Barr Launches $25 Million Massachusetts Arts Initiative

Barr Launches $25 Million Massachusetts Arts Initiative

The Boston-based Barr Foundation, in partnership with the Klarman Family Foundation, has announced the launch of a six-year, $25 million initiative aimed at strengthening the health and capacity of Massachusetts arts organizations.

Through the Barr-Klarman Massachusetts Arts Initiative, twenty-nine organizations will receive multiyear unrestricted operating grants in support of efforts to improve their fiscal health and build capacity to adapt to change. In addition, through a grant to TDC, a nonprofit consulting and research group, the grantees will participate in a program focused on capitalization, cultural competency, and adaptive capacity and will receive customized training and technical assistance. They'll also be eligible for supplemental funds that can be used for targeted research, capacity-building initiatives, and/or pilot projects.

The new initiative builds on a partnership that began in 2012, when the two foundations, with support from TDC, launched the Barr-Klarman Arts Capacity Building Initiative, a multiyear investment designed to strengthen the long-term financial health of thirty Boston-area arts organizations.

Representing diversity across disciplines, geographies, stages of organizational development, and budget size, the first group of organizations to receive grants through the new initiative includes the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton, Community Access to the Arts in Great Barrington, the Dance Complex in Cambridge, the Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester, the Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell, and the Zeiterion Theatre in New Bedford.

For a complete list of grant recipients, see the Barr Foundation website.

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"Announcing the Barr-Klarman Massachusetts Arts Initiative." Barr Foundation Press Release 10/03/2018.