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    Many Mass. arts organizations to benefit from Barr Foundation initiative

    For years, the Barr Foundation has asked how it could use its considerable grant-making muscle to encourage artistic risk-taking and enhance public engagement. On Tuesday, the foundation unveiled its latest answer: ArtsAmplified, a six-year, $30 million initiative to support arts organizations across Massachusetts to create art and art experiences that have broad community impact.

    The 15 recipients include a number of well-known Boston institutions, including the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Huntington Theatre Company, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. The initiative also funds a number of established organizations outside Greater Boston, including the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams, the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, and Jacob’s Pillow, the dance center and school in Becket.

    The American Repertory Theater, which received a three-year grant of $900,000, will use the funds in part to commission and develop new work.


    “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,” A.R.T. artistic director Diane Paulus said in a statement.

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    Other recipients include ArtsEmerson, Celebrity Series of Boston, GrubStreet, Silkroad, Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, The Theater Offensive, World Music/CRASHarts, and The Yard.

    James Canales, president and trustee of the Barr Foundation, said the initiative would enable the foundation and its partners “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.”