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



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screening Walk The Talk 2022 – 4/21, 7pm

Walk the Talk 2022Directed by John Malpede & Henriëtte BrouwersRuntime: 38 min. Walk the Talk 2022 is the 6th iteration of the Los Angeles Poverty Department’s biennial, peripatetic performance: an on-going chronicle of the accomplishments of Skid Row people and their visionary initiatives. Walk the Talk is a parade with…
LA Poverty Department
March 29, 2023
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The New Compassionate Downtown

PerformanceDirected by John Malpede and Henriëtte BrouwersVisual Art by Robby Herbst May 14 and 15, 2021 at 8PM.At Geffen Contemporary at MOCA plaza for a by invitation only, physically distanced audience & on YouTube Live stream Commissioned by The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) for WE RISE 2021 Community…
LA Poverty Department
March 30, 2020


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COSMOLOGY & COMMUNITY: Networks of Liberation 2/18 – 7/31

COSMOLOGY & COMMUNITY: Networks of LiberationThis exhibition centers on the work of Community Curator Charles Porter, in collaboration with & support of curatorial staff of Skid Row History Museum & Archive. February 18 - through July 31. Open: Thu, Fri, Sat 2-5pm. Events / Save the date:Friday, April 14 (6:30pm):  Skid Row Parks:…
LA Poverty Department
February 13, 2023
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THE WORLD RESPONDS TO THE WALK THE TALK ARCHIVEDecember 8, SCREENING, PANEL and OPENING of EXHIBITIONExhibition: Dec. 8, 2022 – January 31, 2023Skid Row History Museum & Archive, 250 S. Broadway, Los Angeles CA 90012Open: Tue., Thur.: 10am-5pm and Sat. 2-5pm Walk the Talk is a project of the Los Angeles…
LA Poverty Department
November 28, 2022
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BLUE BOOK - GREEN PAPEREXHIBITION designed by Robert M. Ochshorn curated by LAPD / SRHM&A’s John Malpede. November 22, 2022 - January 28, 2023*PRESS CONFERENCE Nov. 22, 11am* OPENING RECEPTION Nov. 22, 5-7pm PRESS CONFERENCE:  11 / 22, 11:00am The Skid Row Now & 2040 Coalition releases its policy paper Containment and Community: The History…
LA Poverty Department
November 15, 2022

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