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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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Housing is Healthcare, Part 2 – May 22

Los Angeles Poverty Department (LAPD) is pleased to announce the Wednesday, May 22 panel conversation Housing is Healthcare (Part 2) from 6:30-8pm at the Skid Row History Museum & Archive, 250 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, 90012. In light of the new ABT Global study about Project Room Key highlighted in this week’s Los Angeles Times and Cal…
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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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Friday, May 3, 2024, 7pm Screening PROPIEDAD: PRIVADOS & FALLING UP!PROPIEDAD: PRIVADOSDirected by Diana Orduna & collectiveRuntime: 26 min.Q&A with Diana OrdunaEcho Park Film Center Collective Artist In Residence from Ecuador Among the many latent conflicts in Argentine and Latin American society, one is of fierce relevance: the housing issue. Buenos…
LA Poverty Department
April 29, 2024


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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

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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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