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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 Grant
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

Mood Indigo: Antique and Comtemporary QuiltsNew England Quilt Museummore

An exploration of the historic and artistic use of indigo-dyed fabrics in quilts.

New England Quilt Museum
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

project director: Jennifer Gilbert
awarded on: 2000-01-18
amount: $2,473

A field research project in Cambodia related to the planning of a groundbreaking exhibition of the handpainted Cambodian shop signs.

New England Folklife Center
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

project director: Laurie B. Kalb
awarded on: 2000-01-15
amount: $1,840
Discussion: Reading Grant
East Longmeadow, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

Family AffairsFriends of the East Longmeadow Librarymore

A library discussion series that encompasses themes that have been previously discussed, community headlines, and issues.

Friends of the East Longmeadow Library
East Longmeadow, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

project director: Ann Dotterer
awarded on: 1999-12-30
amount: $325
Project Grant
Walpole, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

Once RemovedCenter For Independent Documentarymore

A one-hour documentary film about a film maker's trip to China to meet her mother's family and learn about the role in China's convulsive political movements.

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

project director: Julie Mallozzi
awarded on: 1999-12-21
amount: $2,500

An exhibition and event that celebrates the publication of the anthology "Standing before Us: Unitarian Universalist Women and Social Reform, 1776-1936".

Unitarian Universalist Women's Heritage Society
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Dorothy M. Emerson
awarded on: 1999-12-21
amount: $2,500
Project Grant
Falmouth, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

Falmouth 2000 Life HistoryFalmouth Historical Societymore

An oral history project, museum exhibit, and companion publication documenting the lives of Falmouth residents in the 20th century.

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

project director: Ann Sears
awarded on: 1999-12-21
amount: $2,499
Project Grant
Shutesbury, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Celebrate ShutesburyShutesbury Education Foundationmore

A project that will focus on Shutesbury's history from 1900-2000 by conducting a community forum, the publishing of a book and an organized community celebration.

Shutesbury Education Foundation
Shutesbury, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Gail Thomas
awarded on: 1999-12-21
amount: $2,500
Project Grant
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Turned Out: Sexual Assault Behind BarsInterlock Media Inc.more

Script development grant for a documentary on rape within American prisons.

Interlock Media Inc.
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Jonathan Schwartz
awarded on: 1999-12-17
amount: $10,000
Project Grant
Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

Seen and Received: The Private Art of the ShakersHancock Shaker Villagemore

A year-long exhibit of Shaker folk art, the production of a catalogue, and related programming. Exhibit features the Shakers' religious art, the "gift drawings" in particular.

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

project director: Sharon D. Koomler
awarded on: 1999-12-17
amount: $15,000
Project Grant
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

The Ecological Imagination: Reflections on Nature, Place and SpiritualityCambridge Forummore

A conference bringing together approximately 20 of America's outstanding nature writers to examine with each other the nature and role of the imaginative and spiritual impulses that prompt their writing.

Cambridge Forum
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Mary E. Tucker
awarded on: 1999-12-17
amount: $11,060

An exhibition and attendant programming on representative and unusual swords from the Higgins collection.

Higgins Armory Museum - closed 2013
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Jeffrey L. Forgeng
awarded on: 1999-12-17
amount: $5,853
Project Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

The City GameNew England Foundation for the Artsmore

Preproduction grant for the planning and convening of a symposium of scholars and media producers to guide the research and development for a major public television series: The City Game: Basketball and Social Life in 20th Century America.

New England Foundation for the Arts
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Martha Fowlkes
awarded on: 1999-12-17
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

The Long Road to JusticeJustice George Lewis Ruffin Societymore

A multi-media exhibition covering over three centuries of the history of African Americans in the Massachusetts court system. The exhibition will travel to courthouses statewide.

Justice George Lewis Ruffin Society
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Julian Houston
awarded on: 1999-12-17
amount: $25,000
Project Grant
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

Atlantic PearlSpinner Publicationsmore

A script development grant to produce a trailer for a 60 minute documentary on scalloping in New Bedford.

Spinner Publications
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: Joseph D. Thomas
awarded on: 1999-12-15
amount: $10,000
Project Grant
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

American Textile History Museum Video ProductionAmerican Textile History Museummore

For the installation and production of a four-minute interpretive video in exhibit "Textiles in America" which is part of a five video series about the immigrant experience in American textile history.

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

project director: Linda Carpenter
awarded on: 1999-12-10
amount: $10,000

A four-hour documentary film series on the untold stories of millions of people who participated in the struggle against apartheid and influenced the actions of the apartheid regime and their supporters.

Clarity Educational Productions
Berkeley, CA

project director: Connie Field
awarded on: 1999-12-10
amount: $25,000
Project Grant
Newtonville, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Connick Project, Phase 1The Charles J. Connick Stained Glass Foundation, Lmore

The plans for an exhibition, catalogue, website and possibly a CD-ROM or DVD to explore the work of Charles J. Connick Associations (1912-1986) who were makers of stained glass.

The Charles J. Connick Stained Glass Foundation, L
Newtonville, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Catherine Zusy
awarded on: 1999-12-10
amount: $7,500

A free lecture series for adult audiences exploring selected major themes from the writings of Emerson and Thoreau: individualism, environmental vision, land use, and the relationship between science and nature.

Concord Museum
Concord, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Judith H. Stern
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $1,565
Project Grant
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

Perspectives on "The Ave"ArtWorks! Partners for the Art & Community, Inc.more

A collaborative, multidisciplinary humanities project involving a painter in residence at ArtWorks in New Bedford as well as local city experts, exploring the character of Acushnet Avenue in New Bedford's North End, a thoroughfare that has changed little over the last several decades.

