Wednesday, October 9, 2019 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

We're bringing Empty Bowls to Central Florida! Over 600 handcrafted ceramic bowls have been fired and custom glazed by UCF art students from the UCF School of Visual Arts and Design in support of our Empty Bowls event. Join us on Wednesday, Oct. 9 from 11:30-1:30 in the Live Oak Event Center on main campus. If you would like the opportunity to pick out your bowl earlier, just be sure to donate ahead of time here for the chance to stop by during our early bird selection time(from 11-11:30 a.m.). Once you've selected your bowl, enjoy a soup luncheon which will include your choice of soup, oyster crackers, and a beverage. The types of soups will be announced at a later date. All proceeds will be split 50/50 among Knights Helping Knights Pantry at UCF and United Global Outreach; two organizations that support our students and local community in need.

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019

  • 11-11:30 a.m. (early bird bowl selection)
  • 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Soup Luncheon

Location: Live Oak Event Center

 Suggested Donation: $20
Cash, checks, and cards will be accepted on the day of the event. To donate in advance for the early bird bowl selection, please use the Eventbrite link:

For the opportunity to select multiple bowls, you are welcome to donate more. For each $20 donation, you'll get to select an additional bowl keep.

Your $20 donation includes:

  • ceramic bowl handcrafted by UCF students
  • soup luncheon (soup, oyster crackers and a beverage)
  • meal for a student or community member in need

Hosted by:
UCF School of Visual Arts and Design + UCF Potters Guild
UCF Student Union + Volunteer UCF
Knights Helping Knights Pantry
United Global Outreach
DoubleTree by Hilton

About Empty Bowls:
Empty Bowls is an international grass-roots project to fight hunger, personalized by artists and art organizations on a community level. Founded by Lisa Blackburn and art teacher John Hartom in 1990-91 when they joined a drive to raise charitable funds in Hatrom's Michigan community. The idea was to organize a charitable event to give artists and art students a way to make a personal difference. Hartom's students made ceramic bowls in their high school art classes. The finished products were then used as serving pieces for a fund-raising meal of soup and bread. Contributing guests kept the empty bowl. During the next year, Hartom and other participants developed this concept into the Empty Bowls project. The Imagine/RENDER Group, a 501(c)3 organization, was created to promote the project.


Live Oak Event Center: 4115 Pyxis Lane, Orlando, FL 32816 [ View Website ]


School of Visual Arts and Design 407.823.2676


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