Thursday, July 11, 2013

Bikes, Blues and BBQ Supports Ozark Literacy Council's PIGShibition

An event like PIGShibition doesn’t just “happen.” It’s the hard work of many dedicated volunteers and also through the generosity of individuals, organizations and businesses, all of whom share and support the idea that literacy betters and empowers the NWA as a whole. This Sponsor Spotlight segment focuses on our partners of the PIGShibition event , offering a “behind the scenes” look into the “why” of PIGShibition, the decision-making process and highlighting each sponsor’s thoughts toward literacy and community involvement.

When you feel (and hear) that deep-throated rumble, it can mean one of two things:

1) an earthquake;
2) Bikes, Blues & BBQ time has come to town!

What started in 2005 as a local event with 300 riders has evolved into the largest motorcycle rally in the United States benefiting local charities. Last  year, it was estimated that over 400,000 people attended the rally from all 50 states and many other countries.

The Ozark Literacy Council is honored to be among the recipients of the rally’s generosity. We spent some time with Joe Giles, Executive Director of Bikes, Blues & BBQ, and he shared these thoughts with us about PIGShibition:

What was it about PIGShibition and the Ozark Literacy Council that persuaded you to be a part of this unique event?
Members of the Bikes Blues and BBQ staff and Board are very interested in the work of the Literacy co0uncil and support it wholeheartedly.   In particular, Board member Bill Ramsey spearheaded the move among the members to participate in PIGShibition.

Why did you pick the pig design that you did? What was it about that design that spoke to you above all the other great choices?
Our selected design was perfect for the rally’s focus, that of a “biker pig” complete with clever notes and nuances.  Whimsical, and appropriate. We fully expect K.R. to be the subject of considerable conversation, and to provide immense entertainment for those who view it.

Any anecdotes or comments you’d like to share?
We expect to be contacted by the Guggernheim Museum of Modern Art concerning loaning privileges.  Our response: Get your own pig; this one belongs to Fayetteville.


PIGShibition: Community Art Project is proudly brought to you by the Ozark Literacy Council in partnership with the Fayetteville Advertising & Promotion Commission.

PIGShibition is a community art project that will…
  * Draw awareness to local literacy issues
  * Support the Ozark Literacy Council and
     local artists

  * Promote the work of local artists
  * Beautify and promote the city of

The first PIG was paraded into town for the PIGmalion Preview party in June 2012 and the PIGShibition celebrations will culminate at the Piggies go to Market event on March 14, 2013.

Learn more about Pigshibition and the Ozark Literacy Council >>