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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 Grant
    Brewster, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

    Cape Cod Fishing ProjectCape Cod Repertory Theatermore

    Creation of a theatre piece that will also produce an oral history of the fishing and environmental communities on Cape Cod.

    Cape Cod Repertory Theater
    Brewster, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Alison Weller
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    Housing for All? ConversationsCambridge Historical Societymore

    A series of community conversations about affordable housing in Cambridge, based on citizen-conducted research and talks with experts and stake holders.

    Cambridge Historical Society
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Marieke Van Damme
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $7,000
    Project Grant
    Westford, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    Westford Stories: Permanent Exhibitions of the Westford MuseumWestford Museummore

    Planning for a new core exhibit for the museum on the subject of local history.

    Westford Museum
    Westford, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Penny Lacroix
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant
    Deerfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    Food for ChangePocumtuck Valley Memorial Associationmore

    Distribution of the film "Food For Change" and the development of discussion materials.

    Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association
    Deerfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Steven Alves
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $5,000

    A year of professional development activities for area humanities high school teachers about teaching the human and social consequences to violent conflicts and approaches to peaceful conflict resolution.

    William Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Con
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Alan Stoskopf
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant
    Lexington, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    18th Century Social MediaLexington Historical Societymore

    Support for an interactive exhibit that features Revolutionary War era communications systems in comparison and contrast with today's social and communications media in Buckman Tavern, one of the gathering and planning places for the Lexington militia .

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

    project director: Susan J. Bennett
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Brockton, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

    Campello Village: Sunday in the Park with GeorgeBrockton Historical Societymore

    Creation of a "pop-up" historic Campello Village neighborhood in George E. Keith Park in Brockton.

    Brockton Historical Society
    Brockton, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

    project director: Lynn Smith
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $6,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    Reading Changes LivesArise for Social Justicemore

    A two-part literature-based workshop series for women incarcerated at the Women's Correctional Center in Chicopee.

    Arise for Social Justice
    Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Gretchen Krull
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $10,000
    Reading Frederick Douglass Together Grant
    Concord, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    Are All Men Created Equal: What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?The Robbins Housemore

    A three-part event in Concord including readings of the Declaration of Independence, shared readings of Frederick Douglass' July 4 speech, and a facilitated discussion by Professor Kendra Fields of Tufts University.

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

    project director: Elon Cook
    awarded on: 2016-06-06
    amount: $500
    Reading Frederick Douglass Together Grant
    Newton, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    The July 4 Address of Frederick Douglass: A Public ReadingHistoric Newtonmore

    A public reading of the July 4 address by Frederick Douglass on the Newton Centre Green, an event co-sponsored by the City of Newton.

    Historic Newton
    Newton, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Clara Silverstein
    awarded on: 2016-06-06
    amount: $495
    Reading Frederick Douglass Together Grant
    Lynn, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    6th Annual Reading Frederick Douglass at High Rock Tower ParkHaitian Action Orphans Missionmore

    A communal reading of Frederick Douglass' July 4 speech as part of an Independence Day themed festival co-sponsored by the City of Lynn.

    Haitian Action Orphans Mission
    Lynn, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Wendy Joseph
    awarded on: 2016-06-06
    amount: $500
    Reading Frederick Douglass Together Grant
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    Frederick Douglass Communal Reading WorcesterFuture Focus Mediamore

    A Reading Frederick Douglass event on Worcester Commons.

    Future Focus Media
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Cedric Arno
    awarded on: 2016-05-25
    amount: $500
    Reading Frederick Douglass Together Grant
    Adams, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    Reading Frederick Douglass Together in the BerkshiresSusan B. Anthony Birthplace Museummore

    A three-part event on the history of Frederick Douglass' alliance with Susan B. Anthony and his enduring relevance.

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

    project director: Mary Ostraff
    awarded on: 2016-05-18
    amount: $275
    Reading Frederick Douglass Together Grant
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    Fitchburg Frederick Douglass Communal ReadingWomen in Actionmore

    A parade and public discussion during the Reading Frederick Douglass event in Fitchburg, co-sponsored by many local organizations.

    Women in Action
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Chantel Bethea
    awarded on: 2016-05-18
    amount: $500
    Scholar in Residence Grant
    Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    At Sword's Point: A Labor History of GreenfieldMuseum of Our Industrial Heritagemore

    Research and an overview history of local factory labor based on materials in the collection of the Museum and other sources.

