Professor of Art Kelly Connole started Carleton’s version of the Empty Bowls event when she came to campus in 2004. The Empty Bowls project, founded in 1990, has become a prominent national and international movement with local potters, churches, artist organizations and schools raising funds and awareness to address hunger.

Hands Selecting a Bowl at the Empty Bowls Event
Empty Bowls Event

Since its inception in 2005 at Carleton, the project has raised over $91,000 for the Community Action Center of Northfield (CAC) food shelf. This event is co-sponsored by Carleton’s CCCE and Carleton’s Department of Art and Art History.