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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.  

 
 

Two one-day workshops focusing on the historical, cultural, and linguistic background of the Haitian and Capeverdean communities in Boston.

University of Massachusetts Boston
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Erik Jacobson
awarded on: 2002-01-16
amount: $1,250
Project Grant
Conway, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

Remember My NameStraight Ahead Picturesmore

An ongoing project recording the process of restoring the Danvers State Hospital cemetery. The end result will be short, time-lapse film of the last month that the graves remain unmarked.

Straight Ahead Pictures
Conway, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Laurie Block
awarded on: 2001-12-19
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

An Oral Histoy of Cy LeMieuxAmerican Textile History Museummore

An oral history project focusing on the experiences of a ninety-six year old expert on machinery used in Massachusetts mills during most of the twentieth century.

American Textile History Museum
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

project director: Helen Stroud
awarded on: 2001-09-20
amount: $622
Discussion: Reading Grant
Winchendon, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Family Affairs Series BFriends of the Beals Memorial Librarymore

A library reading and discussion series.

Friends of the Beals Memorial Library
Winchendon, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Elaine Gaspard
awarded on: 2001-09-12
amount: $936
Project Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

The Artist's Role in Effecting Social ChangeMassachusetts College of Art Foundationmore

A free lecture series investigating the various ways artists have been and can be involved in their communities, both socially and politically.

Massachusetts College of Art Foundation
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Nicholas Sorlien
awarded on: 2001-07-19
amount: $2,495
Project Grant
Dennis, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

Anna Howard Shaw Meets Harriet TubmanEventide Theatre Companymore

An Eventide Arts Festival drama that poses the question, what would be the nature of a conversation between Rev. Anna Howard Shaw, one of the first female ministers who preached at the Dennis Union Church from 1878-1885 and Harriet Tubman. The dialogue has been informed by Shaw's writing and illuminates attitudes about race that permeated the Cape during the latter part of the nineteenth century.

Eventide Theatre Company
Dennis, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Noel Tipton
awarded on: 2001-07-19
amount: $1,500
Project Grant
Northampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

The Goody Parsons CaseHistoric Northamptonmore

A multifaceted program on witchcraft that builds on primary documents, historical artifacts, and humanities scholarship to develop public programs and exhibits to enrich K-12 curriculum.

Historic Northampton
Northampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Kerry Buckley
awarded on: 2001-06-26
amount: $2,500

An exhibit and related programming centering on a 17th century wood-fired kiln at the museum's craft center.

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

project director: Deborah Mason
awarded on: 2001-06-08
amount: $25,000

Pre-performance lectures and post-performance discussions led by Resident Pillow Scholars. The talks will lead audiences through art criticism, historic and cultural interpretations, as well as live discussions with Festival artists and other people of note.

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Becket, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Norton Owen
awarded on: 2001-06-08
amount: $7,500
Project Grant
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

The Laces of IpswichAmerican Textile History Museummore

The planning of an exhibition intended to increase the public's understanding and appreciation of the significance of the handmade lace production in the New England Town of Ipswich, Massachusetts between 1750 and 1840 as a social, economic, and cultural phenomenon and to provide insight into the lives of the women who made the lace, some of the nation's first entrepreneurs.

American Textile History Museum
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

project director: Diane F. Affleck
awarded on: 2001-06-08
amount: $15,000

An oral history project on the histories of Italian families who settled in the greater Fitchburg and Leominster area. The project will culminate in a public presentation that will include some of the recorded oral histories with contextual historical and social material as well as photographs.

Fitchburg State College
Fitchburg, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Mary C. Durling
awarded on: 2001-06-08
amount: $15,000
Project Grant
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Project 2050New World Theatermore

Given the profound demographic changes that will be evident in the year 2050, these seminars and workshops are designed to generate artistic responses to themes that include personal and ethnic identity, injustice, and power relationships.

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

project director: Roberta Uno
awarded on: 2001-06-08
amount: $25,000

CANE summer institute for teachers.

Classical Association of New England
Natick, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Carla Goodnoh
awarded on: 2001-05-17
amount: $2,000
Project Grant
Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

Moby-Dick and the Twentieth CenturyBerkshire Historical Societymore

A lecture series focusing on the impact of Moby Dick in the twentieth century.

Berkshire Historical Society
Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Susan Eisley
awarded on: 2001-05-17
amount: $2,500
Discussion: Reading Grant
Sandwich, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

A Natural Wilderness: American Nature WritersThornton W. Burgess Societymore

A four part series exploring the ways in which modern Americans, as individuals and as a society,have worked with the traditions of the past and searched for new values in a disappearing wilderness.

Thornton W. Burgess Society
Sandwich, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Bethany S. Rutledge
awarded on: 2001-05-08
amount: $901

A public celebration of the success of the 1960's grass-roots preservation efforts at an important American communal site, and to examine changes in historic preservation practices and cultural perceptions of this museum and beyond.

