Category: Racial Equity

Maureen White Photography via NEFA

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

Barr Announces New Grants to Drive Toward Educator Diversity

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Kate Dobin

Senior Program Officer, Education

Announcing a new cohort of New England school systems committed to developing diverse, talented teacher workforces for student success.

December 07, 2021 | Category: Education

Money Talks. Here’s What We Want it to Say. 


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Mariella Puerto

Director of Climate

To center racial equity in the climate movement, we need to change who we’re funding and how we operate.

December 01, 2021 | Category: Climate

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

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

Investing in Leadership for Racial Equity

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Roger Nozaki

Vice President for Strategy and Programs

A call for new models and approaches to leadership development with racial equity at the center.

September 13, 2021 | Category: Racial Equity

Designing Employee Leave Policies that Reflect Our Values

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Pouya Shahbodaghi

Enterprise Applications Manager

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Mary Chalifour

Acting Director of Communications

What we learned from reviewing our employee handbook through a lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

August 25, 2021 | Category: Racial Equity

Developing Principles for Racial Equity in Grantmaking

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Roger Nozaki

Vice President for Strategy and Programs

Barr's Vice President shares new principles to guide the Foundation's racial equity grantmaking and program strategies.

August 19, 2021 | Category: Racial Equity

Barr and TNTP Announce New RFP for Districts to Attract and Retain Talented Educators of Color

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Arlene Sukran

Guest Author · Vice President Northeast, TNTP

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Kate Dobin

Senior Program Officer, Education

New England school districts can apply for free landscape analyses to help understand and improve the diversity of their educator workforces.

August 10, 2021 | Category: Education

From Commitment to Action: Barr’s Racial Equity Work

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Jim Canales

President & Trustee

Barr’s president introduces refreshed core values, recent grant investments, and new website section focused on Barr’s commitment to racial equity.

June 15, 2021 | Category: From the President

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