    Museum of Our Industrial Heritage
    Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: James Terapane
    awarded on: 2016-03-18
    amount: $3,000

    A three-lecture series about the relationship between photographic processes and the "truth" in photography.

    Newburyport Clean Tech Center
    Amesbury, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Asia Scudder
    awarded on: 2016-03-18
    amount: $3,360
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Salem, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    150 Years of Caroline Emmerton: Celebrating a LegacyThe House of the Seven Gables Settlement Associationmore

    A series of lectures and community conversations marking the 150th birthday of founder Caroline Emmerton.

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

    project director: Julie Arrison-Bishop
    awarded on: 2016-03-18
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    Theatrical Production of "American Son" with Weekend SymposiumBarrington Stage Companymore

    A weekend symposium on race, bias, and culture in present-day America held in conjunction with their production of "American Son."

    Barrington Stage Company
    Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Martin Mansfield
    awarded on: 2016-03-18
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant
    Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    The MastheadsCity of Pittsfield Office of Cultural Developmentmore

    A series of five community conversations about writers of the American renaissance in the Pittsfield in conjunction with the City's new writers' residency program.

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

    project director: Jen Glockner
    awarded on: 2016-03-18
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Lawrence, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    Reel Talk Film Series: Conscious ConsumersLawrence Community Worksmore

    A public film series, focused on issues relevant to the local Lawrence community.

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

    project director: Jared Ravreby
    awarded on: 2016-03-18
    amount: $3,300
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant
    New York, NY, New York County

    James Baldwin ProjectMaysles Institutemore

    Creation of classroom-ready multimedia study guides and lesson plans, including optional events programming, about the life and work of James Baldwin.

    Maysles Institute
    New York, NY, New York County

    project director: Karen Thorsen
    awarded on: 2016-03-18
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant
    Longmeadow, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    Dialogues Across Divides SeriesCritical Connectionsmore

    A series of six dialogues entitled "Muslims in America: Dialogue Across Divides" on the issues shaping misperceptions of Muslims in the U.S. and in the greater Pioneer Valley.

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

    project director: Mehlaqa Samdani
    awarded on: 2016-03-18
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Walpole, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

    Circle Up: Let's Talk About Justice, Forgiveness and AccountabilityCenter For Independent Documentarymore

    Creation of discussion materials and a series of conversations in Boston Public High Schools using clips from the film "The Circle: A Story of Murder and Reconciliation in Boston".

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

    project director: Julie Mallozzi
    awarded on: 2016-03-18
    amount: $9,998
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    Neighborhoods of WorcesterWorcester Historical Museummore

    Research and creation of a traveling exhibit focused on the history of Latino immigration in Worcester, MA.

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

    project director: Olga Lopez Hill
    awarded on: 2016-03-18
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Fitchburg, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    Fitchburg Immigrant Experience OnlineFitchburg Historical Societymore

    An internship program whose purpose is to inventory new acquisitions and engage local and immigrant audiences in Fitchburg.

    Fitchburg Historical Society
    Fitchburg, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Susan L. Navarre
    awarded on: 2016-03-18
    amount: $6,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    Storytelling by the SeaSave the Harbor/Save the Baymore

    A new storytelling program about the history of Boston Harbor.

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

    project director: Bruce Berman
    awarded on: 2016-03-18
    amount: $10,000

    Support for the 2016 Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival.

    Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival
    Provincetown, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Jeff Hall-Flavin
    awarded on: 2016-03-18
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant
    Melrose, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    Touching Home in China: Curriculum for EducatorsFilmmakers Collaborativemore

    Distribution of a curriculum to accompany the film "Touching Home in China," including videos, trainings, and presentations about Chinese history and culture.

    Filmmakers Collaborative
    Melrose, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Melissa Ludtke
    awarded on: 2016-03-18
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    Making History on the Common 2016Friends of the Public Gardenmore

    Support for the annual history day on Boston Common, in which more than 1,000 Boston school third-to-fifth-grade school kids usually participate.

