Great Bowls of Soup fundraiser benefits Galesburg, IL Art Center

GALESBURG – Great Bowls of Soup is back, but like last year with a twist.

The Galesburg Community Arts Center will host its 14th annual Great Bowls of Soup fundraiser March 20-26. Due to the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, an alternative Great Bowls Give Back will allow soup lovers to refill their bowls at participating restaurants, instead of just one location.

Tickets benefit restaurants and additional proceeds go to FISH Food Pantry, as well as arts center support programs such as Children’s Month, Senior Studios, Standish Arts and Crafts Market, ARTReach, first Friday family activities and the big balloon race, and free daily admission.

“We held the Great Bowls of Soup Give Back last year to accommodate the mitigation measures needed to navigate COVID,” executive director Çetin said Tuesday.

of the Galesburg Community Arts Center.

“Basically, not only do we fundraise for our free art programming, but we partner with FISH Food Pantry, and then for every voucher given to a participating restaurant, the Art Center gives the restaurant a small stipend for that item. – so it’s a win-win-win.”

Çetin said while organizers had hoped the event could be back in person this year, the Great Bowls require almost six months of planning and preparation, so an in-person component of the Great Bowls was not not possible this year.

The Galesburg Community Arts Center will host its 14th annual Great Bowls of Soup fundraiser March 20-26.

“We miss the community dinner aspect of this event very much and look forward to next year when not only can we be together again, but when the arts center has a lot to celebrate, the 15th annual Great Bowls, a new space and our centenary,” Çetin said. “2023 will be quite a year.”

How to Get Great Bowls of Soup Tickets

  • Tickets are available for purchase online at
  • Tickets are also available at Dovetail Rivet and Stitch, 61 S. Seminary St.
  • VIB (Very Important Bowl) tickets and general tickets are all limited to the number of handmade bowls generously donated by local artisans.
  • Ticket options include “The Flight” $40 (4 free items), “The Foodie” $75 (10 free items), and “The Ultimate Table” $100 (15 free items, plus automatic VIB upgrade) , and all tickets include a handcrafted bowl and a $5 donation to FISH Food Pantry. VIB upgrade available for $10, tickets are limited. It is recommended to purchase tickets early, as the event is traditionally sold out.

About Soup Bowls

The Galesburg Community Arts Center will host its 14th annual Great Bowls of Soup fundraiser March 20-26.

Great Bowls of Soup features the handmade work of nearly 20 local potters, glass artists, fiber artists and wood turners. Each ticket holder is invited to choose and keep a bowl before Big Bowl Week at the Arts Center at the times designated by the ticket. During Great Bowls Week, ticket holders can redeem their vouchers at a variety of restaurants and specialty shops in the area for free soups, coffees and desserts. You choose your bowl, you choose the restaurants and you support our community.

More than 25 local restaurants typically participate in Big Bowls of Soup.

And then there’s Bowl in a Bag

Additionally, Bowl in a Bag, a meal delivery option for businesses, is returning for a fourth year. For $25 per lunch (minimum order of three lunches), you choose your lunch and the art center chooses your bowl, and both will be delivered from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 10 to businesses located in Knoxville, Monmouth and Galesburg .

This year, lunch options include soups from Next To The Salt Catering & Co., Two Tomatoes Kitchen and Lake Bracken Country Club, with a half sandwich provided by Pizza House and a monster cookie dessert. The specific menu and ordering can be found online at

Arts center programming continues during construction

Formerly the Galesburg Civic Art Center, the Galesburg Community Arts Center is transitioning to its new space in the historic Odd Fellows Building, 349 E. Main St. The building, which was occupied for decades by the Galesburg Antiques Mall, was donated by owners Mark and Jeannette Kleine to the organization.

The art center has been temporarily closed for renovations since February 1.

“Although we are closed to the public to start some of our most involved renovations this month, our programming continues,” Çetin said.

“We created and distributed over 500 activities for Children’s Month in January, and continued monthly programming from senior studios at the Hub and our partner assisted living facilities. We are very much looking forward to restarting our spring programming at the Center d end of March, starting with Thursday Night Jazz on March 24.”