Art and Altruism

2010 marks the 20th anniversary of a grassroots venture to help the hungry.

In 1990, a philanthropic effort to feed the hungry was undertaken in a Detroit high school. Twenty years later, the tradition of Empty Bowls is still going strong. Many of these community events will be taking place across America this year as the weather grows colder.

Art teachers at the high school wanted students to better appreciate their own circumstances and become more aware of the fact that others may not be so lucky. The students designed original clay bowls in class and sold them to generate money for a local food bank. Today, more than 90 food banks carry on the Empty Bowls legacy and host events to sell donated art. Pottery artists have been working tirelessly to ensure that their creations, their "empty bowls," will benefit the food banks so that someone else's “bowl” contains a decent meal. For more information, visit


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