For the students of Jennings County High School that are interested in art, the school offers the opportunity to become part of the Academy of Fine Arts, an organization that, among other qualifications, requires senior students to plan and host their own community service project that incorporates art.

Brooke Minor, a senior at Jennings High and member of the Academy of Fine Arts, is using this project as an opportunity to raise money and awareness for the hungry in her community.

Minor is hosting a soup dinner from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Stellar Building, 50 Short St., in downtown North Vernon. (A snow makeup date is March 3.)

The soup will be served in ceramic bowls handcrafted by Minor on a potter’s wheel that participants will be able to keep after the dinner. Because each bowl must be made before the dinner, those wishing to participate must purchase a ticket in advance. Tickets cost $20, and all proceeds going to the Jennings County High School Food Pantry.

The Empty Bowl Project, as Minor has titled it, has been in the works since November of 2017.

“I have always had a passion for ceramics and helping those in need. There are so many people in this community who go to bed hungry every night, and I think it is necessary for us, as a community, to give back to those who don’t have that everyday necessity,” she said.

Tickets can be purchased through Minor or her Academy of Fine Arts supervisor, Karen Chilman. Minor can be reached by email at

Ashley Browning is a senior at Jennings County High School.