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Midland’s Empty Bowls Project to benefit The Banquet

Midland’s Empty Bowls Project to benefit The Banquet

Oct 27th , 2017

Midland University’s Empty Bowls Project has been fighting hunger for 10 years. This year, the ceramic bowls made by professional artists and Midland students will benefit a unique community hunger program.

From 9 a.m. until noon on Sunday, Nov. 5, a variety of hand-crafted bowls will be available for purchase at First Lutheran Church, 3200 Military Ave., in Fremont. The suggested donation per bowl is $10.

Proceeds from this year’s Empty Bowls Project will go toward The Banquet, a ministry of First Lutheran Church that provides a free meal each Thursday night for anyone in the community.

“The Empty Bowls Project is an international grassroots effort to raise both money and awareness in the fight to end hunger,” said Tracy Shell, Professor of Art and organizer of the event. “The Banquet addresses that need right here in Fremont. I can’t think of a better way to fight hunger than helping raise money for this important ministry.”

Internationally, Empty Bowls has been helping to feed people since 1990. Shell brought the project to Midland in 2008, and has worked throughout the past decade to coordinate efforts to have dozens of hand-crafted bowls created especially for this event.

Over the past few years, Midland’s Empty Bowls Project has been held in the spring – more closely aligned with the college’s annual Mission Day. This year, however, the fall date is closer to that very first project.

Midland University offers more than 30 academic majors and programs, including fine arts such as ceramics, drawing, graphic arts, painting, and sculpture. Hand’s on classes are held in the Musbach Art Center, and students majoring in Art present senior shows in the Musbach Art Gallery.

Founded in 1883, Midland University is a private liberal arts college located just 20 minutes from Omaha in Fremont. Midland is home to the largest athletic department in Nebraska, offering 31 sports. The university also provides more than 250 performing arts opportunities for students.