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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.  

 
 
Discussion Grant
Somerville, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Theater for Adult Immigrant ESL StudentsSomerville Center for Adult Learning Experiencesmore

Writing workshops with those who are homeless, transitional, and recently-housed, culminating in publication of their works in The Pilgrim magazine and four public reading and discussion programs.

Somerville Center for Adult Learning Experiences
Somerville, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Meryl Becker
awarded on: 2020-01-06
amount: $1,757
Discussion Grant
Boston, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Evolution of Black Dance Across the AmericasJaara, Incmore

A panel discussion on the history of Black dance forms, kicking-off the Black Dance Festival

Jaara, Inc
Boston, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Marianne Harkless Diabate
awarded on: 2020-01-06
amount: $3,000
Discussion Grant
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

Southcoast SevenZeiterion Theatremore

Seven female students from Berkshire Community College will be guided in developing a public presentation -- to take place before the performance of Seven -- on 7 local women who have made a significant contribution to the world around them.

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

project director: Ashley Moore
awarded on: 2020-01-06
amount: $3,500
Discussion Grant
Lynn, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

Hat & Heels High Tea - Why Vote?North Shore Juneteenth Associationmore

A lecture and discussion event with civil rights activist and author Rodney Hurst and legal scholar David Harris.

North Shore Juneteenth Association
Lynn, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Jacquelyn Fitzhugh
awarded on: 2020-01-06
amount: $3,000
Discussion Grant
North Adams, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

Art in Context: Visual Resources in Local EducationThe Artist Book Foundationmore

A discussion series with teachers from regional schools, featuring books about visual art and local artists.

The Artist Book Foundation
North Adams, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Chalice Mitchell
awarded on: 2020-01-06
amount: $3,000
Discussion Grant
Salem, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

Why Your Vote Matters ForumNorth Shore Community Development Centermore

A discussion of voting rights and experiences with voting, focusing on past and present immigrant communities, with residents of The Point neighborhood in Salem

North Shore Community Development Center
Salem, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Felicia Pierce
awarded on: 2020-01-06
amount: $3,500
Discussion Grant
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Voting Rights ,Women's Suffrage and Fannie Lou HamerYWCA Of Cambridgemore

Two discussions with Billie Jean Young, creator of a one woman show on labor and civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer.

YWCA Of Cambridge
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Whitney Mooney
awarded on: 2020-01-06
amount: $3,000

Family-size group discussions of Dr. Seuss' book Oh, the Thinks You Can Think, led by a graphic facilitator who translates children's ideas into pictures, which are then displayed on a knowledge wall at the Dr. Seuss Birthday Party, the Museum's flagship event.

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

project director: Jenny Powers
awarded on: 2020-01-06
amount: $3,500
Discussion Grant
Northampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

The Right to Vote: past, present, futureForbes Librarymore

4 panel/discussion events on 4 aspects of voting: women's suffrage, civil rights movement, current barriers to voting, and teen voting.

Forbes Library
Northampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Faith Kaufmann
awarded on: 2020-01-06
amount: $3,500
Discussion Grant
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Women's Right to be ElectedBoston Reviewmore

A panel discussion on the political theories and practical differences between the right to vote and the right to be elected, comparing the US with countries where more women hold elected office.

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

project director: Dan Manchon
awarded on: 2020-01-06
amount: $3,500
Discussion Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Our American StoriesCompany Onemore

3 panel discussions, led by accomplished women of color, following 3 different plays in Company One's 2020 season, all connected by the theme of American stories.

Company One
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Ilana Brownstein
awarded on: 2020-01-06
amount: $3,500
Discussion Grant
Boston, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Arts Equity SummitArts Connect Internationalmore

4-hour panel and discussion event focused on problematizing the creation of monuments to memorialize historical events.

Arts Connect International
Boston, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Allegra Fletcher
awarded on: 2020-01-06
amount: $3,450
Discussion Grant
Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

New Repertory Theatre Spotlight Symposium SeriesNew Repertory Theatremore

A series of 6 post-performance panel discussions connected to 6 productions at the New Repertory Theatre

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

project director: Elena Morris
awarded on: 2019-07-29
amount: $3,000
Discussion Grant
Fitchburg, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Community Engagement with Adria Arch: Redefining EleanorFitchburg State Universitymore

A series of three public events focused on how we respond to art from different time periods.

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

project director: Catherine Buell
awarded on: 2019-07-29
amount: $2,934
Discussion Grant
Bedford, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Literature and the Experience of War Reading and Discussion GroupBedford VA Medical Centermore

A reading and discussion group for Bedford VA staff working with veterans.

Bedford VA Medical Center
Bedford, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Sarah Carnes
awarded on: 2019-07-29
amount: $2,900
Discussion Grant
Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

The Good Life: Literature & Medicine at Baystate HealthBaystate Health Systemsmore

A 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: 2019-07-29
amount: $1,800

Two public events for middle and high school students and their parents on bachata music, a form of music that has changed in form and reputation from its Afro-Caribbean roots to its growing popularity in the U.S.

CENTRO
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Vanessa De Leon
awarded on: 2019-07-29
amount: $3,500
Discussion Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Voices: Artists for Humanity's Global Arts ResidencyArtists for Humanitymore

A public discussion of hip-hop and international youth culture, featuring AfH's teen artists and Global Artists in Residence, and scholar Elizabeth Rosner.

Artists for Humanity
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Elizabeth Rosner
awarded on: 2019-07-29
amount: $3,500
Discussion Grant
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

The Crucible Symposia Series: Witch Hunts Then and NowCentral Square Theatermore

A series of three symposia on the theme of witch hunts through the lens of CST's production of The Crucible.

