My Own Backyard asks community: Are you giving thanks?

My Own Backyard (or M.O.B. for short) is a Horry County based grassroots effort to coordinate several projects that support local artists and the community at large. 

There are currently 3 projects:

Occupy Thanks is asking locals to write what they are thankful for on a piece of paper and email a photo to M.O.B. where the submissions will be collected and presented online.

Couture T-Shirt Collection is a limited release of t-shirts featuring local artists' designs. There is an open call for entries. The details are here. Artists will get attribution on the shirts. In future projects, M.O.B. plans to share the proceeds with the participating artists and contribute to community organizations, but this first effort is all about getting the funds to obtain 501(c)3 status. 

Project $1.20 aims to raise funding by convincing locals that if everyone gave $1.20 per year there would be ample resources to uplift the community. Details are here.

According to a statement from M.O.B., it would like to eventually host a website where local artists can profit from their own online gallery while a portion of sales will be donated to community organizations. The idea started from local resident Rachel Harris-Beck who also works at the Bryan Gallery at Coastal Carolina University as Gallery Assistant. So there's little surprise M.O.B. has an eye towards art and supporting artists. 

A second M.O.B. effort is also taking place in Austin, Texas led by Co-Founder Casey Janowski who graduated from the Coastal Carolina arts program in 2010. M.O.B. participated in the Pepsi Refresh funding project earlier this year.