Piedmont to hold 7th Annual Empty Bowls Event

By: Cammie Bagley
Living/Athens Editor

The “Intro to College” class at Piedmont College will once again host the Empty Bowls Event in the Swanson Center atrium. This event will be on Tues., Oct. 20, at 5 p.m. As in past years, the freshman class, along with the theater, music and art departments, has combined efforts to put on this charitable event that showcases Piedmont’s talent as well as their concern about hunger in the Habersham community.
Empty Bowls is an international project that was created by Imagine Render, a non-profit organization whose mission is to “create positive and lasting change through the arts, education, and projects that build community,” according to emptybowls.net. The whole point of the project is for the money that is raised by ticket sales to go to a local charity that supports ending hunger.
Empty Bowls was brought to Piedmont when a group of art students suggested to chair of the art department Chris Kelly that they would like to use it as a community outreach. Since it’s first year as a project at Piedmont, it has been a collaborative effort by the art, music and theater departments, along with the freshmen in PC101 classes. The art department creates the bowls and then passes them along to the freshmen, who then decorate them. The freshmen are also responsible for marketing the event. Tickets are 15 dollars for anyone in the community, professors and students, which include the buyer’s choice of a bowl to keep and soup donated from El Jinete or Fender’s Diner. The night also consists of entertainment from Schticks and Giggles, the student improv troupe and a performance from Cantabile, the student acappella group. The ticket sales will go to the Lord’s Help soup kitchen in Cornelia.
According to Kelly, sales for last year’s Empty Bowls event were over 2,000 dollars, and the goal for this year is 3,000 dollars.
He said, “Please come and come early because you want to be able to pick out a bowl. This is about feeding people in our community that need to be fed. It’s an important outreach for Habersham.”