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Hosted Event  |  Empty Bowls

Proceeds benefit the Food Bank of WNY and Friends of the Night People

Sunday, May 20, 2012, 11 am–2 pm

On Sunday, May 20 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the massive collection of unique, handmade bowls will be on display for purchase at the Burchfield Penney Art Center. In its ninth year, Empty Bowls continues its mission to promote art and combat hunger in Western New York.

At the event, guests choose a bowl and are then given a simple meal catered by Oliver’s Restaurant. Admission to the event is free, and the bowls range in price from $5 to $15. The bowls are made of many different materials including clay, paper, old records, and wood. Students and artists throughout Western New York created the bowls to symbolize hunger around the world.

The proceeds from Empty Bowls will go to the Food Bank of Western New York and Friends of Night People. These two non-profit organizations rely almost entirely on donations to provide resources to more than 140,000 underprivileged people in our area each year.

Empty Bowls is a national program that was adopted by Buffalo State in 2003. John Siskar, director of the Center for Excellence in Urban Education, has been instrumental in organizing and promoting Empty Bowls at Buffalo State each year. Under Siskar’s guidance, students from the Art Education Department work throughout the year to coordinate the event. In the fall, lesson plans were distributed to more than 40 schools throughout Western New York. The lesson plans focus on utilizing creativity to raise awareness among students about hunger, poverty, and the importance of community service. After teachers in participating schools implement the lesson plans, they deliver their students’ creations back to Buffalo State to be included in the event.

“The teachers and students that participate are excited about making cool art and making a difference in their community,” said Sara Qureshi, student co-chair of Empty Bowls. “On the day of the event, it’s always so exciting to see all of the bowls on display, and to watch everyone’s faces as they react to the creativity the students and artists have put into making the bowls.”

Last year, Empty Bowls raised more than $6,000 for the Food Bank of Western New York and Friends of Night People, and has drawn hundreds of participants and attendees. For more information, visit the Empty Bowls Facebook page.