Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Bread and Roses Heritage Committee Inc

  • Lawrence, MA
  • www.breadandrosesheritage.org

Mission Statement

To organize the annual Bread & Roses Labor Day Festival that celebrates Lawrence's history and diverse cultures through music, theatre, and dance. To recognize, commemorate, inform, and share the labor history and social justice legacy of Lawrence's 1912 Bread & Roses strike with Lawrence's present day residents and people worldwide.

Main Programs

  1. The Bread and Roses Heritage Festival

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Service Areas

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National

Directly serves the Lawrence, Ma community, Essex and Middlesex Counties as a whole.  But our mission serves communities across America and over seas.

ruling year

1989

Principal Officer since 2004

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Mr. James Beauchesne

Co Principal Officer since 2010

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Linda Siegenthaler

Keywords

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Bread and Roses, social justice, labor history, diversity, music, ethnic food, Lawrence, unions, strike, labor history

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EIN

04-2898483

 Number

4038645695

Physical Address

1 Jackson Street

Lawrence, MA 01840

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Commemorative Events (A84)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

Labor Unions/Organizations (J40)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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The Bread and Roses Heritage Festival is to be an an internationally recognized arena for supporting cultural diversity, the immigrant story, labor rights and history, social justice, and solidarity. This program keeps Lawrence’s history alive, benefiting the residents of Essex County’s current and future generations by creating local pride, educating the residents of their local and national history, and encouraging their involvement. Most importantly, it provides an arena to encourage the open discussion of many issues the residents face in their daily lives, which will shed light on their commonalities. This leads to a more tight nit community that is aware and active in improving issues of labor rights and social justice that affect them and others beyond Essex County.

Programs

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Program 1

The Bread and Roses Heritage Festival

The Bread & Roses Festival is a free
one day open-air celebration that occurs every Labor Day. The program that
makes up the festival has had a continuous history of success in integrating
music, art, and crafts from all of the individual communities that make up the
larger community of Lawrence and draws between 4,000 to 7,000 visitors. The Bread & Roses Festival is dedicated to
accessibility for all, providing ASL interpreters and accommodations for the
handicapped.
Generally
the festival is organized around four stages. Three of the stages are dedicated
to music, dance, and performance. We have featured artists from an impressive
number of cultures: Puerto Rico, Vietnam, Cambodia, Peru, Ireland, the
Dominican Republic, Lithuania, Korea, Italy, Jamaica, Poland, China, Thailand
and West Africa to give just a sample. Among the musical traditions celebrated
have been reggae, meringue, ska, bluegrass, Irish fold and step dancing, swing
opera, fado, and more.
Our
fourth stage is dedicated to Lawrence History Live!. Lawrence History
Live! was created in 2008 to give labor history, labor education, and the
unique immigrant experience of Lawrence a much more prominent place in The
Bread and Roses Heritage Festival. In a tent right in the center of things,
there are seats and a platform set up where historians, writers, union
representatives, artists and relatives of families linked to strikers will
present their insights on Lawrence's history. Lawrence History Live! also
includes a segment on present-day issues facing Lawrence’s and the nation’s
workers. In a question-and-answer format, festival visitors are able to
participate and contribute their views. The festival also welcomes food vendors
from a variety of ethnic cultures as well as informational vendors from various
community, union, and social justice oriented organizations.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

$50,300.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Directly serves the Lawrence, Ma community, Essex and Middlesex Counties as a whole.  But our mission serves communities across America and over seas.

Funding Needs

Paid staff or administrative assistant for the purpose of internal communications, book keeping, various organizational duties, assist on various projects, manage e-mail accounts, prepare minutes of committee meetings, etc.    Equipment for festival production; sound equipment, stage rentals, pop up tent rentals, etc.   Festival performer fees.   Marketing and advertisement needs; printing of fliers and other promotional elements, paid advertisements in publications, T.V., on radio, and elsewhere.   Office supplies; printer ink, letter head, paper, stamps, envelopes, etc.   Consultant for board improvement and organizational capacity building of board.   Consultant to assist in festival program design and management.

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Bread and Roses Heritage Committee Inc

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Principal Officer

Mr. James Beauchesne

Co Principal Officer

Linda Siegenthaler

BIO

Mr. Beauchesne, a Lawrence native, is the Visitor Services Supervisor at Lawrence Heritage State Park, and holds an M.A. in Public History from Northeastern University. He has been on the Bread and Roses Heritage Committee for 13 years.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Linda Siegenthaler

Rosman Family Foundation, Director

Term: Oct 2011 - Oct 2012

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