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PRESS RELEASE- Downing & Kulik Announce Straight Ahead Pictures of Conway Receives Grant to Improve Online Presence
October 24, 2008

Conway- State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D-Pittsfield) and State Representative Stephen Kulik (D-Worthington) are pleased to announce the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities (Mass Humanities) awarded a $10,000 matching grant to Straight Ahead Pictures of Conway to support their ongoing media project with the Disabilities History Museum. 


This grant was awarded according to Mass Humanities’ “Liberty and Justice for All” initiative, which supports projects that explore these fundamental principals in American political life and their interplay, past and present. 


“With awards such as this, Mass Humanities helps to make certain that our communities engage their citizens in honest dialogue about celebrating diversity and other basic principals we embrace and cherish,” said Downing. 


The mission of the Disabilities History Museum is to promote understanding about the historical experience of people with disabilities by recovering, chronicling and interpreting their stories.  Funding will be used to recreate part of the Disability History Museum website - The specific materials to be re-versioned are based on an award-winning radio series, Beyond Affliction: The Disability History Project, which aired on National Public Radio in 1998.


“Congratulations to Straight Ahead Pictures of Conway for receiving this very competitive grant,” said Kulik. “This is an example of the creative economy at work here in rural Massachusetts.  I look forward to their contribution to our greater understanding of the importance of disabilities in our society.”


Established in 1974 as the state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Mass Humanities is a programming and grant-making organization that receives support from the NEH and the Massachusetts Cultural Council as well as private sources.  In this funding cycle, Mass Humanities awarded matching grants totaling $47,395 to eight humanities projects in communities across the Commonwealth. 




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