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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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    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
    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

    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: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Longmeadow, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    On the Move Forum: Exploring Women's History Through Diverse Perspectives and Inclusive StoriesBay Path Universitymore

    A community dialogue and multimedia interactive presentation on women's history in downtown Springfield, followed by a public display on Bay Path's campus.

    Bay Path University
    Longmeadow, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Janine Fondon
    awarded on: 2017-12-08
    amount: $5,000

    An oral history project documenting the stories of families living in the Dudley Street neighborhood.

    Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative
    Roxbury, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Rosalind Everdell
    awarded on: 2017-12-08
    amount: $7,500
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Fitchburg, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    Journey to Equality: the LGBTQ Civil Rights MovementFitchburg State Universitymore

    A series of humanities exhibits and events, held throughout North Central Massachusetts, about LGBTQ issues, rights, and histories.

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

    project director: Karen F. Mays
    awarded on: 2017-12-08
    amount: $5,100
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    African Cultural Conversation SeriesAfrican Cultural Services, Inc.more

    A monthly series of humanities discussions and cultural programs aimed toward-and developed with-Waltham's large African immigrant community.

    African Cultural Services, Inc.
    Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Juliet Najjumba
    awarded on: 2017-12-08
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant
    Hull, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

    Windmill Point Historic InterpretationHull Lifesaving Museum, Inc.more

    Permanent outdoor local history interpretive panels on the US Coast Guard presence in Hull.

    Hull Lifesaving Museum, Inc.
    Hull, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

    project director: Victoria Stevens
    awarded on: 2017-12-08
    amount: $7,500

    A three-part performance-and-discussion series on the veteran experience designed to attract and engage both veterans and civilians.

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

    project director: Rosemary Gill
    awarded on: 2017-12-08
    amount: $12,500
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Jamaica Plain, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    Afro Latin Folktales ProjectHyde Square Task Forcemore

    An out-of-school literature and theatre project for youth leaders to explore themes of immigration, cultural assimilation, and belonging in relationship to Boston immigrant communities.

    Hyde Square Task Force
    Jamaica Plain, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Eva Farrell
    awarded on: 2017-12-08
    amount: $15,000

    Implementation funds for eight local history organizations to implement capacity-building projects after completing six intensive workshops on best practices.

    Pioneer Valley History Network
    Deerfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Clifford McCarthy
    awarded on: 2017-12-08
    amount: $7,500
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    GLOWRose Kennedy Greenway Conservancymore

    An exhibition of eight historic neon road signs of Massachusetts businesses, c. 1927-1970, related research and accompanying panels, and a moderated panel discussion.

    Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Lucas Cowan
    awarded on: 2017-12-08
    amount: $10,000

    An audience immersion pilot program for about 100 community residents to explore how historical theater is produced-through lenses of dramaturgy, cultural studies, and history.

    Merrimack Repertory Theatre
    Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Sean Daniels
    awarded on: 2017-12-08
    amount: $14,750

    Scholarly consulting, the creation of informative playbills, and a post-performance discussion of a student production of Peter Pan.

    Oakmont Regional High School
    Ashburnham, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Jeffrey Aubuchon
    awarded on: 2017-12-08
    amount: $4,615
    Project Grant
    Auburn, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    Activate the ArboretumAuburn Public Schoolsmore

    An environmental history project for Auburn Public School students that is led by a humanities scholar and includes lessons, a photography project, an exhibit, and a tour.

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

    project director: Sarah Connell
    awarded on: 2017-12-08
    amount: $7,500

    Inventory and make public their William Wood collection of photographs, maps, and publications.

    Andover Historical Society
    Andover, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Elaine Clements
    awarded on: 2017-11-09
    amount: $2,000
    Scholar in Residence Grant
    Medford, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    Susanna Rowson in Medford 1799-1803Medford Historical Societymore

    Research on and transcription of their Swan Collection of letters, along with two public lectures on the material.

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

    project director: Kyna Hamill
    awarded on: 2017-11-06
    amount: $3,500
    Research Inventory Grant
    Douglas, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    Douglas Historical InitiativeSimon Fairfield Public Librarymore

    Inventory and processing of the Douglas Historical Society's Coppola Collection.

    Simon Fairfield Public Library
    Douglas, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Justin Snook
    awarded on: 2017-11-06
    amount: $2,000
    Research Inventory Grant
    Sharon, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

    Sharon Public Library Newspaper Digitization ProjectSharon Public Librarymore

    Digitization of the local Sharon Advocate Newspaper archive and make it available online to patrons.

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

    project director: Lee Ann Amend
    awarded on: 2017-11-06
    amount: $2,000

    Inventory and scanning of Wistariahurst Museum's Holyoke and Carlos Vegas/Latino History Collections in order to provide a searchable documentation of Holyoke's black populations.

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

    project director: Penni Martorell
    awarded on: 2017-11-06
    amount: $2,000
    Discussion Grant
    Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    STCC Stands Social Justice ForumSpringfield Technical Community Collegemore

    A film-and-discussion series-with "Hidden Figure", "I Am Not Your Negro", and "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks"..

    Springfield Technical Community College
    Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Vonetta Lightfoot
    awarded on: 2017-11-06
    amount: $2,453
    Discussion Grant
    Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    Teens, Bodies, and Identities in Global LiteraturePrimary Sourcemore

    A reading-and-discussion series for Boston-area teachers and librarians focusing on global literature about teenagers' relationships with their bodies.

    Primary Source
    Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Deborah L. Cunningham
    awarded on: 2017-11-06
    amount: $3,500
    Discussion Grant
    Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    Spotlight Symposium Series: "Lonely Planet" and "Statements"New Repertory Theatremore

    Two post-production moderated conversations around the history of intolerance and how art from the past can bring up questions from the present.

    New Repertory Theatre
    Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Leila Ghaemi
    awarded on: 2017-11-06
    amount: $3,000

    A project allowing fifth-grade students in New Bedford and Fairhaven to view and discuss a performance about overcoming cultural barriers and the role of exploration and commerce in New Bedford's whaling history.

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

    project director: Joanne Gracia
    awarded on: 2017-11-06
    amount: $3,100
    Discussion Grant
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    Protest and Citizenship in AmericaMassachusetts Historical Societymore

    A panel discussion and public conversation exploring the history of citizenship and protest in America.

    Massachusetts Historical Society
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Gavin Kleespies
    awarded on: 2017-11-06
    amount: $3,000
    Discussion Grant
    Somerville, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    Discussion Event with MA History Teacher of the YearHistoric Somervillemore

    A moderated discussion with 2017 Mass History Teacher of the Year Kevin Dua and historian Dan Breen addressing the roles of patriotism, freedom, individuality, and collectivism in the United States both historically and in the present.

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

    project director: Eileen Schofield
    awarded on: 2017-11-06
    amount: $1,350
    Discussion Grant
    Danvers, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    Discover Danvers Round-tableDanvers Historical Societymore

    Moderated round-table sessions allowing participants to handle historical objects while learning about them and posing their own questions.

    Danvers Historical Society
    Danvers, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Sheila Cooke-Kayser
    awarded on: 2017-11-06
    amount: $3,500

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