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Empty Bowls benefits Circle U Help Center

By Matt Railsback

For the second year, IU East has helped to host an “Empty Bowls” event to raise funds and awareness for local hunger.

Carrie Longley, assistant professor of fine arts, plays a leading role in the organization and execution of this event.

“I learned about this event when I was an undergrad at Wittenberg University. My mentor, Scott Dooley, introduced me to the Empty Bowls effort and it was a dream of mine to someday get a position where I could introduce others to this meaningful event.” said Longley.

The way the event functions is simple; ceramics students at IU East and other artists around the area volunteer time and energy to create bowls which are then ‘purchased’ by donors that attend the “Empty Bowls” event. This year’s event benefitted Circle U Help Center, a local program which provides warm meals to people in need in Wayne County.

“The project has a meaningful purpose to connect artists and community volunteers to a common mission: hunger relief,” said Longley.

This year’s event was held on March 31 in the Whitewater Hall Lobby. Attendees purchased soup provided by area restaurants including – Café at Twelve Hundred at Reid Health, The Tin Lizzie Café, Chef Donnie at the Holiday Inn, Little Sheba’s, Hometowne Dining Company, The Firehouse BBQ, and The Den at IU East – in their ceramic bowl.

The empty bowls are then taken home and used as reminders of the hunger that plagues many individuals across the globe.

The “Empty Bowls” effort is part of a nationally recognized nonprofit initiative which has been active since 1990. For more information on this organization, visit www.emptybowls.net.

This year’s event has been planned by a committee of volunteers including:
Katie Chaney,School of Humanities and Social Sciences Lead Advisor
Angie Callahan, Special Projects Coordinator, Office of External Affairs
Ann Tobin, Campus-Community Liaison, Service-Learning
Katie Kruth, Print and Digital Media Designer, Office of Communications and Marketing
Carrie Longley, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts, Chair of Fine and Performing Arts

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