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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.  

 
 
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
San Francisco, CA, San Francisco County

Traces of the Trade: Discussion VersionSan Francisco Film Societymore

Creation of a discussion version of the film, Traces of the Trade. This shorter version will be targeted to the educational market .

San Francisco Film Society
San Francisco, CA, San Francisco County

project director: Katrina Browne
awarded on: 2008-06-13
amount: $10,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Jamaica Plain, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

The Nine Who Dared: Crisis in Little RockTheatre Espressomore

Performances of the play for Boston Public School middle school students followed by discussion.

Theatre Espresso
Jamaica Plain, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Derek Nelson
awarded on: 2008-06-13
amount: $10,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Charlemont, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

The RivalryAcademy at Charlemontmore

Mounting and professional presentation of "The Rivalry" by Norman Corwin in a variety of venues. A real life drama, commissioned in 1958 to celebrate the problems of the time, the characters, and the motives of Abraham Lincoln, Stephen Douglas and his wife Adele. Special performances will be followed by talk-back sessions led by Heather Richardson.

Academy at Charlemont
Charlemont, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Vincent Dowling
awarded on: 2008-06-13
amount: $15,000
Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

Voices From the PortCommunity Economic Development Centermore

Presentation and interpretion of the history and culture of New England's commercial fishing and port industries by creating a series of short (4 minute) audio segments for radio play and web broadcast. Segments will be based on oral histories collected as part of the Working Waterfront Documentation Project, an ongoing oral history project.

Community Economic Development Center
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: Laura Orleans
awarded on: 2008-06-13
amount: $8,890
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Teaching for Global Understanding in the 21st CenturyPrimary Sourcemore

This week-long summer institute for K-12 educators will provide them with the content, skills, and resources needed to infuse more global content into classroom curricula. The goal is to provide teachers with the information needed to connect students to the wider world, providing them with an opportunity to challenge their own definition of self and of liberty and justice in various cultural contexts. The institute will include guest lectures, hands-on workshops, video conferences and other special presentations.

Primary Source
Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Julia de la Torre
awarded on: 2008-06-13
amount: $10,000
Project Grant
Lawrence, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

Tell Me a Cuento: A Reading and Discussion ProgramLawrence Public Librarymore

Book discussions for adults learning English. Themes include cross-cultural experiences, courage, immigrant stories, working, and family stories. Genres include fiction, folktales, memoir, and biography.

Lawrence Public Library
Lawrence, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Terry Farish
awarded on: 2008-06-13
amount: $5,000

Research on the planning, landscape design, preservation and promotion of Stockbridge from 1853-1993 by the Laurel Hill Association.

Stockbridge Library
Stockbridge, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Barbara Allen
awarded on: 2008-06-13
amount: $2,500
Scholar in Residence Grant
Peabody, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

Early Turkish Immigrants in Peabody and the Leather IndustryGeorge Peabody House Museummore

Research into the history and influence of the Turkish people on the city of Peabody during the leatherworking period of the late 19th and early 20th century.

George Peabody House Museum
Peabody, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Merritt Kirkpatrick
awarded on: 2008-06-13
amount: $2,000

Research to analyze and annotate the primary source documents produced by several women in mid-nineteenth century Westfield. Electronic and written resources will be produced for use by patrons, students, and visiting scholars.

Westfield Athenaeum
Westfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

project director: Ralph Melnick
awarded on: 2008-06-01
amount: $2,500
Scholar in Residence Grant
Hawley, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

Rediscovering Hawley's Old Town CommonSons and Daughters of Hawley, Inc.more

Document the establishment of Hawley's old town common identifying the people involved and examining their motives.

Sons and Daughters of Hawley, Inc.
Hawley, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Raymond L. Gotta
awarded on: 2008-05-01
amount: $2,478
Resource Center Grant
Newton, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Archaeology in NewtonCity Of Newtonmore

Display of Newton artifacts and presentation on local archaeology with a focus on historic preservation and awareness of archaeological sites and past Native American lifeways through lecture and a stone tool making demonstration.

City Of Newton
Newton, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Brian Lever
awarded on: 2008-04-15
amount: $500
Project Grant
Medford, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Tea with Mary CassatMedford Arts Center, Inc.more

Stage productions of a one-woman show including a post-show Q&A.

Medford Arts Center, Inc.
Medford, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Laura Duggan
awarded on: 2008-03-14
amount: $2,500
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Brookline, MA, Norfolk County (Greater Boston)

The Race to Execution Outreach ProjectLioness Media Arts, Inc.more

Public exhibition and development of internet distribution for the 12-minute video documentary "Juror Number Six" which examines the role of media representations of race.

