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The Los Angeles Poverty Department’s new performance, “Biggest Recovery Community Anywhere” will be presented May 3, 4, 5, at Inner City Arts’ Rosenthal Theater, 720 Kohler Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021. Performances are at 7pm each day and are free. “Biggest Recovery Community Anywhere,” tells the story of the development of Skid Row as a place where recovery happens, and highlights the wisdom of people in recovery in Skid Row. LAPD is partnering with Writers in Treatment to present the performance within the context of a 3 day recovery film festival, “The REEL Recovery Film Festival ~ Skid Row Edition”, with recovery themed films screened at 1, 3, and 5pm each day (all events free). Post performance and film conversations will feature recovery leaders as well as several of the filmmakers. For a complete schedule of events see LAPD’s website: www.lapovertydept.org.
Skid Row is where recovery and transformation happen every day and on a huge scale. Beyond the many professional resources and programs located in the neighborhood, there are 80+ meetings each week in the community, organized by community residents. Getting clean and sober happens in funded programs, but recovery happens in the community, one day at a time. Because so many people living and working in the neighborhood are following the spiritual path of recovery, the neighborhood is full of a sophisticated recovery consciousness. People get clean, they stay in the community, start meetings, work in the neighborhood. In recovery every day, walking down the street they are concrete evidence, living breathing billboards for all to see, that change is for real. The performance, “Biggest Recovery Community Anywhere” is informed by these people their insights and wisdom.
ABOUT LAPD 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.
“Biggest Recovery Community Anywhere” is produced by LA Poverty Department with support from, The MAP Fund, supported by the Doris Duke Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts –Theater. The LIA Fund, The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, The LA County Arts Commission, and DLANC, the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council.
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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.