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...


LAPD’s New Project

LAPD’s New Exhibition

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How to House 7,000 People in Skid Row. – exhibition 7/3-29/8

EXHIBITION How to House 7000 People In Skid Row. Exhibition created by Rosten Woo with Anna Kobara, Henriëtte Brouwers, John Malpede.March 7 though August 29, 2020 Exhibition hours: Thur, Fri & Sat. 2-5 pm The museum is closed because of the COVID_19 pandemic. You can visit the exhibition webpage here.…
LA Poverty Department
February 23, 2020

Free Movie Nights at the Museum – every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month.

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Girls’ Voices Now: Short Documentary Film Festival 3/20

Girls’ Voices Now: Short Documentary Film FestivalFriday, March 20, 2020, 7pm* This screening has been canceled. Because of the COVID_19 pandemic the museum will be closed until the end of March. Stay well, safe and sane! Women’s Voices Now’s summer youth program amplifies the voices of young women from underrepresented communities across…
LA Poverty Department
February 27, 2020
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Year End Letter 2019

December 12, 2019 Dear Friends of Los Angeles Poverty Department, In 2019 LAPD’s energies have continued to focus on the preservation of the Skid Row neighborhood and building an understanding of the community that exists in Skid Row.    And I’m happy to report, that in Skid Row LA, collaboration…
LA Poverty Department
December 27, 2019
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Jim McEnteer – in memoriam

Jim McEnteer an inspiring friend and a great friend of Los Angeles Poverty Department, died of colon cancer August 30, 2019. Jim was, as described in his self authored obituary, “a journalist, wanderer, scholar and university professor.”  Henriëtte Brouwers and I met Jim and his wife, university professor, Tina Cielo,…
LA Poverty Department
September 18, 2019


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