Gleaners participated in the Empty Bowls project with Westfield Washington Schools last Friday. Westfield teaches their students to be a part of their community and to help where they can. Empty Bowls is their invitation for those in the community to get involved and give back.
For several years, Westfield schools have participated in the project. Local community leaders create and design the bowls. The bowls are then auctioned off to raise awareness and funds for local hunger issues.
This years' two-part silent auction will display some of our own employee designed bowls. Night One will be Thursday, November 17, 6:30 - 7:30 PM at Washington Woods Elementary. Final bids will be accepted on Day Two Tuesday, November 22, 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM at Oak Trace Elementary. In addition, the silent auction will raise money and awareness about local hunger issues in the community.
Below is more information about the history of Empty Bowls, its mission, as well as a few photos from the event.
Check back later for photos of our finished bowls and more information on your opportunity to bid.
“Empty Bowls” is an international project to fight hunger, personalized by artists and art organizations on a community level. The mission of Empty Bowls is to create positive and lasting change through the arts, education, and projects that build community.
The Empty Bowls Project, is an international grassroots effort to raise both money and awareness in the fight to end hunger. This project represents developing creative, exciting, and powerful models that are replicable and scalable by others wishing to work for social justice.
("About." Empty Bowls, 1 Nov. 2016, http://www.emptybowls.net/about)
In 1990 a group of Michigan high school students saw a need in their community. The students and their art teacher came up with a plan. Their plan was to raise enough money to support a local food drive. The students created ceramic bowls to assist their fundraising efforts. Guests of the project chose a bowl and kept it as a daily reminder of the Empty Bowls in our world.
Empty Bowls is a project of Imagine/RENDER, a 501(c)3 organization.