Bread and Roses Cultural Project

The Bread and Roses Cultural Project was founded in 1979 by Moe Foner, Vice President of the New York Health and Human Service Union, Local 1199 (now SEIU Local 1199). Bread and Roses incorporates theater, creative writing, photography, and art into its projects with the explicit mission of providing workers with a chance to display the artistic gifts that they often put on the back burner due to the demands of working life.  It also raises awareness about the issues that low-wage and migrant workers face on a daily basis.  In 2001, Bread and Roses implemented the Unseen America project, which provided cameras and photography training to low-wage workers, day laborers, and other workers who are often ignored.  The project culminated in a critically-acclaimed book, a number of highly successful exhibitions, and it focused attention on the lives of everyday workers.

Here is a photo taken by Luis Bernal-Estrada and featured in Unseen America:

FURTHER LINKS OF INTEREST:

Unseen America Slideshow

An Interview with Esther Cohen, Director of Bread and Roses:

Unseen American on New York Channel 1:

ARTICLES

Making Unseen America Visible by Daniel H. Pink, February 28, 2003, Fast Company

Moe Foner, Labor Official and Movement’s Unofficial Cultural Impresario, Dies at 86, by Steven Greenhouse, January 11, 2002, New York Times

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