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Barr Foundation Awards American Repertory Theater 3-Year, $900,000 Grant

A.R.T. is among 15 Massachusetts-based arts organizations that make up the foundation's ArtsAmplified initiative.

Diane Paulus is the artistic director of the American Repertory Theater.
(© David Gordon)

The American Repertory Theater has been awarded a three-year grant of $900,000 from the Barr Foundation as part of its ArtsAmplified initiative. The award will support A.R.T.'s commissioning and development of new work, as well as help deepen staff capacity, expand local partnerships, and prepare world-premiere productions.

The ArtsAmplified initiative is a six-year $30 million partnership dedicated to creating art and arts experiences that strengthen communities in Massachusetts. A.R.T. is one of 15 organizations across the state partnering with the Barr Foundation as part of this initiative.

"This is an opportunity for 15 important arts organizations to come together and elevate a set of issues fundamental to the arts — excellence, relevance, risk-taking, and civic leadership — and to better understand how these concepts mesh to create new impact in communities," said James E. Canales, president and trustee of the Barr Foundation, in a statement.

"As we continue to stretch what we think theater can be — and how A.R.T. can be more than a building on Brattle Street, we are excited about the possibilities of the impact we can make on our community as a public space, and about collaborations with our colleagues across the river," said Diane Paulus, A.R.T.'s artistic director, in a statement.