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

Barr Awards $25 Million in Final Quarter of 2019

Including support for new research on extreme heat in Greater Boston, strategies to diversify and strengthen Massachusetts’ teacher pipeline, and the development of climate-resilient Boston waterfront parks.

December 10, 2019 | Category: Barr News

Giles Li Appointed Senior Program Officer for Arts & Creativity

With decades of nonprofit experience and deep roots in community, Li will focus on helping the arts field adapt and thrive amidst change, and bringing the power of arts & creativity to other sectors.

November 26, 2019 | Category: Barr News

Diverse Group of Leaders Advance United Vision to Transform Massachusetts’ Transportation System

At a moment of crisis, business, municipal, and nonprofit leaders find common ground in call for bold action to address urgent challenges.

November 13, 2019 | Category: Climate

Barr Announces New Grants and Partnerships to Strengthen School Leadership in Massachusetts

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Kate Dobin

Senior Program Officer, Education

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Samantha Alper

Program Associate, Education

10 Massachusetts school systems will work together in a strategic planning process exploring the challenges and solutions to the principal pipeline.

November 07, 2019 | Category: Education

Expanding Access to the Arts in Rural Berkshire County

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Emily Bronson

Guest Author · Senior Community Engagement Officer, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation

How nonprofits and residents are confronting barriers to participation in an arts-rich region through the Arts Build Community Initiative.

November 06, 2019 | Category: Arts & Creativity

Change is Constant. How Can Leaders Support Their Organizations to Adapt?

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Alexandra Juckno

Program Associate, Arts & Creativity

In the first year of a six-year initiative, arts organizations explore three steps to confronting and embracing change.

October 24, 2019 | Category: Arts & Creativity

Six Mobility Lessons from Europe’s Most Sustainable City

From Boston to Oslo and back—here are transportation solutions we want to see implemented at home.

October 15, 2019 | Category: Climate

Elevating the Arts in the South Coast of Massachusetts

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Rayana Grace

Guest Author · Arts & Culture Program Manager, Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts

As Creative Commonwealth Initiative enters new phase, Rayana Grace and John Vasconcellos of the SouthCoast Community Foundation reflect on the new artists, work, and partnerships that celebrate the rich cultural heritage of the South Coast.

October 10, 2019 | Category: Arts & Creativity

Announcing Extension of Partnership with Five Community Foundations Advancing Arts Across Massachusetts

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E. San San Wong

Director of Arts & Creativity

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Jim Canales

President & Trustee

Next three years will focus on implementing ambitious plans and expanding successful early efforts, with $5 million in new support from Barr, and partners’ commitments to collectively raise more than $1 million in new local arts philanthropy.

September 25, 2019 | Category: Arts & Creativity

Barr Foundation Awards $26.8 Million in Third Quarter of 2019

New grants include support to accelerate arts strategies and investments in Gateway Cities, build coalitions to advance climate equity work, and expand services to support parents through their child’s educational journey.

September 24, 2019 | Category: Barr News