Lioness Media Arts, Inc.
Brookline, MA, Norfolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Rachel Lyon
awarded on: 2008-03-14
amount: $7,500
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Truro, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

Liberty and Justice for SomePayomet Performing Artsmore

Series of five documentaries with panel discussions on the theme of "Liberty and Justice for All".

Payomet Performing Arts
Truro, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Kevin E. Rice
awarded on: 2008-03-14
amount: $4,000
Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant
Gloucester, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

History of North American FisheriesGloucester Adventure, Inc.more

Curriculum development for presentation on board the National Historic Landmark dory-fishing schooner Adventure, part of a plan to develop the schooner into a floating museum of North American fisheries. The curriculum will also be available for download to schools.

Gloucester Adventure, Inc.
Gloucester, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Martin Krugman
awarded on: 2008-03-14
amount: $5,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Race and PlaceFair Housing Center of Greater Bostonmore

Four session dialogue series using the documentary "RACE - the Power of an Illusion" a 3-episode series questioning the very idea of race as biology. Facilitated conversations based on the documentary and its discussion guide will enable groups ot delve into topics raised in the film.

Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Aviva Rothman-Shore
awarded on: 2008-03-14
amount: $9,375
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Melrose, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

At Home in Utopia - Then and NowFilmmakers Collaborativemore

Four programs focusing on housing as an issue of social and economic justice built around the documentary film At Home in Utopia.

Filmmakers Collaborative
Melrose, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

project director: Michal Goldman
awarded on: 2008-03-14
amount: $10,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Pilgrim Father/Illegal SonsChinese Progressive Associationmore

Planning, development and production of an exhibit depicting the history, in images and texts of one of the better-documented Pilgrim Fathers of the Mayflower and the life stories, through oral history transcripts and representative pictures and objects, of 2-3 contemporary, undocumented Chinese immigrants.

Chinese Progressive Association
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Wen-ti Tsen
awarded on: 2008-03-14
amount: $5,000

Fabrication and installation of an exhibit providing an overview of an important chapter in American history when New Bedford was the Whaling Capital of the World and the pivotal role of the Rotch Family during this period.

Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: Kate Corkum
awarded on: 2008-03-14
amount: $5,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

The Judgment of BettDiscovering Justice: James D. St. Clair Court Public Ed Projmore

Script development and production of a play dramatizing two little-known court cases that led to the abolishment of slavery in Massachusetts with an accompanying study guide.

Discovering Justice: James D. St. Clair Court Public Ed Proj
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Vicky Kruckeberg
awarded on: 2008-03-14
amount: $10,000
Project Grant
Orleans, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

Historic Lens, Harry J. Sparrow PhotographsOrleans Historical Societymore

Exhibit and lecture on a series of photographs by Harry J. Sparrow from 1911. The exhibit and accompanying lecture will put the photographs into perspective in the history of photography, landscape history, as well as economic and social life in Orleans early in the 20th century.

Orleans Historical Society
Orleans, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Tamsen Cornell
awarded on: 2008-03-14
amount: $2,500

Literary festival featuring a keynote address, readings, film screenings, roundtables and interviews, whose intention is to explore the relation between literary art and environmental studies.

University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Lisa Olstein
awarded on: 2008-02-13
amount: $5,000
Research Inventory Grant
Belchertown, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Stone House Museum Textile Collection InventoryStone House Museummore

Inventory of a portion of the Stone House Museum's textile collection from the mid 19th century.

Stone House Museum
Belchertown, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Laura L. Quinn
awarded on: 2008-02-01
amount: $1,000
Research Inventory Grant
Gloucester, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

Sargent House Musuem RIGSargent House Museummore

Inventory of materials that bear on the occupancy of Judith Sargent Murray, the house as it looked during that period, as well as deeds at the Essex County Courthouse that bear on the house.

Sargent House Museum
Gloucester, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Joan Ciolino
awarded on: 2008-02-01
amount: $995
Research Inventory Grant
New Salem, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

Prescott Museum Exhibit Panel InventorySwift River Valley Historical Societymore

Documentation and re-housing and inventory of materials from 32 exhibit panels from the Prescott Museum.

Swift River Valley Historical Society
New Salem, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Ani Gonzalez-Rivera
awarded on: 2008-02-01
amount: $1,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

On Equal TermsBrandeis Universitymore

Installation about women in the construction industry that will bring attention to the frontline experience of a significant public policy effort, on the thirtieth anniversary of the Executive Orders that opened industry jobs and apprenticeship programs to women.

Brandeis University
Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Susan Eisenberg
awarded on: 2007-12-14
amount: $8,994
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Somerville, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Henry V Conversations: What is a Just War?Actors' Shakespeare Projectmore

Post production panel discussions of the play and its relevance to our times, including veterans in the audience. As a follow-up, a veterans' workshop will be held including performances/reading from Henry V, writing prompts and journaling, sharing of personal stories, and a discussion of the play.

