Artists Association of Nantucket Hosts Empty Bowls Event
By Lori Garrabrant
November 2, 2018
Artists Association of Nantucket will host a Nantucket contribution to the international Empty Bowls
Project on Monday, November 12 at Cisco Brewers from 5:00 to 7:00pm.
This will be a fun community event open to all, families welcome. There is no entry fee, but the AAN
will have about 200 pottery bowls available for purchase, priced from $20 to $100. All bowls have
been handmade by students in AAN’s ceramics programming, including their programming with the
Nantucket New School, as well as by teachers and professional potters.
Once guests have purchased a bowl, it will be filled with a choice of delicious, seasonal soups
prepared by Bartlett’s Farm, with bread from Something Natural on the side.
Guests will enjoy their meal in a fun community setting and all proceeds will go to the Nantucket Food
Pantry and Cape Cod and Islands Veterans Outreach, part of the Cape Cod Hunger Network.
About Hungry Bowls
Empty Bowls began in 1990 as an art class project in a Michigan high school to raise funds for a food
drive. Students made ceramic bowls, served a meal of soup and bread, and invited guests to keep the
bowl as a reminder of hunger in the world. Since then, the project has spread around the world
providing a community oriented grass roots way for people to support food banks and soup kitchens
and help fight hunger at the local level.
About the Nantucket Event
The AAN’s Empty Bowl Event has been six months in the making. Organizer Lori Garrabrant, a
ceramic artist and the Education Director of the AAN, has been working with her staff of ceramics
teachers in the after school and evening education programs to create bowls with all levels of
students, in addition to building this idea into the curriculum of the art education program for Nantucket
New School. Students, teachers, and professional ceramic artists and potters have created and
donated nearly 200 bowls to be sold during the event.
Five organizations and businesses have come together to put on our Empty Bowls Event. Soups will
be made from food waste and will be donated by local business (100 Mile Makers and Bartlett’s
Farm), bread will be donated by Something Natural, and the space for the community to enjoy this
event together will be provided by Cisco Brewery.
To learn more, please contact