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Project strives to end hunger

May 1, 2012
By STEPHEN ANDERSON - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

CALUMET - An international grassroots effort to fight hunger is catching on in the Copper Country, and local artists are leading the charge.

The Calumet Art Center is partnering with BHK Great Explorations to take part in the Empty Bowls Project, which hopes to raise awareness about food insecurity - locally and worldwide.

Local craftspeople, potters and educators are making handcrafted bowls, which are sold to people for $10 - the proceeds of which go to local food pantries - along with a simple meal of soup and bread. People are encouraged to keep the bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls around the world.

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More than 100 bowls, some seen here Monday at the Calumet Art Center, have been completed for the center’s contributions to the Empty Bowls Project. BHK Great Explorations students and other local artists are decorating bowls to be sold to raise money to end hunger and food insecurity both locally and on an international scale.

"It's a program that's been out there for a long time," said Ed Gray, veteran artist with the Calumet Art Center. "We try to do two community fundraisers a year that goes back into the community and we felt this was a wonderful opportunity for the community to get together."

Locally, the goal is to decorate 400 bowls, with another 100 or so expected to be sent in from other areas. The anticipated $5,000 combined funds raised will be channeled directly to local organizations that help to alleviate hunger.

Members of the Calumet Art Center and BHK Great Explorations Host Committee are meeting today to determine some of the places money will be distributed to.

"We've got 145 bowls already finished - 55 need to be painted yet and then we'll start on the other 200," Gray said. "People are coming in almost daily to decorate them."

Two Calumet restaurants are already scheduled to take part in the project. Caf Rosetta will be selling bowls and serving meals June 8. The Michigan House Brew Pub and Caf will serve as a host in early July and organizers hope to get one restaurant in both Houghton and Hancock to take part.

For more information on the Empty Bowls Project locally, contact the Calumet Art Center at 906-934-2228 or

For more information on the international scope of the project, visit



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