ArtWorks! Partners for the Art & Community, Inc.
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: Karin G. Oen
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $1,500
Project: Media Grant
Walpole, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

Loaded Gun: Life, and Death and DickinsonCenter For Independent Documentarymore

Distribution funds and scholar honoraria and travel expenses for scholar/panelists at screenings of "Loaded Gun," a semi-comical film exploring Emily Dickinson's life and work. Funds may be used to establish the film as a teaching tool.

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

project director: Steve Gentile
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $2,500
Project: Media Grant
Deerfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

Talking to the Wall: The Story of An American BargainPocumtuck Valley Memorial Associationmore

Distribution funds for a one-hour documentary that examines, over a five year period, the impacts and struggles of two rural New England towns that have confronted large-scale retail developments and the clash between national corporate interests and community needs. The proposed distribution plan includes public tv broadcasts, a local premiere, entry in film festivals, and preparing for non-broadcast educational distribution.

Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association
Deerfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Steven Alves
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $5,000
Project: Media Grant
Edgartown, MA, Dukes County (Cape & Islands)

"Vineyard Voices, American Stories" Pre-Production ProjectMartha's Vineyard Historical Societymore

Media pre-production project consisting of oral history interviews with eight elderly Vineyard residents as resource material for the documentary film, Vineyard Voices, American Stories.

Martha's Vineyard Historical Society
Edgartown, MA, Dukes County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Linsey Lee
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $2,500
Project: Media Grant
New York, NY, New York County

Sacco and VanzettiNew York Foundation for the Artsmore

Production phase of a video documentary about the lives and legal case of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, two Italian immigrant anarchists who were executed in Boston in 1927 after a famous and controversial trial. (MFH funded the pre-production phase of the project as well.)

New York Foundation for the Arts
New York, NY, New York County

project director: Peter Miller
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $5,000
Project: Media Grant
Walpole, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

The Banjo ProjectCenter For Independent Documentarymore

Pre-production grant of $5000 to complete a treatment and promotional videotape for a national public television documentary about the social history of America's quintessential musical instrument - the banjo.

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

project director: Marc Fields
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $5,000
Discussion: Reading Grant
Westwood, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

Encounter in Norumbega: The Hidden Story of Early New England MapsWestwood Public Librarymore

Reading & Discussion program at the Westwood Library

Westwood Public Library
Westwood, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Thomas P. Viti
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $800
Project Grant
Sturbridge, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Northeastern Native American Basketry SymposiumOld Sturbridge Villagemore

One day public symposium on Native American basketry.

Old Sturbridge Village
Sturbridge, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Ed Hood
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $2,500

Professional development initiative to expose Worcester teachers to their students' varied cultures through the study of literature.

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

project director: Gale Nigrosh
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $4,848
Project Grant
South Hadley, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Young Adult Literature Reading and Discussion GroupGaylord Memorial Librarymore

Reading & Discussion group exploring young adult literature.

Gaylord Memorial Library
South Hadley, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Megan Lambert
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $949
Discussion: Reading Grant
Wilbraham, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

Consider the Source: Old Tales RetoldWilbraham Public Librarymore

Reading & discussion group

Wilbraham Public Library
Wilbraham, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

project director: Ardie McEathron
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $300
Project Grant
Deerfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

Native American Public Interpretation ProgramHistoric Deerfield, Inc.more

Free public walking tours of past archaeological dig sites at UMass' Summer Field School in Anthropology for three weeks in June.

Historic Deerfield, Inc.
Deerfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Elizabeth Chilton
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $2,880
Project Grant
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

THE CHAIRWorcester Center for Craftsmore

Exhibition and accompanying catalogue of THE CHAIR at WCC, concentrating on the historical context and meaning of the chair's place within culture.

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

project director: Maryon Attwood
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $2,750

A series of humanities seminars offered to BPS teachers to enrich curriculum and humanities pedagogy.

Teachers As Scholars, Inc.
Newton, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: William Holinger
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $4,779
Resource Center Grant
Wilbraham, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

Desperate JourneysWilbraham Public Librarymore

Reading & Discussion Series

Wilbraham Public Library
Wilbraham, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

project director: Karen Demers
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $200
Project Grant
Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

Ancient EgyptSpringfield Museumsmore

Egyptian art and artifacts on exhibit at the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, 1/15/03 - 1/6/04, with related humanities programming.

Springfield Museums
Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

project director: Kay Simpson
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $15,000
Project Grant
Florence, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Northampton's Living History Community Heritage ProjectFlorence Associationmore

Short documentary of portraits of people and institutions that reflect Northampton's diverse 350-year history.

Florence Association
Florence, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: James Ault
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $10,000

The Fund for Women Artists will distribute a one hour documentary about Jane Sapp, a leader in cultural activism and music education workshops for 'at-risk' youth.

Fund For Women Artists
San Francisco, CA, San Francisco County

project director: Julie Akeret
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $10,000

Massachusetts Center for the Book will plan a two-phase literary map of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, both in-print and on-line.

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

project director: Sharon Shaloo
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $15,000
Project Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Dante at the GardnerIsabella Stewart Gardner Museummore

Five public readings and discussions of Dante's Inferno plus an unspecified 'day-long event.'

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Margaret Burchenal
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $8,000
Project Grant
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

The Skinned Lan: Connecticut River Log DrivesUniversity of Massachusetts Amherstmore

Pre-production grant for a documentary exploring the Connecticut River log drives, 1868-1915.

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

project director: Ed Klekowski
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $10,000

Historic, interpretative installation to accompany the Korean War Memorial, extended until 10/31/02

Korean War Veterans Association Cape & Islands Chapter
Dennis, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Sarah Brophy
awarded on: 1999-11-16
amount: $2,550

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