Executive Director's Message
Welcome to the Bread & Roses website.
Here you will get a glimpse of the healing power of music that touches thousands of people isolated in San Francisco Bay Area institutions --all because of the performances that Bread & Roses presents every day. We know that music heals, and we see the magic that occurs between artist and audience during a live performance. It is an honor for me to lead this vibrant organization.
Bread & Roses was founded in 1974 by Mimi Fariña, and the mission is the same today as it was in the beginning. Now we present nearly 600 shows annually and serve over 27,000 audience members. We want to give comfort to even more people who are isolated from society in various types of facilities – hospitals, drug & alcohol rehab, special needs schools, homeless shelters, detention facilities, and more. We depend on the support of donors, volunteers, board, and staff and we are always seeking new supporters to join us. With your help we can bring hope, healing and joy to our neighbors most in need.
On our website there are videos about our work and the history of Bread & Roses. You will also find links to a sample calendar of our Daily Shows and Benefit Performers who have helped us raise money over the years. You can read our current newsletter online and peruse recently published information about our activities.
We cherish our performers, show hosts, and donors. They make it possible for the board and staff to guide and implement the work of the organization. For donors, Bread & Roses is an excellent charitable investment because we are effective and efficient and because of the opportunity to leverage your dollars with the volunteer hours donated by our performers. Every dollar donated allows us to deliver $3 worth of services.
For performers and hosts, Bread & Roses provides an opportunity to witness human joy and to experience the satisfaction of having touched the hearts of people who need it most in the communities where we live. These children, teens, adults and seniors are our neighbors, relatives, former schoolmates and friends.
Photo by Richard Wheeler