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 Exhibition

LAPD’s New Project

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Worlds of Homelessness, a project of the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles, is a week long program in Los Angeles proposing an interdisciplinary and global engagement with homelessness, and its connections to inequality, gentrification, racism and migration. The project creates a platform for local and international artists, architects, and scholars to come…
LA Poverty Department
September 16, 2019

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

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Stroszek 10/4

Friday, October 4, 2019 at 7pm - screening Stroszek Germany, 1976/77, Writer-Driector-Producer: Werner Herzog, Runtime: 109 min.German and English (OV) with English subtitles.Cinematography: Thomas Mauch / Edward Lachmann Editor: Beate Mainka-Jellinghaus, Cast: Bruno S., Eva Mattes, Clemens Scheitz, Norbert Grupe, Burkhard Driest, Clayton Szlapinski, Ely Rodriguez, Scott McKain Stroszek portrays the journey of Bruno Stroszek, a misfit…
LA Poverty Department
September 16, 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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Year-End Letter 2018

Dear Friends of Los Angeles Poverty Department, Download the PDF 2018 is wrapping up and I’m still checking daily to see whether our Constitution will bend or break. At LAPD, we believe our job is about surprise. When we imagine ourselves as Public Radio Underwriters, we include in our verbal…
LA Poverty Department
November 30, 2018


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