Category: Arts & Creativity

Francisco Torres Shares His Perspective as a New Member of the Arts & Creativity Team

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Francisco Torres

Program Officer, Arts & Creativity

Francisco Torres recently joined the Barr Foundation as Arts & Creativity Program Officer. A city planner by training, Francisco describes how the arts influenced his career and work in philanthropy.

January 09, 2023 | Category: Arts & Creativity

Five Community-Driven Actions for Change in Arts and Culture Organizations

Cultural researcher Matthew Jenetopulos recaps a series of convenings across Massachusetts focused on turning research into action.

October 13, 2022 | Category: Arts & Creativity

Supporting BIPOC Artists, Growing Vibrant Communities

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Leonard M. Lee

Guest Author · President and CEO, SouthCoast Community Foundation

The brilliance of individual artists propels social, economic, and physical progress in the places we love.

September 28, 2022 | Category: Arts & Creativity

Two Program Officers Join Barr’s Arts & Creativity Team

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E. San San Wong

Director of Arts & Creativity

Jamilah Bradshaw and Francisco Torres will grow Barr's Arts Team as it extends and deepens its focus on racial equity.

June 23, 2022 | Category: Arts & Creativity

Arts Help Communities Connect, Heal, Imagine

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Beth Francis

Guest Author · President and CEO, Essex County Community Foundation

Local partners across Massachusetts are addressing social issues.

April 28, 2022 | Category: Arts & Creativity

MA Residents Deeply Value the Arts and Hope for Change

Post Covid-19 pandemic and America’s overdue racial reckoning, what do communities and audiences want from the arts and cultural organizations?

March 15, 2022 | Category: Arts & Creativity

Filling the Well: A Podcast for Creative Changemakers

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SueEllen Kroll

Senior Program Officer, Arts & Creativity

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Torrie Allen

Guest Author · President & CEO, Arts Midwest

A new podcast series features stories from artists and leaders to harness creativity to shift power dynamics, avoid burn-out, and build authentic community.

March 03, 2022 | Category: Arts & Creativity

Art Equity in Action

An interview with spoken-word artist, Jha D. Amazi about work she created with the support of a Live Arts Boston grant. Live Arts Boston is an initiative of the Boston Foundation and the Barr Foundation that supports performing artists, a majority of whom are artists of color.

January 10, 2022 | Category: Arts & Creativity

A Commitment to BIPOC Arts and Communities

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E. San San Wong

Director of Arts & Creativity

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Giles Li

Guest Author · Senior Program Officer, Arts & Creativity

Powering Cultural Futures connects and serves 15 community-rooted arts organizations. This multiyear initiative results from a collaboration between Barr, the Ford Foundation, and the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts.

October 20, 2021 | Category: Arts & Creativity

Racial Equity and Barr’s Arts & Creativity Program

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E. San San Wong

Director of Arts & Creativity

Program Director San San Wong on why centering racial equity is necessary for achieving Barr’s Arts & Creativity goals.

June 10, 2021 | Category: Arts & Creativity