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The Los Angeles Poverty Department is producing the 3rd annual Festival for All Skid Row Artists on Saturday and Sunday, October 20 and 21, from 12 – 4 PM in Gladys Park, at the corner of 6th and Gladys Streets in Skid Row.
The ‘Festival for All Skid Row Artists’ is a weekend of live performance and visual arts created by artists who live and work on Skid Row. Reggae, rap, gospel and rock, theater, spoken word, poetry and dance will be part of this year’s festival, which will take place on Saturday and Sunday October 20 and 21, and reflect the depth of artistic activity on Skid Row. In addition to the live performances on stage, Gladys Park will be hung with an exhibition of the work Skid Row visual artists. A select number of artists from outside Skid Row will participate, a reflection of the existing exchange between Skid Row artists and the greater Los Angeles arts community.
In 2009, the Animating Democracy Initiative of Americans for the Arts, released “Making a Case for Skid Row Culture: Findings from a Collaborative Inquiry by the Los Angeles Poverty Department and the Urban Institute”. This study by John Malpede (Los Angeles Poverty Department) and Mario Rosario Jackson (The Urban Institute) documents the role of arts and culture in Skid Row. This study found that culture comes from the ground up in Skid Row and is often initiated by residents and resident driven initiatives. This festival is undertaken to recognize these people and initiatives and to stimulate a new way of envisioning and talking about this neighborhood.
The paper is available at www.artsusa.org/animatingdemocracy/pdf/reading_room/LAPD.pdf
The festival is moving the case for Skid Row culture forward in practice by creating a unique context that will both generate cultural participation and document it. Neighborhood artists will perform and exhibit their work and Los Angeles Poverty Department will collect digital data to create an artists’ registry and an archive of artists work. We will film and photograph art, writing, song and performances of neighborhood residents in Gladys Park.
More information @ lapovertydept.org/festival2012
Los Angeles Poverty Department is a theater company comprised primarily of low income and homeless people living in those blocks of downtown Los Angeles known as Skid Row. Founded in 1985, Los Angeles Poverty Department (LAPD) creates performances and multidisciplinary artworks that connect the experience of people living in poverty to the social forces that shape their lives and communities. LAPD’s works express the realities, hopes, dreams and rights of people who live and work in L.A.'s Skid Row.
‘Festival for All Skid Row Artists’ is produced by LA Poverty Department with partners United Coalition East Prevention Project and LAMP Community's Fine Arts Program. This year’s festival is made possible by support of The James Irvine Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts –Theater and The California Arts Council’s Creating Public Value program. CAC’s CPV program is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.
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Los Angeles Poverty Department
Currently celebrating its 30th year, Los Angeles Poverty Department was the first ongoing arts initiative on Skid Row. LAPD creates performances and multidisciplinary artworks that connect the experience of people living in poverty to the social forces that shape their lives and communities. LAPD’s works express the realities, hopes, dreams and rights of people who live and work in L.A.'s Skid Row. LAPD has created projects with communities throughout the US and in Europe and South America.