In Boston, Signs of the Homeless Get Colorful Makeovers

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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.