The Red Ball Bowls Project

For The Red Ball Bowls Project, I created a limited edition of ceramic bowls cast from a red rubber ball to raise awareness about the Free Meals for Kids & Teens program offered through a collaboration between the Rockridge branch of the Oakland Public Library system and Children’s Empowerment Inc., a local non-profit organization. This program serves meals after school to children who live within the community and go without food on a daily basis. The bowls were hidden among the shrubbery before family Storytime outside of the library, and finders of the bowls were asked to contribute to the effort. I designed the bowls with kids in mind to reflect a part of their everyday lives. I believe that it is meaningful to children to experience the power to make a difference in their world. I expected that the project would impact everyone who was involved, but I hoped that its ripple effect would be even more profound.