Hancock Shaker Village
Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Mary Rentz
awarded on: 2001-04-15
amount: $2,500
Project Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

The Value of Women's WorkBostonian Societymore

A public lecture followed by two more informal discussions that will include the audience members of the lecture. The main goal of this three-part preamble is to introduce TBS and WEIU members to the project, a five-week installation/ exhibition and to also aid both members of the TBS and WEIU in understanding why the two organizations are sponsoring " Women's Work" and how this production connects to and builds up the missions and activities of both organizations.

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

project director: Cynthia Robinson
awarded on: 2001-03-15
amount: $2,500
Project Grant
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Science Ethics Lecture SeriesInstitute for Science and Interdisciplinary Studiesmore

A series that will include a talk about the ethical and scientific ramifications of Nazi medicine that will take place during late April of 2001. The second portion will consist of lecture coinciding with a conference organized by several academic and community groups in the Pioneer Valley Five College Area.

Institute for Science and Interdisciplinary Studies
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Herbert Bernstein
awarded on: 2001-03-15
amount: $1,250
Project Grant
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

City Lives: Senior Citizens of LowellUniversity of Massachusetts Lowellmore

An exhibit featuring photographs and capsule biographies of fifteen senior citizens born and still living in Lowell, Massachusetts. The photographs, along with biographical excerpts, will be displayed in the windows of the downtown Lowell building. This project will produce a free chapbook with the complete stories of those interviewed, a website with photos and stories, and archival materials for the center for Lowell History.

University of Massachusetts Lowell
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

project director: Diana Archibald
awarded on: 2001-03-15
amount: $2,493
Resource Center Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

MCB Launch Program and Bookmaking WorkshopMassachusetts Center For The Bookmore

A program to launch the center and a bookmaking workshop for the general public in Amherst, MA.

Massachusetts Center For The Book
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Sharon Shaloo
awarded on: 2001-02-16
amount: $500
Project Grant
Jamaica Plain, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Bill T. Jones Legacy ProjectDance Umbrella Boston, Incmore

A discussion of Bill T. Jones' influence on contemporary performance and visual communications, honoring the uniqueness of his legacy via the celebration of the next generations of artists. The objectives of the panel discussion will be to recognize Bill T. Jones as one of the dance world's most important, creative, and challenging voices; to examine the impact Bill T. Jones's unique artistic process has had on the development of his dancers finding their own creative voices; and to provide the Greater Boston community with a greater understanding of Bill T. Jones's influence on the artistic world.

Dance Umbrella Boston, Inc
Jamaica Plain, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Susan Scott
awarded on: 2001-02-14
amount: $2,500
Project Grant
Newton, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Women in Jewish MusicZamir Chorale of Bostonmore

A symposium and musical event that will focus on women in Jewish music.

Zamir Chorale of Boston
Newton, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Joshua Jacobson
awarded on: 2001-02-14
amount: $2,500
Project Grant
Great Barrington, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

Richard Wilbur at 80: SymposiumSimon's Rock Collegemore

A one-day symposium in honor of poet Richard Wilbur's 80th birthday. The day will consist of two 90 minute sessions with 3 panelists each, as well as lunch for participants and audience.

Simon's Rock College
Great Barrington, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Peter Filkins
awarded on: 2001-02-14
amount: $2,500
Discussion: Reading Grant
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

After FrostWorcester Public Librarymore

A scholar led reading and discussion series on the work of Robert Frost.

Worcester Public Library
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Christine Kardokas
awarded on: 2001-01-24
amount: $1,000
Discussion: Reading Grant
Barnstable, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

American DreamsSturgis Librarymore

A library reading and discussion series.

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

project director: Christopher Lindquist
awarded on: 2001-01-24
amount: $1,000
Project Grant
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Invoking the Source: The Ancient FeminineWorcester Center for Craftsmore

An exhibit and public lecture focusing on the use of feminine images in contemporary art.

Worcester Center for Crafts
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Donna H. Talman
awarded on: 2001-01-18
amount: $1,900
Project Grant
Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Bringing Culture to Life Through Oral TraditionPrimary Sourcemore

A day-long conference for 70 K-12 teachers that features two scholars (Jamphel Gyatso and Rowland Abiodun) . The conference will include workshops that will explore cultural traditions of regions such as Tibet and Nigeria and will explore the issue of modernization and how it has affected these cultures.

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

project director: Anne Watt
awarded on: 2001-01-18
amount: $2,000
Project Grant
Newton, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

A Tea Party at the White House, 1865Mount Alvernia High Schoolmore

A historical role-playing portion of a semester long research project for 10th graders that focuses on the women's roles in U.S. history and literature.

