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

Jill Valdes Horwood Appointed Director of Barr’s Waterfront Initiative

Experienced policy advocate to lead expanded initiative to achieve an inclusive, vibrant, and resilient Boston Harbor waterfront.

May 02, 2019 | Category: Barr News

Everyone Counts: How Nonprofits Can Help Ensure a Full 2020 Census Count

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Jim Klocke

Chief Executive Officer, Massachusetts Nonprofit Network

Data from the 2020 Census will have long-term implications for Massachusetts in the next decade. Nonprofits can play an active role in Census outreach to help ensure an accurate count.

April 19, 2019 | Category: Special Initiatives

Seven Questions with Shanna Cleveland

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Shanna Cleveland

Program Officer, Clean Energy

Get to know Barr's new Clean Energy program officer.

April 11, 2019 | Category: Climate

Four Lessons from Five Years Investing to Build Capacity in Boston’s Arts Sector

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SueEllen Kroll

Program Officer, Arts & Creativity

Arts & Creativity Program Officer SueEllen Kroll shares key findings from newly-released evaluations.

April 08, 2019 | Category: Arts & Creativity

Public Art is Alive and Well in Boston Neighborhoods

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E. San San Wong

Director of Arts & Creativity

Cathy Edwards

Cathy Edwards

Guest Author · Executive Director, New England Foundation for the Arts

After piloting the Creative City program for three years, San San Wong and Cathy Edwards share what we learned and what is next for supporting arts in the public realm.

April 03, 2019 | Category: Arts & Creativity

Barr Awards $16 Million in First Quarter of 2019

Including support for socially-engaged public art in Greater Boston, grassroots efforts for high-quality schools, and the creation of a new digital platform for urban mobility journalism in Massachusetts.

April 01, 2019 | Category: Barr News

Smarter Ways to Use Data for Student-Centered Schools

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Elana Karopkin-Gold

Senior Strategist, Springpoint

Springpoint, a key partner in Barr’s Engage New England Initiative, reflects on three obstacles and three solutions for schools that want to more effectively use data to understand their students, and to design schools that are tailored to those needs, and that continuously adapt and improve.

March 14, 2019 | Category: Education

Massachusetts Becomes First in the Nation to Put Batteries into Efficiency Plan

Massachusetts' new energy efficiency program adds batteries to the mix. Clean Energy Group's project director breaks down the new policy and next steps.

March 12, 2019 | Category: Climate

Bold Aspirations for Boston’s Future

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Jim Canales

President & Trustee

Highlights from a recent event at WBUR’s CitySpace, Boston’s newest home for civic discourse.

February 28, 2019 | Category: From the President

An Artist Walks into a Planning Agency

Reflections from the Metropolitan Area Planning Council's first Artist-in-Residence at the conclusion of her 18-month residency.

February 20, 2019 | Category: Arts & Creativity