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

Planning with Purpose on Boston's Waterfront

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Jill Valdés Horwood

Director, Boston Waterfront Initiative

Three essential components to creating a waterfront all residents can access and benefit from.

April 20, 2022 | Category: Boston Waterfront

Reflections on Joining Barr in an All-Remote Context

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Mary Chalifour

Associate Director of Communications

Staff members share their experiences and takeaways.

April 13, 2022 | Category: Barr News

Leadership Development Programs Need an Upgrade: Five Ways to Advance Racial Equity

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Idalia Fernadez

Guest Author · Senior Director, Community Wealth Partners

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Lori Bartczak

Guest Author · Senior Director, Knowledge & Content, Community Wealth Partners

Promoting, retaining, and supporting BIPOC leadership within nonprofits is critical for driving systemic change.

April 07, 2022 | Category: Sector Effectiveness

We Know Principals Are Important, So Why Doesn’t Anyone Want to Be One These Days?

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Leah Hamilton

Former Director of Education

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Elina Alayeva

Guest Author · Executive Director, Springpoint

The pandemic is driving principals out, and preparation programs don’t give them the support they need.

April 01, 2022 | Category: Education

Reimagining Philanthropy’s Commitment to Racial Equity

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Jim Canales

President & Trustee

The realities of white supremacy, systemic racism, and violence against people of color and LGBTQ+ people — always present but rarely challenged by those with power — demand intense reflection and tangible action.

March 24, 2022 | Category: Racial Equity

Barr Awards $27.1 Million in First Quarter of 2022

Grants include support for a new black box theater in Boston, a campaign to amplify public transit information for Spanish-speaking riders, and support for an innovative high school redesign.

March 21, 2022 | Category: Barr News

MA Residents Deeply Value the Arts and Hope for Change

Post Covid-19 pandemic and America’s overdue racial reckoning, what do communities and audiences want from the arts and cultural organizations?

March 15, 2022 | Category: Arts & Creativity

Transformative Schools Require Transformative Leaders

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Leah Hamilton

Former Director of Education

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Elina Alayeva

Guest Author · Executive Director, Springpoint

New fellowship for aspiring school leaders who seek to reimagine high school.

March 10, 2022 | Category: Education

Filling the Well: A Podcast for Creative Changemakers

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SueEllen Kroll

Senior Program Officer, Arts & Creativity

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Torrie Allen

Guest Author · President & CEO, Arts Midwest

A new podcast series features stories from artists and leaders to harness creativity to shift power dynamics, avoid burn-out, and build authentic community.

March 03, 2022 | Category: Arts & Creativity

Fair Transit Fares for an Equitable and Climate-Friendly Future

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Najah Casimir

Program Officer, Mobility

As more fare-free and affordable transit initiatives are implemented across the state, voters support shifting the burden of transportation costs away from individuals to systems.

February 14, 2022 | Category: Climate