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YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, Inc. Announces Call For Artist's Writing Submissions For The 3rd Annual Brava Event



YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, Inc., in collaboration with The Arts Center of the Capital Region announces open call for written submissions from artists for YWCA-GCR’s 3rd Annual Brava Fundraiser, emceed by Nia Hamm, Reporter, WYNYT-TV newsChannel 13, on Friday, November 3, 2017 at the Arts Center of the Capital Region.

We invite writers to submit poems, monologues, essays or songs on the subject of the places brasseries in their lives begininning Tuesday, September 19, 2017 through Monday, Ocotber 16, 2017. Submissions will be reviewed and selected by a juried-panel and writers will be chosen by Monday, October 23, 2017. Each piece is limited to 750 words and can be submitted through bit.ly/BraVa-Submission

Last year’s event featured twelve talented writers from around the Capital Region whose pieces touched on the subject of bras from many viewpoints which range from the poignant to the hilarious. More than 500 bras were collected at the event and were provided to those in need at YWCA-GCR and in the community.

The idea for the event developed out of a conversation between author, editor and teacher Marion Roach Smith, who teaches memoir writing at The Arts Center and Malissa Pilette-McClenon, former Director of Development and Marketing at 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. Once a year we gather to tell stories about the roles of bras in our lives. The results of that night are the collected bras that allow women in need to go out in public in dignity. Consider that. Would you leave the house without a bra and go register your children from school or yourself to vote? Would you go pick up your medications or do the grocery shopping? Of course not. Give a bra and give someone the freedom to go back into her life.”

“There is a lot to say about a person that steps up and takes action for a fundamental need,” said Daquetta Jones, Executive Director, YWCA-GCR. “That person is Marion Roach Smith (2014 Resourceful Women’s Award Honoree)! Ove the past two years, YWCA-GCR has collected more than 1,000 bras to give away for free to the women that call YWCA-GCR home and those in need in the community. Our community’s giving response has made this possible! I am looking forward to yet another successful Brava! event! We hold those affected by Hurricane Harvey and Irma in our heart and we will donate a portion of this year’s bra donations to those in need to the women and young girls affected by the hurricanes!”

Brava will sell out this year. Admission to the event is $35 and a new bra with tags (preferably in large sizes) and tickets are now available online at http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=zoldmqdab&oeidk=a07eeedxmxg30467580.

Those who cannot attend the event but want to still support the cause can drop off new bras year-round at YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, Inc., and before the Friday, November 3, 2017 Brava! event at 21 First St. in Troy. The logo and other artwork for Brava! were designed by artist and educator Paul Miyamoto and his design class at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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