University of Southern Indiana

Empty Bowls event is Saturday

Empty Bowls event is Saturday

11/6/2012 | University Communications

University of Southern Indiana students and other volunteers have created more than 500 ceramic bowls for Empty Bowls, a charity event to be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, November 10, at Adams Art Gallery, 56 Adams Avenue in the Haynie’s Corner Arts District.

Purchase a hand-made ceramic bowl for $10, and the bowl will be filled with soup provided by Twilight Bistro. Several types of soup will be available. The bowl is yours to take home after the event.

All proceeds will benefit Tri-State Food Bank and United Caring Shelters of Evansville.

Empty Bowls is a national non-profit organization that lends its name to any organization willing to raise funds to combat hunger by making and selling ceramic bowls. Alisa Holen, USI assistant professor of art, has organized two previous Empty Bowls events. This is her first at USI.

USI ceramics students began making bowls for the event at the beginning of the fall semester, and have trained students at Central, Harrison, Bosse, and North high schools, as well as volunteers at USI, Deaconess Health Services, and Heritage Federal Credit Union.

Holen was awarded a Lilly Endowment-funded $1,550 Scholarship of Engagement (SOE) Faculty Grant from Indiana Campus Compact (ICC) for the project. The grant allowed her to restructure Ceramics I into a service learning course based on the mission of Empty Bowls, giving students the experience of serving the needs of their community through art.

For more information, contact Holen at 812/228-5127.

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