Circle of Art
Turning Art Into Food
May 18th, 2014 marked the 10th and final Circle of Art benefit for Food Gatherers. The Circle of Art is a community project by artists and art lovers to help fight hunger where we live. Over the last nine years hundreds of generous artists, established and emerging, have donated more than 3800 small works of art. The over $180,000 that has been raised from the sale of these little pictures, sculptures, fiber works, jewelry and more has enabled Food Gatherers to provide almost 200,00 meals to local people in need.
We set out to help alleviate hunger where we live by raising money for Food Gatherers, and in the process, we helped raise awareness about the wonderful work Food Gatherers does. We proved to ourselves that if we combined our small efforts, we could make big things happen. Circle of Art has helped spur creativity and generosity in our community and has included 10 great parties in the process!
Even though we are completing this Circle, we know we'll continue to support Food Gatherers in our charitable efforts in the future. We want to leave the crowd wanting more and galvanized to “be the change (they) want to see in the world '”- Gandhi.
Food Gatherers is the beneficiary of all the money raised at Circle of Art and, after working with them for the past nine years we continue to be impressed by the work they do. More than just a food bank, Food Gatherers is a quiet, efficient and creative force for good in our community. They work behind the scenes with more than 150 local agencies to deliver food aid to those on the margins of our community. Their Community Kitchen is a wonder, converting and preparing surplus food, training disadvantaged youth in the food service trade and delivering meals to programs all over the county. Their support of community garden projects takes the idea of food delivery a big step past the basic food rescue model.
We invite you to visit the Food Gatherers website to learn more about the depth and breadth of their work. Even better, visit their warehouse at Carrot Way and see for yourself how amazing this organization is. You can also make a direct contribution
See the 2014 entries: