Festival for All Skid Row Artists
2nd weekend in October

NEXT: 9th Festival for all Skid Row Artists
October 12 & 13, 2019 each day from 1-5pm

The annual Festival for All Skid Row Artists has become one of the most anticipated grassroots cultural events in the area. Los Angeles Poverty Department celebrates and preserves the rich artistic heritage of Skid Row.

Since 2010 Los Angeles Poverty Department produces the Festival for All Skid Row Artists every 3rd weekend of October in Gladys Park in 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 has kept a registry of Skid Row artists, which now numbers more than 700.

In memoriam Linda Harris, performing her favorite song “I Hope You 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 - 2017

2017

8th Festival for All Skid Row Artists

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2016

7th Festival for All Skid Row Artists

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2015

6th Festival for All Skid Row Artists

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2014

5th Festival for All Skid Row Artists

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2013

4th Festival for All Skid Row Artists

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2012

3rd Festival for All Skid Row Artists

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2011

2nd Festival for All Skid Row Artists

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2010

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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