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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...


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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…
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February 19, 2024

Movie Nights at The Museum

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Screening DAWNLAND – July 5

Friday, July 5, 7pm Screening DAWNLANDDirected by Adam Mazo and Ben Pender-Cudlip They were forced to assimilate into white society: children ripped away from their families, depriving them of their culture and erasing their identities. Can reconciliation help heal the scars from childhoods lost?Dawnland is the untold story of Indigenous child removal in…
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Screening DISTRICT OF SECOND CHANCESFriday, July 19, 2024, 7pm Produced by FAMM FoundationDirector/Producer: Wynette YaoRun Time: 77 mins The film captures their journeys as they unfold: Anthony “Pete” Petty, who has just won his freedom and must rebuild his life after three decades in prison; Gene Downing, who awaits his second chance…


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Book Signing by Teri Rogers – July 19

July 19, at 6pm - before Movie Night - Teri Rogers will sign her book America's Game Girl: BRIDGING THE GAPS A Journey of Love, Mental Health, and Overcoming Stigma. "Award-Winning Protagonists Teri Rogers Launches Global Movement to Address Homelessness and Mental Health Stigmas" LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, November…

Info / Projects

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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…
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February 24, 2020


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