Northern Virginia Community College’s Fine Arts Department at the Alexandria Campus has partnered with the local organization ALIVE! (ALexandrians InVolved Ecumenically) and will donate handcrafted, one-of-a-kind bowls for the Second Annual Empty Bowls Alexandria. This will be the Fine Arts Department’s second year partnering with ALIVE! and participating in this charity event.
Empty Bowls Alexandria is scheduled for 6 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Durant Arts Center in Old Town Alexandria, 1605 Cameron St., Alexandria. Attendees and donors will enjoy a simple meal and receive handmade bowls made by NOVA students as gifts. At last year’s inaugural Empty Bowls Alexandria, the community came together and donated $37,000 to feed Alexandrians in need.
Ceramics professor Jessica Gardner said she has asked all of her students to take time to help by making the unique, hand-crafted bowls while also giving back to the community. During the event, Gardner will briefly speak to attendees about NOVA’s Fine Arts Department and the students’ contributions to the event.
According to ALIVE!, more than 13,500 Alexandria residents live in poverty, and as many as 1 in 5 struggle to put food on the table. Empty Bowls is a grassroots program encouraging collaboration and partnership between local artists and organizations to raise hunger awareness and feed those in need in their communities.
ALIVE! provides food for more than 2,350 people each month as well as shelter and emergency financial assistance among other services. Tickets for this event start at $30 per person and interested community members can also become sponsors for this year’s event. For more information about how you can donate to ALIVE! and Empty Bowls Alexandria, visit the organization’s website.
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