Actors' Shakespeare Project
Somerville, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Lori Taylor
awarded on: 2007-12-14
amount: $4,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Walaalo! Somali Women's ProjectNew World Theatermore

A series of public forums, an oral history component and a case study addressing issues of refugee resettlement and intercultural understanding.

New World Theater
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Andrea Assaf
awarded on: 2007-12-14
amount: $10,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Plymouth, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

Chosen to LeadPlimoth Plantation, Incmore

Series of public programs examining the nature of leadership and political franchise in Plymouth Colony and the Wampanoag Homeland in the 17th century, the 30-year Mashpee Wampanoag Federal recognition process, and current affairs in the Wampanoag Homeland since achieving sovereignty. Programming will include thematic tours and talks by museum staff, Native community forums, performances of theatre pieces and an exhibit.

Plimoth Plantation, Inc
Plymouth, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

project director: Elizabeth A. Lodge
awarded on: 2007-12-14
amount: $10,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Examining Human Rights and Racial Justice in Boston, the US, and the WorldNortheastern Universitymore

Lecture, panel discussion, photography exhibit, and the distribution of a dvd and study materials to stimulate discussion of competing views of racial justice.

Northeastern University
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Martha F. Davis
awarded on: 2007-12-14
amount: $7,052
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Their Voices Will Be Heard: Artist Responses to the Israeli/Palestinian SituationNew Repertory Theatremore

Panel discussions, staged readings, film presentations, a poetry reading and other events that will provide several different perspectives on the Israeli/Palestinian situation. This collection of events is centered around the Downstage@ New Rep productions of "My Name is Rachel Corrie and Pieces."

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

project director: Meron Langsner
awarded on: 2007-12-14
amount: $5,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Lexington, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

The Day the Revolution Began: Orientation Film for Visitors to LexingtonLexington Historical Societymore

Production of an introductory film for visitors from around the world to the historical context of the Battle of Lexington. The film will complement Lexington Historical Society's interpretive program at three nationally significant historical sites with important connections to the events of April 19, 1775.

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

project director: Susan J. Bennett
awarded on: 2007-12-14
amount: $10,000
Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant
Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

Film FeastsBerkshire Museummore

Film screenings followed by discussions led by a film critic, food historian or scholar. Following the film/discussion, participants are invited, at a separate cost, to a meal offered by a local restaurant reflecting the cuisine of that film's culture.

Berkshire Museum
Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Melanie Mowinski
awarded on: 2007-12-14
amount: $8,100
Project Grant
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Moving Images: Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health Film FestivalVinfen Corporationmore

Vinfen's film festival, with films by and about individuals with developmental disabilities and mental illness, is the first of its kind in Boston. Four to six hours of film screenings grouped by theme will be followed by 35-40 minute panel discussions with subject experts, individuals served, humanists and filmmakers on issues.

Vinfen Corporation
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Juliana Field
awarded on: 2007-12-14
amount: $5,000

Three part lecture series in conjunction with a major gallery exhibition combining architectural surveying, cartography, and popular art to produce an oblique aerial image of a community as if imagined from 2,000 to 3,000 feet.

Boston Public Library
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Roni Pick
awarded on: 2007-12-14
amount: $3,280
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Revolutionary Ideals and Modern Debate: The Evolution of Liberty and Justice.Old South Meeting Housemore

A series of four in-depth public programs and a teacher workshop exploring how the concepts of liberty and justice in the Bill of Rights have evolved in our country's history.

Old South Meeting House
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Michelle LeBlanc
awarded on: 2007-12-14
amount: $10,000

Series of public events focusing on the largely unknown history of the Massachuset people who inhabited the land that would become the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The project will present the story of the time before now from both perspectives: the Massachuset - representing the Native population in New England - and the Puritans - representing the Europeans.

Partnership of the Historic Bostons
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Wilfred Holton
awarded on: 2007-12-14
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
North Attleboro, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

USS Alligator PosterThe Navy and Marine Living History Associationmore

Design, printing and shipment of an educational poster depicting the Civil War submarine, Alligator.

The Navy and Marine Living History Association
North Attleboro, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: Charles L. Veit
awarded on: 2007-12-14
amount: $4,995
Project Grant
Lynn, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

Social Justice in Soviet and American SocietiesLynn Museummore

Video-taped oral history interviews from 15 Soviet immigrants living in Lynn.

Lynn Museum
Lynn, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Molly Pucci
awarded on: 2007-12-08
amount: $3,700
Discussion: Reading Grant
Barnstable, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

Adults in Transition: Exploring the UnexpectedSturgis Librarymore

Library reading and discussion group at the Sturgis Library

Sturgis Library
Barnstable, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Marcella M. Curry
awarded on: 2007-10-25
amount: $1,000

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