Glynda Benham has been elected to a three-year-term on the board of directors of Mass Humanities.
Benham is president and one of the owners, founders and directors of MegaWave Corporation, a 20 year-old small business located in Devens, that specializes in antenna design and development for military applications.
Benham holds three patents for antennas, in addition to her master’s in engineering science from the University of Oxford. Her research has been widely published and her affiliations include the Institute of Electrical Engineers and the Armed Forces Communications Electronics Association.
In addition to her technical expertise, Benham is a passionate musician and artist. She is a founding member of the Ensemble FloraMusica, a group dedicated to presenting medieval, renaissance, baroque and contemporary music on recorders and other historical instruments.
Benham is also an experienced mosaic artist whose work has shown at the Old Schwamb Mill in Arlington, and she is a regular exhibitor in the members’ show at the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown. Her work can be seen in the South Street neighborhood of Philadelphia as part of a community mosaic.
She will bring these passions and her technical and administrative program management experience to bear in her work for Mass Humanities.
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. Mass Humanities supports programs that use history, literature, philosophy and the other humanities disciplines to enhance and improve civic life throughout the commonwealth. The statewide board includes scholars, educators, and leaders of cultural institutions, as well as members representing business, government, the professions and community life.
Funded projects include public conferences, lecture series and panel discussions; library reading and discussion programs; oral history projects; museum exhibitions; film series and theatre productions; summer institutes for public school teachers; and radio, television and film productions.
With an annual budget of $1.6 million, Mass Humanities sponsors and provides grant support for a wide variety of humanities programs across the Commonwealth.