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Fine Arts Department partners with ALIVE! for Empty Bowls Alexandria

Empty Bowls
Empty Bowls

Northern Virginia Community College’s Fine Arts Department at the Alexandria Campus has partnered with local organization ALIVE! (ALexandrians InVolved Ecumenically) and will donate 100 handcrafted, one-of-a-kind bowls for Empty Bowls Alexandria.

Empty Bowls Alexandria is scheduled for 6 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Durant Arts Center in Old Town Alexandria. Attendees and donors will enjoy a simple meal and receive one of the handmade bowls made by NOVA students as gifts.

Ceramics professor Jessica Gardener said she has asked all of her students to take time to help them reach their goal and give back to the community. During the event, Gardener will briefly speak to attendees about NOVA’s fine arts department and the students’ contributions to the event.

“We’ve committed to donating bowls for Empty Bowls Alexandria and we’re hoping this will become an annual event for ALIVE!” Gardener said. “We would like to continue to partner with them and help those in need right here in our own backyard.”

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. This will be the organization’s first year hosting Empty Bowls, which 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. For more information about how you can donate to ALIVE! and Empty Bowls Alexandria, visit the organization’s website.


Media Contact: Raytevia Evans | 703.425.5839 | revans@nvcc.edu



Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.