PEB History & Mission
• Powderhorn Empty Bowls was started in 2007 by five neighbors and potters who met at the Powderhorn Park Pottery Program
• Mission = to make art, provide sustenance and promote the common good
• Empty Bowls was started in 1990 by two art teachers in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, John Hartom and Lisa Blackburn. Since then it has spread across North America and into the far East and Europe.
Powderhorn Empty Bowls (PEB) is a wonderful community-building event that will celebrate its 7th Anniversary this coming November. Organized and carried out by a core group with the help of approximately 180 volunteers from the neighborhood this is an all-day event held on the first Friday in November each year. Local potters (including professionals, kids’ programs, and college departments) donate hand-made bowls, bread baked onsite and local volunteers cook soup. Neighbors come together, select a bowl, have a meal of soup and bread, and for this they make a donation.
The net income from the event is donated to help feed the hungry in our neighborhood. This past year proceeds from the event supported the food shelf at the Division of Indian Work, Sisters Camelot, and Youth Farm and Market. The event started as a fundraiser to end hunger. It is apparent to us now that it is also an important community-building event. People come, and many of them spend hours at the park – visiting with neighbors, enjoying the food, which is good beyond description, and feeling good about what we have – and what PEB is trying to share with our neighbors.
In 2012, 2,000 people came; there were over 1,900 bowls; 200 gallons of soup were served; and PEB grossed over $29,000. In the last six years because of this event the Powderhorn neighborhood has provided tens of thousands of meals for our neighbors.
PPNA is proud to be the fiscal sponsor of Powderhorn Empty Bowls.
For More Information:
Please contact PEB’s volunteer coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. (PPNA does not organize this event – please use the contact links above for more information.)
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