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

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

Next Barr Fellowship Class Scheduled for 2023

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Kimberly Haskins

Senior Program Officer, Sector Effectiveness

Adapting to COVID-19, Barr extends timeline for 2019 Barr Fellows and postpones selection of the next class.

March 22, 2021 | Category: Barr Fellowship

In Solidarity Against Anti-Asian Racism

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Jim Canales

President & Trustee

Denouncing rising anti-Asian hate crimes and the recent murders in Atlanta.

March 17, 2021 | Category: Barr News

Barr Commits Over $2 Million for Vaccine Equity Efforts

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Jim Canales

President & Trustee

The Foundation joins local funders in supporting equitable access to the vaccine.

March 15, 2021 | Category: Barr News

Time to Reimagine What Can Be, Not Rebuild What Was

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Jim Canales

President & Trustee

On a sobering anniversary, Barr’s president reflects on lessons from a challenging year and new opportunities as we look to the future.

March 11, 2021 | Category: Barr News

Charting a Path Back to Live Performance

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Robert Duffley

Guest Author · Editor & Assistant Dramaturg , American Repertory Theater

Introducing the “Roadmap for Recovery and Resilience for Theater” from the American Repertory Theater and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

March 10, 2021 | Category: Arts & Creativity

In Conversation: Ford Foundation President Darren Walker

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Jim Canales

President & Trustee

Full recording of a recent discussion between Darren Walker and Jim Canales on the role of philanthropy in creating a just future and much more.

February 25, 2021 | Category: Barr News

A Time for Bold Action on Climate

Amos Hostetter, Barr’s Co-Founder and Trustee, reflects on more than a decade of climate philanthropy.

February 24, 2021 | Category: Climate

Creating a More Equitable High School Experience Requires Whole School Change

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Jenny Curtin

Senior Program Officer, Education

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Elina Alayeva

Guest Author · Executive Director, Springpoint

Supporting all students to succeed requires much more than a stand-alone racial equity training, program, or role.

February 08, 2021 | Category: Education

Seven Questions with Barr's Senior Program Officer for Arts & Creativity

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Giles Li

Guest Author · Senior Program Officer, Arts & Creativity

Giles Li, our Senior Program Officer for Arts & Creativity, discusses his priorities at Barr, the transition from grantee to grantmaker, and the challenges facing the arts sector throughout COVID-19.

February 04, 2021 | Category: Arts & Creativity