Category: Arts & Creativity

From the President – December 2014

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Jim Canales

President & Trustee

As 2014 draws to a close, three key decisions that will guide Barr into its next era.

December 15, 2014 | Category: From the President

Making Room for Artistic Risk-Taking and Innovation

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E. San San Wong

Director of Arts & Creativity

How can arts organizations innovate while managing risk? Barr's senior program officer for Arts & Culture, San San Wong, reflects on an "electrifying panel" held earlier this fall at MIT's Media Lab—part of our Barr-Klarman Arts Capacity Building Initiative.

November 11, 2014 | Category: Arts & Creativity

New Webinar Offers 101 on Political Advocacy for Nonprofits

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E. San San Wong

Director of Arts & Creativity

While the tax codes make it clear nonprofits can’t endorse or oppose specific candidates for office, or specific legislation, it turns out there is quite a lot they can and should do to advance their issues.

October 16, 2014 | Category: Sector Effectiveness

Empty seats? Don't (just) look to your marketing department.


Stefan Lanfer

Director of Communications

At a recent gathering of Boston arts leaders, researcher Alan Brown challenged participants to consider a new way to understand and make progress on a persistent challenge: how to build demand and diversify audiences for the arts.

August 04, 2014 | Category: Arts & Creativity

Artists and a World out of Balance

Lauren Woody

Guest Author · Former Program Assistant

Boston becomes creative home base for award-winning playwright, poet, author, and actor, Daniel Beaty in his work that uses storytelling for individual and community transformation.

May 20, 2014 | Category: Arts & Creativity

Putting Art at the Center of Community Transformation

Lauren Woody

Guest Author · Former Program Assistant

Barr joins national network of support for "Creative Placemaking."

March 03, 2014 | Category: Arts & Creativity

National Spotlight on Boston Children's Chorus

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Guest Author · Program Fellow, Education

For the third year in a row, a Barr grantee stood among the recipients of our nation's highest honor for youth arts organizations.

February 11, 2014 | Category: Arts & Creativity

At Packed Public Hearing, Artists and Arts Lovers Envision a More Vibrant Boston

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E. San San Wong

Director of Arts & Creativity

On a recent Saturday morning, Boston artists and arts lovers packed the Boston Public Library to share their hopes and dreams of a more vibrant arts and culture sector.

February 06, 2014 | Category: Arts & Creativity

Youth Make Voices Heard and Vision Clear Through The Arts

Lauren Woody

Guest Author · Former Program Assistant

As the mayoral race in Boston heats up, there have been plenty of forums to hear from candidates.

October 02, 2013 | Category: Arts & Creativity

Barr Grantees Setting Tables for Robust Civic Engagement

Boston's mayoral race has ignited a vigorous debate about the city and its future.

September 27, 2013 | Category: Arts & Creativity