Hundreds of handcrafted ceramic bowls will be on display in the Art Department on Kirtland Community College’s main campus near Roscommon this week. The annual ‘Empty Bowls’ silent auction will be held during Kirtland’s Fall Student Art Show on Friday, December 11 beginning at 6:00 p.m. and raises money for the River House shelter in Grayling, MI.
Through an ongoing partnership between Kirtland’s Service Learning department and River House, Inc., the annual Empty Bowls project provides funds to help the shelter continue to provide safety and services to survivors of domestic and sexual abuse and the homeless. The bowls are intended to serve as a reminder and symbol of the hunger, poverty and homelessness that exists in all of our neighboring communities and last year more than $2,000 for River House and the local clients the non-profit serves.
The Empty Bowls fundraiser will be held in conjunction with the Kirtland Student Art Show, which showcases the works of more than 300 students from classes including animation, ceramics, computer generated images, drawing, design, illustration, photography, sculpture, painting, digital communications, studio graphics and portfolio.
Fred’s of Roscommon, Mercy Hospital Grayling and the Kirtland Grille are donating soups, bread and drinks for attendees to enjoy as they support the Empty Bowls project and view the student art on display.
Both events are free to attend and open to members of the public.
Community members are also encouraged to visit Kirtland’s Art Department in advance to place bids on the bowls on display for this year’s Empty Bowls fundraiser if unable to attend the event in person. For more information, please contact Trish Sanders in Kirtland’s Service Learning Department at 989-275-5000, ext. 349.