Steilacoom High School Senior Olesya Torba (above) was honored on Nov. 3 with a scholarship for the Manitou Community Art Center on 6th Avenue.
The young woman was honored for her participation in the “Empty Bowls” project, held on Oct. 12. The “Empty Bowls” project, now in its 12th year is an annual event with funds shared between the Pierce County Emergency Food Network and scholarships for deserving artists. An art student for the past two years, she says she plans to use her scholarship to study glass art.
This year, according to Diane Kimball, coordinator for the bowl project, “all the proceeds–approximately $8,450–were given to the Emergency Food Network. About 1,000 bowls were decorated by high school students from around the county for the program. Empty Bowls is a nationwide program.
Note: Empty Bowls is an international potter’s fundraiser to feed the hungry. Started in 1990 by a high school art teacher in Michigan, Empty Bowls allows all potters, from begining students to professional artists, to make a difference. Potters donate handmade bowls. Guests are then served a simple meal of soup and bread and invited to keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls they helped to fill. A small donation from each guest, or money raised from a silent auction of the bowls is then donated to food banks, soup kitchens and other organizations fighting hunger.