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

Barr Awards $20.7 Million in Second Quarter of 2021

Grants include support for a national investment fund for alternate economic systems in the arts, a convening series for affordable housing advocates, and sector-wide efforts to transform evaluation paradigms in philanthropy into tools for greater equity.

June 22, 2021 | Category: Barr News

Ahead of the Heat Wave: Preparing for Extreme Heat in Massachusetts

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Sasha Shyduroff

Guest Author · Clean Energy and Climate Planner II, Metropolitan Area Planning Council

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Jeanette Pantoja

Guest Author · Public Health Planner II, Metropolitan Area Planning Council

Explore resources from the Metropolitan Area Planning Council's first Heat Preparedness Week.

June 17, 2021 | Category: Climate

From Commitment to Action: Barr’s Racial Equity Work

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Jim Canales

President & Trustee

Barr’s president introduces refreshed core values, recent grant investments, and new website section focused on Barr’s commitment to racial equity.

June 15, 2021 | Category: From the President

Racial Equity and Barr’s Arts & Creativity Program

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E. San San Wong

Director of Arts & Creativity

Program Director San San Wong on why centering racial equity is necessary for achieving Barr’s Arts & Creativity goals.

June 10, 2021 | Category: Arts & Creativity

The Critical High School Years

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Jenny Curtin

Acting Director of Education

Recent report pinpoints key areas to help students succeed in high school and shows importance of data about students’ post-secondary experiences.

June 02, 2021 | Category: Education

Racial Equity and Barr’s Climate Program

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Mariella Puerto

Director of Climate

Director Mariella Puerto shares how Barr’s Climate Program is centering racial equity in its work.

May 04, 2021 | Category: Climate

What Do Students Have to Say about Learning and School During COVID-19?

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Kate Dobin

Former Senior Program Officer, Education

Kate Dobin shares findings from a recent poll on the experiences of high school students throughout the pandemic.

April 23, 2021 | Category: Education

Regardless of What Happens, Structural Racism Persists

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Jim Canales

President & Trustee

Awaiting a verdict in the Chauvin trial.

April 19, 2021 | Category: From the President

How We’re Reshaping Our Employee Reviews To Be More Equitable

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Nina Minella

Program Assistant, Climate

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Ali Gross

Program Officer, Education

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John Dello Russo

Program Associate, Sector Effectiveness & Special Initiatives

Reflections from a cross-functional team bringing a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens to how we work.

April 14, 2021 | Category: Racial Equity

Barr Awards $13.9 Million in First Quarter of 2021

Grants include support for expanded performance venue space, racial equity trainings for climate organizations, and support for public schools to create student-centered learning experiences.

March 31, 2021 | Category: Barr News