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Art That Makes A Difference: Local Artist Creates Social Art Project To Give Hope To Area Homeless

Dec 4, 2018

"Hungry and Hopeful" Sign
Credit Yen Azzaro

Ypsilanti artist Yen Azzaro has participated in a number of different local art projects and has done graphic artistry for the Ford Motor Company, The Kresge Foundation, and Eastern Michigan University among others.  She used her skills to create special signs for several area homeless people to provide them with a human connection and hope for a better future.

She shares more about the project she refers to as "homeless and hopeful" with 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry.


Ypsilanti artist Yen Azzaro
Credit Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

Ypsilanti artist Yen Azzaro personally approached and got to know about a half dozen homeless people across Washtenaw County out making appeals for support with handmade signs.  She used her graphic art expertise to help them make better signs with the hope of attracting more support and perhaps a human connection they rarely experience given their current situation.  

"Steve" Story
Credit Yen Azzaro

Azzaro hopes the social art project helps people remember the humanity that we all share of similar feelings, fears, and ambitions and take a moment to connect with someone who is down on their luck.

Her work and the story of what she did will be on display at Dolores Restaurant as part of Ypsilanti's First Friday events on December 7th for anyone who wants to stop by and meet Yen Azzaro and hear more about this latest project.

"Your Consideration is Appreciated" Sign
Credit Yen Azzaro

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— Lisa Barry is the host of All Things Considered on WEMU. You can contact Lisa at 734.487.3363, on Twitter @LisaWEMU, or email her at lbarryma@emich.edu