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

Barr Awards $35.7 Million in Final Quarter of 2022

Grants will support a new arts and cultural center for the MetroWest region, continued research on the impacts of extreme heat in Greater Boston, and the planning and piloting of transformative learning experiences.

December 19, 2022 | Category: Barr News

Taking the Long View 

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Jim Canales

President & Trustee

Barr’s President provides an update on a new racial wealth equity initiative, as the Foundation brings 2022 grantmaking to a close.  

December 15, 2022 | Category: Barr News

In Conversation: Seattle Waterfront Director Marshall Foster

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Jill Valdés Horwood

Director, Boston Waterfront Initiative

A virtual conversation about innovations and strategies driving progress along the waterfronts in Seattle and Boston.

December 01, 2022 | Category: Boston Waterfront

Jenny Curtin Named Education Program Director

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Jim Canales

President & Trustee

Jenny Curtin assumes leadership of Barr’s Education Team and strategies to advance educational equity in high schools across New England.

November 10, 2022 | Category: Barr News

Boston Public Schools Showcase Innovation Amid Ongoing Challenges

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Jenny Curtin

Director of Education

Four high school options provide inspiration for what's possible.

November 07, 2022 | Category: Education

Kathryn Wright Shares Perspectives from her First Year at Barr

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Kathryn Wright

Senior Program Officer, Clean Energy

Barr's senior program officer reflects on her career in clean energy and what excites her about her new role at the Foundation.

October 27, 2022 | Category: Climate

Top Five Urban Parks Ideas from the 2022 Greater and Greener Conference

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Jill Valdés Horwood

Director, Boston Waterfront Initiative

Our Boston Waterfront Initiative director shares five inspiring ideas for our waterfront from a recent learning journey in Philadelphia.

October 18, 2022 | Category: Boston Waterfront

Five Community-Driven Actions for Change in Arts and Culture Organizations

Cultural researcher Matthew Jenetopulos recaps a series of convenings across Massachusetts focused on turning research into action.

October 13, 2022 | Category: Arts & Creativity

New Tool for Climate Nonprofits to Assess Progress on Racial Equity

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Mariella Puerto

Director of Climate

Self-assessment helps organizations evaluate and benchmark efforts to change culture and ways of working; and helps funders better understand partners’ efforts and how to target resources.

October 07, 2022 | Category: Climate

Supporting BIPOC Artists, Growing Vibrant Communities

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Leonard M. Lee

Guest Author · President and CEO, SouthCoast Community Foundation

The brilliance of individual artists propels social, economic, and physical progress in the places we love.

September 28, 2022 | Category: Arts & Creativity