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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.  

 
 
Reading Frederick Douglass Together Grant
Adams, MA, Berkshire County

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

project director: Kelly R. Unger
awarded on: 2016-02-05
amount: $1,500
Research Inventory Grant
Norwood, MA, Norfolk County

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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.

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.

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

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