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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
    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
    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

    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.

    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
    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
    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
    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 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
    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 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

    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
    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
    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
    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

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