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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
Settlement
HOSPITAL
A (Micro) History Of World Economics, D
Biggest Recovery Community Anywhere
COLD WAR / BRAIN FREEZE
STATE OF INCARCERATION
Agents & Assets
CPR
My Eyes are the Cage in my Head
Skid Row History Museum
La Llorona of Echo Park
ROUND TRIP happening
RED BEARD / RED BEARD
UTOPIA/dystopia - 220glimpses
LEGAL*ILLEGAL
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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LAPD's NEW PROJECT

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440 S. Broadway, Los Angeles CA 90013 on the  MEZZANINE LEVEL

Open: Thursday, Saturday 2-5  ~ Friday 3-6 

Image 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.

Opening exhibition, April 11- June 28: 'Blue Book/Silver Book': making transparent the role urban design plays in determining the fate of communities. (read a description below)  Read Al Jazeera's 'Public Unrest Sends Urban Designers Back To Drawing Board.'

Friday, June 5, 7:00 PM Two films on the Native American experience in Los Angeles. First, a rare opportunity to see Kent Mackenzie’s THE EXILES (72mins), a 1961 film about young Native Americans living in L.A.’s Bunker Hill district. This will be followed by a short film by Pamela J. Peters, LEGACY OF EXILED NDNZ (11mins), which documents the lives of young Native Americans currently living in Los Angeles. 
Post-screening, Ms. Peters and Skid Row advocate Kevin Michael Key will engage the audience in conversation on issues such as possible similarities between the Bureau of Indian Affairs controversial Urban Relocation Program and current gentrification efforts in Skid Row.

Saturday, June 6, 7:00 PM RENT PARTY with Dr. Michael Alexander and Guitarist Jason Golday. Intellectual stimulation: The Dao in Downtown, an evening with Dr. Michael Alexander, UC-Riverside Religious Studies professor and author of Jazz Age Jews. Alexander will present, "The Great Thoroughfare: A Spiritual Adventure from the Time of Genghis Khan" from his work in progress, Paths of Joy: Adventures in Spirit and Therapy. Aural sensation: Guitarist Jason Golday will perform in conjunction with Alexander's talk. Golday received his MFA in Jazz Guitar Performance from California Institute of the Arts. He has toured nationally, recorded and performed with members of the Black Keys and frequently performs locally at The Echo, Satellite, The Santa Barbara Museum of Contemporary Art, The Hammer Museum, and other venues. Gastronomical titillation, gratification and satiation: Cooked up by rent party cult chef Arthur Africano and his band of assistants. Admission is by donation ($15 suggested), with all proceeds directly supporting the museum.

Monday June 15, 6:30 PM Silver Book...Blue Book... THE NEXT BOOK: Tom Grode facilitates a conversation on the future of Housing and Community in Skid Row with Community Organizer Steve Diaz of Los Angeles Community Action Network, Sarah Hernandez, Downtown Area Director & Special Counsel to Councilman Jose Huizar and Theresa Hwang Director of Community Design and Planning Our Skid Row/Skid Row Housing Trust.

Friday, June 19, 7:00 PM Conversation and screening of an excerpt from the documentary in progress 'WE GOTTA GET OUT OF HERE' by Jen Araki and Brook Whitmore – a film that chronicles the journeys of five transitional age foster youth as they struggle to beat the odds while navigating their way out of the foster care system in Los Angeles. Come meet these extraordinary young people. three of the five young adults who are followed in the movie will be in attendance. Join them and Directors Jen Araki and Brook Whitmore in a discussion about the realities of the foster care system and the challenges facing them as young adults.

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Conversations and Screenings of historically / important films coming up:

 

'On the Bowery' - the classic film.

'City Council: Who Rules?' - a film presentation for a high school Urban Investigation class by Center for Urban Pedagogy about City Council, NY.

 

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. In keeping with the cultural history of rent parties, LAPD's events will also feature food, drink and live jazz. 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. In keeping with the cultural history of rent parties, LAPD's events will also feature food, drink and live jazz. Admission is by donation ($15 suggested), with all proceeds directly supporting the museum. More parties will follow throughout the summer!


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'Blue Book, Silver Book': making transparent the role urban design plays in determining the fate of communities.

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.

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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.

download the 2014 Newsletter                     download the 2014 Walk the Talk newsletter

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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.

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Price for individuals $35 (shipping included)

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LAPD History
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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.
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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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