Jim Canales was appointed president and trustee of the Barr Foundation in May 2014. Prior to joining Barr, he spent two decades in a variety of roles at The James Irvine Foundation in California, including president and chief executive officer from 2003 through 2014. His writing on a range of topics has appeared in The Boston Globe, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Stanford Social Innovation Review, and The Huffington Post, among other outlets.
Jim Canales describes initial priorities for a set of investments intended to complement and reinforce all of Barr’s core program work.
Barr’s president outlines new plans to build on a legacy of good work, with ambitious goals and sharper focus over expanded geography.
Jim Canales reports on the Barr Foundation’s final grants awarded in 2015 and an increased grants budget for 2016.
Strategic planning has given us an opportunity to explore and define the role of risk in our work at the Barr Foundation.
At Barr, we don’t think strategic planning requires going quiet until the work is done.
What to expect in the months ahead at Barr.
A look back at my first year at the Barr Foundation.
NEA chairman’s visit shines national spotlight on arts and culture in Boston.
A city takes the long-term view of arts and culture.
Why website redesigns are the first move, not the last, towards greater transparency.