Willie Baronet buys signs from the homeless for $20.00.
The “WE ARE ALL HOMELESS” Project – an introduction
This project began in 1993 when Willie started buying and collecting signs from the homeless. Over the past few years he has developed art work using the signs, as he has pursued an MFA in Arts & Technology at UTDallas.
In the Fall 2009 semester he was challenged to develop an art project that would be interventionist in nature, meaning that it would cause some interruption in our daily lives, which resulted in the development of WE ARE ALL HOMELESS.
The project is going to be a series of “flash mob happenings,” where a few dozen people holding up authentic homeless signs will converge on an intersection or other public location(s). Some of the team will be armed with video cameras and/or other recording devices to capture conversations between the public and people involved in the project. (Exact times and locations still being determined).
The purpose of the project is to raise awareness about homelessness, and provide information and resources to people who want to help. And to change the preconceived ideas many people have about the homeless and their situations.
Thanks and blessings for your interest in helping the homeless.