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

Barr Foundation Appoints Two New Trustees

Emerson College President Lee Pelton and energy expert Sue Tierney to join board of the $1.7 billion private foundation.

June 20, 2017 | Category: Barr News

Barr Awards $14.2 Million in Second Quarter of 2017

Grants to advance new school models, leverage arts to activate a downtown, and deepen grassroots support for clean energy.

June 14, 2017 | Category: Barr News

Positive Youth Development – What Does it Look Like in High Schools?

Jenny Curtin

Jenny Curtin

Senior Program Officer, Education

A recap and recording of a recent webinar featuring successful high schools intentionally designed around positive youth development theory.

June 13, 2017 | Category: Education

Against the Tides of Change, Arts and Culture as “Placekeeping” Force

New arts and cultural center preserves links to a community’s culturally rich past, and brings hope of an enduring place in its future.

June 09, 2017 | Category: Arts & Creativity

Unwavering Resolve to Advance Solutions for Climate Change

Recent remarks from Barr’s president reaffirming the Foundation’s commitment to advance ambitious goals, in partnership with others continuing to lead.

June 06, 2017 | Category: Climate

New Opportunity for Massachusetts Secondary Educators to Learn, Network, and Be Inspired

Jenny Curtin

Jenny Curtin

Senior Program Officer, Education

Learning-focused school visits aim to generate interest and capacity in the Commonwealth to create excellent high school models.

June 01, 2017 | Category: Education

Investing in New Spaces for Artists and Creative Innovators

Jim Canales

James E. Canales

President & Trustee

Barr contributes $1.965 million for planning, development, and build-out of new arts-related collaborative workspaces across Massachusetts.

May 18, 2017 | Category: Arts & Creativity

Three Boston Congregations Team Up for Community Solar Project

Mariama White-Hammond

Rev. Mariama White-Hammond

Guest Author · Associate Minister for Ecological Justice, Bethel AME Church

Reverend Mariama White-Hammond, a Class of 2009 Barr Fellow, shares three lessons and a new video documenting a novel collaboration of three churches committed to action on climate change and equity.

May 09, 2017 | Category: Climate

Twelve Designs Reimagine the Boston Bus Stop


Michael Kodransky

Guest Author · Director, Global and U.S. Initiatives, ITDP

Michael Kodransky of ITDP reveals ideas for innovative bus stations in Boston and calls on the public to vote for their favorite design.

May 08, 2017 | Category: Climate

Proven Early College Program to Double its Reach in New England

Gateway to College National Network president outlines a funding opportunity for new partnerships between New England colleges and K–12 school districts.

April 28, 2017 | Category: Education