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Los Angeles Poverty Department (LAPD)

Founded in 1985, LAPD is made up of people who make art and live and work in Skid Row...



Performance, visual art and community conversations. It's an epic history of Skid Row!...


Festival for All Skid Row Artists

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


Current Exhibition & Performance

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Welcome to the Covid Hotel 3/9-12/14

Welcome to the Covid HotelUnveiling unexpected lessons about healthcare for the homeless that emerged from LA County-run quarantine sites during the Covid crisis. Exhibition: March 9 – December 14, 2024Open: Thu, Fri, Sat: 2-5pm A series of panel discussions happening at the Museum on Wednesdays at 6:30pm, March 27: Adversity…
LA Poverty Department
February 19, 2024

Movie Nights at The Museum

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A Home Called Nebraska 6/21

FREE MOVIE NIGHTS AT THE MUSEUMFriday, June 21, 2024, 7pm Screening A Home Called NebraskaDirected by Beth Gage, George GageRuntime: 69 min. People in Nebraska wholeheartedly welcome refugees and show that the newcomers enrich their communities, their economies, and their lives.Proyección de Película Gratis: 6/21, 7pmLa gente de Nebraska da la…


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Theater workshops – Tue. 2pm & Thu. 7pm

Performance workshops / rehearsals Each Tuesday from 2-5pm and Thursday from 7-9pmat the Skid Row History Museum & Archive, 250 South Broadway, Los Angeles CA 90012 We create theater performances from scratch and with creative input from everyone involved. Improvise, write and perform with us. Skid Row’s original creative group…
LA Poverty Department
April 20, 2023

Info / Projects

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Walk The Talk website

Walk the Talk is no ordinary walk. It’s a biannual parade! LA Poverty Department brings Skid Row to life with performances along the parade route that pay tribute to neighborhood initiatives and the men and women whose contributions to the community call for a big, blaring celebration! On May 30, 2020 we celebrated…
LA Poverty Department
February 24, 2020


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