ADA — The Ohio Northern University Department of Art and Design will be holding its fourth annual Artists Against Hunger luncheon at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Wilson Art Gallery on the ONU campus. According to Brit Rowe, a professor in the department, the luncheon has grown substantially since it first started.
“Every year, the amount we raise increases,” he said. “The first year we did it, I think we raised almost $1,000. Last year, we raised over $2,100. So we have high hopes for this year.”
The event is an exhibit, an art sale and a luncheon all rolled into one. Students create individualized bowls to be displayed in the gallery. Participants then purchase the bowl of their choice for $10 and use that bowl to enjoy one of a variety of soups made by members of the community.
“They made about 250 bowls this year,” Rowe said. “They will all be on display during the event, which makes it like an exhibit, in a sense. People can then go down the hall and pick out one of their favorite soups.”
Businesses in the area also donate breads and cookies to complete the meal, the proceeds of which stay local to help area children continue to have access to food.
“All the proceeds go to the Backpack Program of Hardin County,” Rowe said. “It’s a weekend program that provides food for schoolchildren that are on either the federal reduced meal program or on the free meal program at school.”
For Rowe and the organizers, this is about giving back to those less fortunate.
“We wanted to do this around Thanksgiving, reminding us to not only be thankful for what we have but also to be mindful of the needs of the local community. We also want to show our students that art can have more of an impact than just making something beautiful.”