University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

‘Soup in the Studio’ will benefit Global Friends Coalition April 18

Muddy Waters Clay Center (2014 13th Ave. N.) has agreed to host Soup in the Studio, a fundraiser for Global Friends Coalition on Thursday, April 18, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.  “Art for the Soul, Soup for the Bowl” is the theme for this year’s fundraiser. We are delighted to be partnering with so many individuals, local organizations, and businesses to further our work of refugee integration in Grand Forks.

Al Boucher is the featured artist and designer of the 2013 bowl that will be available for $25. In 2010, Al was selected as the North Valley Arts Council’s Artist of the Year. His functional and sculptural pottery can be found in numerous public and private collections. Each ceramic bowl (dishwasher and microwave safe) is individually hand-crafted and glazed by a local artist at Muddy Waters Clay Center in Grand Forks. The Muddy Waters Clay Center design is on the outside of the bowl with an imprint of Global Friends Coalition appearing on the bottom of it.

Many different soups (vegetarian and vegan, as well as those with meat) will be available for tasting, including soup prepared by Mayor Michael Brown, Amazing Grains, members of the Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals, and Global Friends Coalition board members.

Live music by members of Sneaky Wild Oats including Mike Bartunek and Peggy Bartunek will open the event at 5 p.m.  Wine by Happy Harry’s Bottle Shops and rolls from Dakota Harvest Bakers will be served, thanks to their generous donation.

There is no cost for this event—a free will donation will be taken for the soup. The bowls will be for sale for $25, and the purchase of a bowl comes with free soup.   It will be an evening of food, fun, and fundraising, and all ages are welcome.

The Global Friends Coalition is non-profit. For more information about this event, please go to or contact us at 701.746.8233 or email

--  Cynthia  Shabb, Program Director, Global Friends Coalition, , 701.746.8233