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

We Know Principals Are Important, So Why Doesn’t Anyone Want to Be One These Days?

Leah Hamilton

Leah Hamilton

Former Director of Education

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Elina Alayeva

Guest Author · Executive Director, Springpoint

The pandemic is driving principals out, and preparation programs don’t give them the support they need.

April 01, 2022 | Category: Education

Reimagining Philanthropy’s Commitment to Racial Equity

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Jim Canales

President & Trustee

The realities of white supremacy, systemic racism, and violence against people of color and LGBTQ+ people — always present but rarely challenged by those with power — demand intense reflection and tangible action.

March 24, 2022 | Category: Racial Equity

Barr Awards $27.1 Million in First Quarter of 2022

Grants include support for a new black box theater in Boston, a campaign to amplify public transit information for Spanish-speaking riders, and support for an innovative high school redesign.

March 21, 2022 | Category: Barr News

MA Residents Deeply Value the Arts and Hope for Change

Post Covid-19 pandemic and America’s overdue racial reckoning, what do communities and audiences want from the arts and cultural organizations?

March 15, 2022 | Category: Arts & Creativity

Transformative Schools Require Transformative Leaders

Leah Hamilton

Leah Hamilton

Former Director of Education

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Elina Alayeva

Guest Author · Executive Director, Springpoint

New fellowship for aspiring school leaders who seek to reimagine high school.

March 10, 2022 | Category: Education

Filling the Well: A Podcast for Creative Changemakers

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SueEllen Kroll

Senior Program Officer, Arts & Creativity

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Torrie Allen

Guest Author · President & CEO, Arts Midwest

A new podcast series features stories from artists and leaders to harness creativity to shift power dynamics, avoid burn-out, and build authentic community.

March 03, 2022 | Category: Arts & Creativity

Fair Transit Fares for an Equitable and Climate-Friendly Future

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Najah Casimir

Program Officer, Mobility

As more fare-free and affordable transit initiatives are implemented across the state, voters support shifting the burden of transportation costs away from individuals to systems.

February 14, 2022 | Category: Climate

How CultureHouse is Reclaiming Main Streets to Build Resilient Communities

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Aaron Greiner

Guest Author · Executive Director, CultureHouse

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Emily Cooper

Guest Author · Community Activist, Writer, Musician, Artist

The impact of a walkable, pop-up space in one Massachusetts community.

February 08, 2022 | Category: Climate

Connecticut Voters are Ready for Bold Action on Climate and Clean Energy

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Mariella Puerto

Director of Climate

Recent poll shows widespread support for renewable energy sources and opportunities for greater education.

January 26, 2022 | Category: Climate

Boston Voters Value the Waterfront — And are Ready for the City to Help it to Change

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Jill Valdés Horwood

Director, Boston Waterfront Initiative

Responses to a recent voter poll provide a roadmap for how to maximize the benefits of the waterfront for everyone in Boston.

January 20, 2022 | Category: Boston Waterfront