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Los Angeles Poverty Department (LAPD)

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



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Enough is (never) Enough Exhibition 9/16-11/18

Enough is (never) Enough: Hard Truths and the People Who Live ThemSeptember 16 – November 18, 2023 Thu. Fri. Sat. 2-5pm September 16, 5-7pm: Opening ReceptionOctober 21, 3pm: Photo Talk (Featuring Prof. Blumenkrantz, and photographers from the How We See It homelessness photo project)November 11, 3pm: Multimedia student presentations on investigative reports Enough is…
LA Poverty Department
August 30, 2023

Movie Nights at The Museum


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Year End Letter 2022

Dear Friends of LA Poverty Department, LAPD has a lot going on now --- and much planned for 2023.  We’re in full swing at our space, the Skid Row History Museum & Archive: having exhibitions, restarting Friday movie nights, starting a Friday open mic night, workshopping new performance material, archiving…
LA Poverty Department
December 3, 2021


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