An Anti-Poverty High Five

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A poster designed by Milton Glaser and funded by the School of Visual Arts debuted last month in New York, to coincide with the 2005 U.N. World Summit on Poverty. Described by SVA as "an image of a black hand with fingers the colors of the five races," the poster "expresses the need for empathy and a change of consciousness to deal with the overwhelming problem of political and social indifference to poverty. This issue applies not only to Africa but to the current disaster on our Gulf Coast where racial issues may have contributed to the slow response." Adds Glaser, "For all of us in the communication business, the thought that another generation would look back at us and say, 'How could they have been so indifferent and callous to human suffering?' drove me to respond." SVA purchased 75 telephone kiosk spaces to display the poster, and media sales agency Van Wagner donated an additional 175 locations. The poster, which directs people to, an anti-poverty information resource, is also available for $35 at and ($100 for a poster signed by Glaser), with all proceeds going to charity.
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