In Boston, Signs of the Homeless Get Colorful Makeovers

Monday, September 16, 2013

On the left is Mike Lehman and in the middle is artist Kenji Nakayama, who started the project. On the right is Dana Robinson, who has been homeless for 3 years.

A new, provocative art project in Boston seeks to raise awareness of homelessness.

Christopher Hope and Kenji Nakayama have started a program called “Signs for the Homeless,” which invites artists in Massachusetts to give the drab cardboard signs of the local homeless colorful makeovers.

It aims to help panhandlers better express their struggles, but it has raised concerns about taste and possible exploitation. Hope says that the project is meant to start a dialogue, as opposed to finding a final answer.

Today on The Takeaway, Christopher Hope  talks about swapping pan-handling signs, and sharing the stories of people living on the streets. 


Christopher Hope

Produced by:

Ibby Caputo


T.J. Raphael

Comments [1]

Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

I considered making a flippant comment and then realized that these artists are doing something, and something is better than nothing.
As long as the homeless people get some of their needs met and don't become free advertising human sandwich boards for the artists,I guess it is a stage towards giving homeless people some hope.
Any kind of human contact for homeless people that makes them not be so invisible on the street can be potentially helpful.

Sep. 16 2013 01:08 PM

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