Amy Stein-Hansen
Ashlee Cowles
Carol Murray Jewelry
Cindy McSurely
Deborah Crandell
Diane Frederick
Elizabeth Calcutt
Greta Bolger
Heather Harris-Brady
Helen Grove
Holly Polich
Ian Jones
Ingrid Andrews
Jim Young
Joe Thatcher Thatcher
Judy Zorn
Julie Avery
Kate Korroch
Kristi Wodek
Laura Quackenbush
Laurie Sears
Leslie Donaldson
Linda Gits
Lora Frankel
Lisa Ventimiglio
Marcia Conlon
Mark Bowyer
Mary Dye
Megan Holtrey
Melanie Olsen
Melissa Johnson
Mercedes Michalowski
Molly Thompson
Helen Raica-Klotz
Raizel Coiman
Renee Hintz
Sharon Hubbard
Sharon Mick McAuley
Tamara Hoffbauer
Tami Maisel
Terry Beamsley
Ginny Hawkins
Walter J. Lee
William Lindemann
Yvonne Sage

NW MI Arts & Culture Network

Artful Hearts Benefits Open Bowls

Calling Artists and Art Lovers                                              

Do you have works of art that speak to the theme of hunger and food security that you would share for an event exhibition on hunger?

Do you have artwork that you would consider donating that will buy food for needy families in the Grand Traverse region?


The Northwest Food Coalition is holding its second Empty Bowls event on Sunday,

April 28, 2024 at Howe Arena in Traverse City to benefit its Farm 2 Neighbor Fund. The funds we raise will purchase fresh fruits, vegetables and lean protein from local small farms and be distributed to nearly 80 food pantries, emergency meal sites, and food programs.


We estimate 39% of our Grand Traverse area neighbors are food insecure, struggling to afford basic living expenses such as housing, food, transportation, childcare, and healthcare. Many who are impacted are children.

Empty Bowls is about neighbors supporting neighbors.

Empty Bowls an international project to fight hunger, a concept was born in 1996 by artists attending a ceramics class in southeast Michigan. Empty Bowls restarted in northern Michigan in 2022. Throughout its history – locally and beyond – Empty Bowls remains rooted in art. Each event guest receives a handmade bowl as a reminder of the many empty bowls so many in our communities face every day.

We hope to build on our creative foundation locally. In 2023, there were roughly 1000 original bowls donated and sold during the event as well as demonstrations by ceramic and wood turning artists. This year, we hope to include more artistic disciplines, especially the visual arts, in the event.

Would you consider participating? Here are several ways that you can support Empty Bowls:

  • Event Exhibition: An event exhibition – Artful Hearts: Brushing Away Hunger – will be displayed during the 4/28 event. Works will be displayed on easels and securely monitored by event volunteers. Do you have or would you create a piece that reflects the spirit of Empty Bowls that could be exhibited during the event?
  • Artist Demonstrations: Would you be willing to participate as a demonstrating artist. Demos will be scheduled in 1 hour time blocks.
  • Donated Works: A “Buy It Now” space will feature small works that attendees can purchase, traditionally for $50 or less. Do you have a small piece that you would be willing to donate to the event? All proceeds from Buy It Now will buy healthy food for those in need.

All artists will be credited, unless you request to be anonymous. Exhibition artists and artists that donate a  “Buy It Now” pieces will receive a free ticket (Value $35) to the event. There were 700+ attendees in 2023 and we anticipate the same this year.  Tickets go on sale in January 2024.  We would love to have you join us.

If you are interested in participating, or have more questions, please contact Kathy Maly at malyk805@gmail.com or call 248.885.1252.


PO Box 1859
Traverse City, MI

Our Members


Charlevoix Circle of Arts

Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology

Dennos Museum Center

Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts

Good Hart Artist Residency

Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra

Leelanau Historical Society

Michigan Legacy Art Park

National Writers Series


Traverse City Dance Project

Glen Arbor Arts Center

Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum

Jordan River Arts Council

Mash-Up Rock & Roll Musical

City Opera House

Benzie Historical Society

Harbor Springs Festival of the Book

Downtown Development Authority

The Historic Vogue Theatre of Manistee

Northport Art Association

Voices Without Borders

Blissfest Music Organization

Raven and Lotus LLC

Traverse City Arts Commission

Crooked Tree Arts Center

Up North Arts

Cadillac Visitors Bureau

Parallel 45 Theatre Festival

Old Town Playhouse

Twisted Fish Gallery

Interlochen Center for the Arts

Traverse Symphony Orchestra

Rachael Harrell – Drama Kids

The Croft Residency

Drama Kids – Rachael Harrell

Michigan Museums Associations Scholarships & Conference


Gary Gatzke

Ian Jones

Jim Young

Kristi Wodek

Mark Bowyer

Mary Gillett

Megan Heator

Molly Thompson

Renee Hintz

Susan Wenzlick

Ted Alan

Greta Bolger

Edward Kocher

Nick Walsh

Heather Harris-Brady

Monica Stokes

Amanda Kik

Mercedes Michalowski

Sharon Hubbard

Leslie Donaldson

Elizabeth Calcutt

Maia Hausler

Becky Lancaster

Linda Dewey

Melissa Johnson

Daniel Stewart

Walter J. Lee

Michelle Bien

H. Eleanor Jones

Tom Kaufmann

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