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

project director: Lee Mikeska Gardner
awarded on: 2019-07-29
amount: $3,000
Discussion Grant
Gardner, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Words & Pictures: Exploring Graphic StorytellingMount Wachusett Community Collegemore

Four panel discussions and a lecture centered on the relationship between images and words in graphic storytelling.

Mount Wachusett Community College
Gardner, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Michelle Valois
awarded on: 2019-07-29
amount: $2,900
Discussion Grant
Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

How Should We Live?: Cross Cultural Journeys Through FilmDocumentary Educational Resourcesmore

A documentary film and discussion series with a unifying theme focused on what it means to be human.

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

project director: Alice Apley
awarded on: 2019-07-29
amount: $3,000

A series free Shakespeare seminars at the Northampton Senior Center, Kinney Renaissance Center, and Christopher Heights Assisted Living.

University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA

project director: Marie Roche
awarded on: 2019-07-29
amount: $3,200
Discussion Grant
Newton, MA, Middlesex County

Reading King in BostonCooperative Metropolitan Ministriesmore

A series of four discussions of works by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., each chosen to be in dialog with a national or international holiday.

Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries
Newton, MA, Middlesex County

project director: Rodney L. Petersen
awarded on: 2019-07-29
amount: $3,000

A community engagement and discussion project focused on Leverett's industrial history and historic landscape.

Leverett Historical Commission
Leverett, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Pleun Bouricius
awarded on: 2019-07-29
amount: $3,000
Discussion Grant
Medford, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

am2pm Faith & FilmCongregational Church of West Medford dba Sanctuarymore

A film series about celebrating the role of faith in our lives, along with training for high school youth enrolled in a community service program to lead discussions of the films.

Congregational Church of West Medford dba Sanctuary
Medford, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Wendy Olapade
awarded on: 2019-07-29
amount: $3,500

A series of four free panel discussions exploring the history of six public housing sites in Boston.

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

project director: Gavin Kleespies
awarded on: 2019-07-29
amount: $3,500
Discussion Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Mass Rock Against Racism 40th Birthday BashCommunity Change, Incmore

A panel discussion on Mass Rock Against Racism's history and the role of music in youth movements.

Community Change, Inc
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Fran Smith
awarded on: 2019-07-29
amount: $300
Discussion Grant
Cohasset, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

Great Decisions 2020Paul Pratt Memorial Librarymore

A weekly reading and discussion series with topics on global issues chosen by the non-partisan Foreign Policy Association.

Paul Pratt Memorial Library
Cohasset, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

project director: Gayle Walsh
awarded on: 2019-07-29
amount: $3,000
Discussion Grant
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

Paul Cuffe's Atlantic WorldSpinner Publicationsmore

A series of four discussions, with four communities in Southeastern Massachusetts, of Paul Cuffe's history and legacy.

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

project director: Joseph D. Thomas
awarded on: 2019-07-29
amount: $3,500
Discussion Grant
Newton, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Incorporating the Arts and Humanities in Death and Dying EducationGood Shepherd Community Caremore

A series of 4 lecture/small-group discussion events to support conversations about end-of-life planning.

Good Shepherd Community Care
Newton, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Arlene Lowney
awarded on: 2019-05-13
amount: $3,500
Discussion Grant
Chester, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

Chester Theatre Company's 2019 Panel Discussion SeriesChester Theatre Companymore

A series of four scholar-led post-performance discussions.

Chester Theatre Company
Chester, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

project director: Daniel E. Kramer
awarded on: 2019-05-13
amount: $2,310
Discussion Grant
Concord, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

From the Declaration of Independence Through the Long Civil Rights MovementThe Robbins Housemore

A public reading and discussion of Frederick Douglass's speech "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July."

The Robbins House
Concord, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Nikki A. Turpin
awarded on: 2019-05-13
amount: $600

A reading and discussion of Douglass's speech on the meaning of the 4th of July, as well as a follow-up discussion of the Massachusetts State Constitution.

Shaw Memorial Library
Plainfield, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Erik Burcroff
awarded on: 2019-05-13
amount: $2,200
Discussion Grant
Brewster, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

What to the Negro is the Fourth of July?Cape Cod Cape Verdean Museum and Cultural Centermore

A reading and discussion of Douglass's speech on the meaning of the 4th of July.

Cape Cod Cape Verdean Museum and Cultural Center
Brewster, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Barbara Burgo
awarded on: 2019-05-13
amount: $1,500

A July 3rd reading and discussion of Douglass's speech on the meaning of the 4th of July, and a follow-up discussion in September.

New Lynn Coalition
Lynn, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Wendy Joseph
awarded on: 2019-05-13
amount: $3,500

A reading and round table discussion of Douglass's speech on the meaning of the 4th of July.

Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum
Adams, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Cassandra Peltier
awarded on: 2019-05-13
amount: $394

A moderated discussion as part of the Her Story project.

Fort Point Theatre Channel
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Jennifer Jean
awarded on: 2019-05-13
amount: $3,000
Discussion Grant
Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

Environmental Challenges in the Berkshires SymposiumBarrington Stage Companymore

A free symposium in conjunction with a performance of "Fall Springs," a dark musical comedy about environmental disaster.

Barrington Stage Company
Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Martin Mansfield
awarded on: 2019-05-13
amount: $3,500

A series of scholar-led discussions, accompanying a performance that tells the story of one of the first Native Hawai'ian missionaries to travel to New England.

Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives
Honolulu, HI, Honolulu County

project director: Neal Hitch
awarded on: 2019-05-13
amount: $3,500

A lecture and moderated discussion that is part of The Mastheads 2019 season.

City of Pittsfield Office of Cultural Development
Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Tessa Kelly
awarded on: 2019-05-13
amount: $3,500
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