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Walk the Talk
Festival for All Skid Row Artists
The Real Deal - documentary
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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FREE and open to the public inside the MIKE KELLEY Mobile Homestead

in front of The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA at 152 N. Central Avenue in Little Tokyo.
Monday: 11am-5pm, Thursday: 11am-8pm, Friday: 11am-5pm, Tuesday & Wednesday: CLOSED


Saturday, May 24: 11am - 3 pm: WALK THE TALK parade/performance ~ starts at Gladys Park (corner 6th street and Gladys Avenue , zip code 90021)

Wednesday, May 14: 6:30-8:30pm : WALK THE TALK Come Together, a conversation event at the LA Mission (303 E. 5th Street, Los Angeles, California 90013)

WALK THE TALK is a project that combines performance, visual art and community conversations about some of the extraordinary people and groups that have made community on Skid Row by Los Angeles Poverty Department.


> download the WALK THE TALK newsletter with the parade route, program, etc. 2014 Walk the Talk


This is the 2nd peripatetic performance that brings the history of the Skid Row community to life. We will assemble at noon in Gladys Park and the parade will end on Main Street around 4pm.

Walk the Talk is no ordinary walk. It’s a parade! A brass band, Paradigm Brass, (plus pick up musicians), lead the way. It’s a performance! LA Poverty Department brings the neighborhood to life with performances along the parade route that pay tribute to neighborhood initiatives and 8 men and women whose contributions to the community call for a big, blaring celebration. It’s visual art dancing down the street! That’s right, we’re holding high 8 unbelievable gorgeous portraits of these hardworking people, that have been created by bighearted artist Brian Dick. It's an epic history of Skid Row.


January  – May 11, 2014 @ QUEENS MUSEUM, QUEENS, NY


Do You Want the Cosmetic Version or the Real Deal?:

                                               Los Angeles Poverty Department 1985 – 2014



Queens Museum - New York New York City Building - Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens 11363.


Image The work of LAPD is the subject of a large retrospective gallery show, one of the first in the renovated and expanded Queens Museum. The Queens Museum in Flushing Meadow, Queens, New York has gained a reputation for curating exhibitions that directly relate to contemporary urban life. The exhibition includes documentation of five works from 1987 to 1998, live performances of two major recent works, a Skid Row Oral History section, and a six-week residency.


Image February: Agentes y Activos During a month long residency, LAPD engages Drogadictos Anonimos, a Corona, Queens-based recovery group, in a unique partnership creating the North American, Spanish spoken premiere of Agentes y Activos (Agents & Assets): with English Supratitles. February 28, 7:30- 10pm @ the Queens Museum. March 1, at 2:30-5pm @ Langston Hughes Library, 10001 Northern Blvd, Corona, NY 11368. March 2, 2:30-5pm @ Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Center, Flamboyán Theater, 107 Suffolk Street, Manhattan, NY 10002


State of Incarceration: January 31 & February 1 @ 7:30pm. February 2 exhibition opening celebration @ 3pm and performance at 5pm. LAPD’s State of Incarceration is the centerpiece of the retrospective exhibition. State of Incarceration’s 60 prison bunk-beds are installed in 1200 feet of gallery space along with video excerpts for the 4 month duration of the exhibition. --- LAPD’s large State of Incarceration cast came to NYC for a week of performances and residency activities, which included public conversations and workshops on reforming the criminal justice system.

Image In conjunction with the exhibition, Queens Museum and Autonomedia are proud to co-publish Agents & Assets: Witnessing the war on drugs and on communities, a publication focused on a decade of Agents & Assets performances and conversation. The book can be purchased for $12.95 at:

Agentes y Activos, a Spanish-language version of LAPD’s best known work, Agents & Assets, is in two parts. First, members of LAPD and members of Drogadictos Anónimos (DA), a Queens-based recovery group, reenact a 1998 House of Representatives hearing on allegations that the CIA was complicit in crack cocaine trafficking into the Los Angeles area. This means that cast members–most of whom have been directly impacted by drugs–speak the words of the people who made drug policy. Second, people with knowledge of the subject connect the performance to concerns here and now, and open up a conversation with everyone in the room. The issues addressed range from local and international drug policy, to organizing for humane and sustainable alternatives to the “drug war”, to harm reduction and public health. Agents & Assets was first performed in Los Angeles in 2001 and has toured internationally.

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
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