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ͼ Art Program students and alumni participate in NELA Empty Bowls fundraiser event

Published March 27, 2024

Empty Bowls

CAPTION:ͼ Art Program students and alumni participated in a Make-a-Thon to create bowls for the Food Bank of NELA’s annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser event.


MONROE, LA This year, ͼ Art Program’s Coordinator Megan Smith hosted a ceramic bowl-making day to support the Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana’s Annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser.

With the purchase of a ticket to Empty Bowls, attendees will get to take home a handmade bowl to serve as a reminder of the empty bowls in our community. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana. The event was hailed by the Ceramics concentration Bachelor of Fine Arts alumni, and has been supported by ͼ for all eight years of the event’s existence.

This year’s Make-A-Thon at ͼ was attended by ͼ alumni Lexi Smith, Nick Pepper, Vivian Graham, Jade Parker, Taylor Barrere, and Clayton Causey.

“I have participated in Empty Bowls events since I became a ceramic artist- I believe wholeheartedly that ceramics and philanthropy go hand-in-hand,” said Megan Smith, assistant professor of art at ͼ. “My ceramic work is centered around relationships so bringing together my Ceramic Alumni and celebrating those relationships as well as making bowls for a great cause makes this event near and dear to my heart. I’m especially excited to be doing live wheelthrowing demos during Empty Bowls 2024!”

Last year, ͼ students, faculty, and alumni donated over 100 bowls to the Empty Bowls event.

The Food Bank’s 8th Annual Empty Bowls event will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2024, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, at the Monroe Civic Center Arena, and tickets are expected to sell out. Tickets are available at: .

The School of Visual and Performing Arts at the University of Louisiana Monroe aims to provide students with the highest level of arts education, research and educational opportunities to majors and minors. VAPA aims to offer curricular,co-curricular and extracurricular opportunities to students enrolled at ͼ, as well as provide cultural activities,special events and performances for university, local and area communities.VAPA at ͼ offers degrees in various disciplines in art and music as well as experiences in dance and theatre.