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The STARS are our premier volunteer group who look to help our community however they can! They work to assist our mission and support the community!

This holiday season we are promoting two collection events that will run from November 16th to December 22nd!

We will be collecting food for school food pantries, as an extension of our Empty Bowls Jr fundraiser, and art supplies to support Art from the Streets, a nonprofit which helps those who experience homelessness through art.

What are you Supporting?

Empty Bowls Jr.
Empty Bowls, Jr. began in 2013 as a way to directly support local in-school food pantries and The Arts Council programs. Students and art educators from more than 25 Brazos Valley schools have created hundreds of handmade, artistic bowls to donate for this event with the purpose of “kids helping kids.”

Individuals who donate $10 for a bowl will also receive a simple (and delicious) bowl of soup and bread, generously donated by participating Taste of B-CS members and local restaurants, as a reminder of all the empty bowls in our community. Together, we can end hunger in the Brazos Valley! So bring your family, friends, and neighbors to this amazing event that helps fund in-school food pantries.

Check out more about Empty Bowls Jr. here

Art from the Streets
Art From the Streets' mission is to provide a safe and encouraging environment in which the positive spirit and creativity for those experiencing homelessness are nurtured through their own artistic expression.

These artistic endeavors form a pathway to self-determination by means of the sense of achievement, social connections, and income generated through the pursuit of their art. Because focusing on housing alone does not achieve other equally important goals that are relevant and motivating to improving and sustaining a quality of life.

It's hard to tell that you are trying to say this: Our artists can't work from home. Due to current rules against gatherings, our studio is closed.

Check out more about Art from the Streets here

Collections for School Food Pantries

Many of our Brazos County students that depend on the food pantry at their schools are in need. You can assist by donating food items from a list supplied by the school pantry coordinator.

There will be a box marked “Drop Off for School Food Pantries” located inside the Arts Council Gallery entrance.

Here are some of the items most needed:

  • Ready Meals- things similar to Beefaroni, Stew, Chile, Lasagna, Ravioli, Soup, Ramen Noodle bowls, etc
  • Canned Fruit- mandarin oranges and peaches are the favorites on my campus
  • Macaroni & Cheese- the single serve bowls are preferred but boxes are great!
  • Spaghetti
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Pancake Mix
  • Cereal
  • Canned Veggies - like Green Beans and Corn
  • Snacks: Goldfish Crackers, Peanut Butter Crackers, Fruit Snacks, etc

Collections for Art Kits

Art From the Street is a group of artists with no space to work at home and have been dependent on an Open Studio that closed due to Covid. This is their main source of income for supplies.

The Arts Council was asked to put together 35 kits containing supplies for these artists. You can assist by donating Art supplies items needed for each kit!

There will be a box marked “Drop Off for Art Supplies” located inside the Arts Council Gallery entrance.

The suggested list of supplies (but not limited to) for each kit:

  • 1 sharpie pen (color or black)
  • 1 pad of paper no larger than 13 x 9”
  • 1 set of watercolor paints
  • 2 professional paint brushes (no child’s paint kit brushes)
  • Watercolor pencils (2-3)
  • Colored pencils (2-3
  • Small container to hold water
  • an inspirational note would be most welcome
Art From the Streets will exhibit in the foyer of our Gallery beginning November 16th, you can see the impact of your efforts by stopping by any time!
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