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Mass Humanities Awards More Than $250k through the Massachusetts Cultural Council Funding

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Mass Humanities Awards More Than $250k through the Massachusetts Cultural Council Funding

50+ Humanities institutions and programs will use the funds to reach audiences digitally during pandemic

(MA – April 8, 2021) Mass Humanities announced today the awarding of $250,000 to 59 non-profit organizations across Massachusetts through funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

A new round of grants from Mass Humanities will give museums, historical societies and other cultural organizations the opportunity to reach their audiences digitally as the COVID-19 pandemic persists. From laptops to website upgrades, mobile walking tours to virtual exhibits, the Digital Capacity Grants announced today provide residents with access to their heritage despite social distancing.

“These grants are part of our ongoing response to the pandemic, but they also provide a preview of the future of public humanities programming,” said Mass Humanities Executive Director Brian Boyles. “As we begin to rebuild from the impacts of this crisis, our communities deserve the chance to engage with each other and our cultural heritage. It’s also clear that the digital space offers organizations the chance to build their audiences.”

Non-profit organizations receiving funds this year are:

Organization Name

Grant Amount

Organization City

Berkshire Museum

$5,000.00

Pittsfield

Edith Wharton Restoration, Inc

$3,050.00

Lenox

Norman Rockwell Museum

$5,000.00

Stockbridge

Sheffield Historical Society

$1,440.00

Sheffield

Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center

$4,625.00

Windsor

The Bidwell House Museum

$3,650.00

Monterey

WAM Theatre

$5,000.00

Lenox

Cape Arts & Entertainment – Cape Symphony

$5,000.00

Hyannis

Cape Cod Cape Verdean Museum and Cultural Center, Inc

$2,810.00

East Falmouth

Cuttyhunk Historical Society

$5,000.00

Cuttyhunk

Falmouth HIstorical Society

$2,500.00

Falmouth

Payomet

$5,000.00

Truro

Black Heritage Festival Committee

$3,000.00

Worcester

Fitchburg Historical Society

$3,100.00

Fitchburg

Sandy Pond School Association

$800.00

Ayer

Worcester Youth Center

$5,000.00

Worcester

Amherst Historical Society

$3,000.00

Amherst

Emily Dickinson Museum

$5,000.00

Amherst

Forbes Library

$4,999.00

Northampton

Hatfield Historical Society

$4,449.00

Hatfield

Local Access to Valley Arts

$5,000.00

Greenfield

Plainfield Historical Society

$4,000.00

Plainfield

Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association

$5,000.00

Deerfield

Springfield Museums

$3,900.00

Springfield

The David Ruggles Center

$5,000.00

Florence

The Literacy Project

$5,000.00

Greenfield

Valley Arts Mentors

$4,000.00

Holyoke

ANIKAYA/Akhra, Inc

$5,000.00

Somerville

Boston Center for the Arts

$5,000.00

Boston

Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center

$5,000.00

Boston

Boston Women’s Heritage Trail

$5,000.00

Dorchester

Convergence Ensemble

$4,500.00

Boston

DEAFinitely, Inc

$5,000.00

Newton

Guerilla Opera

$3,000.00

Boston

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

$5,000.00

Boston

Old North Foundation of Boston

$4,500.00

Boston

Paul Revere House

$5,000.00

Boston

Photographic Preservation Center

$3,500.00

Cambridge

Somerville Museum

$3,540.00

Somerville

The History Project: Documenting LGBTQ Boston

$5,000.00

Boston

Theatre Espresso

$5,000.00

Jamaica Plain

Union of Minority Neighborhoods

$5,000.00

Boston

Dedham Historical Society

$5,000.00

Dedham

Natick Historical Society

$2,500.00

Natick

National Association for Armenian Studies and Research

$4,980.00

Belmont

Beyond Walls

$5,000.00

Lynn

Cape Ann Museum

$4,989.00

Gloucester

Danvers Historical Society

$5,000.00

Danvers

Lawrence History Center

$5,000.00

Lawrence

Marblehead Museum

$3,160.00

Marblehead

Public Health Museum in Massachusetts

$4,985.00

Tewksbury

The House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association

$3,367.00

Salem

Westford Museum

$1,725.00

Westford

Handshouse Studio

$5,000.00

Norwell

Hull Lifesaving Museum

$5,000.00

Hull

Massachusetts Design Art Technology Institute

$5,000.00

New Bedford

New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center

$3,750.00

New Bedford

New Bedford Preservation Society

$3,900.00

New Bedford

Old Colony Historical Society

$4,780.00

Taunton

About Mass Humanities

Mass Humanities, a non-profit based in Northampton, conducts and supports programs that use history, literature, philosophy, and the other humanities disciplines to enhance and improve civic life throughout Massachusetts. Since its founding in 1974, the organization has provided millions of dollars in support of thousands of humanities projects across the Commonwealth. Established as the state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Mass Humanities is an independent programming and grant-making organization that receives support from the NEH and the Massachusetts Cultural Council as well as private sources. For more information, visit www.masshumanities.org or follow Mass Humanities at @masshumanities on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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