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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
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    Reaching Audiences Through Bandits & HeroesWorcester Center for Craftsmore

    An exhibit with enhanced programming that explores cultural syncretism between West African cultures with indigenous and colonial Portuguese traditions to make the cultural mosaic of modern Folk Art of Northeastern Brazil.

    Worcester Center for Crafts
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Honee Hess
    awarded on: 2016-12-09
    amount: $9,900
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    Sharing Our Stories Through Voice and PerformanceThe Literacy Projectmore

    Three seven-week memoir-writing workshops serving low-income and immigrant residents.

    The Literacy Project
    Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Judith Roberts
    awarded on: 2016-12-09
    amount: $6,000
    Project: Media Grant
    San Francisco, CA, San Francisco County

    Forbidden Knowledge: The Return of PsychedelicsTeddy Bear Filmsmore

    Preproduction activities for film on current research into the pharmaceutical viability of psychedelic drugs and the historical and cultural contexts influencing how society regulates drugs.

    Teddy Bear Films
    San Francisco, CA, San Francisco County

    project director: Caleb Hellerman
    awarded on: 2016-12-09
    amount: $15,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    At Sea and On Shore: Work and Community in New Bedford's Fishing IndustryNew Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, Inc.more

    A large exhibit and oral histories documenting the 20th century labor practices and social and labor contract negotiations in the New Bedford fishing industry.

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

    project director: Laura Orleans
    awarded on: 2016-12-09
    amount: $15,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Great Barrington, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    Exploring History, Gender and Science in Lauren Gunderson's "Emilie" with Young Women in PittsfieldFlying Cloud Institutemore

    An educational program to accompany a re-mounting of WAM Theatre's "Emilie: The Marquise du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight."

    Flying Cloud Institute
    Great Barrington, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Lindsey Berkowitz
    awarded on: 2016-12-09
    amount: $9,845
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Stockbridge, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    W.E.B. Dubois Educational Series in Great BarringtonBerkshire Hills Regional School Distsrictmore

    A series of programs designed to heighten awareness of racism, modern slavery, gender and economic inequality, and other injustices through lectures, film, and music.

    Berkshire Hills Regional School Distsrict
    Stockbridge, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: John Horan
    awarded on: 2016-12-09
    amount: $11,350
    Discussion: FAIR Grant
    Lawrence, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    Family Adventures in Reading at the Parthum Elementary SchoolParthum Elementary Schoolmore

    A six-session Family Adventures in Reading series meeting on Tuesday evenings.

    Parthum Elementary School
    Lawrence, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Tricia Hand Seery
    awarded on: 2016-10-17
    amount: $3,000
    Discussion: Open Grant
    Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    Global Migration StoriesPrimary Sourcemore

    A professional development discussion series for K?12 educators and librarians on the subject of migration.

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

    project director: Deborah L. Cunningham
    awarded on: 2016-10-17
    amount: $3,500
    Scholar in Residence Grant
    Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    Institutes, Outing Clubs & Working Class Perspectives on StonehurstStonehurst, Robert Treat Paine Estatemore

    Research that will form the foundation for future programs at the summer estate of activist and reformer Robert Treat Paine.

    Stonehurst, Robert Treat Paine Estate
    Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Ann Clifford
    awarded on: 2016-10-17
    amount: $3,500
    Discussion: Open Grant
    North Andover, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    One Author, One CommunityNorth Andover Public Schoolsmore

    A reading and discussion series for children and adults on the works of Jacqueline Woodson.

    North Andover Public Schools
    North Andover, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Lorene Marx
    awarded on: 2016-10-17
    amount: $3,000
    Discussion: Literature & Medicine Grant
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    Literature and Medicine at MGHThe Stoeckle Center for Primary Care Innovation at MGHmore

    A six-month facilitated inter-departmental reading and discussion seminars for health Professionals at Mass General Hospital.

    The Stoeckle Center for Primary Care Innovation at MGH
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Suzanne Koven
    awarded on: 2016-10-17
    amount: $2,000
    Discussion: Open Grant
    Falmouth, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

    Women's History Month Lecture and DiscussionFalmouth Historical Societymore

    A program of lectures and discussions to mark Women's History Month, 2017.

