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.
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?
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Roxbury native San San Wong as Senior Program Officer in the Arts...
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.
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.
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...
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.
A 2011 strategy review of Barr’s approach to early education led to new and refined directions for this work in 2012 and beyond.
How has Boston thrived in a resource-constrained era of fierce political divisions?
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.