At the Skid Row History Museum and Archive, A project of The Los Angeles Poverty Department
250 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012.
Through Saturday, June 29, 2019 EXTENDED!
Open: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 2-5pm
Exhibition Opening – Thursday 4/11: 6-8pm
Creative I Art Workshops – Saturdays: 3-5pm on 4/13, 4/27, 5/4, 5/18, 6/1
Writing Workshops – Thursdays: 2-4pm on 4/18, 4/25, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30, 6/6
Artists Panel Discussion – Wednesday 5/1: 6-9pm
Zine Fest + Performances – Thursday 5/ 9: 6-8pm
Open Mic / Poetry Reading – Thursday 6/13: 6-8pm
Los Angeles Poverty Department is pleased to announce the opening of the Skid Row History Museum and Archive’s new exhibition: VISIONS OF FREEDOM AND INDEPENDENCE.
Visions of Freedom and Independence is a Studio 526 group art exhibit featuring the works of over 50 Skid Row neighborhood artists from Studio 526 Arts Center, working in a variety of media from painting to sculpture and multimedia art. Many of the works have been created specifically for this exhibition. Arts are “vital to the improvement of the human condition,” says artist James Michael Newton. “Society cannot exist without art,” adds another studio artist Mariana Valles. This exhibit is both an overview of current studio work, and an opportunity to explore visions of freedom and independence under community control. In addition to artwork on the walls, the exhibit will include workshops, collaborations with sister community groups, an open mic, and musical performances throughout its time at the museum.
The People Concern’s Studio 526 is a creative studio platform in LA’s Skid Row neighborhood, rooted in the conviction that equitable access to arts and cultural spaces is a fundamental human right, essential for everyone. The studio encourages long-term participation as artists develop their individual voices, share artwork, inspire each other, build a healthy community together and make creativity a continuous, restorative part of their lives. Studio 526 includes a visual art and music studio, and regular workshops ranging from creative writing to yoga. Studio 526 is made possible by The People Concern, one of Los Angeles County’s largest social services agencies.
During the run the exhibition there will be arts programming, including an Artist’s Panel Discussion, weekly writing workshops, multimedia art workshops hosted by Creative I (a community arts group and sister to Studio 526), a Zine Fest, and a final Open Mic and Poetry night.