UW-Green Bay students and faculty use ceramics, chili to fight hunger

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will host Empty Bowls, a charitable event to raise funds for Paul’s Pantry, on Tuesday, April 19, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the University Union.

During the event, sponsored by the student Art Agency at UW-Green Bay, handmade ceramic bowls filled with locally made soup and chili will be sold for $10 each. One hundred percent of the funds raised will be used to fight hunger. Guests will be encouraged to keep their ceramic bowls as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world.

UW-Green Bay Prof. Minkyu Lee and his ceramics students in the Arts and Visual Design program created the ceramic bowls. Lee created more than 100 bowls and asked his students to each donate a few pieces of work for the charitable event.

“I was thankful to be able to support this student-run effort to improve our community,” Lee said.

Local restaurants will donate the hot soup and chili served in the bowls. The restaurants include Kavarna, A’Bravo Bistro & Wine Bar, Pizzona’s Grill & Spirits, Mill Town Café, and the Fox Harbor Pub & Grill.

Empty Bowls was first started in Michigan in 1990. The concept later developed to allow participants to keep their handmade ceramic bowls as reminders of the hunger persistent in the world. The event has been replicated in nations around the world with unique local opportunities for educators, artists and students.

For general information about the project, visit www.emptybowls.net. For specific questions about the UW-Green Bay event, contact Josh Woof at (920) 530-8743 or by e-mail at soa2@uwgb.edu.

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