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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)

    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
    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
    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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: Negotiating Social Contract Grant
    Waltham, MA, Middlesex County

    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

    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

    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

    project director: Diane O'Donoghue
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Lee, MA, Berkshire County

    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

    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

    project director: Penni Martorell
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    West Chesterfield, MA, Hampshire County

    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

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

    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

    project director: Stacy Parsons
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $8,000
    Project Grant
    Brewster, MA, Barnstable County

    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

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

    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

    project director: Marieke Van Damme
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $7,000

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

    Westford Museum
    Westford, MA, Middlesex County

    project director: Penny Lacroix
    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

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

    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

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

    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

    project director: Lynn Smith
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $6,000

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