Hear from staff and partners about aspirations, accomplishments, and lessons learned along the way.

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

Barr Awards $30.9 Million in Third Quarter of 2021

Grants include support for artist-led movements for spatial justice, a community-driven air justice campaign, and a partnership with civil rights and education organizations working together to address educational disparities.

October 04, 2021 | Category: Barr News

The Human Factor

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Jim Canales

President & Trustee

Jim Canales reflects on recent staffing additions and changes in support of Barr’s mission of service

September 30, 2021 | Category: Barr News

Student Feedback During COVID Is Inspiring Schools to Do High School Differently

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Ali Gross

Program Officer, Education

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Dylan Everett

Program Associate, Education

Three themes from survey responses, and examples of how our partner schools are responding.

September 16, 2021 | Category: Education

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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Mary Chalifour

Associate Director of Communications

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Pouya Shahbodaghi

Enterprise Applications Manager

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

Former 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

Lessons from the Pandemic for Building Resilience

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Penn Loh

Guest Author · Associate Chair, Senior Lecturer, Tufts University, Department of Urban & Environmental Policy & Planning

A new report calls for investing in approaches that are people focused, intersectional, institutional, and rooted in anti-racist and anti-oppressive practice.

July 21, 2021 | Category: Climate

Mark Edwards Joins Barr Board of Trustees

Expansion of Foundation’s board continues with addition of veteran nonprofit leader.

July 06, 2021 | Category: Barr News