Mount Alvernia High School
Newton, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Denise Bowser
awarded on: 2000-12-21
amount: $1,400
Project Grant
North Adams, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

Business and Industry-North Adams ExhibitNorth Adams Historical Society, Incmore

An exhibit, "Business and Industry-North Adams" is being transported to a new location at the Western Gateway Heritage State Park. The North Adams Museum will like to have a grand opening for this exhibit in its new location in the spring of 2001.

North Adams Historical Society, Inc
North Adams, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Robert Campanile
awarded on: 2000-12-21
amount: $2,500
Project Grant
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Spirit & Soul: Chinese and Arabic CalligraphyUniversity of Massachusetts Amherstmore

Two interactive audience lecture-workshops focusing on Chinese and Arabic calligraphy in order to connect and highlight its influences with the performing and fine arts of these cultures.

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

project director: Ranjanaa Devi
awarded on: 2000-12-21
amount: $2,500
Project Grant
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

ReconstructionThe Film Study Centermore

A production grant for a one-hour documentary film on the "Ioanid Gang" bank heist of 1959 in communist Romania.

The Film Study Center
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Irene Lusztig
awarded on: 2000-12-17
amount: $15,000
Project Grant
New York, NY, New York County

The Political Dr. SeussThe New Pressmore

A one-hour documentary film production about the little-known side of Springfield's own Theodor Seuss Geisel. This film will discuss his life and work as an editorial cartoonist, political lampooner, and passionate advocate of causes. It will examine this critical aspect of Dr. Seus' persona and expose audiences to a number of important themes that relate not only to his life and work but to United States history, as well.

The New Press
New York, NY, New York County

project director: Ron Lamothe
awarded on: 2000-12-15
amount: $14,975
Project Grant
Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Tupperware: Earl and Brownie's Plastic EmpireBlueberry Hill Productionsmore

A one-hour film about Earl Tupper and Brownie Wise and the creation of Tupperware. The film will be broadcasted nationwide, it will be available on video for home and schoolroom use, and its chances for overseas broadcast.

Blueberry Hill Productions
Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Laurie Kahn
awarded on: 2000-12-15
amount: $25,000

The development, publicity, and promotion of the third annual World History Symposium which will include the creation of support materials and selected completed lesson plans on the Internet and the development of follow-up activities in designated school.

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

project director: Patrick Manning
awarded on: 2000-12-15
amount: $15,000
Project Grant
Jamaica Plain, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Symphony of a CityBoston Cyberarts, Inc.more

A public art project designed to create dialogue and reflection about the distinct and varied ways that people live in the city of Boston. Colorful images and live audio will originate from 16 Bostonians wearing "live cams" from diverse class, race and age backgrounds.

Boston Cyberarts, Inc.
Jamaica Plain, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: John Ewing
awarded on: 2000-12-15
amount: $15,000
Project Grant
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Making Music In MassachusettsClub Passim, Incmore

A program series on topics in American vernacular music ranging from ballads to blues, based on genres found and performed in the Commonwealth. The purpose of the series is to examine traditional music's contribution to the region, past and present, offering insights into the forces that created the cultural landscape. Each program will include performances and will be moderated by a specialist in the genre.

Club Passim, Inc
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Karen Lecompte
awarded on: 2000-12-10
amount: $7,600
Project Grant
South Wellfleet, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

Script Development for "The Courtship of Charles and Lily"S. Wellfleet Neighborhood Associationmore

The development of a dramatic script for pre-teen to adult audiences which illustrates the mid-nineteenth century social realities of gender roles, education, courtship, marriage, work, and economics.

S. Wellfleet Neighborhood Association
South Wellfleet, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Irene Paine
awarded on: 2000-11-16
amount: $2,500

A public forum and discussion series designed to explore the ways in which informal gathering places build and sustain the life of a community, the conditions that make them successful or unsuccessful, the ways in which local public policy decisions, such as zoning bylaws and purchases and use of publicly-owned spaces, can affect such places and the community they serve.

Wellfleet Public Library
Wellfleet, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Kathy Shorr
awarded on: 2000-11-16
amount: $2,485
Project Grant
Wenham, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

Our Own Snug Fireside: Images of American Homes, 1750-1850Wenham Museummore

A lecture that is directly connected to an exhibit entitled "Home is Where the Hearth Is" that will present the evolution of domestic architecture in Massachusetts over the last 300 years, focusing on the hearth as the center of the home. The exihibit will examine the evolution of construction methods, floor plans and decorative elements, as reflected in the changing roles of mothers, fathers, children, and other household members.

Wenham Museum
Wenham, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Carolyn Simmonds
awarded on: 2000-11-16
amount: $1,740

Interviews with approximately 20 culturally diverse artists who live or work in Holyoke, Massachusetts; short profiles will be generated about each person for dissemination in various local media.

Hampshire College
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Myrna M. Breitbart
awarded on: 2000-11-16
amount: $2,500

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