Festival for All Skid Row Artists
Each 3rd weekend in October

Coming up: 8th Festival for all Skid Row Artists
October 21 & 22, 2017 each day from 1-5pm

Since 2010 Los Angeles Poverty Department produces the Festival for All Skid Row Artists every 3rd weekend of October in Gladys Park on Skid Row (corner 6th Street and Gladys Avenue). The Festival encourages known neighborhood artists and identifies and brings together arts makers who are unknown even in their own Skid Row neighborhood. LAPD collects information about the artists, documents their work and creates an artists’ registry.

This year’s festival is made possible by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the California Arts Council’s Local Impact grant, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council and the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks.

In memoriam Linda Harris, performing her favorite song “I Hope You Dance”.

2017

It’s time to sign up for the next festival For All Skid Row Artists!
8th Festival For All Skid Row Artists  – Saturday and Sunday, October 21 & 22, 2017 – Each day from 1 to 5 PM
In Gladys park  – At the corner of 6th Street and Gladys Avenue, in Skid Row, Los Angeles, CA 90021

Artists can sign up by responding to this email: Henriette@lapovertyept.org or call: 310-227 6071
Please tell us:
* Your name / name of the group
* What are you going to present: perform – read poetry – exhibit art work – create art – cut hair – – –
* When would you like to show it: Saturday or Sunday / 5 min. – 10 min. – 15 min. slots for performers
* Your tech. needs – exhibit needs: How many mic’s, plug-in’s for guitar, what kind of CD or audio file you’ll bring, etc.

The annual Festival for All Skid Row Artists has become one of the most anticipated grassroots cultural events in the area. At last year’s festival over 150 Skid Row Artists performed or displayed their artwork to enthusiastic audiences. Many, such as Franc’s Melting Pot, Unkal Bean, Gary Brown and the Nu-Bluez Ologist, will be back and Crushow The Last Dragon will perform a song dedicated to our MC KevinMichael Key, who died this summer.  A select number of artists from outside Skid Row, including Street Symphony, Raspin Stuwart and the Brasil Brasil Cultural Center’s Capoeira group will perform and lead workshops as well.

Festival attendees are invited to participate in the workshops and creativity stations and to give their input for SKID ROW NOW & 2040, a community plan in response to The Department of City Planning’s community plan for Skid Row.  There will be creative stations for writing and painting, a guided meditation and sitting yoga workshop and poet Jen Hofer will write letters and poems in English & Spanish on demand. LAPD’s Festival for All Skid Row Artists gives audiences a chance to hear what you usually don’t hear about Skid Row: that it is a community rich with talent!

Los Angeles Poverty Department celebrates and preserves the rich artistic heritage of Skid Row and since 2009 has kept a registry of Skid Row artists, which now numbers more than 600.  The Festival for All Skid Row Artists is produced by Los Angeles Poverty Department with partners United Coalition East Prevention Project (UCEPP) and Lamp Arts Program.

Making the Case for Skid Row Culture

In 2010, Animating Democracy, a program of Americans for the Arts, released “Making a Case for Skid Row Culture: Findings from a Collaborative Inquiry by the Los Angeles Poverty Department and the Urban Institute”. This study by John Malpede (Los Angeles Poverty Department) and Mario Rosario Jackson (Urban Institute) documents the role of arts and culture in Skid Row. This study found that culture comes from the ground up in Skid Row and is often initiated by residents and resident driven initiatives. This festival is undertaken to recognize these people and initiatives and to stimulate a new way of envisioning and talking about this neighborhood.

open 'Making the Case for Skid Row Culture'

Festival For All Skid Row Artists 2010 - 2017

2016

7th Festival for All Skid Row Artists

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2015

6th Festival for All Skid Row Artists

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2014

5th Festival for All Skid Row Artists

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2013

4th Festival for All Skid Row Artists

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2012

3rd Festival for All Skid Row Artists

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2011

2nd Festival for All Skid Row Artists

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2010

1st Festival for All Skid Row Artists

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Since 2010, every year in October, Los Angeles Poverty Department produces the Festival for All Skid Row Artists in Gladys Park on Skid Row. LAPD collects information about the artists, documents their work and creates an artists’ registry.
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