2016 CE Fund Awards

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Sandy Litchfield, Architecture, and Loretta Yarlow, University Museum of Contemporary Art, “Cross Town Contemporary Art:  Public Art at the Intersection of the Town of Amherst and the University of Massachusetts.”  This project will transform the gateway district between downtown Amherst and the University of Massachusetts by sponsoring an Open Air Exhibition along the North Pleasant Street corridor, planned for spring through fall of 2017, which will use art and other cultural experiences to connect downtown Amherst to the University in a new and imaginative way.   Amount of Award:  $26,600.

Elizabeth Krause, Anthropology, and Aline Gubrium, School of Public Health, "Cultivating Creative Economies through Digital Storytelling Labs."  Using techniques developed through their earlier Ford Foundation-funded project, HEAR OUR STORIES, the project leaders will collaborate with young Puerto Rican parents and community partners in Holyoke to employ digital stories to give voice to forms of diverse economic enterprise that may otherwise be hidden or undervalued.  Amount of Award:  $28,861.

Duncan Irschick, Biology, Copper Giloth, Art, and Marla Miller, History, “Using 3D Modeling to Digitally Preserve the Architectural Heritage of Massachusetts:  Digital Preservation of Endangered Historical Buildings and Educational Outreach.”   This project proposes to digitally preserve a series of endangered historic architectural landmarks in Massachusetts using a modified form of the BeastcamTM technology, and, among other results, to use these 3D digital models to educate middle school students in Pioneer Valley schools about animation techniques as well as elements of architectural design and cultural heritage.  Amount of Award:  $18,696.


University of Massachusetts Boston

Susan Crandall, McCormack Graduate School, with Juan Leyton (Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative), “Exploring Opportunities for Urban Youth Inclusion in Boston’s Creative Economy.”    This youth-led effort will uncover community assets and barriers and propose recommendations for the inclusion of local youth from Boston’s Dudley neighborhood in the creative economy.   Among other intended results, the project will encourage employers and community organizations to examine how resources can be leveraged to increase employability of youth in specific branches of the creative economy and will use public art and creative expression to share those findings with the community.   Amount of Award:  $23,750.

David Landon, Fiske Center and Anthropology Department, with Jessica Rudden-Dube (Plimoth Plantation), “Visualizing the Virtual Museum: A Plimoth Plantation-University of Massachusetts Boston Collaboration.”  This proposal will support a collaboration between the University of Massachusetts Boston and Plimoth Plantation to develop a Digital Asset Management System (DAMS) and virtual exhibit of part of Plimoth Plantation’s archaeological collections.  This initiative will expand the reach of one of the Commonwealth’s most visited heritage tourism museums, attracting new interest and additional visitors, and thus making an important contribution to the Commonwealth’s Creative Economy.  Amount of Award:  $24,927.

Rachel Rubin, American Studies, “Center for the Study of Humanities, Culture, and Society.”   Under this project, the Center for the Study of Humanities, Culture, and Society (CHCS) at UMASS Boston will assist in the development (cataloguing, protection, display, and making accessible) of an extensive popular culture archive that has been donated to the Center by a private donor (Jo Ellen Hillyer). The collection encompasses various media—comics, recorded music in several forms, books, journals and other periodicals—as well as significant material culture elements, such as a cylinder phonograph and political posters.  The utility and value of such collections have been well established.  These materials will be used for a range of creative work--including multi-media projects, memoir, documentaries, and cultural histories--raising the profile of UMass Boston in the process.   Amount of Award:  $24,393.


University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Michael Goodman, Public Policy Center, with David Panagore, Provincetown Town Manager, “Establishing a Strategic Partnership between UMass Dartmouth and Provincetown, Ma.”  UMASS Dartmouth’s Public Policy Center and the Town of Provincetown will design and develop the initial phase of what is envisioned as an ongoing formal technical and strategic partnership which will support the Town’s recently launched effort to update its Local Comprehensive Plan and provide future applied research and technical assistance services.  Amount of Award:  $19,000.

Pamela Karimi, Art, “Black Spaces Matter: Exploring the Architectonics of an Abolitionist Neighborhood.”  The seaport city of New Bedford, MA--once home of many fugitives from slavery and abolitionists--provides a lens through which to explore the history of interracial urban zones in the US.  This project will highlight the significance of the architectural layout of a portion of the city which was home to fugitives from the south, among whom was the renowned abolitionist Frederick Douglass.  Through a public program, lecture series, an architecture exhibition and a documentary film, the project will reveal important aspects of New Bedford’s important interracial architecture.   Amount of Award:  $25,650.


University of Massachusetts Lowell

Pouya Afshar, Art, “Community Animation Partnership: Creating a Platform for Dialogue through Animation.”  The project will support two after-school animation workshops for Lowell High School students managed by UMass Lowell faculty member Pouya Afshar, with the support of UMass Lowell Art & Design students.   These workshops may begin to prepare some students for artistic endeavors in college and perhaps for post-college careers (and for all will provide a welcome platform for artistic expression); while also strengthening the university's role as a cultural contributor in the greater Lowell community.   Amount of Award:  $18,669.

Chad Montrie, History, Urban Waters RevolutionUrban Waters Revolution” will investigate an important era in America’s environmental history and demonstrate Lowell’s significant place in the nineteenth-century urban industrial origins of the modern environmental movement.   As the project will also focus on Lowell’s new Groundwork Park and will highlight Ellen Swallow Richards’ personal struggle to pursue a vocation in science, it will help empower girls and women with an interest in the STEM disciplines.  And, as the recent controversy about the state of Michigan’s failure to protect Flint residents from lead-tainted water demonstrates, past struggles over government responsibility for protecting public health remain highly relevant today.  Amount of Award:  $22,182.

Minjeong Kim, Education, “Reviving the Forgotten Tales of Childhood: Turning Narratives of Southeast Asian Families into Children's Multicultural Literature.”  This project will develop a collection of folktales of Southeast Asia focusing on Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, and Burma to be used as multicultural children’s literature in local libraries and public elementary schools in Lowell.   Project leaders will also collect, transcribe, and analyze the life stories of recently arrived Southeast Asian families.   Lowell public elementary school teachers will be trained to use the multicultural folktales and children’s books which have been created.  Amount of Award:  $23,750.