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

Giving that Considers All Costs

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Jim Canales

President & Trustee

Three principles that guide Barr's approach to its grant investments.

November 28, 2017 | Category: Barr News

Eight Questions with Barr's New Director of Learning and Evaluation

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Yvonne Belanger

Director of Learning & Evaluation

A conversation about the role of learning and evaluation in philanthropy with Yvonne Belanger.

November 16, 2017 | Category: Barr News

Developing a New Vision of High School Education

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Stephen Zrike

Guest Author · Receiver and Superintendent, Holyoke Public Schools

Dr. Stephen Zrike, Receiver/Superintendent of Holyoke Public Schools, shares lessons from the high school design process that resulted in establishing a new vision for high school education in Holyoke.

November 09, 2017 | Category: Education

Arts, Culture and Transportation: A Creative Placemaking Field Scan

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Jamie Hand

Guest Author · Director of Research Strategies, ArtPlace America

New analysis bolsters the case for collaboration between arts and transportation to generate innovative solutions to pressing mobility challenges.

November 08, 2017 | Category: Arts & Creativity

Sound Lessons from Seattle

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Tim Brennan

Guest Author · Executive Director, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission

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Kathryn Carlson

Guest Author · Director of Transportation, A Better City

Eight lessons from Massachusetts leaders on a study tour of mobility innovations in Seattle.

November 02, 2017 | Category: Climate

The Imperative for Aspiration

Jim Canales

Jim Canales

President & Trustee

Five questions for a world-class city to create a great public realm.

October 26, 2017 | Category: From the President

Barr Announces RFP for Cohort Two of the Engage New England Initiative

Leah Hamilton

Leah Hamilton

Director of Education

Foundation issues request for proposals for a second cohort of teams to design schools focused on connecting students off track to graduate to success in high school and beyond.

October 24, 2017 | Category: Education

Six Questions with Barr's New Education Senior Program Officer

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Kate Dobin

Senior Program Officer, Education

Getting to know Kate Dobin who leads Barr’s Boston K-12 strategy for Education.

October 20, 2017 | Category: Education

Our Creative Sector is Big, Booming, and at Risk

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E. San San Wong

Director of Arts & Creativity

This article was originally published in the Viewpoint section of the Boston Business Journal on September 27, 2017.

October 17, 2017 | Category: Arts & Creativity

The Results Are In: All-Door Boarding a Boost for the MBTA’s Silver Line Bus

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Lisa Jacobson

Senior Program Officer, Mobility, Barr Foundation

For two weeks, Silver Line riders boarded the bus through three doors instead of one. Here’s how it changed the commuting experience.

October 12, 2017 | Category: Climate