Barr Foundation: Arts & Creativity Program

Barr Foundation


Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit Government Entity Elementary / Secondary School College / University

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Research, Applied Project / Program, General Operating Expense, Training / Capacity Building

Location of project: Massachusetts

Location of residency: Massachusetts

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Overview:

Inquiries from Potential New Partners

Recognizing that we don’t have all the answers and that our networks, however diverse, have their limits, we also welcome inquiries from those who believe their work may align with Barr’s priorities and who wish to introduce themselves to us. 

While Barr commits to reviewing all such inquiries, given a high volume and a relatively small staff, we reply only to those we intend to explore further. 

Arts and Creativity Program

Arts and creativity are essential for vibrant, vital, and engaged communities.

Elevating the arts and enabling creative expression to engage and inspire a dynamic, thriving Massachusetts.

Great art transforms the way we engage with the world. It brings beauty into our lives. Through creativity we can transcend conventions and generate new ideas, alternatives, and possibilities. Arts and creativity have the power to connect us with each other, to help us understand our dynamic environment, and to imagine new, better, different futures.

Against a backdrop of rapidly changing demographics, technological advancements, and evolving art forms, Barr’s Arts & Creativity program seeks to invest in bold ideas and leaders. Our overarching goal is to elevate the arts and enable creative expression to engage and inspire a dynamic, thriving Massachusetts. We will pursue this goal through three strategies:

  • advancing the field’s capacity to adapt, take risks, and engage changing audiences in new ways;
  • fostering opportunities to connect the arts to other disciplines and sectors; and
  • activating public support for the arts.

Arts & Creativity Strategies

Goal: Elevate the arts and enable creative expression to engage and inspire a dynamic, thriving Massachusetts.

Arts and creativity have the power to connect us with each other, to help us understand our dynamic environment, and to imagine new and better futures. In a time of rapidly changing demographics, technological advancements, and evolving art forms, Barr seeks to invest in bold ideas and leaders through three strategies. As we consider new funding opportunities, we look for grantee partners who:

  • Are presenting artistically excellent work;
  • Have a strong, nuanced understanding of their challenges, and approach challenges in bold ways—ready to experiment, take risks, and appropriately pivot and change;
  • Maximize their assets, are well informed about their field, and demonstrate curiosity and a rigorous inquiry process; and
  • Demonstrate field and civic leadership.

Adapting boldly. Spanning sectors. Activating public support.

Our efforts to elevate the arts and enable creative expression to engage and inspire are aligned under the following three strategies:

1. Invest in organizations to be adaptive and relevant.

Priorities:

  • Provide risk capital for exemplary arts organizations to: embrace artistic risk-taking and bold organizational change; expand the diversity of creative experiences and audiences; and present work that inspires with its excellence and relevance.
  • Invest in organizations with demonstrated effectiveness at increasing capacity of working artists to produce, promote, and present excellent, relevant, rigorous art.

2. Join arts with other sectors to foster creative problem-solving, broaden arts participation, share new resources for the arts, and forge new cross-disciplinary alliances.

Priority:

  • Creative placemaking: Support initiatives that integrate arts and creativity into community planning and development to strengthen the social, physical, and economic fabrics of communities.

Exploratory Area:

  • The intersection of art, science and technology: In 2016, Barr will undertake a research and planning process to develop its priorities in this exploratory area. We will initially focus on arts and medicine, and the maker movement.

3. Activate public support for arts and creativity.

Priorities:

  • Invest in research, policy analysis, and communications to inform strong policies and long-term financing options for arts and creativity.
  • Support the development of leaders, organizations, cross-sector networks, and coalitions that effectively communicate the value of the creative sector, and increase its visibility in electoral and legislative processes.
  • Invest in traditional and new media, forums, and other ways of broadening public awareness of and engagement in arts and creativity.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • Nonprofit charitable organizations that are exempt from federal taxes under section 501(c) (3) of the IRS Revenue Code can apply for a grant.

Ineligibility:

  • Barr does not make grants to individuals or for scholarships.
  • It is also rare for Barr to fund capital projects, event sponsorships (except on occasion for longstanding partners), program-related investments, or organizations not classified as public charities and tax-exempt under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.


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