empty BOWLS

April 24th- 25th

Potters, get to your wheels. Empty Bowls is Back! The 

Watauga Arts Council is teaming up with the Watauga High School Art Department and the Hunger and Health Coalition to host Empty Bowls. Empty Bowls is an annual fundraising event organized by the High School art department. Proceeds of Empty Bowls go to the Hunger and Health Coalition - a large-scale local food pantry serving High Country residents who struggle with food insecurity.


For the first time since its inception in 2001, Watauga High School Empty Bowls had to be canceled in 2020.As the pandemic continued and many families in our community struggled to make ends meet, the Hunger and Health Coalition stayed open to ensure that our residents would have steady access to healthy foods.

Empty Bowls will be a simplified version of our traditional fundraiser. While we can’t offer the full soup-eating, social experience, we can offer beautiful bowls and t-shirts designed by Asa Markus, a senior at Watauga High School. Businesses who might want to sponsor this event are encouraged to reach out to the Arts Council. 


Artists looking to donate their wares can drop off their items at the Blue Ridge ArtSpace building at 377 Shadowline Drive, Boone, NC 28607, from now through April 23rd, 2021. Hours of operation are M-F 9 am-5 pm. Call if needed: 828-264-1789.


The event will be on Saturday, April 24th, 5 to 8 pm, and Sunday, April 25th, 11 am to 2 pm at the King Street Art Collective located at 585 West King Street, Boone, NC 28607, just above Doe Ridge Pottery. This year, ticketholders will be able to drop in to choose a locally-made bowl, listen to a live band, and check out the App State Senior Design Showcase. 


Please note that due to the pandemic, Soup will not be served this year. To best keep our patrons safe, we are offering two different days and various pick-up times. Tickets can be purchased in advanced at and links can be found on the Hunger and Health Coalition’s or the Watauga Arts Council website and Facebook page. 


To volunteer to help with this event, please go to our website and fill out a volunteer form and write Empty Bowls in the comment section of the registration form. 
For more information, contact the Watauga County Arts Council at 828-264-1789.


a simple gesture

April 24th

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Get your green bags and get ready to Wake Up Watauga! We are asking our A Simple Gesture donors to fill their bags with breakfast items to help our clients start their day off on the right foot! 


September 25th

Mark your calendars for this years Fall Blast! This beloved skeet tournament event is happening again in 2021 and we are so excited to host participants from last year as well as new ones! 


Look for more details closer to the date! 

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