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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Plans of Our Own – community responses to the DTLA2040 plan 1/27/20

Panel and ConversationPlans of Our Own - Community Responses to The DTLA 2040 Plan.Monday January 27, 2020 at 6:30pm. Skid Row History Museum and Archive  (a project of Los Angeles Poverty Department) 250 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012 For years L.A.'s, Department of City Planning has been producing a…
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January 17, 2020

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

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Bob Marley Day celebration 2/1/20

Sir Oliver's 5th Annual Bob Marley Day Celebration!Public · Hosted by Sir Oliver - International Reggae DJSaturday, February 1, from 1-6pmAt the Skid Row History Museum and Archivewith General Jah MickeyUrban Voices ProjectStreet SymphonyUnkal BeanQuinto Sol WhyndJahwyRebel LionYa Ya Free event - food - Art and movie screening!
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January 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…
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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,…
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September 18, 2019


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