Empty Bowls Dothan
Redefining the meaning of ‘bowl season’
A few years ago in North Carolina, concerned pottery makers wanted to aid in local hunger prevention. They developed a simple fundraising concept by making soup bowls and selling them to the public at an event in which the customer receives a simple meal and their new bowl. The customer then is encouraged to remember those who are forced to eat meagerly, if at all, every day. Funds raised at the event from the sale of the bowls would be donated to charities which support hunger prevention. Since its inception, the concept of this project has been embraced by potters in communities all over the world.
Empty Bowls came to Dothan in 2012 to help support hunger prevention in the Wiregrass. This year, bowls created and donated by local artists, community members, and students will be sold at the Cultural Arts Center on Feb. 8, 2014. For $10 each, attendees will receive a bowl of their choice and a basic meal of soup, bread, and water. All funds raised from the sale of the bowls will go to the Wiregrass Area United Way Food Bank.
The majority of the bowl-making sessions are held at the Cultural Arts Center to showcase what a valuable community resource the center is and to offer the community “hands on” access to its benefits. A portion of the proceeds from the event’s art show will be used to purchase a new pottery wheel for the Cultural Arts Center’s pottery studio. The project’s founding potter, Lynn Koning, offers pottery classes at the CAC. A variety of other arts classes are offered at the center as well.
If you’d like to support Empty Bowls Dothan, there are many ways to get involved. You can attend the event on Feb. 8 and purchase soup bowls and other wares to benefit the Food Bank and support the Cultural Art Center.
In addition to the sale of the bowls, this year the event’s organizers have added the opportunity to purchase T-shirts to help raise funds. T-shirts are $12 for bowl-makers and $15 for spectators. All of the proceeds from the sale of the t-shirts will benefit the Wiregrass Area United Way Food Bank.
You can make a bowl – and a difference – at Empty Bowls Dothan this February.
This event will take place Saturday, February 8 from 11-2pm at The Cultural Arts Center.