Empty bowls are found all over the world—there are millions of people who go hungry every single day. But as individuals, we can help in a small way, and as a community, in a bigger way, by supporting efforts to feed those in need in our own area. As we join our efforts with events and organizations around the world, we can be part of a movement to end hunger in all places where it is found. In Steelville, the community is invited to participate in one such endeavor at the 6th Annual Empty Bowls event, scheduled to be held on Thursday, March 7 at 6 p.m. in the Steelville Elementary cafeteria.
This event is part of an international grassroots effort to fight hunger created by The Imagine Render Group. According to their website, “The basic premise is simple: Potters and other craftspeople, educators and others work with the community to create handcrafted bowls. Guests are invited to a simple meal of soup and bread. In exchange for a cash donation, guests are asked to keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. The money raised is donated to an organization working to end hunger and food insecurity.” Events take place across the nation and in other countries, too. In Steelville, all proceeds will go to the Steelville Food Pantry to aid their efforts to help the hungry in our community.
This year’s event is sponsored by the Steelville Arts Council after it’s inception and direction for the past five years by Rob and Willie Bowness in their roles as art teachers for the Steelville School District. The cost for the event is $12 and those who’d like to attend are asked to call (573) 775-5285 for reservations, so organizers know how much soup to prepare. Payment will be collected at the door.
Every person who attends the event will take home a beautiful empty handmade pottery bowl, thanks to the donations of local ceramic artists Rob Bowness, Barb Bryan, Tina Heusler, and Julie Balogh Brand, along with Ashley Bolling’s SHS art students and a number of Steelville Arts Council volunteers.
In addition to the simple meal, the event will feature entertainment, a silent auction with more than 30 donated items available, and a live auction of several exclusive art pieces created by local artists (including, but not limited to, Barb Bryan, Gary Sanders, and Julie Balogh Brand). Community members are encouraged to “bring your generosity and your checkbooks and come join the fun!”