Walk the Talk 2012

Walk the Talk is no ordinary walk. It’s a parade! A brass band, Paradigm Brass, (plus pick up musicians), lead the way. It’s a performance! LA Poverty Department brings the neighborhood to life with performances along the parade route that pay tribute to neighborhood initiatives and 36 men and women whose contributions to the community call for a big, blaring celebration. It’s visual art dancing down the street! That’s right, we’re holding high 36 unbelievable gorgeous portraits of these hardworking people, that have been created by bighearted, big brained street artist Mr. Brainwash. It’s an epic history of Skid Row! This peripatetic performance brings the history of the community to life and the 36 portraits are destined for a permanent outdoor site in the community that will keep this history alive.

May 26, 27, 28, 2012
Memorial day weekend: 36 Skid Row visionaries celebrated with 3 DAYS of PARADES and PERFORMANCES, VISUAL ART and BRASS BAND traveling 3 routes through the Skid Row neighborhood.

Building the Project

Reweaving the Social Fabric of Skid Row

July 22, 2010 7:00 PM [ALOUD] at Central Library. Co-presented with Los Angeles Poverty Department.

Walk the Talk Talks

A series of conversations by and about people who have done incredible things for Skid Row.

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The Cast

WTT_2012_IMG_5143PERFORMERS: Anthony Taylor, John Malpede, Austin Hines, Bradley Spann, KevinMichael Key, Ibrahim Saba, Henriëtte Brouwers, Linda Harris, Carmen Vega, Celestine Williams, Jennifer Campbell, Chas Jackson, Walter Fears, Jose VandenBurg and Samyrha Saba.
PARADIGM BRASS: Marc Bolin on sousaphone; Courtney Jones, Jon Bradley and Roy Wiegand, trumpet; Erm Navarro, trombone; Rich Firman, baritone sax; Tim Ganard, bass drum.