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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: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Fitchburg, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    Journey to Equality: the LGBTQ Civil Rights MovementFitchburg State Universitymore

    A series of humanities exhibits and events, held throughout North Central Massachusetts, about LGBTQ issues, rights, and histories.

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

    project director: Karen F. Mays
    awarded on: 2017-12-08
    amount: $5,100
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    African Cultural Conversation SeriesAfrican Cultural Services, Inc.more

    A monthly series of humanities discussions and cultural programs aimed toward-and developed with-Waltham's large African immigrant community.

    African Cultural Services, Inc.
    Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Juliet Najjumba
    awarded on: 2017-12-08
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant
    Hull, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

    Windmill Point Historic InterpretationHull Lifesaving Museum, Inc.more

    Permanent outdoor local history interpretive panels on the US Coast Guard presence in Hull.

    Hull Lifesaving Museum, Inc.
    Hull, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

    project director: Victoria Stevens
    awarded on: 2017-12-08
    amount: $7,500

    A three-part performance-and-discussion series on the veteran experience designed to attract and engage both veterans and civilians.

    Zeiterion Theatre
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Rosemary Gill
    awarded on: 2017-12-08
    amount: $12,500
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Jamaica Plain, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    Afro Latin Folktales ProjectHyde Square Task Forcemore

    An out-of-school literature and theatre project for youth leaders to explore themes of immigration, cultural assimilation, and belonging in relationship to Boston immigrant communities.

    Hyde Square Task Force
    Jamaica Plain, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Eva Farrell
    awarded on: 2017-12-08
    amount: $15,000

    Implementation funds for eight local history organizations to implement capacity-building projects after completing six intensive workshops on best practices.

    Pioneer Valley History Network
    Deerfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Clifford McCarthy
    awarded on: 2017-12-08
    amount: $7,500
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    GLOWRose Kennedy Greenway Conservancymore

    An exhibition of eight historic neon road signs of Massachusetts businesses, c. 1927-1970, related research and accompanying panels, and a moderated panel discussion.

    Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Lucas Cowan
    awarded on: 2017-12-08
    amount: $10,000

    An audience immersion pilot program for about 100 community residents to explore how historical theater is produced-through lenses of dramaturgy, cultural studies, and history.

    Merrimack Repertory Theatre
    Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Sean Daniels
    awarded on: 2017-12-08
    amount: $14,750

    Scholarly consulting, the creation of informative playbills, and a post-performance discussion of a student production of Peter Pan.

    Oakmont Regional High School
    Ashburnham, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Jeffrey Aubuchon
    awarded on: 2017-12-08
    amount: $4,615
    Project Grant
    Auburn, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    Activate the ArboretumAuburn Public Schoolsmore

    An environmental history project for Auburn Public School students that is led by a humanities scholar and includes lessons, a photography project, an exhibit, and a tour.

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

    project director: Sarah Connell
    awarded on: 2017-12-08
    amount: $7,500

    Inventory and make public their William Wood collection of photographs, maps, and publications.

    Andover Historical Society
    Andover, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Elaine Clements
    awarded on: 2017-11-09
    amount: $2,000
    Scholar in Residence Grant
    Medford, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    Susanna Rowson in Medford 1799-1803Medford Historical Societymore

    Research on and transcription of their Swan Collection of letters, along with two public lectures on the material.

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

    project director: Kyna Hamill
    awarded on: 2017-11-06
    amount: $3,500
    Research Inventory Grant
    Douglas, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    Douglas Historical InitiativeSimon Fairfield Public Librarymore

    Inventory and processing of the Douglas Historical Society's Coppola Collection.

    Simon Fairfield Public Library
    Douglas, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Justin Snook
    awarded on: 2017-11-06
    amount: $2,000
    Research Inventory Grant
    Sharon, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

    Sharon Public Library Newspaper Digitization ProjectSharon Public Librarymore

    Digitization of the local Sharon Advocate Newspaper archive and make it available online to patrons.

    Sharon Public Library
    Sharon, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

    project director: Lee Ann Amend
    awarded on: 2017-11-06
    amount: $2,000

    Inventory and scanning of Wistariahurst Museum's Holyoke and Carlos Vegas/Latino History Collections in order to provide a searchable documentation of Holyoke's black populations.

