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2013 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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 October 18 and 19, 2014 from 1 - 5 pm each day:  5TH annual Festival For All Skid Row Artists


Los Angeles Poverty Department and partners UCEPP and Lamp Fine Arts Project will produce the Festival for All Skid Row Artists for the 5th time in Gladys Park. We are looking forward to another weekend of activities that identifies artists in all genres who live and work on Skid Row.


Neighborhood artists perform and show their artwork. LAPD collects information about the artists, documents their work and creates an artists’ registry. We want the world to see that Skid Row is a neighborhood, a community that’s home to many creative people!!


Artists can sign up and reserve a time to perform by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call/text 310-227 6071 or call our office @ 213-413 1077. OPEN MIC time is limited, so please make a reservation. Tell us:

- Your name and the names of your co-performers and the name of your performance / act.

- What are you performing > music, poetry, theater, dance, etc.?

- Are you performing live or playback > are you bringing a CD or do you need to plug in instruments?

- How much time does it take to set up and how long is your performance > 5, 10 or 15 minutes?

- Which day and time would you prefer to perform > Saturday or Sunday between 1 and 5 pm?

 Also visual artists can sign up and let us know what and how many works they want to exhibit.


> download the WALK THE TALK newsletter with the parade route and info: 2014 Walk the Talk

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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