Check out our RENT PARTIES and support the #skidrowmuseum !

SRHMAmezzanineIn keeping with the intellectual tradition and the cultural history of rent parties of the Harlem Renaissance, LAPD’s rent parties take the form of salons featuring local scholars and also feature food, drink and live jazz. Admission is by donation ($15 suggested), with all proceeds directly supporting the museum.
We are planning a rent party for each month, so stay tuned!!
Rent parties developed during the Harlem Renaissance as a means for Black tenants in the area, often targets of discriminatory rent pricing as well as low wages, to make ends meet. These events centered around living room concerts and were known to feature such luminaries as Fats Waller.

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Rent Party with Yong Soon Min, discussing what it means to be Asian/Pacific/American in NYC and LA.

Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 7 -10 pm at #skidrowmuseum on the mezzanine, 440 S. Broadway, LA CA 90013. Asian American consciousness has been represented in American art since the early 1900s, becoming significantly recognized in contemporary art in the 80s and 90s. Curator and UC-Irvine professor Yong Soon Min…
LA Poverty Department
October 6, 2015
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RENT PARTY
 with Dr. Michael Alexander and Guitarist Jason Golday

Saturday, June 6, 2015, 7:00 pm RENT PARTY
 with Dr. Michael Alexander and Guitarist Jason Golday at the #skidrowmuseum. Intellectual stimulation: The Dao in Downtown, an evening with Dr. Michael Alexander, UC-Riverside Religious Studies professor and author of Jazz Age Jews. Alexander will present, “The Great Thoroughfare: A Spiritual Adventure…
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RENT PARTY featuring Skid Row’s own Alex Rodriguez Quartet and Prof. Kenneth Marcus from the University of La Verne

Saturday, May 2, 2015: 1st RENT PARTY featuring Skid Row’s own Alex Rodriguez Quartet and Prof. Kenneth Marcus from the University of La Verne who will touch on the history of Rent Parties, which developed during the Harlem Renaissance, and discuss the music scene on L.A.’s Central Ave. during that…
LA Poverty Department
April 29, 2015

About the Skid Row History Museum and Archive

The Skid Row History Museum and Archive is a pop-up exhibition /performing arts space curated by LAPD. It foregrounds the distinctive artistic and historical consciousness of Skid Row, a 40-year-old social experiment. The Skid Row History Museum and Archive functions as a means for exploring the mechanics of displacement in an age of immense income inequality, by mining a neighborhood’s activist history and amplifying effective community strategies. The space operates as an archive, exhibition, performance and meeting space. Exhibitions will focus on grassroots strategies that have preserved the neighborhood from successive threats of gentrification and displacement, to be studied for current adaptation and use.

The space is activated by performances, community meetings and films addressing gentrification and displacement locally, nationally and globally. The culture that developed here on Skid Row—an activist culture, artistic culture and recovery culture—offers a useful model for other communities navigating gentrification pressures. The museum space also serves as a literal and artistic common ground, a welcoming space for Angelenos to meet and mingle and explore civic issues together.

In a second museum space an extensive archive of Skid Row History (planning documents, articles, videos, audios, interview transcripts etc.), are available for casual and scholarly research. Visitors will be able to access this archive, comment upon it and use it to further explore the show’s themes.

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LAPD’s Skid Row History Museum and Archive project is supported with funding from the California Arts Council’s Creative California Communities Program, The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The National Endowment for the Arts.