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2014 LAPD Year End Newsletter
About LAPD
Upcoming Projects
Walk the Talk
Festival for All Skid Row Artists
The Real Deal - documentary
Queens Museum - retrospective
A (Micro) History Of World Economics, D
Biggest Recovery Community Anywhere
Agents & Assets
My Eyes are the Cage in my Head
Skid Row History Museum
La Llorona of Echo Park
ROUND TRIP happening
UTOPIA/dystopia - 220glimpses
SleepWalking Democracy
Evacuation Plan for Charlotte
Fried Poetry
La Llorona of Skid Row
Is there History on Skid Row?

RFK in EKY, The Robert F. Kennedy Performance Project , is a series of public conversations and activities centered around the real-time, site-specific intermedia performance that recreated, on September 9th and 10th 2004, Robert Kennedy’s two-day, 200 mile “poverty tour” of southeastern Kentucky in 1968.
An Appalshop project directed by John Malpede.

Recreating Imbalance
A short description by John Malpede that describes the conceptual links between Agents & Assets and RFKinEKY.

'Findings from a Collaborative Inquiry by the Los Angeles Poverty Department and the Urban Institute': MAKING THE CASE FOR SKID ROW CULTURE

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April 11, LAPD will open the Skid Row History Museum and state-of-the-art digital Archive at 440 S. Broadway. Come join us, as LAPD animates the space with public conversations, movie screenings, revolving exhibitions, performative events, rent parties and more, all addressing issues surrounding gentrification and displacement — locally, nationally and globally. Stay tuned to this space for specifics as they develop!

The culture that developed here on Skid Row—an activist culture, artistic culture and recovery culture—offers a useful model for other communities navigating gentrification pressures. The museum functions as a means for exploring the mechanics of displacement in an age of immense income inequality, by mining a neighborhood’s activist history and amplifying effective community resistance strategies. It also serves as a literal and artistic common ground, a welcoming space for Angelenos to meet and mingle and explore civic issues together.


Image April 11-June 28: exhibition 1:

Blue Book, Silver Book: preserving income equality in Skid Row through urban design. 


After Bunker Hill was clear-cut, Skid Row was headed for a similar “redevelopment”, as proposed in “The Silver Book Plan”.  Community activists intervened and presented an alternative plan that saved the single room occupancy hotels and committed resources to renovating and augmenting this housing and locating social services in the area.  The plan, “The Blue Book Plan” was adopted, in part because some people hoped that the plan would “contain” poor people and keep them out of the rest of downtown. But, it also had the reverse effect of preventing upscale development within Skid Row. As a result, the primary stakeholders of the area are its low-income residents and their interests are increasingly represented as they create a viable neighborhood.


Coming up:

March 12 - April 23: "Site Unseen: Incarceration" Guest-curated by Sheila Pinkel at the Los Angeles Valley College Art Gallery. 5800 Fulton Avenue, Valley Glen, CA 91401 (San Fernando Valley)

Image —a group exhibition that deals with the issue of imprisonment. Artworks by incarcerated artists who express their experience from inside the prison walls and by non-incarcerated artists who tackle the American criminal justice system from outside its walls are on display. The works provide a multiplicity of perspectives on the prison experience, a phenomenon that is both intimidating and unfamiliar to the general public.

 -Artists include Alyse Emdur, Anthony Friedkin, Los Angeles Poverty Department, Robert V. Montenegro, Jack L. Morris, Brendan Murdock, Sheila Pinkel, Gabriel Ramirez, Gabriel Reyes, Richard Ross, Robert Stockton, Mark Strandquist, Margaret Stratton, and David Earl Williams.


Friday, March 27: 6-8 PM at the Armory Center for the Arts 145 N. Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA, 91103.

'Blue Book, Silver Book': Preserving Income Equality in Skid Row through Urban Design: presentation and discussion.


Sunday, March 29: 3 PM: RED BEARD / RED BEARD performance 

Image at Agape International Spiritual Center, 5700 Buckingham Pkway, Culver City, CA 90230.

This year Los Angeles Poverty Department (LAPD) celebrates it’s 30 year anniversary. LAPD has remounted its award winning production Red Beard / Red Beard and will tour it to continue to celebrate our 30-year anniversary. 


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THE REAL DEAL documentary

Image THE REAL DEAL, a documentary chronicling the evolution and impact of the homeless performance group Los Angeles Poverty Department (L.A.P.D.) and founder John Malpede.  Produced by the Halo Group, THE REAL DEAL was directed by Tom Jones and written by Jones and John Malpede.

AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE  DVD 78 minutes. To order THE REAL DEAL write to: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or buy now online with PayPal:

Price for individuals $35 (shipping included)

and for institutions $150 (shipping included)

LAPD History

Los Angeles Poverty Department, founded in 1985, is made up of people who make art and live and work on Skid Row.  LAPD tells the rest of the story, what you don’t hear elsewhere.  We create change by telling the story of the community in a way that supports the initiatives of community residents.  We want the narrative of the neighborhood to be in the hands of neighborhood people.  We work to generate this narrative and to supplant narratives that perpetuate stereotypes used to keep the neighborhood people down or to justify displacing the community. We want to create recognition of the community and it’s values.
LAPD Mission

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. 

'Findings from a Collaborative Inquiry by the Los Angeles Poverty Department and the Urban Institute'         
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Contact us: Los Angeles Poverty Department
                  PO Box 26190
                  Los Angeles, CA 90026
                  Tel.: 213-413 1077
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