The 12th annual Festival For All Skid Row Artists
will be held on October 2 and 3, 2021

The Festival for All Skid Row Artists is a festival of music, theater, spoken word performances and visual art with plenty of music, showcasing the diverse range of talents among Skid Row residents.  Usually taking place in Gladys Park (corner of 6th Street and Gladys Avenue), the festival has become one of the most anticipated grassroots cultural events in Skid Row where typically over 100 Skid Row Artists perform and display their artwork to enthusiastic audiences.  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!

Los Angeles Poverty Department celebrates and preserves the rich artistic heritage of Skid Row and beginning with the first Festival in 2009 has generated a registry of Skid Row artists, which now numbers more than 900.

In memoriam Linda Harris, performing her favorite song
“I Hope You’ll Dance”.

Making the Case for Skid Row Culture

In 2010, Animating Democracy, a program of Americans for the Arts, released “Making a Case for Skid Row Culture: Findings from a Collaborative Inquiry by the Los Angeles Poverty Department and the Urban Institute”. This study by John Malpede (Los Angeles Poverty Department) and Mario Rosario Jackson (Urban Institute) documents the role of arts and culture in Skid Row. This study found that culture comes from the ground up in Skid Row and is often initiated by residents and resident driven initiatives. This festival is undertaken to recognize these people and initiatives and to stimulate a new way of envisioning and talking about this neighborhood.

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Festival for All Skid Row Artists 2010 - 2020


11th Festival for All Skid Row Artists
October 17, 2020 – live stream

Due to the pandemic, this year’s festival took a hybrid form:
streaming live on FaceBook and YouTube and in person (limited attendance – masks mandatory) with physically distancing in Gladys park and at Studio 526.
In this extraordinary time, many artists have filmed their acts and works of art to get in the mix of the vibrant Skid Row artistic culture on the live-stream.

* MC Chella Coleman introduced the videos Skid Row artists had submitted and interviewed artists via live video.
* At STUDIO 526 several artists painted a collaborative PAINTING and asked for input during the live stream.
* The entire live-stream was projected on a big screen in Gladys Park where MC Charles Porter gave updates with some live performances.

The 11th Festival for All Skid Row Artists is produced by Los Angeles Poverty Department with partners United Coalition East Prevention Project (UCEPP), Studio 526 (of The People Concern) and Urban Voices Project.  The festival is made possible with the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, The Kindle Project, and the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture.


10th Festival for All Skid Row Artists
October 26 & 27, 2019 in Gladys park

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This year, the Goethe-Institut was an additional producing partner. The Goethe-Institut organized the event series “Worlds of Homelessness, including discussions, music and film screenings, that began Tuesday October 22, at LA Poverty Department’s Skid Row History Museum & Archive (with additional sites at Sci-Arc and Navel). The project brings together local and international artists, architects, scholars and others and culminates with the 2 days of the Festival.

“Worlds of Homelessness” opened with music by the LA Playmakers and the Playmakers will close out the Festival on Sunday afternoon. The LA Playmakers are a local band founded by Joseph Warren and Stan Watson 5yrs ago. These accomplished professional musicians have played with a number of well known jazz and pop music figures. They can play anything, R&B, Hip-Hop, Reggae, Gospel– and they do.  The band members have one thing in common. They all were members of the Praise and Worship Team at Skid Row’s Central City Church of the Nazarene.


9th Festival for All Skid Row Artists

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8th Festival for All Skid Row Artists

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7th Festival for All Skid Row Artists

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6th Festival for All Skid Row Artists

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5th Festival for All Skid Row Artists

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4th Festival for All Skid Row Artists

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3rd Festival for All Skid Row Artists

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2nd Festival for All Skid Row Artists

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1st Festival for All Skid Row Artists

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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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