Giles Li joined Barr in 2020 as senior program officer for Arts & Creativity, with a particular focus on implementing two strategies within the portfolio: advancing the field’s capacity to adapt, take risks, and engage changing communities in new ways; and fostering opportunities to connect the arts to other disciplines and sectors.
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.
Giles Li, our Senior Program Officer for Arts & Creativity, discusses his priorities at Barr, the transition from grantee to grantmaker, and the challenges facing the arts sector throughout COVID-19.
New arts and cultural center preserves links to a community’s culturally rich past, and brings hope of an enduring place in its future.