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Empty Bowls Celebrates 25 Years

Working Together - Everyone Eats
25 years of The Empty Bowls Project
This exhibition celebrates the growth of Empty Bowls over the 25 years since its inception. What started in 1990 as a project in a high school ceramics class in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan has now spread throughout the United States and to numerous other countries.
Through text, videos, photographs, posters, and bowls, the stories told in the exhibition are representative examples of how countless communities and individuals have participated.
It was organized by Empty Bowls co-founders Lisa Blackburn and John Hartom who interviewed Nancy Hanily Dolan about Wayzata High School's Empty Bowls. Wayzata donated a selection of bowls to be displayed and sold for this event. As well as promotional materials designed by Wayzata's Graphic Art and Design classes.
When Wayzata High School held it's first Empty Bowls event in 1992, it was the first in Minnesota. Since that first event 23 years ago, the annual event has raised over $100,000 for Interfaith and Outreach Community Partners (IOCP) and increased awareness of hunger in the community.
Empty Bowls Exhibition
Empty Bowls Exhibition
The exhibition at Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island is a project of The Imagine Render Group and will be on display through August 1, 2015. More information is online at