The Bread and Roses Heritage Festival is a celebration of the ethnic diversity and labor history of Lawrence, Ma. This annual festival is celebrated on Labor Day in order to honor the most significant event in Lawrence history: the 1912 Bread and Roses Strike. We memorialize the event with a variety of music and dance, poetry and drama, ethnic food, historical demonstrations, and walking and trolley tours, all on or starting from Lawrence's Common. We also host organizations continuing the struggle for social justice today.
I met Vice President of the Bread and Roses Heritage Festival Felipe Collazo through a mutual friend at a local show. We got to talking about interests, and we found out we had a lot in common with art and music. He told me about an organization he was a part of and asked me to help with just a Post Card for the annual Bread and Roses Festival. and My simple post card slowly evolved into a logo, brochure, website graphics, newspaper ads, and before I knew it we were working together on every graphic element of their 2019 festival. Through working with Felipe I did a lot of reading up on the 1912 Bread and Roses Strike and immediately fell in love with the movement. Keeping the memory of it alive in 2019 was as fulfilling as it was educational (and the festival was a hit too!)