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Alvin Community College
News Release
Thursday, July 13, 2017

ACC Art Department Hosts Event to Prevent Hunger

The Alvin Community College Art Department will use pottery made by local officials as a key ingredient to fight hunger in our region.

The department recently received a $1,000 ACC Foundation Innovative Initiative grant to fund a Throw-A-Thon for the Empty Bowls program.

“It will benefit our local residents and it will benefit the region as well,” said Dennis LaValley, ACC Art Department Chair.

The Innovative Initiative Grants were awarded to eleven projects this spring. They are designed to encourage, facilitate, recognize and reward innovative and creative approaches to fulfill the mission of the college. The grants will be used for the 2016-17 academic year.

The Throw-A-Thon event planned for the Fall semester will include local dignitaries from the Alvin-Manvel Area Chamber of Commerce, Alvin City Council, Alvin Police Department, Alvin ISD and ACC staff members who will take to the pottery wheel to handcraft the ceramic bowls.

“Our goal will be the crafting of at least 250 bowls during this Throw-A-Thon,” La Valley said. “This project will provide a unique opportunity to cooperate with local entities and businesses.”

“Our VIP guests will make the bowls and they will then be auctioned off,” said Carlos Ordonez, ACC Art instructor.

The auction event is also planned for the Fall and proceeds will go towards the Alvin Meals on Wheels program.

“An experience that combines working with art and helping a local organization in its efforts to relieve hunger certainly benefits our college as it is an opportunity to increase our presence in the community,” LaValley said.

Funds from the grant will go towards the materials and marketing for the program.

The Foundation issued $12,038 in Innovative Initiative grants this year. To learn more about the Foundation, visit or call 281-756-3600.

Photo cutline: ACC Visual Arts chair Dennis LaValley, right, speaks with students about making pottery in this ACC file photo.

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