    Historic Holyoke at Wistariahurst
    Holyoke, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Penni Martorell
    awarded on: 2017-11-06
    amount: $2,000
    Discussion Grant
    Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    STCC Stands Social Justice ForumSpringfield Technical Community Collegemore

    A film-and-discussion series-with "Hidden Figure", "I Am Not Your Negro", and "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks"..

    Springfield Technical Community College
    Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Vonetta Lightfoot
    awarded on: 2017-11-06
    amount: $2,453
    Discussion Grant
    Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    Teens, Bodies, and Identities in Global LiteraturePrimary Sourcemore

    A reading-and-discussion series for Boston-area teachers and librarians focusing on global literature about teenagers' relationships with their bodies.

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

    project director: Deborah L. Cunningham
    awarded on: 2017-11-06
    amount: $3,500
    Discussion Grant
    Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    Spotlight Symposium Series: "Lonely Planet" and "Statements"New Repertory Theatremore

    Two post-production moderated conversations around the history of intolerance and how art from the past can bring up questions from the present.

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

    project director: Leila Ghaemi
    awarded on: 2017-11-06
    amount: $3,000

    A project allowing fifth-grade students in New Bedford and Fairhaven to view and discuss a performance about overcoming cultural barriers and the role of exploration and commerce in New Bedford's whaling history.

    New Bedford Ballet
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Joanne Gracia
    awarded on: 2017-11-06
    amount: $3,100
    Discussion Grant
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    Protest and Citizenship in AmericaMassachusetts Historical Societymore

    A panel discussion and public conversation exploring the history of citizenship and protest in America.

    Massachusetts Historical Society
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Gavin Kleespies
    awarded on: 2017-11-06
    amount: $3,000
    Discussion Grant
    Somerville, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    Discussion Event with MA History Teacher of the YearHistoric Somervillemore

    A moderated discussion with 2017 Mass History Teacher of the Year Kevin Dua and historian Dan Breen addressing the roles of patriotism, freedom, individuality, and collectivism in the United States both historically and in the present.

    Historic Somerville
    Somerville, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Eileen Schofield
    awarded on: 2017-11-06
    amount: $1,350
    Discussion Grant
    Danvers, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    Discover Danvers Round-tableDanvers Historical Societymore

    Moderated round-table sessions allowing participants to handle historical objects while learning about them and posing their own questions.

    Danvers Historical Society
    Danvers, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Sheila Cooke-Kayser
    awarded on: 2017-11-06
    amount: $3,500
    Discussion Grant
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    Central Conversations - Guards at the TajCentral Square Theatermore

    Two symposia, one exploring contemporary connections to the history, politics, and meaning of great monuments, and the other exploring dynamics between the disciplines of history and theater.

    Central Square Theater
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Debra Wise
    awarded on: 2017-11-06
    amount: $3,000
    Discussion: Literature & Medicine Grant
    Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    Who Are We? Literature & Medicine at BaystateBaystate Health Systemsmore

    A six-session reading and discussion series for health professionals to support the social and emotional aspects of patient care.

    Baystate Health Systems
    Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Bridget Gunn
    awarded on: 2017-07-17
    amount: $1,800

    A panel discussion-on racial justice as it relates to the evolution of American music-at the Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival that will be recorded and presented in local high schools.

    Blues to Green, Inc.
    Huntington, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Kristin Neville
    awarded on: 2017-07-17
    amount: $3,000
    Discussion: Civil Rights Grant
    Lynn, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    Let Freedom Sing: The Songs and The Song-MakersThe Highlands Coalitionmore

    A scholar-led discussion of civil rights, especially as reflected in American jazz.

    The Highlands Coalition
    Lynn, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Michael Palter
    awarded on: 2017-07-17
    amount: $500
    Discussion: Open Grant
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    Activating Communication through Public ArtPow! Wow! Worcestermore

    A film screening and discussion event on Worcester's history and the role of public art in community development.

    Pow! Wow! Worcester
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Che Anderson
    awarded on: 2017-07-17
    amount: $3,500
    Discussion: Open Grant
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    Sustainable Oceans Open DiscussionSeaport Art Walkmore

    A discussion program-taking place during New Bedford's Seaport Art Walk-on the history and future of sustainable fisheries, questions of ethical responsibility, and the role of art in prompting action.

