Monday, July 21, 2014

WKRC in Cincinnati - A full day of buying signs

WKRC in Cincinnati did this story last night about the project. It was a powerful and fulfilling day there of buying signs. Had so many meaningful conversations with the homeless that ranged from my telling some other Navy veterans about my brother Neal, who is in the Navy, to hearing one young man tell us he'd do anything (including prostituting himself) in order to get heroin. It's overwhelming to hear all these stories, and the best I can do sometimes is listen and try to send out some love in that way. It's heartbreaking on a regular basis, and the Dream Team (TimEamon, and Oli) and I have to work to take care of ourselves in this process as well. More and more it becomes clear how complex the problem of homelessness is, and how much help is needed. Thank you all for your continued support and encouragement, we read it to each other each day and it makes a difference. It's been hard to keep up with all the media, but we're sharing when we can, and will compile a complete list once the trip is over. Bought our first sign in Detroit right after arriving here last night. Will post a photo of it soon! Also ate Skyline Chili in Cincinnati, which is a thing. Thanks to Samantha Eve andJustin Bagley for their help in Cincinnati yesterday (and for the humor!).#weareallhomeless #grateful

Thursday, July 17, 2014

St. Paul Pioneer Press article by Richard Chin

Our trip continues to be full of wonderful encounters with so many people. Had good days in both Minneapolis and Milwaukee, and are now in Chicago! Wanted to share this article in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, written by Richard Chin, who rode with us for a while as we bought signs. And special thanks to Scott Simmons and Margaret Mary Kelly for hanging with us and sharing about some of the work they do in the city. And extra special thanks to Tanya, who made an "almost" surprise visit to Chicago and bought 2 signs for us before we even arrived! It's a glorious day and I'm feeling #grateful#weareallhomeless

http://www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_26159168/20-guys-homeless-sign-st-paul-this-artist

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A Magical day in Omaha.

#weareallhomeless #homeless #omaha Had a beautiful conversation with Michael, a Vietnam vet who lost one leg to type 1 diabetes. He was with a group of Lakota who didn't want to be on camera, but who liked the project. And as we were leaving one of them said "all my relations" which is the one phrase I know in Lakota. Two of the signs we bought were drawn by Running Bear. It was a magical day. Again.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Day 1: Seattle


First 3 signs of the trip! Seattle, day 1. Had a great interview with Real Change newspaper, and met Mike Johnson of the Seattle Union Gospel Mission. And met a homeless man from New Orleans! Fulfilling day. #weareallhomeless #waahctc

Monday, June 23, 2014

Care2.com features WE ARE ALL HOMELESS



Budapest, New York, and Dallas. Three projects raising awareness about homelessness. So honored to be one of them! Thanks again for your support and encouragement. 

Monday, June 9, 2014


The WE ARE ALL HOMELESS project mentioned today in the Dallas Observer! Thanks to Danielle Georgiou (friend, inspiration, and funder) for the interview! 

http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/mixmaster/2014/06/100_creatives_no_97_humanitarian_artist_wille_baronet.php

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Please donate to our Indiegogo campaign!


A 31-day, 24 city coast to coast homeless sign buying trip, including art installations, a documentary, a book and more. Click here to check it out or donate!

Thank you as always for your support!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

I'm collecting for someone who can't.






Great idea!  This is a project someone sent to me from the UK. I'm seriously thinking about organizing a version here for WE ARE ALL HOMELESS. Stay tuned...

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

It's a sign...

From a recent sign buying outing in Dallas. Have added about 30 signs in the past few weeks!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Me as a homeless person.


One of my students is doing an ad campaign for Goodwill for another class. He asked me about how he might get some people to pose as homeless people, and next thing I knew I had volunteered. Along with Sharon Fowl
. As always, there was learning for me, particularly when I went inside a store still dressed up with dirt on my face, and saw the reactions I got.

In any case, I like the direction of this campaign, and the message that the things that I take for granted could make a huge difference to a homeless person.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

thought for today


“To be an artist means never to avert one's eyes.” 
― Akira Kurosawa

Monday, June 11, 2012

homelessbound at the MAC





Here are a few of the images from the show homelessbound, which is currently open at the MAC (McKinney Avenue Contemporary.

Click here for a link to the MAC's exhibition page.

Thanks to everyone who came out to see the opening! :-)

Thursday, April 5, 2012

We Are All Homeless featured as one of 5 Homelessness websites you should know


Click the picture to check it out. Here is the text about our blog:

This is a simple blog with a huge idea. This project started in 1993, when the author, Willie Baronet, began buying and collecting signs from the homeless. In 2009, Willie needed to develop an art project for his MFA program in Dallas, so he created small flash mobs of people holding homeless signs in public locations to create dialogue and increase awareness about homelessness. There are some amazing images and videos on the We Are All Homeless site, so please just click the picture below and head over there to see for yourself.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

500XPO 2012



Installation: HOME? at the annual juried show at 500X gallery in Dallas, TX.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Pics from FOUR










After 3 very rewarding years at UTD, I finally graduated with an MFA in Arts and Technology. Part of the final MFA show included this installation entitled HOME?, which utilized many of the homeless signs in my collection.