State of the ART: Skid Row
October 7, 2018 through December 29, 2018
Opening Event: October 12, 2018, 6 – 9 p.m.
Ten years ago Americans for the Arts partnered with Los Angeles Poverty Department to do the first inventory of arts in Skid Row. We convened the neighborhood and asked: who makes art, where do they make it, what supports do they have in making art, and what are the obstacles that artists confront in Skid Row. The findings were released in a study, Making the Case for Skid Row Culture.
This exhibition checks in on the state of the arts in Skid Row ten years later. As a direct outgrowth of the inquiry the Los Angeles Poverty Department initiated, The Festival for All Skid Row Artists. LA Poverty Department maintains a registry of participating festival artists, counting over 700 artists, a 130 of whom are identified in photos and posters on the gallery wall and in video’s in this exhibition.
Activities of all Skid Row Artists and groups taking place in October and November are listed on our gallery-wall-sized-calendar and adjacent to it is a map of Skid Row murals.
While arts activity continues to flourish in Skid Row, some of the obstacles sited in the 2009 study persist. A convening of the neighborhood to reconsider current conditions will take place during the run of the exhibition.