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Essence stories are accounts written about Bread & Roses shows that convey the essence or heart of our program. These stories capture the magic that happens between performer and audience at a Bread & Roses show. They also describe how meaningful it is for both performer and audience to interact with each other in an intimate institutional setting and how both are uplifted by the experience. Essence stories are written by our staff, volunteer hosts, facility staff, volunteer performers and audience members at the institutions we serve. They are a treasured historical record of the impact of our work to which so many have contributed since our organization was founded by Mimi FariƱa in 1974.

To read essence stories, please visit our blog.

If you have an essence story to share, please contact us. We would be honored to share your story.


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