The Los Angeles Poverty Department (LAPD) presents the 6th annual Festival for All Skid Row Artists on Saturday and Sunday, October 17 and 18, from 1–5pm each day. The Festival for All Skid Row Artists is a two-day festival of performing and visual artworks showcasing the diverse range of talents among Skid Row residents. Taking place in Gladys Park (corner of 6th Street and Gladys Avenue) in L.A.’s Skid Row, the festival has become one of the most anticipated grassroots cultural events in the area. At last year’s festival over 90 Skid Row Artists performed or displayed their artwork to enthusiastic audiences. Many festival attendees participated in the workshops and creativity stations facilitated by the artists. LAPD’s Festival for All Skid Row Artists gives audiences a chance to hear what you usually don't hear about Skid Row, it is a community rich with talent!
A select number of artists from outside Skid Row will perform as well, such as Vijay Gupta's Street Symphony and the festival's opening act, the Colburn School Choir, reflecting the burgeoning cultural exchange between Skid Row artists and the greater Los Angeles arts community.
Los Angeles Poverty Department celebrates and is interested in preserving the rich artistic heritage of Skid Row and since 2009 has kept a registry of Skid Row artists, which now numbers more than 500. LAPD is a theater company comprised primarily of low income and homeless people living in Los Angeles’ Skid Row. Founded in 1985, LAPD creates performances and multidisciplinary artworks that connect the experience of people living in poverty to the social forces that shape their lives and communities. LAPD’s works express the realities, hopes, dreams and rights of people who live and work in L.A.'s Skid Row.
Festival for All Skid Row Artists is produced by Los Angeles Poverty Department with partners United Coalition East Prevention Project (UCEPP) and Lamp Community's Fine Arts Program. This year’s festival is made possible with the support of the Los Angeles Department of Rec and Parks, Department of Cultural Affairs of the city Los Angeles, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Los Angeles County Arts Commission and The California Arts Council’s Local Impact grant.