One of the things I've been working on at my day job at The Crossing Arts Alliance has been putting together our very first Empty Bowls project. For someone who is slightly obsessed with handmade pottery, I have pretty much been like a kid in a candy store this week while the bowls are rolling in.
For those that aren't familiar, Empty Bowls is a national project that works to raise awareness of food insecurity and provides a grass-roots way to earn money for those groups who are combatting said food insecurity.
So here's how it works. Our potters, including some from two area high schools, have donated their time to make 500 bowls. We've solicited donations of soup and bread from area restaurants and food vendors. For a $20 donation at the door, attendees are treated to a simple meal of soup and bread and get to take home a handmade bowl of their choosing, as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world.
Coolest part...because of our generous supporters, we are able to donate ALL of the proceeds to our local soup kitchen, Sharing Bread. If we sell all 500 bowls, we will raise $10,000! That translates to 5,000 meals for hungry community members. Our soup kitchen serves roughly 65-85 people daily so that will make a big difference. (have I mentioned that I love my job?)
|bowls by Haddie Hadachek of Black Bear Pottery|
|detail of bowl by Midori Marcum|
|bowls by Midori Marcum|
|bowls by Cyrus Swann|
|bowls by Tim Nelson|
|platter by Haddie Hadachek|
As a thank you to our generous potters we're also having a clay exhibit, The Language of Clay, featuring their work. The show opens this Friday. I can hardly wait. Though I'm pretty sure I'm going to need a day (or two) of rest after all of this is over.
If you find yourself in the area, Empty Bowls is this Saturday from 11am to 2pm in the lower gym at the Franklin Arts Center, 1001 Kingwood St, Brainerd, MN 56401.
First come, first served.
$20 per person
Oh, and did I mention the soups? Chicken Artichoke Brie, Garlic Basil Tomato, Chicken Dumpling... yes indeed, this will be a good day.
Hope to see my local friends there!