worcester
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Susan M. Ceccacci
    awarded on: 2016-12-09
    amount: $1,670
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    In the Time of the ButterfliesCasa Cultural Dominicana of Worcestermore

    An original theatrical production about the Dominican Republic and Dominican immigrants in the United States based on the Julia Alvarez novel "In the Time of the Butterflies."

    Casa Cultural Dominicana of Worcester
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Maury Ramirez
    awarded on: 2016-12-09
    amount: $15,000
    Project: Media Grant
    Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    Made Here: Rebuilding America's Apparel Manufacturing IndustryDocumentary Educational Resourcesmore

    Preproduction work on a film that will document current efforts to revive the apparel industry in the United States, including in the textile cities of Massachusetts.

    Documentary Educational Resources
    Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Judith Laster
    awarded on: 2016-12-09
    amount: $15,000

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