Bread and Roses Missouri uses an arts lens to examine social and economic justice issues in all our programming. We believe that cultural and creative expression are a means to effect deep and lasting social change.
The labor hymn for which our organization is named reminds us: “Hearts starve as well as bodies…Give us bread and give us roses.”
We organize and participate in arts and humanities events, exhibits and workshops for and about workers and their families. In this way, we address the root causes of poverty and inequality. We educate and activate participants and audiences toward achieving an economic base that benefits the entire community.
Bread and Roses Missouri believes in equality for all on and off the job. Using an arts lens, we are committed to fighting racism, sexism, classism and other forms of discrimination. We fight for affirmative action, cultural diversity and a more just society for all.