Creighton University’s Empty Bowls Project – 2019 Benefit for Siena/Francis House

December 4, 2019  4:00pm-8:00pm

December 5, 2019  11:30am-1:30pm

Lied Education Center for the Arts Lied Art Gallery

24th St. and Cass

Creighton University, Omaha, NE 68178

If you enjoy fine art and great soup, please plan to attend Creighton University’s biennial “Empty Bowls Project,” a fundraiser for the Siena/Francis House Homeless Shelter.  When you purchase a beautiful, handmade ceramic bowl (most in the $5-$10 range), you will also receive a complimentary bowl of soup to enjoy, generously donated by the University’s Student Life and Creighton Dining.  And, you’ll also be supporting a good cause.  Creighton University ceramics students, faculty, staff, and many other volunteers have created one-of-a kind pieces of pottery for this unique project.  All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Siena/Francis House Homeless Shelter.

The 2019 “Empty Bowls Project” will be held from 4-8p.m. on Wednesday, December 4 and from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 5 in the Lied Education Center for the Arts Lied Art Gallery, located on the northeast corner of 24th & Cass Street on the Creighton University campus.

Creighton’s “Empty Bowls Project” is part of a national program of the same name, originated in 1990 at a high school in Michigan. The premise was simple: Make some bowls, sell them to the faculty and staff, and raise money for a local food drive.  Since then, Empty Bowls has sparked community action across the globe, raising millions of dollars for hunger relief, worldwide. The cornerstone of the CU Empty Bowls Project is the service-learning course Arts and Civic Engagement. Students in this course work in a communal environment both inside and outside the classroom in partnership with the Siena/Francis House. Through a hands-on approach students learn the value of labor and its creative application to real-world situations. Every bowl sold serves as a reminder that even the smallest efforts can support positive social change.

The 2019 Creighton “Empty Bowls Project” is the eighth time Creighton Associate Professor, Amy Nelson, has organized the event. And, since 2008, this project has raised over $45,000 for the Siena/Francis House.  As Amy states, “The level of student commitment to the project has been astounding.  It still amazes me how effortlessly and enthusiastically CU students dedicate their time and creative energy to something they are giving away.  I believe that much of this dedication comes from the fact students have already contributed to the Siena/Francis House’s mission in other ways.”

For more information about the Empty Bowls Project, please contact

Amy Nelson at 402-280-2510 or at


  • Occurred Wednesday, December 4th, 2019 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Occurred Thursday, December 5th, 2019 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm


Creighton University Lied Education Center for the Arts - Lied Art Gallery

24th and Cass St.
Omaha, NE 68178

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