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

Public Safety For Real — How it works in Gladys Park & PARTY

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Wednesday, Dec. 13, 7pm at the Skid Row History Museum & Archive, 250 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Panel and Community Conversation: Community Generated Safety—How it works in Gladys Park: a Case study from Los Angeles Poverty Department’s Festival for All Skid Row Artists. Community dialog with: Historian Cathy Gudis,…

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

Lazarus – premiere!

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Jan. 19, 2018 @ 7pm: premiere screening and exhibition and a conversation with the  film’s maker Patrick Ross. Intense suffering, vulnerability and isolation in the face of a seemingly disinterested world is confronted through empathy, creativity, camaraderie and faith as seen in a series of vignettes and images revealing the…

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Now celebrating its 30th year, Los Angeles Poverty Department is the first ongoing arts initiative in Skid Row.


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