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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
    New York, NY, New York County

    Olde Colraine: A Musical Hilltown HistoryFractured Atlasmore

    Performer Jonathan Mirin's expansion and development of a new version of "Mill, Mountain, River: A Child's Eye View of Older Colraine," a local history theatre piece adapted to different communities which share Coleraine's mill history and to be performed at the SYRUP Festival in Shelburne Falls.

    Fractured Atlas
    New York, NY, New York County

    project director: Jonathan Mirin
    awarded on: 2015-12-11
    amount: $4,500
    Project: Media Grant
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    CopingEmerson Collegemore

    Initial filming, research, and the creation of a project website and plan for a documentary that follows prisoners as they work with programs intended to help them establish a foothold in society after being released from incarceration.

    Emerson College
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Robert Nesson
    awarded on: 2015-12-11
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    History Theater at the Old State House: Blood on the SnowBostonian Societymore

    Educational programming in conjunction with the production of "History Theater at the Old State House: Blood on the Snow," a collaborative theatre project with educational components surrounding the aftermath of the Boston Massacre.

    Bostonian Society
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Nathaniel G. Sheidley
    awarded on: 2015-12-11
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Social Media Outreach Grant
    New York, NY, New York County

    GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War IICityLoremore

    Design and building of an interactive educational website in order to publicize and foster discussion around the feature-length documentary film "GI JEWS: Jewish Americans in WWII."

    CityLore
    New York, NY, New York County

    project director: Lisa Ades
    awarded on: 2015-12-11
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant
    Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    New Rep Spotlight Symposium SeriesNew Repertory Theatremore

    A symposium series in conjunction with theatrical productions that explore the connections between religion, science, and identity.

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

    project director: Adrienne Boris
    awarded on: 2015-12-11
    amount: $5,000

    Support for the Family Festival & 15th Annual International Film Series, featuring international film and documentary premiers and focusing on international cultural understanding.

    Belmont World Film
    Sudbury, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Ellen Gitelman
    awarded on: 2015-12-11
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant
    Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    Spirit Voices: Pacific Northwest Native MythsBerkshire Museummore

    A five-month exhibition that explores and dramatizes the cultural heritage of various Native peoples of the Pacific Northwest through myths and stories embodied in art, artifacts, and performances.

    Berkshire Museum
    Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Maria Mingalone
    awarded on: 2015-12-11
    amount: $4,680
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    Boston's Colonial Religious History Tour AppCongregational Library and Archivesmore

    Development of a walking tour mobile application explores Boston's early religious history, with a particular focus on the decision-making practices and contentious issues that characterized life in seventeenth-century Boston.
    (project website)

    Congregational Library and Archives
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Carolyn Hewitt
    awarded on: 2015-12-11
    amount: $7,000

    A program for 36 students in the school's Advanced Digital Photography program to create a town-wide large-scale photo installation of the historic places, people, and culture of the town.
    (project website)

    Somerset Berkley Regional High School
    Somerset, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Virginia Troutman
    awarded on: 2015-12-11
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant
    Somerville, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    Long Road to Justice: The African American Experience in the Massachusetts CourtsGeorge Lewis Ruffin Societymore

    Expansion and updating of the exhibit Long Road to Justice: The African American Experience in the Massachusetts Courts, a chronicle of the legal struggle for civil rights of African Americans in Massachusetts.

    George Lewis Ruffin Society
    Somerville, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Julian Houston
    awarded on: 2015-12-11
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    Boston Live Theater ProjectThe Boston Live Theater Projectmore

    A program to introduce 36 high school juniors and seniors from nine public charter schools to live theater through six live shows and post-performance discussions.

    The Boston Live Theater Project
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Eleanor Devens
    awarded on: 2015-12-11
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Foxborough, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

    Pre-Teen Reading ProgramFoxborough Regional Charter Schoolmore

    A reading and discussion program for pre-teens and their caregivers, particularly focused on participation by male caregivers.

    Foxborough Regional Charter School
    Foxborough, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

    project director: Karen Harris
    awarded on: 2015-12-11
    amount: $4,047

    Production of an 80-minute documentary featuring footage from more than 50 oral-history interviews of elderly Lenox residents to mark the town's 250th anniversary.

    Lenox Library Association
    Lenox, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Judy Seaman
    awarded on: 2015-06-20
    amount: $3,542
    Reading Frederick Douglass Together Grant
    Lynn, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    5th Annual Reading Frederick Douglass at High Rock Tower ParkNew Lynn Coalitionmore

    Support for a public reading of Frederick Douglass' famous Fourth of July oratory as part of the Mass Humanities Reading Frederick Douglass program.

