Announcing: The Joan Suarez Director’s Fund

What is the Joan Suarez Director’s Fund?

In April 2021, the Board of Bread and Roses Missouri inaugurated the Joan Suarez Director’s Fund in honor of founding director Joan Suarez, who retired in March 2021.

  • Honors Joan Suarez’s long career as an outstanding community activist and labor organizer.
  • Provides donors with a specific, visible outcome associated with their support.
  • Serves as a catalyst and provides resources for the continued development of relevant, original works in alignment with Bread and Roses’ mission.


How will the funds be used?

The fund initially supported programming such as our commissioned production of Mrs. Palmer’s Honey – a 1946 novel by St. Louisan Fannie Cook – which depicts how race, class, and workers’ rights intersected during World War II in the historic Ville Neighborhood.

The novel was adapted by playwright Cassandra Medley as a radio play, featuring a cast of St. Louis-based actors, directed by Kathryn Bentley with original music written by Colin McLaughlin. Nearly 500 viewers enjoyed the early table reading on YouTube in 2020.

We are excited that Mrs. Palmer’s Honey will soon be aired by our community partner, KDHX. 

Resources in the Director’s Fund will continue to be used to advance the development of new work that aligns with our mission.


How Can I Contribute?

To honor Joan Suarez with a contribution to The Director’s Fund: Click Here

Please use the drop-down menu to select “Directors Fund.”


To donate by check:

Bread and Roses Missouri
5585 Pershing Avenue
Suite 170A
St. Louis, MO 63112

Please designate “Director’s Fund”


Questions, Ideas and Suggestions?

Please contact Executive Director Emily Kohring with your questions, ideas or special needs as you consider supporting the Joan Suarez Director’s Fund.

Bread and Roses Missouri deeply appreciates your interest and support!