Public Event

Virtual Soup Social Lunch

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Virtual Event

St. Kate's Empty Bowls VIRTUAL Spring Soup Social Live Feed on Facebook and Instagram, 12 noon and 5pm

(handle: @stkateemptybowls)

Please join us for a virtual simple soup lunch while you enjoy videos and stories by our students, who have organized this event. Help us raise funds to benefit Open Arms of Minnesota, a local nonprofit organization committed to feeding chronically ill patients and their dependents.

Suggested donation: $5 for students, $10 for community members.

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the St. Kate's Empty Bowls Project has gone virtual this spring. Students are home and engaged in non-clay projects that support our project, while also organizing a virtual soup social event. Our annual Soup Socials have become an important community builder on campus. When asked how they wanted to proceed with the project, students decided to remain focused on supporting Open Arms through community building and the “social” aspect of Empty Bowls luncheons. They have designed simultaneous “live” events on both Facebook and Instagram (handle: @stkateemptybowls), where they will share videos and stories about their work on the St. Kate’s Empty Bowls Project. Please join us on Friday, May 1 at noon and 5 pm to participate in our Virtual Soup Socials!


Learn more: St. Kate's Empty Bowls Project has provided collaborations between St. Catherine University's Art and Art history Dpartment, the Clay Club and other disciplines on campus. Joshua Haringa’s Communications class produced this video to share the story of this unique, social justice project.


The National EMPTY BOWLS Project began in 1990 when a high school art teacher in Michigan helped his students solve a problem. They were searching for a creative way to raise funds to support a food drive. What evolved was a class project to make ceramic bowls for a fundraising meal. Guests were served a simple meal of soup and bread, and were invited to keep their bowls as a reminder of hunger in the world.

By the following year, the originators had developed the concept into EMPTY BOWLS, a project to provide support for food banks, soup kitchens and other organizations that fight hunger. Since then, EMPTY BOWLS events have been held throughout the world, and millions of dollars have been raised to combat hunger.

The St. Kate's Empty Bowls Project began in 2011 when Clay Club students decided that they wanted to join the National Empty Bowls Project. The St. Kate's Empty Bowls Project makes bowls to raise funds for Open Arms of Minnesota, a nonprofit organization that cooks and delivers free nutritious meals to people living with life-threatening and chronic illness as well as their caregivers and dependents in the Twin Cities.

Open Arms was selected as the recipient of our work because of its focus on helping provide nutritious food for both those that are sick and their caregivers. It is a simple notion: people who are sick should not be without food. It is doubly important since many illnesses require special diets. Open Arms pays close attention to the individual nutritional needs of each recipient while preparing meals. This community served by Open Arms is amongst the most vulnerable to COVID-19 which makes our support more important than ever!

St. Kate's Empty Bowl Making Workshops are open to ALL. Students, faculty, staff, administration, alumnae, family and friends. No previous experience is needed and you are encouraged to attend multiple workshops to glaze, make more bowls and bring more friends. Classes or groups can schedule private workshops. For more information or questions, please contact stkateemptybowls@stkate.edu or Monica Rudquist at merudquist@stkate.edu

Workshops are led by students in Ceramics Service Learning classes as well as members of the St. Kate's Clay Club, a group of dedicated clay makers that includes students, alumnae, staff and faculty. Beyond making bowls, the workshops include information about the history of Empty Bowls, empty bowls projects across the country and other ways art and social practice are being realized in the United States. Information about Open Arms and the dietary needs of those with Aids, HIV and Cancer will also be provided.

St. Kate's Empty Bowls Soup Socials are held twice during the academic year in The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery. Soup Socials open to both the campus community and the public. Guests are served a bowl of soup and can select a bowl to keep as a reminder of those they have helped and those who are still in need.

About Open Arms of Minnesota: Hear from Open Arms' clients and Executive Director Leah Hébert Welles about how Open Arms of Minnesota nourishes clients living with life-threatening illness with healthy, delicious meals.