Survey: Bread and Roses Cultural Project

Posted August 05, 2010 by Anonymous
Part 1.
Year Founded: 
1b. Primary activity[ies] of the organization.: 
Non-profit focusing on social justice issues. We offer photography classes, Our products include social justice calendar, posters, educational videos, teeshirts
1c. Organization's annual budget.: 
$100,001 - $250,000
1b. Primary activity[ies] of the organization.: 
Exhibition Space
Multipurpose Space [Amalgam of Multiple Artistic Disciplines]
Printed Periodical / Publication
Artist Group / Collective
Part 2.
2a. Mission Statement: 
Founded in 1979, Bread & Roses Cultural Project is dedicated to enhancing the lives of workers and underserved populations by providing opportunities to access great art and artists, participate in the creative process, and contribute to the culture. Bread & Roses uses the arts to explore notions of dignity and civil society, offering programs that raise the visibility and recognition of the disenfranchised and encourage their participation in the larger social and cultural fabric of the nation. Background: Bread & Roses, named for the slogan in Lawrence Massachusetts in the 1912 Strike where workers declared their life should have roses alongside bread, is the not-for-profit arm of 1199SEIU National Health & Human Services Union. SEIU’s 250,000 predominantly African-American, Latina, and Asian women throughout New York are employed in all job categories in health care services, including hospitals, nursing homes, and home care agencies. Since it was founded in 1979, Bread & Roses has been offering a festival of cultural activities for 1199 members and their families directly at the workplace and at the union’s headquarters in midtown Manhattan; the labor movement’s only art gallery is housed there. Bread & Roses has something for everyone—free lunchtime drama; music and poetry programs; art and photography exhibitions at Gallery 1199; member performance programs; and special events such as book signings, Broadway preview performances, and social justice posters. Originally designed for its own members, the project has attracted national and international attention. Bread & Roses was the subject of a one-hour PBS documentary, a segment of CBS Sunday Morning, Picture this TV, and an education program on cable’s Metro Channel. Several of its exhibits and musical reviews have toured the nation; its posters, books, and videotapes enjoy national distribution; the Film Society of Lincoln Center sponsored a retrospective of its award-winning documentary films. Bread and Roses’ nationally acclaimed Women of Hope poster series and educational materials celebrate the contributions of women of color to our nation. African American, Latina, Native American, and Asian American posters are in thousands of schools, colleges, libraries, and organizations. These posters have been displayed in hallways and offices; they have also appeared in subways, buses, airports, and other high visibility areas. International Women of Hope appeared in 30 countries around the world and over 1,000 sites throughout America for Women’s History month. The unseenamerica exhibit was featured at the Department of Labor in Washington, D.C., in Spring 2003. We hope to place the exhibit in U.S. embassies around the world. The unseenamerica book will be launched in 2005. Our ongoing work with New York City public schools has produced among others the highly regarded shows include Why Unions Matter, Working, Sweatshops, and Working Heroes. Students are encouraged to reflect on the meaning and value of labor through photographs, text, soft sculpture, murals, web design, and many other media. The art that results from the students’ investigations has attracted the attention of publications including the New York Times; these exhibits have toured New York and nationally. Programs: Bread and Roses (B&R) hosts a variety of projects that connect participants’ personal voices and visions to larger community and societal issues. All of our projects share a common goal and methodology: to showcase the creativity of those traditionally left untouched by the arts, and to do so in ways that inspire connections within and between groups, dialogues with the larger culture, and proactive change on individual and community levels. The scope of our work has led to an extension of program benefits beyond those normally associated with the arts, effecting progress in areas such as literacy, economic and community development, and policy reform, among others.
Website Link to Mission Statement:
Website Link to Organization's History / Organization Overview:
2c. Exhibition / Programming / Publishing History.: 
Unseenamerica Unseenamerica is a national, innovative, photography project in which unseen members of our community document their own experiences and describe their worlds with the assistance of professional writers and photographers. Bread and Roses is working with groups of people who have little or no public voice and visibility in the larger culture: undocumented migrant workers, home care workers, Filipino nannies, abused women restructuring their lives, garment and restaurant workers, steelworkers, building and maintenance workers and so on. We partner with community and labor organizations to reach these often hard-to-reach constituencies, and several are utilizing the work and the experiences in their day-to-day activities. Day in the Life of Working New York In the summers of 2001 and 2002 Bread and Roses arranged for professional photographers to document a full day in the life of the people who make New York City run: school administrators, construction workers, sheet-metal workers, convention center maintenance workers, among many others. This project was especially poignant in 2002; that exhibit, subtitled “New York: Still Working,” showed the unseen workers who kept New York City working following the World Trade Center attacks. Exhibitions Gallery 1199, located in the union’s headquarters in midtown Manhattan, opened following the building’s construction in 1972. Each year, Bread and Roses presents 8-10 exhibits that include thematic exhibits for Women’s and Black History months, as well as the art from our annual Social Justice calendar, student program, and collaborative exhibits. Bread and Roses arranges for tours, special events, and workshops focused on the artwork regularly and on request. Theater in the Hospitals Professional dramatic, dance, music, and improvisational companies stage free daytime performances (lunchtime cultural breaks) for workers and patients inside major New York health care institutions. Past performers have included Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee and Playback Theater. One of the programs, Take Care, an original musical review based on workshops with union members, toured several states. Performances from various groups like “Stanley Banks and Friends”, “Popo Velasquez and Friends”, “Chuck Fowler” and “The Jimmy Owens Quintet” always draw rave reviews from the audience. Café Bread and Roses 1199SEIU members regularly perform for fellow members and family in Gallery 1199 and in the union’s 500-seat auditorium, where we showcase the scores of exceptional members: singers, dancers, actors, musicians, writers, poets and painters.
