The Arts Center is hosting the third annual “Brava!” a fundraiser seeking to provide new bras to women at the YWCA-GCR. The event will feature writers from around the region who will read jury-selected poems and essays or perform songs and monologues on the subject of bras in their lives. The pieces will touch on the subject from many viewpoints and range from poignant to hilarious.A brand new bra is part of the admission price for the night. In the two years in which the event has taken place, more than 1,000 bras have been collected, all of which have been made available to women in need.
The idea for the event developed out of a conversation between author, editor and teacher Marion Roach Smith, who taught memoir writing for many years at The Arts Center and Malissa Pilette-McClenon, former Director of Development and Marketing at the YWCA-GCR. “When we were discussing holiday needs for the residents, Malissa told me that bras are always in desperately short supply,” Roach Smith said. “This struck a powerful chord with me and we decided right there to do something about it.”
The event will take place on the evening of November 3rd, 2017, at The Arts Center.
Please submit pieces of no more than 750 words in length on the topic of the role of bras in our lives. They can be essays, monologues, poems or songs. Please: No sexualized pieces should be submitted.
Songs should be no longer than 5 minutes in duration.
With your submission, please include:
Title of the work
Whether or not you are willing to read/perform your piece.
Submissions must be received by midnight on October 16, 2017.
A jury will select from the pool.
You will be contacted by October 23rd, 2017 about your submission.