A groundbreaking exhibition of more than 260 signs made by homeless people throughout the United States will open at New York University’s Kimmel Center on January 8, 2015.
WE ARE ALL HOMELESS, a groundbreaking exhibition of more than 260 signs bought by Texas artist Willie Baronet while traveling throughout the US, will open at New York University’s Kimmel Center on January 8, 2015. Baronet’s project, funded through an Indiegogo campaign, was designed with the purpose of raising awareness about homelessness and providing information and resources to people who want to help.
The exhibit will be housed in the Stovall Family Gallery, located on the 8th floor of the Kimmel Center and will be on display until January 24, 2015.
“I’ve been purchasing homeless signs for more than 20 years, and seeing the impact this project has had on many people across the country is incredible,” said Willie Baronet, who is also a professor at Southern Methodist University (SMU). “One of my main goals for this art exhibition is to bring the issue of homelessness to light in a unique manner to hopefully change people’s hearts and minds on how they view the homeless.”
Maria Cuomo Cole, chairman of the homeless services organization HELP USA, is helping to produce a national tour of the WE ARE ALL HOMELESS art exhibit in an effort to publicize the alarming rise of homelessness.
"The homeless often lose their identity and dignity, living on the streets of America's busy cities,” said Cole. “Artist Willie Baronet's WE ARE ALL HOMELESS project reminds us that men and women in the most challenging circumstances have names, families, stories and dreams."
After the New York opening, Baronet hopes to exhibit the WE ARE ALL HOMELESS project in all the 24 cities he visited last July. In addition to art installations, Baronet has been working working with a film crew to create a documentary entitled SIGNS OF HUMANITY.
The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information about the WE ARE ALL HOMELESS project, visit www.weareallhomeless.org.