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Columbia College professor helps fight hunger

COLUMBIA, Mo., April 23 - Columbia College assistant professor Bo Bedilion is partnering with local artists and art students from Missouri Valley College and Columbia College to host “Empty Bowls,” an event to help curb hunger. The event, which is part of an international movement to fight hunger, features clay bowls created by local artists, and will be held Friday, April 25 at 6 p.m. at the Balsamo Warehouse in Columbia, Mo.

“I’m very excited to be part of this event,” said Bedilion, assistant professor of ceramics. “Local artists and students have a fantastic opportunity to see, in a very tangible way, the effect their artwork has on others. It’s also a great opportunity to collaborate with local artists and community members to produce some really cool handcrafted bowls.”

At the event, community members will be served soup in a bowl that they will be encouraged to keep, symbolizing the empty bowls of the hungry around the world. Proceeds from this event will be donated to Loaves and Fishes, a local soup kitchen.

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