"You can help the homeless if you vote for my cow."
That's the kind of statement that will make your head explode without further explanation. For the sake of your sanity, I have provided further information below.
If you follow theArtMob even a little, you know that last year I was sponsored by a local company (BCA) to paint a cow. Yes, an actual full size fiberglass cow for the Cow Parade event in San Luis Obispo County.
WHAT THE HECK IS A COW PARADE
The Cow Parade is an international public art exhibit that has been featured in major world cities. Fiberglass sculptures of cows are decorated by local artists, and distributed over the city centre, in public places such as train stations, important avenues, and parks. After the exhibition in the city, which may last many months, the statues are auctioned off and the proceeds donated to charity. The Cow Parade has been a hugely successful fundraiser, raising over $30 million globally for the communities who have hosted the event.
A HAND UP, NOT A HAND OUT
My particular cow will be auctioned off to benefit a new homeless services center in San Luis Obispo (40 Prado). The new homeless services center at 40 Prado Road is a brand new, innovative facility that will consolidate existing day and night services under one roof. It will provide space for a collaborative network of services to help homeless individuals and families create a path toward stability and permanent housing solutions.
I'M NOT ASKING FOR YOUR MONEY
While the ultimate goal is to raise money, that's not what I hope to receive from followers of theArtMob. Certainly you are welcome to bid on your very own cow, or buy tickets to the Charity Auction event, which includes beer and wine and a prime rib dinner. The beer and wine is to compromise your judgement and maximize your bid. The prime rib is presumably to remind you of what you are bidding on.
In all seriousness, please consider casting a vote for my cow, #78 Jesse/Jane. The top 10 cows in fan voting by April 30th will automatically go to the Charity Live Auction May, 2017. You can vote for your favorite cow once a day between now and then. A vote for Jesse/Jane gets her closer to the auction, which increases the opportunity for bidding, which in turn helps the homeless.
You can see all the cows and cast your vote(s) here.