Arts bazaar to help support nonprofit Artists for Soup in its work in Nicaragua (11/20)

A lively bazaar featuring handmade arts and crafts items and tamales and sangria will be held on Sunday, November 20, 3:00-6:00pm in The Aula of Ely Hall at Vassar College. This event is free and open to the public and is sbenefit for the non-profit organization Artists for Soup, a group that works to empower women in Nicaragua in order to increase food security, creative enterprise and educational retention. The bazaar will feature hand painted trays, gift boxes, jewelry and ceramic birds and animals from Nicaragua. In addition, North American artists and crafts people have contributed creative work that explores the theme of transformation.
The event will feature dance music courtesy of  D.J. Winston Djwisdom Bailey. At 5:00pm, a raffle will will be held featuring donated prizes, including: two different crates of signed books by author friends of Artists for Soup; a Nicaraguan carved box filled with signed books by author Nancy Willard; a blanket box painted by the fifth grade art class from Dutchess Day School; and various items donated by local merchants. 
Artists for Soup was founded in 2014 by Judith Nichols, a former professor and current visiting scholar at Vassar, and Tracey Holland, interim director of international programs and visiting assistant professor of education. Both have had long histories of working in Latin America. Artists for Soup, a 501(c)3 organization,  is dedicated to reducing hunger, malnutrition and poverty through empowering women and secondary school students and as they acquire skill and knowledge to help lead community initiatives aimed at building local economic and food security in a sustainable way. Goals of Artists for Soup emerge from community bio-intensive garden development, solar oven/nutrition classes, science and technology program support to secondary schools, human rights training for women, arts cooperative development and more.  Learn more about Artists for Soup at
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Posted by Office of Communications Tuesday, November 8, 2016