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News and information from Bread & Roses, a non-profit organization that presents live music to bring hope, healing and joy to the community.

Administrative Coordinator/Communications Assistant: Bay Area native Carrie Sownie graduated with a degree in theater from UC Santa Cruz. She performed for two years afterwards as a clown for a circus while also working at UCSC facilitating student activities and events. Carrie is happy to support local artists and bring joy to our communities in need. She is excited to help move Bread & Roses forward as a valued team member developing our social media. A lover of music, Carrie’s singing career extends only as far as enthusiastic radio sing-alongs during her commute from Oakland.

Bread & Roses Presents Awarded California Arts Council “Local Impact” Grant

State Funds Extend the Reach of the Arts to Local Underserved Populations

stvincentsdayhomePiccolo Puppet Players at St. Vincent's Day Home in Oakland, April 2017. Photo by Peter Merts

The California Arts Council announced its plans to award $10,800 to Bread & Roses Presents as part of its Local Impact program. The Local Impact program fosters equity, access, and opportunity by providing project and partnership support for small arts organizations with operating budgets under $1 million. All projects extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations that have limited access to the arts. 

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Congratulations to the 2016 Winners of the “Oh Say, Can You Sing” Contests

Bread & Roses Presents is thrilled by the participation in our second annual “Oh Say, Can You Sing” contests for both the San Francisco Giants and Oakland A’s. Congratulations to winners MUSAIC for the Giants and Cathryn Flores for the Oakland A’s. Second-place winners Susan Zelinsky and Felicia Foster each won five hours of recording time at Fantasy Studios. A number of our volunteers and new supporters participated in the contest and nearly $20,000 was raised. A special thanks to our friends at the San Francisco Giants, Oakland A’s, Nelson and Salesforce for sponsoring and promoting this year’s contest.

 

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Backstage 365 Club Special Show: Delancey Street Foundation Welcomes Dirty Cello

Rebecca Roudman and Jason Eckl of Dirty Cello have been volunteering since 2015 and are already dedicated Bread & Roses Presents performers. Novato-based and internationally renowned, Dirty Cello is known for their energetic mix of bluegrass, blues and classic rock. They have played with artists such as Santana, Joan Baez and Deltron 3030, and they performed their first show in June at The Delancey Street Foundation in San Francisco.

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Delancey Street is a beloved audience served by Bread & Roses since 1996. An innovative residential self-help center since 1971, they teach substance abusers, ex-convicts, homeless people and others who have hit bottom how to turn their lives around through social entrepreneurship, education and rehabilitation. The residents are a famously enthusiastic audience. Rebecca mentioned before the show that she got a round of applause when she first walked in to the Town Hall to set up. A larger Bread & Roses audience than she has previously played for, she said she was looking forward to it and “we have a high energy show planned!”

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