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

    project director: Mark Schmidt
    awarded on: 2016-10-17
    amount: $3,000
    Discussion: FAIR Grant
    Williamsburg, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    Adventures in CommunityMeekins Public Librarymore

    A four-session series using the Family Adventures in Reading syllabus on Community.

    Meekins Public Library
    Williamsburg, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Tim Van Egmond
    awarded on: 2016-08-12
    amount: $3,000
    Discussion: Open Grant
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    125 Years of Strengthening Families and Building CommunityUnited South End Settlements (USES)more

    A public moderated discussion of United South End Settlements' history and an exhibit at the Harriet Tubman House, both of which commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Settlement House.

    United South End Settlements (USES)
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Kimberly White
    awarded on: 2016-08-12
    amount: $3,500
    Discussion: FAIR Grant
    Whitman, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

    FAIR at the Whitman Public LibraryWhitman Public Librarymore

    A four-session series using the Family Adventures in Reading syllabus on Community.

    Whitman Public Library
    Whitman, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

    project director: Stephanie Nogler
    awarded on: 2016-08-12
    amount: $2,150
    Discussion: Open Grant
    Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    Spotlight Symposium Series: "Good" and "Fiddler on the Roof"New Repertory Theatremore

    Two symposia related to the themes of two of New Repertory's productions, performances of which accompany the discussions.

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

    project director: Adrienne Boris
    awarded on: 2016-08-12
    amount: $3,000
    Discussion: Literature & Medicine Grant
    Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    Literature & Medicine 2016Baystate Health Systemsmore

    A facilitated inter-departmental reading and discussion sessions for health Professionals.

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

    project director: Bridget Gunn
    awarded on: 2016-08-12
    amount: $1,500
    Discussion: Open Grant
    Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    African Dance and Discussion SeriesAfrican Cultural Services, Inc.more

    Revision and improvement to the academic portions of the Kyeza African Dance Project, a dance and discussion series that serves over 100 children each year in the Boston area.

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

    project director: Juliet Najjumba
    awarded on: 2016-08-12
    amount: $3,500

    A panel discussion engaging the audience about the local relevance of historical preservation and mark the fiftieth anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act.

    University of MA Press
    Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Karen M. Fisk
    awarded on: 2016-08-12
    amount: $2,565
    Discussion: Common Good Reads Grant
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    Family Literacy Day at the Adult Learning CenterNew Bedford Public Schools Adult Basic Educationmore

    A family Literacy Day based on the Family Adventures in Reading curriculum.

    New Bedford Public Schools Adult Basic Education
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Gail Eddy
    awarded on: 2016-08-12
    amount: $2,288
    Project Grant
    Shelburne Falls, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    "Spirit of Place" Community EventMary Lyon Foundation, Inc.more

    A day-long community event on the subject of im/migration and a sense of place in Western Massachusetts.

    Mary Lyon Foundation, Inc.
    Shelburne Falls, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Sheila Damkoehler
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant
    Vineyard Haven, MA, Dukes County (Cape & Islands)

    Teen Education Through FilmMartha's Vineyard Film Societymore

    Six history curriculum-related film screenings with discussions led by invited guests for students from Martha's Vineyard Regional High School and Martha's Vineyard Public Charter School.

    Martha's Vineyard Film Society
    Vineyard Haven, MA, Dukes County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Jessica Johnson
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $3,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    Enhancing Families Through LiteratureBerkshire County Head Startmore

    Implementation of two series (in 2016 and 2017) of the Enhancing Families Through Literature program with families involved with Berkshire Family and Probate Court.

    Berkshire County Head Start
    Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Stacy Parsons
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $8,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    West Chesterfield, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    Learning Ahead: Community-Based Cultural ItinerariesHilltown Familiesmore

    A year-long project to produce six digital compilations of regional events to expand the popular Hilltown Families website.

    Hilltown Families
    West Chesterfield, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Sienna Wildfield
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Lee, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    The Bakelite Masterpiece "Truth and Reconciliation" Audience Enrichment ProjectWAM Theatremore

    Audience enrichment sessions and talkbacks for the company's production of "The Bakelite Masterpiece."

    WAM Theatre
    Lee, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Kristen van Ginhoven
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $5,000

    Development of a research-based plan designed to support small historical organizations in participating in a new statewide Commonwealth Historical Collaborative online archive.

