Larissa Anderson

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    How street signs turn drivers into donors

    A public art project at the Minneapolis Public Library is designed to get visitors to consider panhandlers in a new light. The exhibit features portraits of nine homeless people, the cardboard signs they used on the street to ask for money, and an artist's interpretation of that sign. The artists' versions are hung next to the original cardboard signs along with a portrait of the panhandler who made the original. These cardboard signs become a marketing tool that help the homeless make some charitable dollars.