    Friends of the Public Garden
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Elizabeth Vizza
    awarded on: 2016-03-18
    amount: $8,000
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    Women in Politics: Then and NowNichols House Museummore

    A slate of programming around the theme of women in politics, especially the life and work of the progressive Nichols sisters.

    Nichols House Museum
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Victoria Glazomitsky
    awarded on: 2016-03-17
    amount: $7,550
    Reading Frederick Douglass Together Grant
    Brockton, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

    We Read Frederick Douglass as a Community: One Voice, Three LanguagesFrederick Douglass Neighborhood Associationmore

    A public reading of Frederick Douglass' "What is the Fourth of July to the Slave" in the three major languages of Brockton.

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

    project director: Madeline M. Smith
    awarded on: 2016-03-16
    amount: $500
    Discussion: Common Good Reads Grant
    Dracut, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    Competing Notions for a Common GoodM.G. Parker Memorial Librarymore

    A Common Good Reads discussion series that will cover texts that ask participants to consider contemporary anti-Islam rhetoric in larger historical contexts.

    M.G. Parker Memorial Library
    Dracut, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Nanci M. Hill
    awarded on: 2016-03-01
    amount: $1,000
    Discussion: Common Good Reads Grant
    Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    Incarceration and the Common GoodFranklin County Sherrif's Officemore

    Common Good Reads discussion series that uses discussion, theatre, storytelling, reading, and writing to engage residents in conversations about Douglass Blackmon's Pulitzer-Prize-winning book "Slavery by Another Name" and Loftin's play "When the System Swallows You."

    Franklin County Sherrif's Office
    Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Revan Schendler
    awarded on: 2016-02-10
    amount: $2,500
    Discussion: Common Good Reads Grant
    Peabody, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    Common Good Reads Discussion SeriesPeabody Institute Librarymore

    A Common Good Reads discussion series that will cover texts that ask participants to consider the relationship between diversity, culture, migration, and the social contract.

    Peabody Institute Library
    Peabody, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Kelly R. Unger
    awarded on: 2016-02-05
    amount: $1,500

    Planning and implementation of a one-day symposium on the effects of federal and state urban renewal programs on Lawrence and other industrial cities.

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

    project director: Susan Grabski
    awarded on: 2015-12-11
    amount: $5,000
    Research Inventory Grant
    Norwood, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

    Norwood Historical Costume CollectionNorwood Historical Societymore

    Funding to inventory, evaluate, photograph and re-house their collection of 750 garments dating from the 19th and 20th centuries. Materials will be used in a digital presentation of their entire costume collection, an exhibit of WWI era clothing and a planned exhibit exploring the diversity of Norwood's participation in the Great War.

    Norwood Historical Society
    Norwood, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Bryan Burns
    awarded on: 2015-12-11
    amount: $1,500

    Funding to inventory the Leverett Town Meeting Record and Municipal Archives in order to asses and catalogue town collections for their research potential.

    Leverett Historical Commission
    Leverett, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Lisa Stratford
    awarded on: 2015-12-11
    amount: $1,500
    Research Inventory Grant
    West Stockbridge, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    Early Families & Industries of West StockbridgeWest Stockbridge Historical Societymore

    Funding to inventory, catalogue and preserve four boxes of records, invoices and papers from Baldwin's Extracts Company, est. 1865, ranging from the late 19th through early mid 20th centuries. The material will be part of an on-going series of talks and remembrances celebrating West Stockbridge and its families.

    West Stockbridge Historical Society
    West Stockbridge, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Robert Salerno
    awarded on: 2015-12-11
    amount: $1,500
    Research Inventory Grant
    Gloucester, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    Squam: An Intimate HistoryAnnisquam Historical Societymore

    Funding to inventory, photograph, and index 39 family albums and scrapbooks made by village residents from pre- civil war time on. Selected albums will be featured in an upcoming exhibit about what life was like for families in the village during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

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

    project director: Mary Ellen Lepionka
    awarded on: 2015-12-11
    amount: $1,500
    Project: Media Grant
    Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    The Philadelphia ElevenDocumentary Educational Resourcesmore

    Funding to conduct and film interviews and to perform archival research for the documentary film, "The Philadelphia Eleven," about the women who were ordained as priests in 1974 as an act of civil disobedience within the Episcopal Church.

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

    project director: Margo Guernsey
    awarded on: 2015-12-11
    amount: $10,000

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