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

    project director: Penni Martorell
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $5,000

    A public presentation, a bilingual article for publication, an online repository of research, and a virtual walking tour on HistoryPin.com related to an exhibit regarding the social history of publishing, reading, and community engagement with the written word in Chinatown.
    (project website)

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

    project director: Diane O'Donoghue
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $5,000
    Research Inventory Grant
    Gloucester, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    Squam Life: Lasting More Than a DayAnnisquam Historical Societymore

    Inventory of up to three boxes of ephemera that document life in Annisquam between 1850 and 1950.

    Annisquam Historical Society
    Gloucester, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Mary Ellen Lepionka
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $1,500
    Research Inventory Grant
    Florence, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    The David Ruggles Center Archive Biographical InventoryDavid Ruggles Centermore

    Inventory of research materials collected by various scholars and members of the organization during the past decade or so of pulling itself into being and obtaining a headquarters.

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

    project director: Lisa Baskin
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $1,500
    Research Inventory Grant
    Hatfield, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    Exploring the Porter & McLeod Machine Shop CollectionHatfield Historical Societymore

    Processing of the papers of the Porter McLeod Machine Shop, an industrial company in a town that knows most about its agrarian past, and evaluate its potential for a series of programs, including as part of the HHS core exhibit.

    Hatfield Historical Society
    Hatfield, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Kathie Gow
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $1,500
    Research Inventory Grant
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    Processing and Making Available the Papers of Charles ShivelyThe History Projectmore

    Inventory and processing of the papers of Charles Shively, a gay activist and poet in the Boston area during the 1970s and early 1980s, who was actively involved in a number of early and influential gay and queer newspapers, including Gay Community News, Fag Rag, and Gay Sunshine.
    (project website)

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

    project director: William Holden
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $1,500
    Research Inventory Grant
    Nahant, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    The ValiantNahant Historical Societymore

    Inventory of six folders of ephemera and other materials about the community effort to build and launch the Valiant, the last fishing vessel that was built by a fishing family in their back yard in Nahant, between 1955 and 1965.
    (project website)

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

    project director: Bonnie D'Orlando
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $1,500
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant
    Chester, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    The Mountaintop: the Civil Rights Movement and the Social ContractChester Theatre Companymore

    11 performances of Katori Hall's "The Mountaintop," seven of which will be followed by audience talkbacks, cast conversations, and a panel discussion with visiting scholars and other outside experts in the fields of civil rights and African American studies.

    Chester Theatre Company
    Chester, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Daniel E. Kramer
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    The Boston Civic Literacy & Public Engagement InitiativeNew Democracy Coalitionmore

    A project examining race and civic engagement within Boston's black community through film, discussion, performance, and a bike tour.

    New Democracy Coalition
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Kevin Peterson
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant
    Chesterfield, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    Hilltown Chautauqua, Earthcare FestivalHilltown CDCmore

    Humanities speakers and facilitators for a day-long festival and symposium at the Bryant Homestead in Cummington.

    Hilltown CDC
    Chesterfield, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: David S. Perkins
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Somerville, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    Hamlet: Fault LinesActors' Shakespeare Projectmore

    A series of humanities events built around the production of William Shakespeare's "Hamlet."

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

    project director: Mara Sidmore
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant
    Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    Freedom of Speech: Lessons from Lenny BruceBrandeis Universitymore

    Creation and presentation of five performances using Brandeis's newly acquired Lenny Bruce archives on the subject of First Amendment rights, free speech, and inclusive language-especially in regard to comedy and public performance.

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

    project director: Robert F. Walsh
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant
    Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    2016 Speaker SeriesSpringfield Public Forummore

    Sponsorship of Bryan Stevenson's keynote address in Holyoke on incarceration and mass criminalization in the U.S.

    Springfield Public Forum
    Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Michelle Morash
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $7,500
    Project: Media Grant
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    Margaret Fuller, A Thoroughly Modern WomanInterlock Media Inc.more

    Preproduction activities for a film about the life and work of Margaret Fuller.

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

    project director: Jonathan Schwartz
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $10,000

    Creation and installation of historical markers for a walking tour at the location of the former Northampton State Hospital.

    Northampton Historical Commission
    Northampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Tom Riddell
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $5,000

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