    New Lynn Coalition
    Lynn, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Wendy Joseph
    awarded on: 2015-06-19
    amount: $500
    Project: Media Grant
    Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    Techung: Bone of the Heart documentary filmDocumentary Educational Resourcesmore

    Preproduction work on a documentary covering the role of music in the maintaining of cultural identity among Tibetan exiles.
    (project website)

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

    project director: Marilyn D. Pennell
    awarded on: 2015-06-19
    amount: $9,310
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Holyoke, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    Nuestras Abuelas - Our GrandmothersWistariahurst Museum Association, Incmore

    A bilingual exhibit on Latino heritage created in consultation with Holyoke residents and focused on the relationships of the subjects with their grandmothers.

    Wistariahurst Museum Association, Inc
    Holyoke, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Penni Martorell
    awarded on: 2015-06-19
    amount: $6,200
    Project Grant
    Shelburne Falls, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    Hilltowns History Conference and Fair - Hooked on HistoryMary Lyon Foundation, Inc.more

    A local history day at Mohawk Trail Regional High School uniting teachers, students, and the public with local history organizations.

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

    project director: Sheila Damkoehler
    awarded on: 2015-06-19
    amount: $5,000
    Research Inventory Grant
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    Harry H. Dow Legal Case FilesChinese Historical Society of New Englandmore

    Inventory, translation, and assessment of client files from the Harry H. Dow papers archived at the Suffolk Law School Library.

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

    project director: Susan Chinsen
    awarded on: 2015-06-19
    amount: $1,500
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    Domestic Workers and Employers: Exploring the Realities of Work, Family, Care and CommunityMataHari: Eye of the Daymore

    A multimedia oral history project with workers and employers about the MA Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, including two public events.

    MataHari: Eye of the Day
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Moniqe Nguyen
    awarded on: 2015-06-19
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant
    Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    2015 Speaker SeriesSpringfield Public Forummore

    Support for the 80th season of the speaker series, consisting of five free public lectures.

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

    project director: Michelle Morash
    awarded on: 2015-06-19
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Media Grant
    Wellesley, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

    VIETNAM: Not the War - The Post WarIndochina Arts Partnershipmore

    Creation of a trailer, script, and fundraising plan for a one-hour documentary film by Bestor Cram about the post-war realities in Vietnam and American veterans' ongoing involvement there.

    Indochina Arts Partnership
    Wellesley, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: C. David Thomas
    awarded on: 2015-06-19
    amount: $10,000

    A four-day themed film festival on intergenerational immigrant experiences.

    Asian American Resource Workshop
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Susan Chinsen
    awarded on: 2015-06-19
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant
    South Hadley, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New WorldSilverthorne Theater Company Inc.more

    Production of a play by Yussef El Guindi, post-performance talks with the playwright, and a free, public symposium on the role of the arts in challenging stereotypes.

    Silverthorne Theater Company Inc.
    South Hadley, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: J. Lucinda Kidder
    awarded on: 2015-06-19
    amount: $2,900
    Project: Media Grant
    Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    The Portuguese KitchenWGBY TV 57more

    Creation of a five-to-twelve minute pilot video about Portuguese cuisine and its history hosted by Manny Lopes of "Cooking with Dad TV."

    WGBY TV 57
    Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Harold Wolfe
    awarded on: 2015-06-19
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    Driving to the American Dream: Citizenship at the WheelWilliam Monroe Trotter Center for Black Culture and Historymore

    A reading, discussion, and performance program for Boston cab drivers based on Dmitry Samarov's Where To?

    William Monroe Trotter Center for Black Culture and History
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Barbara Lewis
    awarded on: 2015-06-19
    amount: $9,848
    Project Grant
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    Stem to Stern: Building CONSTITUTIONUSS Constitution Museummore

    A short film featuring an animation of the 1790s building of the USS Constitution, to be shown while Old Ironsides is in dry dock and can be seen in her entirety.

    USS Constitution Museum
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Robert Kiihne
    awarded on: 2015-06-19
    amount: $5,000

    A community art and discussion project that will engage former chair manufacturing workers in producing 400 copies of eleven oral histories recorded in 2009, after the closing of the city's last chair manufacturer.

