Arts for All, Boston Community

Barr Foundation Announces ArtsAmplified: Powerful Art. Bold Leadership. Vibrant Communities.

“Through the ArtsAmplified initiative, the Barr Foundation again underscores its abiding and long-term commitment to the arts as a key priority for our philanthropy.”
James E. Canales, President & Trustee, Barr Foundation

Celebrity Series is pleased to share that we have selected to participate in the Barr Foundation’s ArtsAmplified initiative, announced on May 1.

ArtsAmplified is a $30 million, six-year initiative of the Barr Foundation Arts & Creativity program. It features partnership with 15 large- and mid-size arts organizations across Massachusetts dedicated to creating art and arts experiences that strengthen communities. The goal of ArtsAmplified is to enhance the capacity of these organizations to continue leading in their communities and fields, and to collectively generate fresh insights that inspire other nonprofits and funders.

“By presenting powerful art that speaks to contemporary issues, arts organizations can help connect people and perspectives—prompting reflection, fueling dialogue, and inviting fresh possibilities for community change.”
E. San San Wong, Director of Arts & Creativity, Barr Foundation

The initiative is multi-faceted, and centers on the confluence of four concepts Barr considers vital to the future of arts organizations: artistic excellence, relevance, risk taking, and civic leadership. ArtsAmplified grantees will engage in collective, ongoing conversation anchored in these notions—bringing their unique experiences and visions to the investigation. Over the next six years, each partner will manifest these concepts in practice through at least one ambitious project with significance to its future.

“Celebrity Series is thrilled to be selected to participate in this important initiative. We look forward to working with the Barr Foundation, partners, and 14 other Massachusetts arts organizations to amplify our leadership in our communities.”
Gary Dunning, President & Executive Director of Celebrity Series of Boston

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