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Festival for All Skid Row Artists

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




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440 S. BROADWAY – mezzanine level, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Open: Thursday, Saturday 2-5  ~ Friday 3-6

April 11, 2015 LAPD opened the SkidSRHMA_2015_440Broadway 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!

SRHMA_2015_archiveThe 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.

The exhibition opening will take place October 3, 2015 from 6 to 9pm.
Open through December 18, 2015.
SRHM & A’s next visual arts exhibition will feature works of Skid Row artist General Dogon. Raised on Skid Row and a leading community civil rights activist with LA CAN General Dogon’s creations, tricked out bicycles, will fill the museum space. In addition, the exhibition will feature videos of General Dogon talking about his artistic and activist work in Skid Row.SRHMA_2015_GeneralDogon
General Dogon’s spectacular one-of-a-kind bicycles were initially conceived by the artist to gain neighborhood attention and assist his organizing efforts. Numerous public events, will take place at the museum during the course of the exhibition, including an interview with the artist, on a date to be determined.
General Dogon’s work highlights an interest of the Museum to present art objects that also function as activist objects. The Museum’s first iteration, at The Box Gallery in 2008, the exhibition featured 3 objects that had this dual significance: a shopping cart from the Catholic Worker, David Busch’s free speech tent, and Veronica Dolman’s cardboard construction of a Hotel under police siege, the Safer Cities Initiative.

SRHMA_2015_RobOchshornApril 11-July 31 — 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 SRHMA_2015_exhibitio2augmenting 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.

Rent Party

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Rent Parties: Come check out our rent parties and support the #skidrowmuseum !
In keeping with the intellectual tradition of the Harlem Renaissance, LAPD’s rent parties take the form of salons featuring local scholars and feature food, drink and live jazz.
Admission is by donation ($15 suggested), with all proceeds directly supporting the museum.

September 19: 7pm – Robby Herbst, co-founder of the Journal of Aesthetics & Protest and organizer of the Llano del Rio artist collective, will give us a tour of the collective’s guides to the city and his research into behavioral architecture. ldrg.wordpress.com/guides/
Those who joined us in June for UC-R professor Michael Alexander’s excellent presentation, the Dao in Downtown, will remember the intimate sound of the Jason Golday Trio, who performed after the talk. Jason, his jazz guitar, and his band will be back to perform after Robby’s presentation, as food is served and mingling encouraged.

Rent parties developed during the Harlem Renaissance as a means for Black tenants in the area, often targets of discriminatory rent pricing as well as low wages, to make ends meet. These events centered around living room concerts and were known to feature such luminaries as Fats Waller.

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