The Skid Row Arts Alliance is a consortium of artist-driven arts organizations, comprised of people living and working in Skid Row, working to create art and community in Skid Row. The purpose of Skid Row Arts Alliance is to knit the fabric of the Skid Row neighborhood through the creation of community wide arts projects. These projects bring together individuals living and working in Skid Row, including people not previously connected to community groups and services. The aim of the Alliance is to represent, amplify and celebrate the voices of the Skid Row community.
Founded in 1985 by director-performer-activist John Malpede, Los Angeles Poverty Department (LAPD)is a non-profit arts organization, the first performance group in the nation made up principally of homeless people, and the first arts program of any kind for homeless people in Los Angeles. 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.
Our mission is to empower residents who have experienced homelessness or economic insecurity by providing free mosaic art workshops enabling them to build confidence, earn supplementary income, promote wellness and an improved quality of life.
Connection through music. Street Symphony engages communities directly affected by homelessness and incarceration in LA County through performances, workshops and teaching artistry.
Urban Voices Project uses music to create supportive community spaces in Skid Row and the Los Angeles area that bridge vulnerable individuals to a sense of purpose and improved health.