ABOUT

The WE ARE ALL HOMELESS project began in 1993 when Willie Baronet bought a sign from a person experiencing homelessness, and since 2009, his ever-growing collection of signs has been used in dozens of art installations across the  US and the UK. In 2016, Braonet produced the documentary “Signs of Humanity” to share a few of the raw stories of human struggle and the resilience of the people behind the signs. Through presentations, symposiums, and workshops, our non-profit organization, WE ARE ALL HOMELESS, hopes to challenge stereotypes, inspire empathy, and drive social change.

SIGNS OF HUMANITY

SIGNS OF HUMANITY is a documentary film that explores inter-related themes of home, homelessness, compassion, and humanity. Artist and professor Willie Baronet has purchased more than 1,800 homeless signs since 1993, and he uses this collection to create installations to raise awareness about homelessness. During the month of July, 2014, Willie and three filmmakers drove across the country, interviewing more than 100 people on the streets and purchasing over 280 signs. SIGNS OF HUMANITY is a film about that trip. <a href=”http://signsofhumanity.org/”

SIGNS OF HUMANITY is available to view free on Amazon Prime Video, and can be purchased or rented without a Prime account. Click the logo below to view.

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EXHIBITS

There have been 95+ art installations of WE ARE ALL HOMELESS since 2009 in the US and UK, including exhibits at the Anchorage Museum, the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, NYU, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Cambridge. In 2016  we were honored to exhibit in Philadelphia and Cleveland during both the Democratic National Convention and the Republican National Convention. In Philly, we were a part of Truth to Power, a group show sponsored by Rock the Vote, which included other artists such as Banksy, Ron English, and Shepard Fairey. The installations provide an up-close and personal experience for people to explore the humanity of the signs, challenge their perceptions, and inspire a deeper understanding of homelessness.

MEDIA / PR

WE ARE ALL HOMELESS has captivated the attention of global media, with coverage from NPR, HuffPost, Yahoo! News, Buzzfeed, and many more. During the filming of ‘Signs of Humanity,’ the project accumulated over 138 million media impressions in just one month. These human stories have an enduring, compassionate force that never ceases to inspire and resonate, amid our ever-expanding homelessness crisis.  

IMPACT

Though it can be difficult to quantify the impact of WE ARE ALL  HOMELESS, it isn’t hard to see it. It’s seen in the millions of views, comments, and shares of a single online Upworthy video and in the diverse range of students and organizations who participated in presentations and workshops. Hundreds of thousands of people have viewed our art installations or seen ‘Signs of Humanity,’ and have heard Willie speak on the TEDx stage. Beyond that, hundreds of thousands of dollars were donated to a homeless shelter at a single fundraiser. As an official nonprofit, WE ARE ALL HOMELESS does more than just provoke thought  – it inspires action. It ignites conversations, shifts perceptions about those experiencing homelessness, and strengthens the bonds of our collective humanity.