N+T Selected for the Barr-Klarman Massachusetts Arts Initiative

N+T Selected for the Barr-Klarman Massachusetts Arts Initiative to strengthen financial health and adaptive capacity.

We are pleased to announce that Now + There was selected to participate in the Barr-Klarman Massachusetts Arts Initiative – as announced earlier today on the Barr Foundation’s blog. A partnership between two Boston-based foundations - Barr and The Klarman Family Foundation – the initiative is a $25 million, six-year investment in 29 arts and cultural organizations from across Massachusetts. Participating organizations receive flexible, multi-year operating support grants, in addition to training and technical assistance from TDC, a nonprofit consulting and research firm. Now + There's engagement in the initiative begins with two grants totaling $225,000 from Barr and the Klarman Family Foundation over three years. In aggregate, the funding represents among the largest multi-year commitments received since our launch in 2015, and a ringing endorsement of the work we are doing to challenge the city’s cultural identity by taking artistic risks and consistently producing compelling temporary public art projects.

“Support from the Barr-Klarman Massachusetts Arts Initiative demonstrates to our artists, our partners and the City of Boston that our work of building a public art city is valued,” said Executive Director Kate Gilbert. “Unrestricted funds strengthen our capacity to curate and produce engaging public art projects and sends a strong signal to our commissioned artists that their work matters. Ultimately, it encourages a thriving public art ecosystem; one in which all neighborhoods of Boston can benefit from the change that is sparked by public art.”

“Organizations like Now + There are the cultural hearts of their communities,” said San San Wong, Director of Arts & Creativity for the Barr Foundation. “They are sites of public assembly and dialogue, often working to foster understanding and connection across cultural differences. It is our privilege to support Now + There in this journey to further strengthen its financial health and capacity to adapt to change – that it might deepen and continue this work for years to come.”

“Arts organizations, including Now + There, play a critical role in the health of our communities,” said Laura Sherman, Director, Greater Boston Grantmaking for The Klarman Family Foundation. “We are committed to strengthening this cohort of 29 arts organizations across the Commonwealth that have the ability to connect and enliven communities through culture, tradition and creative expression, and we are proud to be a part of this initiative.”

Representing diversity across artistic disciplines, geographic reach, stages of organizational development, and budget sizes, the 29 organizations participating in the Barr-Klarman Massachusetts Arts Initiative are:

  • Academy of Music Theatre (Northampton)

  • A Far Cry (Boston)

  • Barrington Stage Company (Pittsfield)

  • Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (Boston)

  • Boston Modern Orchestra Project (Malden)

  • Cape Ann Museum (Gloucester)

  • Community Access to the Arts (Great Barrington)

  • Community Art Center (Cambridge)

  • Community Music School of Springfield (Springfield)

  • Company One Theatre (Boston)

  • The Dance Complex (Cambridge)

  • Design Museum Boston (Boston)

  • Double Edge Theatre (Ashfield)

  • Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts (Boston)

  • Featherstone Center for the Arts (Martha's Vineyard)

  • Fitchburg Art Museum (Fitchburg)

  • Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center (Great Barrington)

  • Merrimack Repertory Theatre (Lowell)

  • New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks! (New Bedford)

  • New Bedford Symphony Orchestra (New Bedford)

  • Norman Rockwell Museum (Stockbridge)

  • Now + There (Boston)

  • Payomet Performing Arts Center (North Truro)

  • Provincetown Art Association and Museum (Provincetown)

  • Raw Art Works (Lynn)

  • The Record Co. (Boston)

  • SpeakEasy Stage (Boston)

  • Worcester Art Museum (Worcester)

  • Zeiterion Theatre (New Bedford)

Ultimately, it encourages a thriving public art ecosystem; one in which all neighborhoods of Boston can benefit from the change that is sparked by public art.
— Kate Gilbert

Now + There and each participant in this initiative will receive multi-year, unrestricted operating grants. Additionally, through a grant to TDC, a nationally recognized nonprofit consulting and research group, organizations will also receive customized training and technical assistance, and be eligible for supplemental funds for targeted research, capacity building, and/or pilot projects. Last week, the foundations made the first set of three-year grants under the new initiative, marking the beginning of what is expected to be a six-year journey of learning, collaboration, and growth.

For more information about the Barr-Klarman Massachusetts Arts Initiative page, including the ideas underlying the effort, key elements of the experience for participating organizations, selection criteria, and evaluation findings, visit https://www.barrfoundation.org/what-we-do/barr-klarman-massachusetts-arts-initiative.

About Now + There: For Boston, and all who are curious and engaged, Now + There (N+T) is a public art curator that challenges our city’s cultural identity by taking artistic risks and consistently producing compelling temporary projects. For more information, visit nowandthere.org.

About the Barr Foundation: The Barr Foundation’s mission is to invest in human, natural, and creative potential, serving as thoughtful stewards and catalysts. Based in Boston, Barr focuses regionally, and selectively engages nationally, working in partnership with nonprofits, foundations, the public sector, and civic and business leaders to elevate the arts, advance solutions for climate change, and connect all students to success in high school and beyond. Founded in 1997, Barr now has assets of $1.7 billion, and has contributed more than $838 million to charitable causes. For more information, visit barrfoundation.org or follow @BarrFdn on Twitter and Facebook.

About The Klarman Family Foundation: The Klarman Family Foundation seeks to identify areas of unmet need and advance solutions to addressing them. Underlying all of the Foundation’s work is a passionate belief in the promise and importance of creative thinking, strategic leadership and strong organizations to help bring about change. As a way to learn and create greater impact, the Foundation values acting in partnership with other funders. Its work spans regionally, nationally and internationally and focuses on advancing understanding of the biological basis of health and illness; supporting the global Jewish community and State of Israel; expanding access to vital services and enrichment opportunities in Greater Boston; and ensuring a healthy democracy. Established in 1990 by Beth and Seth Klarman, the Foundation is located in Boston, MA. For more information, visit klarmanfoundation.org.

Now + There Media Contact
Kate Gilbert
Executive Director

Barr Foundation Media Contact:
Stefan Lanfer
Director of Communications

For more information on how to support Now + There’s vision to build a public art city, please contact Laura Paul, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Development, at laura@nowandthere.org or 617-982-3860.