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

Boston Integrates Climate Resilience and Mitigation in Utility Planning

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Bradford Swing

Director of Energy Policy and Programs, City of Boston

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John (Tad) Read

Senior Deputy Director for Transportation & Infrastructure Planning, Boston Planning & Development Agency

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Manuel Esquivel

Senior Infrastructure & Energy Planning Fellow , Boston Planning and Development Agency

Smart development in Boston means accounting for climate change in long-term planning and design.

October 23, 2018 | Category: Climate

Announcing the Barr-Klarman Massachusetts Arts Initiative

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E. San San Wong

Director of Arts & Creativity

A $25 million investment over six years in 29 Massachusetts arts organizations to strengthen financial health and capacity to adapt to change.

October 03, 2018 | Category: Arts & Creativity

Barr Awards $25.8 Million in Third Quarter of 2018

Grants to support work on community revitalization, business leadership for clean energy, and New England high schools engaging in comprehensive planning to connect all students to success.

September 24, 2018 | Category: Barr News

29 Foundations Pledge Over $4 Billion to Address Climate Change

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James E. Canales

President & Trustee

Barr commits at least $100 million over the next five years, joining the largest-ever philanthropic investment in climate change mitigation.

September 14, 2018 | Category: Climate

We Can Improve Coastal Communities as We Protect Them

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Rebecca Herst

Guest Author · Director, UMass Boston Sustainable Solutions Lab

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Paul Kirshen

Guest Author · Professor, School for the Environment and Academic Director, UMass Boston Sustainable Solutions Lab

The best way to protect Boston from rising seas is through “shore-based solutions.” Two of the authors of a recent report explain what that means, and how such solutions can yield benefits for communities.

September 05, 2018 | Category: Climate

An Unusual Proposition – Artists Invited to Advise a Museum

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Jill Medvedow

Guest Author · Ellen Matilda Poss Director , The Institute of Contemporary Art

Fifth in a new series featuring stories from Greater Boston arts organizations that received special funding to pursue an artistic risk.

August 28, 2018 | Category: Arts & Creativity

Barr Awards $1.26 Million for New England Civil Rights Fund

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James E. Canales

President & Trustee

Fourteen organizations supported as part of 2018 Special Initiative.

August 23, 2018 | Category: From the President

Creating Space for Change by Asking, “Why?”

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Stefan Lanfer

Director of Communications

A new video series engages millions in questioning longstanding education practices that are ripe for a rethink.

August 22, 2018 | Category: Education

10 Questions with Silvia López Chavez

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Cecilia Hylton

Communications Associate

Artist Silvia Chavez poses with her mural.

Silvia López Chavez

Guest Author · Artist and Designer, Portfolio

A conversation with local artist Silvia López Chavez discussing her new mural for the Barr Foundation, activating the creative process, and what it's like to make public art in Boston.

August 15, 2018 | Category: Barr News

Community Foundations Launch Regional Arts Initiatives

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E. San San Wong

Director of Arts & Creativity

Six months into the Barr Foundation’s Creative Commonwealth Initiative, our partners are creating change across Massachusetts. Here are some highlights on progress, milestones, and impacts of their promising early efforts.

August 02, 2018 | Category: Arts & Creativity