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         24th Annual Meeting

Barr Foundation President Speaks at Community Foundation's 24TH Annual Meeting

Tuesday, June 11th with a keynote address from Jim Canales, President and Trustee of the Barr Foundation, the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts held its 24th Annual Meeting at the UMass Dartmouth Charlton College of Business.  With an audience of more than 110, the Community Foundation announced its new Strategic Plan and elected two new board members and eight new corporators.

Guest speaker Jim Canales shared with the group the Barr Foundation’s appreciation of the critical role of community foundations as strategic partners and leaders on behalf of their regions.  Acknowledging the evolution of the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts over the past few years under the leadership of John Vasconcellos, Canales stressed the importance of “investing in leaders who are effective, visionary, and collaborative, as we know they motivate others, drive change, and produce results”.

Canales discussed the importance the Barr Foundation’s Creative Commonwealth Initiative - its partnership with five community foundations throughout the Commonwealth - as it strives to address the challenges behind access to funding and the opportunity to experience art and creativity as unequally distributed throughout Massachusetts. Canales closed out his comments with a compelling argument of the importance of art and creativity as essential to vibrant, inclusive communities, and not merely as a vehicle for economic development.