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

Five Focus Areas For Schools Navigating COVID-19

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Elana Feinberg

Guest Author · Expert-in-Residence, Catalyst:Ed

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Leona Christy

Guest Author · Founder and CEO, Catalyst:Ed

Insights from school leaders engaging support from the new Mass Ready Fund to adapt and keep students at the center during the pandemic.

October 05, 2020 | Category: Education

Reclaiming Streets as Public Spaces

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Mary Skelton Roberts

Guest Author · Former Co-Director of Climate

Mary Skelton Roberts on the path ahead to create truly welcoming, inclusive public spaces for all.

October 01, 2020 | Category: Climate

Barr Awards $18.5 Million in Third Quarter of 2020

Grants include support for local arts and cultural organizations in Gateway Cities, a diverse, worker-centered environmental movement in New England, and a new campaign highlighting the teaching profession.

September 29, 2020 | Category: Barr News

Barr and Ford Foundations Together Commit $10 Million to Support BIPOC-Focused Arts in Massachusetts

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E. San San Wong

Director of Arts & Creativity

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Jim Canales

President & Trustee

Massachusetts named one of seven regions in Ford Foundation’s “America’s Cultural Treasures” initiative. Regional grants to be awarded in 2021.

September 24, 2020 | Category: Barr News

Reimagining More Just Public Spaces

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Kim Szeto

Guest Author · Program Director, Public Art, New England Foundation for the Arts

Announcing new grant opportunity for Massachusetts artists and communities to plan and execute public art that creates more just, vibrant, and welcoming public spaces.

September 10, 2020 | Category: Arts & Creativity

Glimmers of a Future We Need

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Dr. Aaron Bernstein

Guest Author · Interim director at the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

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Mary Skelton Roberts

Guest Author · Former Co-Director of Climate

Today's solutions to our public health crisis are also long-term solutions for transportation and climate.

September 02, 2020 | Category: COVID-19

An Enduring Commitment to Racial Equity

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Jim Canales

President & Trustee

Foundation trustees outline key principles for Barr’s racial equity work.

August 05, 2020 | Category: From the President

Adapting to a Pandemic: Barr’s Climate Program

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Mariella Puerto

Director of Climate

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Mary Skelton Roberts

Guest Author · Former Co-Director of Climate

An update on actions, learnings, and priorities from Barr’s Climate team amid the pandemic.

July 29, 2020 | Category: COVID-19

Barr Awards $1.36 Million to Nonprofits Supporting Black Communities in Response to COVID-19

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Jim Canales

President & Trustee

The Foundation’s third set of grants in response to the pandemic focuses on organizations serving Black communities.

July 14, 2020 | Category: COVID-19

Barr Awards $12 Million in Second Quarter of 2020

New grants include support for reimagining public space post-pandemic; retrofitting Massachusetts’ triple-deckers for energy efficiency; and surveying K-12 parents on the educational challenges of COVID-19.

June 25, 2020 | Category: Barr News