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

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

“If I made anyone here uncomfortable, you’re welcome.”

Stefan Lanfer

Stefan Lanfer

Director of Communications

Three lessons in great communications from a philanthropy leadership conference.

April 14, 2017 | Category: Cross-Program Initiatives

New Grants to Promote and Sustain a Healthy Democracy

Jim Canales

James E. Canales

President & Trustee

Second set of grants in Barr’s 2017 Special Initiative focus on strengthening journalism and protecting freedom of the press.

April 04, 2017 | Category: Special Initiatives

Learning Beyond the Walls of Traditional High Schools

Leah Hamilton

Leah Hamilton

Director of Education

Barr issues RFP for planning and design of schools situated within a wider learning ecosystem to promote college and career readiness.

March 31, 2017 | Category: Education

A Neuroscientist Walks into a Museum…

San San Wong

E. San San Wong

Director of Arts & Creativity

How brain science is helping the Peabody Essex Museum transform its visitor experience.

March 30, 2017 | Category: Arts & Creativity

New Initiative Seeks to Protect Civil Liberties, Informed Democracy

Jim Canales

James E. Canales

President & Trustee

First grants of 2017 Special Initiative aim to bolster organizations’ capacity to respond to growing demand and to extend their reach.

March 28, 2017 | Category: Special Initiatives