Los Angeles Poverty Department (LAPD)

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Festival for All Skid Row Artists

LAPD's yearly arts festival at Gladys Park in Skid Row...


Free Events at the Skid Row History Museum & Archive

Feb. 12: Erick Lyle reads from his book STREETOPIA

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StreetopiaFriday February 12, 7:30 PM at the #SkidRowMuseum Erick Lyle, will read from his book STREETOPIA and talk about the devastating gentrification of Market Street and The Tenderloin in San Francisco.

Lyle is a novelist and organizer. While living in San Francisco’s Tenderloin, he worked with Paul Boden of the Western Regional Advocacy Project. Lyle, with Chris Johanson and Kal Spelletich, curated Streetopia bringing together neighborhood residents with at least 132 artists, performers, writers, filmmakers, activists, thinkers, and public policy makers in venues in the heart of San Francisco, to address the show’s themes of Utopian aspiration for the city. Streetopia took the form of a large-scale arts exhibition. and 5 weeks of events –including a free restaurant in the Tenderloin. The exhibition, Streetopia, imagined what art and the city would be like — if art was from and for the people. At the Skid Row History Museum & Archive Lyle will show images of Streetopia, read from the book that he’s created about it, and engage in dialogue with LA artist / organizers and the public.

Leading up to Erick Lyle’s visit on February 12, Los Angeles Poverty Department will host three afternoon community conversations led by Skid Row artist / activists, exploring different ideas from the book and their relevance to Los Angeles.

Conversations will take place at The Skid Row History Museum & Archive, 440 S. Broadway-mezzanine, LA CA 90013, on Saturdays from 3:30 to 5:00 pm
* January 23: introduction by Sean Gregory
* January 30: introduction by Christina Collier
* February 6: introduction by Riccarlo Porter

Come join the conversation about:
• City designed arts districts that result in displacement.
• What kind of Art can improve a neighborhood?
• What does it mean to “improve a neighborhood at all?”
• The history of SRO hotels as home for travelers, artists, and iconoclasts.
• Utopia in The Tenderloin.
• The Free Café.
• Competing realities in the center of the city.

The book includes writing by: Rebecca Solnit, Chris Kraus, Sarah Schulman, Erick Lyle, Chris Johanson, Sam Green, Daphne Gottlieb, Amy Francheschini, Antonio Roman-Alcala, Ivy Jeanne Mcclelland, Sy Wagon, V. Vale, Kal Spelletich, Veronica Majano, Jesse Drew, Renny Pritikin, A.C. Thompson, Micah Bazant, Lewis Wallace, Marshall Weber, Joey Alone, Eve Ekman, Isaac Jackson, James Tracy, Veteran’s Alley Mural Project, And The Water Underground.


Feb. 20: Profiles of Abolition: Abolition and the Radical Imagination

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WebProfilePicFinalProfiles of Abolition: Abolition and the Radical Imagination will encourage audience members to reinvigorate a critical understanding of prison industrial complex abolition and inspire us to take creative and practical steps to build this liberated future. Moten, Cervantes and Davis will be joined by performances by the Los Angeles Poverty Department to spark our radical imagination and lift up the spirit of liberation. All proceeds with benefit Critical Resistance and Los Angeles Poverty Department. This event will also mark a special celebration of the Los Angeles Poverty Department’s 30-year anniversary.


Through May 15: Do you want the cosmetic version or the real deal? Los Angeles Poverty Department, 1985 – 2016

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WTT_2012_KCRWportraitsWTTThe Armory presents:
“Do you want the cosmetic version or the real deal? Los Angeles Poverty Department, 1985 – 2016”  Thirty-year survey and new work by LAPD.

Exhibition Dates: Sunday, January 24 through Sunday, May 15, 2016
Galleries are open Tuesdays through Sundays, Noon-5pm. Admission is always free.
Performance Dates: March 25, 26 and April 1, 2 and 3, 2016
Location: Armory Center for the Arts, Caldwell Gallery
145 North Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91103

The Armory Center for the Arts is proud to present Do you want the cosmetic version or the real deal? Los Angeles Poverty Department, 1985-2016, a survey exhibition with new work and performances by Los Angeles Poverty Department (LAPD). The exhibition’s centerpiece is a new installation and performance work entitled What Fuels Development? — a set for a devised theater piece exploring the mechanics of displacement in an age of immense income inequality, and Skid Row’s fight to not be overwhelmed by an alcohol-fueled entertainment district.           View Press Release

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Now celebrating its 30th year, Los Angeles Poverty Department is the first ongoing arts initiative in Skid Row.

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