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

Marion M. Kane

Pat Brandes

Guest Author · Former Executive Director

It is with great sadness that we share the news that Marion Kane, Barr’s first executive director, passed away Monday night in Falmouth, Maine.

August 23, 2012 | Category: Barr News

On Indigenous Leadership

What does it take to create a community that meets all the needs of its residents—a place rich in local resources that enhance health and safety, a place that provides people with a strong sense of connection to one another, and a place that celebrates life and hope through civic engagement, arts, and culture?

July 17, 2012 | Category: Barr Fellows

Announcing Barr's New Senior Program Officer for the Arts

Stefan Lanfer

Stefan Lanfer

Director of Communications

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Roxbury native San San Wong as Senior Program Officer in the Arts...

June 15, 2012 | Category: Arts & Creativity

The Currency of Social Change

Stefan Lanfer

Stefan Lanfer

Director of Communications

A new Stanford Social Innovation Review case study featuring the Barr Fellowship explores the surprising return on an investment in relationships among social change leaders—even without set expectations or requirements about what might emerge as a result.

May 17, 2012 | Category: Barr Fellows

Barr Announces Awards to 15 Boston Arts Organizations Under New Grant Program

Can you imagine Boston without its vibrant cultural life? We can't, either. Yet, a difficult economy and the departure of several longtime arts funders have created a "new normal" for arts in Boston. After many conversations with arts grantees about how best to respond, Barr is taking a new approach to its arts grantmaking—providing deeper, longer-term support for cohorts of mid-sized arts organizations.

April 17, 2012 | Category: Arts & Creativity

From Boston to Haiti – A Barr Fellows Learning Journey

Stefan Lanfer

Stefan Lanfer

Director of Communications

In January, 2012, a group of twelve Barr Fellows spent a week together in Haiti, during what was also the two-year anniversary of Haiti's devastating 2010 earthquake. I had the opportunity to join them to help document the trip...

April 10, 2012 | Category: Barr Fellows

Talking ELL's in BPS

Pat Brandes

Guest Author · Former Executive Director

Claudio Martinez

Claudio Martinez

Executive Director, La Vida Scholars, La Vida Scholars

Over two years ago, the Gaston Institute at UMass Boston issued a scathing report on the status of English Language Learners in the Boston Public Schools.

February 22, 2012 | Category: Education

New and Refined Directions for Early Education at Barr

Kimberly Haskins

Kimberly Haskins

Senior Program Officer, Cross-Program Initiatives

A 2011 strategy review of Barr’s approach to early education led to new and refined directions for this work in 2012 and beyond.

February 14, 2012 | Category: Education

Come Together Right Now...

Stefan Lanfer

Stefan Lanfer

Director of Communications

How has Boston thrived in a resource-constrained era of fierce political divisions?

February 07, 2012 | Category: Education

More Racing to the Top in Massachusetts

Kimberly Haskins

Kimberly Haskins

Senior Program Officer, Cross-Program Initiatives

In December 2011, Massachusetts was named one of only nine states to receive grants under the federal “Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge,” a successor to the Obama Administration’s competitive K–12 “Race to the Top” program.

February 02, 2012 | Category: Education