Empty Bowls Success: Visual and Performing Arts Students Collaborate For Social Action

empty bowlsThe Ceramics Club hosted its sixth Biennial Empty Bowls Fundraiser on November 6, 2019, in the Fireside Dining Room.

Empty Bowls is a grassroots project created to raise money and awareness of hunger and food insecurity in communities. Each group that participates in the Empty Bowls project works with their community to create their own event.

We surpassed our goal of making over 300 bowls and hosted a successful fundraising soup dinner on campus. This fundraising project provides a service learning experience for our students, utilizing creative art and event planning skills to help create social change.

Attendees chose from a collection of colorful and unique ceramic bowls, each of which were hand-made by Skyline College, Capuchino High School and Burlingame High School ceramics students. Professor Soledad McCarthy’s Hospitality and Tourism Management students helped showcase the bowls best, assisting patrons to select the perfect bowl. Art student volunteers filled the bowls with a variety of delicious soups prepared by Pacific Dining.

Diners were skillfully entertained during their meal by a rich array of performers, starting off with Professor Zachary Bruno’s students, the Skyline College Jazz Combo. The Skyline College Concert Choir directed by Professor Jude Navari followed and sang a few stimulating songs from popular musicals. Next the Vocal Jazz Ensemble Soundscape, directed by Professor Michelle Hawkins, showcased their rich harmonies. For the performance finale, there were several energizing dance performances choreographed by students in Professor Amber Steele’s Dance Program.

The event was a great success, raising $3,282 for SparkPoint at Skyline College! Director Chad Thompson shared highlights during the dinner about the great work that the center does including the food pantry and community market that provide food to students and community members.

Thanks to the Skyline College Organization and Club Council (SOCC) for providing funds for the soup. A big thanks to all of the administration, staff, faculty, students, and community members who came and supported this event!

Article by Tiffany Schmierer | Photo by Brittney Sneed

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