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

Putting Art at the Center of Community Transformation

Lauren Woody

Guest Author · Former Program Assistant

Barr joins national network of support for "Creative Placemaking."

March 03, 2014 | Category: Arts & Creativity

A Route to Climb Everest

Mariella Puerto

Mariella Puerto

Co-Director of Climate

A new report from Environment Northeast suggests a pathway to reach the daunting, but necessary goal of reducing carbon emissions by 80% by 2050.

February 18, 2014 | Category: Climate

National Spotlight on Boston Children's Chorus

Marcos Popovich

Marcos Lucio Popovich

Guest Author · Program Fellow, Education

For the third year in a row, a Barr grantee stood among the recipients of our nation's highest honor for youth arts organizations.

February 11, 2014 | Category: Arts & Creativity

At Packed Public Hearing, Artists and Arts Lovers Envision a More Vibrant Boston

San San Wong

E. San San Wong

Director of Arts & Creativity

On a recent Saturday morning, Boston artists and arts lovers packed the Boston Public Library to share their hopes and dreams of a more vibrant arts and culture sector.

February 06, 2014 | Category: Arts & Creativity

What If We Focus on Moving People, Not Vehicles?

Mary Skelton Roberts

Mary Skelton Roberts

Co-Director of Climate

Recently a group from Boston took a learning tour to Mexico City to get a firsthand look at its world-class transportation network. A new video offers highlights from the trip and inspiration for Boston and other modern cities looking for better ways to get more people where they want to go more quickly, efficiently, and safely.

January 31, 2014 | Category: Climate

Boston Businesses Show Art of Possible on Climate Action

Mariella Puerto

Mariella Puerto

Co-Director of Climate

At a kickoff for a new cohort of Boston-area businesses embracing the "Challenge for Sustainability," I had the chance to talk about the part they play in creating a more sustainable (and hopeful) world.

January 30, 2014 | Category: Climate

From Local to Global

Heiner Baumann

Heiner Baumann

Guest Author · Former Director of Global Programs

A new booklet introduces the Barr Foundation's early work and learning from a three-year pilot in global grantmaking.

January 13, 2014 | Category: Global

Education Director Wendy Puriefoy to Leave Barr

Melinda Marble

Guest Author · Former Deputy Director

Wendy Puriefoy, director of education, has decided to leave the Barr Foundation to pursue her passion for national education reform.

January 13, 2014 | Category: Education

Innovation in Parent Engagement Among Public, Parochial, and Charter Schools

Wendy Puriefoy

Guest Author · Former Director of Education

Parent engagement has never been the biggest part of Barr's K-12 grantmaking, but it has long been an important one. Read about a new effort that is helping a cohort of Boston district, charter, and parochial schools test and share new methods for engaging parents, and a new graduate-level program for the next generation of family engagement professionals.

January 09, 2014 | Category: Education

New Report Shows Declining Emissions Amidst Growing Economy

Mariella Puerto

Mariella Puerto

Co-Director of Climate

What happens when a state gets serious about climate change? A new report says the answer, at least in Massachusetts, is a shrinking carbon footprint and a growing economy.

January 07, 2014 | Category: Climate