Powderhorn Empty Bowls event brings together art and social justice


For four years now, the Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association (PPNA) has hosted Powderhorn Empty Bowls (PEB), an event to bring hunger and food insecurity to light. Local potters, including professionals, children’s programs, and college departments from the area, donate bowls to the event. These bowls are then used for a meal of soup and bread, provided by volunteers in exchange for a donation to the organization.

In the past, proceeds from the event have gone to organizations such as Youth Farm & Market, a local non-profit that educates children on gardening, cooking, and eating healthily; the food shelf at the Division of Indian Work, which helps the local American Indian population; and the mobile soup kitchen Sisters Camelot, which helps bake bread and donate organic produce to the event.

“Beyond the community-building aspect [of PEB], we want to help keep people fed in our corner of the city,” says Jeanine Malec, board member.

Last year, PEB had 1,325 bowls and brought in 1,455 people and approximately $22,000.

This year’s Powderhorn Empty Bowls will be on November 4 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Powderhorn Park Building.

Come and go as you please and stay as long as you’d like. This event is a “chance to mingle with neighbors and potters,” says Malec.  “Art can be classist. It’s a great opportunity to take art out of the gallery and put it into the people’s hands.”