Mass Humanities Awards Massachusetts Cultural Council Funding

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NORTHAMPTON, Mass. — Mass Humanities announced the awarding of $224,000 to 56 humanities organizations across Massachusetts through funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. 
 
Mass Humanities will provide operating support grants to organizations that primarily serve the most marginalized people in our society, engaging them with the humanities in ways such as exploring their culture or values, sharing and connecting their stories, having conversations about the big questions facing our world, or developing literacy and the knowledge they need to become citizens.
 
Marginalized communities, and the wealth of culture, knowledge, critical perspectives and civic potential within them, are at great risk during the COVID-19 crisis. 
 
"The grants awarded this month represent our commitment to the organizations that strengthen our democracy," Brian Boyles, Executive Director of Mass Humanities said. "We believe access to the humanities is a fundamental right of every resident of the commonwealth as we grapple with the challenges facing our communities in 2020."
 
The grants are made possible by funding from the Mass Cultural Council. Mass Humanities has awarded more than $1.2 million in grants to 207 organizations in 2020.
 
Humanities organizations receiving funds this year are:
 

Organization Name

Grant Amount

Organization City

Berkshire Immigrant Center

$4,000.00

Pittsfield

ROPE

$4,000.00

Pittsfield

Aquinnah Cultural Center

$4,000.00

Aquinnah

Sassafras Earth Education

$4,000.00

Aquinnah

Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts

$4,000.00

Worcester

Worcester Youth Center, Inc.

$4,000.00

Worcester

Center for New Americans

$4,000.00

Northampton

Eggtooth Productions (formerly Old Deerfield Productions)

$4,000.00

Greenfield

Enchanted Circle Theater

$4,000.00

Holyoke

Holyoke Community Media

$4,000.00

Holyoke

Ohketeau Cultural Center

$4,000.00

Ashfield

Piti Theatre Company

$4,000.00

Charlemont

The Literacy Project

$4,000.00

Greenfield

The Nolumbeka Project, Inc.

$4,000.00

Greenfield

The Performance Project

$4,000.00

Northampton 

Voices From Inside

$4,000.00

Greenfield

826 Boston

$4,000.00

Roxbury

Agencia ALPHA

$4,000.00

Boston

Ágora Cultural Architects

$4,000.00

Boston

Asian Community Development Corporation

$4,000.00

Boston

Authentic Caribbean Foundation Inc.

$4,000.00

Boston

BAMS Fest, Inc.

$4,000.00

Dorchester

Brain Arts Organization, Inc.

$4,000.00

Dorchester

Castle of our Skins

$4,000.00

Boston

Center for Arabic Culture

$4,000.00

Somerville

Chinese Historical Society of New England

$4,000.00

Boston

Community Art Center, INc.

$4,000.00

Cambridge

Company One

$4,000.00

Boston

DEAFinitely, Inc.

$4,000.00

Newton

Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative

$4,000.00

Roxbury

Egleston Square Main Street

$4,000.00

Roxbury

Everyday Boston

$4,000.00

Jamaica Plain

Gilbert Albert Community Center

$4,000.00

Dorchester

Hyde Square Task Force

$4,000.00

Jamaica Plain

REFUGEE AND IMMIGRANT ASSISTANCE CENTER

$4,000.00

Roxbury

Rian Immigrant Center

$4,000.00

Boston

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay

$4,000.00

Boston

Somali Development Center

$4,000.00

Boston

The History Project: Documenting LGBTQ Boston

$4,000.00

Boston

The Welcome Project, Inc.

$4,000.00

Somerville

Vietnamese American Initiative for Development

$4,000.00

Dorchester

Women's Educational Center, Inc. (d.b.a. Cambridge Women's Center)

$4,000.00

Cambridge

African Cultural Services Inc.

$4,000.00

Waltham

Chelsea Collaborative

$4,000.00

Chelsea

African Community Center of Lowell

$4,000.00

Lowell

Angkor Dance Troupe

$4,000.00

Lowell

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell

$4,000.00

Lowell

Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association

$4,000.00

Lowell

Harbor Voices

$4,000.00

Hamilton

Lawrence History Center

$4,000.00

Lawrence

LEAP for Education, Inc.

$4,000.00

Salem

Massachusetts Center for Native American Awareness, Inc.

$4,000.00

Danvers

The Dream Network

$4,000.00

Lawrence

New Bedford Historical Society, Inc.

$4,000.00

New Bedford

South Coast LGBTQ Network

$4,000.00

New Bedford

YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts

$4,000.00

New Bedford

 
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BOSTON — The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC) will host the 2020 Annual Health Care Cost Trends Hearing on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020.

The hearing, a public event at which policymakers and health care stakeholders convene to discuss challenges and oppor­tunities in improving health care in the Commonwealth, will be available live on the HPC’s YouTube channel. The virtual event will focus on examining the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the health care system and residents of the Commonwealth and discussing considerations for the future. More information on the hearing, including a registration link, program booklet, and full agenda, can be found here.

The hearing will feature pre-recorded remarks from Governor Charlie Baker and Attorney General Maura Healey, which will be posted on the HPC’s website after the hearing.
 
Dr. David R. Williams, a social scientist focused on social influences of health, will be the keynote speaker. He is the Florence Sprague Norman and Laura Smart Norman Professor of Public Health, Chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and a Professor of African and African American Studies and Sociology at Harvard University.
 
The hearing will feature a video presentation highlighting the voices of those throughout the Commonwealth who have been most impacted by the pandemic. The video will be posted on the HPC’s website after the hearing. 
 
The hearing will include two hour-long panels featuring health care leaders and clinicians with a range of perspectives and experiences on the impact of COVD-19.
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