    The Gardner Museum, Inc.
    Gardner, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Tracie Pouliot
    awarded on: 2015-06-19
    amount: $4,000
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant
    Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    Lowell's Irish Problem: The Town Vote to Establish a School for the IrishTsongas Industrial History Centermore

    Production of a 3-minute film that is to provide background for Tsongas Center interactive civic activity that focuses on immigration.

    Tsongas Industrial History Center
    Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Kristin Gallas
    awarded on: 2015-06-19
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant
    Salem, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    Exploring Effective Interpretation of Northern Slavery and its LegaciesEssex National Heritage Commissionmore

    A one-day symposium familiarizing regional historic and cultural resource organizations with the history and legacy of slavery in the north and helping them develop programming and materials.

    Essex National Heritage Commission
    Salem, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Beth Beringer
    awarded on: 2015-06-19
    amount: $4,630
    Project Grant
    Oak Bluffs, MA, Dukes County (Cape & Islands)

    1854...a folk operaU.S. Slave Song Projectmore

    Writing of the libretto of a "folk opera" about the mid-nineteenth-century African American experience on Martha's Vineyard.

    U.S. Slave Song Project
    Oak Bluffs, MA, Dukes County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Jack Schimmelman
    awarded on: 2015-06-19
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    earth.sky mobile exhibitionMount Auburn Cemeterymore

    Creation of two short films by Roberto Mighty featuring historical figures, their monuments, and the cemetery landscape, to be included in a series of twenty shorts that will be the basis of a walking tour mobile app.

    Mount Auburn Cemetery
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Bree Harvey
    awarded on: 2015-06-19
    amount: $5,000

    Research and fabrication of six historical plaques, to be awarded to property owners for their efforts in maintaining the historical integrity and condition of their property.

    The Preservation Society of Fall River
    Fall River, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Jim Soule
    awarded on: 2015-06-19
    amount: $2,500
    Project: Media Grant
    Walpole, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

    DAWNLAND short filmsCenter For Independent Documentarymore

    Short-film social media efforts to support the creation and distribution of the full-length documentary film DAWNLAND, about the Maine Wabanaki-State Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission.

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

    project director: Adam Mazo
    awarded on: 2015-06-19
    amount: $10,000

    Development of an educational website about the history of the commercial fishing industry in New Bedford, providing online access to oral histories and other materials gathered by the Working Waterfront Festival.
    (project website)

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

    project director: Laura Orleans
    awarded on: 2015-06-16
    amount: $5,000
    Reading Frederick Douglass Together Grant
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    Frederick Douglass Communal ReadingWorcester Roots Projectmore

    Support for a public reading of Frederick Douglass' famous Fourth of July oratory as part of the Mass Humanities Reading Frederick Douglass program.

    Worcester Roots Project
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Cedric Arno
    awarded on: 2015-06-03
    amount: $500
    Reading Frederick Douglass Together Grant
    Brockton, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

    Many Languages, One Collective Voice: We Read Frederick Douglass as One CommunityCity of Brocktonmore

    Support for a public reading of Frederick Douglass' famous Fourth of July oratory as part of the Mass Humanities Reading Frederick Douglass program.

    City of Brockton
    Brockton, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

    project director: Lynn Smith
    awarded on: 2015-05-19
    amount: $500
    Project Grant
    Lawrence, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    Reel Talk Film SeriesLawrence Community Worksmore

    A three-part moderated film-and-discussion program with underserved Lawrence youth.

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

    project director: Jared Ravreby
    awarded on: 2015-03-20
    amount: $4,000
    Scholar in Residence Grant
    Hatfield, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    Understanding Early 20th Century Medical Care in HatfieldHatfield Historical Societymore

    Examination and interpretation of Hatfield Historical Museum's medical collection from the early 1900s, focusing on Dr. Charles A. Byrne.

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

    project director: Kathie Gow
    awarded on: 2015-03-20
    amount: $3,000

    A convention of Native groups in Boston, Worcester, Cape Cod Islands, South Coast, and Amherst in roundtable discussions envisioning a new social contract between the Commonwealth and its Native peoples.

    Institute for New England Native American Studies
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Cedric Woods
    awarded on: 2015-03-20
    amount: $10,000

    A conversation between jazz legend Archie Shepp and students from Science and Technology of Springfield and Holyoke High Schools on how social and political current events impact the direction of contemporary music.

    Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts
    Holyoke, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Stephen Burrell
    awarded on: 2015-03-20
    amount: $5,000

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