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For Immediate Release
May 01, 2017

IPFW Holds Empty Bowls Fundraiser for Community Harvest Food Bank

FORT WAYNE,Ind.—Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne's (IPFW) Department of Fine Arts is sponsoring ‚ÄčEmpty Bowls, a fundraiser to raise money for the Community Harvest Food Bank and the IPFW Ceramics Guild. The event will take place Tuesday, May 2, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 300 West Wayne Street, Fort Wayne.

Those who attend and donate $15 will receive a beautiful, one-of-a-kind, handcrafted bowl, along with a complimentary soup lunch. Soup, including lemon rice and chicken noodle, will be served and is being donated by Cosmos Restaurants.

IPFW partnered with DeKalb High School and Huntington North High School to handcraft 300 bowls by both students and faculty. Bowls were also made as part of a service learning assignment in the IPFW Advanced Ceramics class. Two ceramics students, Kelly Grant (senior, ceramics) and Allison Kruger (senior, ceramics), received a service learning grant from Purdue University's Student Service Learning Grant Program to pay for the materials for the bowls, food for the event, and advertising.

“Service learning is a big part of what education should include,” said Seth Green, assistant professor of ceramics. “Twice a year, people on campus get the opportunity to purchase student ceramic work, so we are thrilled to bring this opportunity to the thousands of people who work downtown in an effort to support the hungry in our community. Plus, they get the opportunity to have delicious soup from Cosmos without having to drive for lunch.”

Partners for the fundraiser are IPFW Ceramic Guild, IPFW Department of Fine Arts, Purdue University, Artlink Contemporary Art Gallery, Community Harvest Food Bank, DeKalb High School, Huntington North High School, First Presbyterian Church, and Cosmos Restaurants.

For more information, contact Seth Green, assistant professor of ceramics, 260-481-6876 or