Part 3.
3a. Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals:: 
Esther Cohen
3b. Could any of these individuals assist in providing an oral history of your organization?: 
Part 4.
4a. Is organization currently active?: 
4b. Year activity suspended if no longer active.: 
Organization Still Active
Part 5.
5a. Type of organization at its founding.: 
Non-Profit [IRS certified]
5b. Type of organization currently, or at the termination of activities.: 
Non-Profit [IRS certified]
Part 6.
6a. Does the organization have an archive?: 
6b. Are there any short or long-term threats to the organization?: 
None / Not Applicable
6c. Other threats to the organization:: 
We are always fundraising for programs. We also have a growing collection of photographs (and need help archiving) not to mention products we generate
Part 7.
fiscal, staff, and space
7a. How important is to the organization to preserve the organization’s historical material. From 1 – Very Important to 5 – Not Important.: 
1. Very Important
7b. Has planning for the preservation and documentation of archive begun?: 
7c. Does the organization know how and where to seek expertise and assistance?: 
7d. Does the organization have specific concerns regarding starting an archive working with its historic materials?: 
Other Concerns - Please describe below.
Part 8.
8a. Is the organization's archives in the collection of another institution or promised to one?: 
8a. Location: 
IF YES to 8: University (Name)
8b. Archival materials are also located at:: 
Where are these locations?: 
Storage room (void) of 1199SEIU
Part 9.
9. Does the organization maintain archives for any other organization.: 
IF YES to 9: 10a. Please describe:
Part 10a.
10a. Is the archive accessible to scholars, curators or researchers?: 
Part 10b.
10b. Are there conditions of access for scholars, curators or researchers?: 
Part 11.
The following questions address the historical materials (type, quantity and storage) of the organization. 11a. Paper Files and Documents: 
Artist Files
Exhibition or Production Files
11b. Artwork and Documentation: 
Audiotapes [Any Format]
Oral History, Recordings and / or Transcripts
CDs / DVDs [Pre-Recorded or CD-R / CD-RW / DVD-R / etc.]
Prints / Lithographs / Etchings / Screenprints / etc.
Unique Art Objects
Other Artwork
11c. Press and Promotional Materials: 
Announcements, Mailing Cards, etc.
Posters / Flyers
Other Press or Promotional Materials:
11d. Printed Publications: 
Programs of Events
Publication or Merchandise Catalogues
Other Printed Publications
Part 12.
12. What years does the materials cover?: 
Part 13.
13a. How is the material stored?: 
Not Applicable
13b. Are some or all of these storage units “archival”?: 
Part 14.
14a. Estimated Number of Boxes or Milk-Crate Sized Storage Units: 
14b. Estimated Number of Archive Drawers: 
14c. Estimated Number of Archive Notebooks: 
14d. Estimated the total Linear Feet. ["Linear Feet" is standard measure of the quantity of archival materials on the basis of shelf space occupied or the length of drawers in vertical files or the thickness of horizontally filed materials. For example, a: 
I don’t know
Part 15.
15. Is the historical materials - or archives - inventoried or catalogued in any way, either formally or otherwise?: 
Part 16.
16a. Is there a key, index or finding aid to the materials inventoried?: 
16b. Paper-based:: 
Not Applicable
16c. Electronic Based:: 
Not Applicable
Part 16 / Electronic Files & Archival Management
16f. Does the organization have a back-up program, or back-up schedule, for its electronic records and perform monitoring of its removable media (i.e. floppies, ZIP disks, CD-ROMs, DVDs, portable hard drives, etc.)?: 
16g. Who is responsible for working with the archival material?: 
General Staff
Part 17.
17. How are new materials processed?: 
Inventory List
Electronic (Database, etc.)
Part 18.
18. What, if any, conservation methods are in place for both physical materials and electronic data?: 
Acid-Free Housing
None or Limited
Part 19.
19. What type of climate-controls are present in the area[s] in which the archives are stored?: 
Standard office heating / air conditioning / humidity controls running during office hours
Part 20.
20a. What are the goals for the historical materials for the next year?: 
Continue archiving
20b. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these short-term goals?: 
20c. What goals are in place for the historical materials for the next three to five years?: 
create website with gallery and archives
20d. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these long term goals?: 
20e. Are there any additional goals for the organizations historic materials?: 
Part 21.
21. Estimated cost to achieve these archival goals for the next year.: 
$60,001 - $70,000
Part 22.
22. Estimated cost to achieve these archival goals for the next five years.: 
Part 24.
24. What archival issues could / should visual arts organizations address collectively in the next three to five years? Ranked from 1 (highest priority) to 5 (lowest priority).24a. Shared standards / protocols for digitization: 
Promote professional standards / protocols for digitization
Part 25.
25a. Is the organization a member of, or in contact with, any organizations concerned with archival issues?: 
Who executed this survey.: 
Shaila George
I wish to defer payment and allow AS-AP to use these funds to further AS-AP’s efforts to preserve the history of the alternative and avant-garde movement in America.
Is this survey complete and all appropriate questions answered?: