Bread & Roses Missouri works with youth between the ages of seven and eighteen, providing after-school and summer programs that focus on the themes of home, family, work, and community by encouraging artistic expression and creativity that explores and deepens understandings of these topics.
“Then and Now Again” –A Workers’ Opera
Saint Louis has a rich, mostly unexplored, labor history. And there is history in the making again today as Show Me $15 gains increasing momentum with fast food workers, home health care workers, childcare workers, university adjuncts organize with NEA and SEIU; banking call center workers beginning to organize under the CWA banner; Laborers #110 actively commit to organizing lawn care workers; all of this in the face of the push in Missouri for so-called right to work legislation both in the private and public sectors.
After Ferguson, it became increasingly clear that workers engaged in these organizing efforts understood very clearly the connection between workers’ rights and civil rights in this post-industrial society that is growing up around us. And it became clear to Bread & Roses that it was time to produce a theater piece, a ‘workers’ opera,’ that would connect the “then” with the “now.”
“Then and Now Again,” will debut at the First Unitarian Church, 5006 Waterman Ave, Saint Louis, on Friday, September 23rd with additional performances on Saturday, September 24th and Sunday (matinee), September 25th. Agnes Wilcox, theater director, writer, actor, and founder of Prison Performing Arts, agneswilcox.com will direct the production. Working with her on the script is hip hop poet Freeman Word facebook.com/FreemanWorldPeace). Rosemary Feurer, labor historian and creator of the Mother Jones Museum, has been our consultant on the St. Louis labor history moments that gives context to organizing efforts today.
Join Bread and Roses in this self-exploratory workshop. During each workshop, the history and significance of the Mandela will be discussed, followed by participants creating their own individualized Mandala. This is a very tranquil, mindful experience that allows crativity to flow freely. The workshop can be designed for smaller groups (Less then 10) as well as larger groups (up to 25).
2 hour Mandala workshop with ending reflection- $500
1 hour Mandala workshop as an art activity- $250
For Kids 45 minute Mandala art activity- $150