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The Bread and Roses Festival is organized every year by the Bread and Roses Heritage Committee (BRHC). The committee is a volunteer run 501(c)(3) non-profit based out of an office at the Lawrence Heritage State Park. BRHC was founded in 1985 to plan events for the 75th anniversary of the 1912 Lawrence strike. The committee is lead by a Board of Directors and a Council representing a wide spectrum of the community. Meetings are held monthly and are open to the public. 


Monthly Committee Meetings
Third Wednesday of the Month 

3rd floor Lawrence Heritage State Park
1 Jackson Street, Lawrence MA 01840 (map)

Members of the Bread and Roses Heritage Committee can be reached by emailing


Committee Officers

  • Co-President: Elizabeth Pellerito, Director of Labor Education

  • Co-President: Genithia Hogges, Lawrence Teacher

  • Vice President: Steve Osemwenkhae , Local Artist

  • Treasurer: Thuy Paulino, Lawrence Teacher

Board Members

  • Celeste Cruz, Artist / Elevated Thought Community Archivist & Art Curator

  • Gladys Wangeci Gitau-Damaskos, Lawrence Teacher / Artist

  • Andrea EK Vannett, Friend Of Lawrence Heritage State Park

  • Bernard Trubowitz, Educator/Historian

Council Members

  • Denisse Torres, Local Activist

  • Kayra Lopez, Educator/Activist

  • Laura Chase, Friends of the Lawrence Public Library

  • Pamela Yameen, Lawrence History Center, Past President

  • Teresa Gonzalez, Educator, Researcher


Festival Consultants

  • Jessica V. Vilas Novas, Art Advocate, Management Professional

  • Felipe Collazo , Musician, Event Promoter

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