8th Festival for all Skid Row Artists

Coming up: 8th Festival for all Skid Row Artists
Saturday and Sunday, October 21 & 22, 2017 each day from 1-5pm.

All artists can sign up by email: info@lapovertydept.org or call our office: 213-413-1077.
Please tell us:
* Your name /name of the group
* What are you going to show:
perform – read poetry – exhibit art work – create art – cut hair – – –
* when would you like to show it:
5 min. – 10 min. – 15 min. slots for performers – tables for exhibits
* what do you need to that:
Tech. needs – exhibit needs

Since 2010 Los Angeles Poverty Department produces the Festival for All Skid Row Artists during the 3rd weekend of October, in Gladys Park, Skid Row (corner 6th Street and Gladys Avenue). The Festival encourages known neighborhood artists and identifies and brings together arts makers who are unknown even in their own Skid Row neighborhood. LAPD collects information about the artists, documents their work and creates an artists’ registry.

The Los Angeles Poverty Department (LAPD) presents the 8th annual Festival for All Skid Row Artists on Saturday and Sunday, October 21 and 22, from 1–5pm each day. The Festival for All Skid Row Artists is a two-day festival of performing and visual art with plenty of music, showcasing the diverse range of talents among Skid Row residents. Taking place in Gladys Park (corner of 6th Street and Gladys Avenue) in L.A.’s Skid Row, the festival has become one of the most anticipated grassroots cultural events in the area. At last year’s festival over 150 Skid Row Artists performed or displayed their artwork to enthusiastic audiences. Many, such as Franc’s Melting Pot, Unkal Bean, Gary Brown and the Nu-Bluez Ologist, will be back and Crushow The Last Dragon will perform a song dedicated to our MC KevinMichael Key, who died this summer. A select number of artists from outside Skid Row, including Street Symphony and the Brasil Brasil Cultural Center’s Capoeira group PEACEFUL WARRIORS will perform and lead workshops as well.

Festival attendees are invited to participate in the workshops and creativity stations and to give their input for SKID ROW NOW & 2040, a community plan in response to The Department of City Planning’s community plan for Skid Row. There will be creative stations for writing and painting, a guided meditation and sitting yoga workshop and poet Jen Hofer will write letters and poems in English & Spanish on demand. LAPD’s Festival for All Skid Row Artists gives audiences a chance to hear what you usually don’t hear about Skid Row: that it is a community rich with talent!

Festival for All Skid Row Artists is produced by Los Angeles Poverty Department with partners United Coalition East Prevention Project (UCEPP) and Lamp Arts Program. This year’s festival is made possible with the support of the Department of Cultural Affairs of the City Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, The California Arts Council’s Local Impact grant, the National Endowment for the Arts, California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council, the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks and the Office of Council District 14.

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Since 2010, every year in October, Los Angeles Poverty Department produces the Festival for All Skid Row Artists in Gladys Park on Skid Row. LAPD collects information about the artists, documents their work and creates an artists’ registry.
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