    Seaport Art Walk
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Jessica Bregoli
    awarded on: 2017-07-17
    amount: $850

    A one-day public forum on the legacy and contemporary relevance of Jane Addams, social justice advocate and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.

    Traprock Center for Peace & Justice
    Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Rutherford Platt
    awarded on: 2017-07-17
    amount: $3,000

    An inventory of the papers of Theresa-India Young, noted fiber artist, educator, community organizer, and activist.

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

    project director: Meghan Bailey
    awarded on: 2017-07-17
    amount: $2,000

    Photographing and inventory of 260 eighteenth?century gravestones in Medfield's Vine Lake Cemetery.

    Vine Lake Preservation Trust
    Medfield, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Elise M. Ciregna
    awarded on: 2017-07-17
    amount: $2,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    On Equal Terms - VirtualBrandeis Universitymore

    Creation and presentation of a web-based exhibition about gender-based segregation in the construction industry, a re-envisioning of the successful 2008 physical exhibition On Equal Terms.

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

    project director: Susan Eisenberg
    awarded on: 2017-06-18
    amount: $15,000
    Project: Media Grant
    Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    Our Mockingbird Curriculum GuideDocumentary Educational Resourcesmore

    Creation of a Teacher's Guide and three companion short films which tell the stories of Native child removal, forced assimilation, and the first Truth and Reconciliation Commission for Native Americans in the country. Creation of a curriculum to accompany the documentary film "Our Mockingbird," exploring individual and group identities, American history, jurisprudence, and ethics in Harper Lee's novel.

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

    project director: Sandra Jaffe
    awarded on: 2017-06-16
    amount: $7,500
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    New York, NY, New York County

    Dexter and the DinosaursFractured Atlasmore

    An original history-based theatre production created and performed by students and residents of Greenfield in the context of a celebration of Greenfield's 19th-century history.

    Fractured Atlas
    New York, NY, New York County

    project director: Jonathan Mirin
    awarded on: 2017-06-16
    amount: $4,750
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Somerville, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    The Downfall of Despots: Julius CaesarActors' Shakespeare Projectmore

    A series of public educational programs for the upcoming all-female production of Julius Caesar.

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

    project director: Mara Sidmore
    awarded on: 2017-06-16
    amount: $15,000
    Project Grant
    Clinton, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    Museum of Russian Icons Audio Tour RevisionMuseum of Russian Iconsmore

    A revamp of the museum's audio folklore tour with re-recorded content, new content, images, and professional translations in Russian, Spanish, French, and Portuguese.

    Museum of Russian Icons
    Clinton, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Tara Young
    awarded on: 2017-06-16
    amount: $7,500

    Creation of three permanent low-profile interpretive wayside signs, a self-guided brochure, and a digital online "story map" for the site of the 1874 Williamsburg Reservoir Dam disaster.

    Town of Williamsburg - Woodland Trails
    Haydenville, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Paul Jahnige
    awarded on: 2017-06-16
    amount: $7,500
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    Boston and the Irish Language: Fifty Years of Cultural Connection in Oral HistoryIrish Language Society of Bostonmore

    Support for an oral history project exploring the importance of the Irish language among Irish immigrants in the Boston area.

    Irish Language Society of Boston
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Brian Frykenberg
    awarded on: 2017-06-16
    amount: $7,500
    Project: Media Grant
    Walpole, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

    Dawnland Teacher's GuideCenter For Independent Documentarymore

    Creation of a Teacher's Guide and three companion short films which tell the stories of Native child removal, forced assimilation, and the first Truth and Reconciliation Commission for Native Americans in the country.

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

    project director: Adam Mazo
    awarded on: 2017-06-16
    amount: $15,000
    Discussion: Civil Rights Grant
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    Frederick Douglass Communal ReadingFuture Focus Mediamore

    A scripted mock trial and post-performance discussion and the seventh annual communal reading of Douglass's 1852 speech on the Worcester Commons.

    Future Focus Media
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Cedric Arno
    awarded on: 2017-05-08
    amount: $500

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