Festival for All Skid Row Artists

The 10th Festival for all Skid Row Artists
Saturday and Sunday, October 26 & 27, 2019
1-5pm each day in Gladys park

Say What! TENth Annual –can you believe it! How Time Flies! How a community vitally sustains itself! You better believe it!

LAPD partners with Studio 526 and United Coalition East Prevention Project (UCEPP) to produce the Festival. This year, the Goethe-Institut is an additional producing partner. The Goethe-Institut is organizing the event series “Worlds of Homelessness”, including discussions, music and film screenings, that begins 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” will open 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.

Festival attendees are invited to participate in a range of artist facilitated workshops and creativity stations.  Skid Row Now & 2040, will be getting festival-goer input on their community generated plan for a Skid Row future without displacement and with housing for area residents now on the streets.  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 800.

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), the festival has become one of the most anticipated grassroots cultural events in Skid Row where over 100 Skid Row Artists perform or display their artwork to enthusiastic audiences. Many come back each year and prepare their acts and works of art, and thanks to extensive street outreach, many people will get on-stage for the very first time and get in the mix of the vibrant Skid Row artistic culture.

2018 exhibit: State of the ART: Skid Row

2018 | Hyperallergic | Noni Brynjolson | The Hundreds of Artists Living in LA’s Skid Row

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

It’s time to sing up for the next Festival for All Skid Row Artists!
This year the 10th festival will take place in Gladys park – with NEW toilets! – on October 26 and 27, each day from 1-5pm.

Poets, Musicians, Singers, Rappers, Performers, Dancers can sign up to perform 5, 10 or 15 minutes between 1 – 3pm and 4 – 4:30pm.
The open mic will be held from 3-4pm each day and you can sign up for that on the day of the event itself.  Let us know:
* title of your act
* preferred day and time
* technical needs > plug in for instruments, whether you bring a sound file, CD, etc.

Visual Artists can display their work and create more at creativity stations throughout the park.
* Title and sort of artwork
* how many you will bring
* technical needs > hang your work or display on a table.
We have limited tables available, so reserve your spot soon! and/or bring your own.

If you’d like to teach a workshop, let us know! We have had yoga, writing, jewelry making, poetry, photography, dance, stencil making, zine making, mosaic, The Big Draw LA, just to name a few and get your creativity going.

You can write to: info@lapovertydept.org or call Clancey at 310 – 980.2411

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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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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