May 23, 2020 – Eight more Skid Row visionaries will be honored with a parade & performance:
This years honorees are Coach Ron Crockett, Leslie Croom, Angelia Harper aka Big Mama, Danny Park and Andrew Kang, Stephanie Arnold Williams, Leeav Sofer and Gary Blasi. The PARADE will be headed by Street Symphony’s brass marching ensemble, PERFORMANCES by LA Poverty Department with Urban Voices Project choir and ARTWORKS ‘instruments of accountability’ by Elana Mann and PORTRAITS made by ….
THE PARADE will start at 11am at the corner of 6th & Stanford Ave. Stops along the way: Gladys park, former Drop in Center, San Julian park, Skid Row People’s Market on the corner of 5th & San Pedro street, The White House on the other corner of 5th and San Pedro street, Wesley Health Center across the street on the S/E corner of 5th & San Pedro street and the last stop will be at the DPSS office on 4th Place.
Los Angeles Poverty Department’s biennial Walk the Talk Performance Parade chronicles the ongoing history of Skid Row and celebrates the accomplishments of the Skid Row community, by honoring some of the individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the community of Skid Row, making a difference in people’s lives every day. The 7 scenes of this year’s Walk the Talk will be performed by the Skid Row performers of the Los Angeles Poverty Department theater group. Each scene honors a person who lives and / or works in Skid Row. Honorees are selected through a community nominating process, for their positive, transformative work. Scenes are performed on locations where Honorees do their work. A New Orleans style brass band from collaborating partner organization Street Symphony will guide the audience from one location to the next. Street Symphony composers and the Urban Voices Project’s Skid Row singers, will participate in the performances and also develop music for visual artist Elana Mann’s anthropomorphic sculptural instruments. Visual Artist, Man One will create portraits of all nominees that will be utilized in the performance.