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Arts and Entertainment

Weekend Festival Showcases The Artists And Musicians Of Skid Row

Performers from Festival for All Skid Row Artists in 2014 (via Facebook)
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A two-day festival of music and art will highlight the talents of many Skid Rows residents.

On Saturday and Sunday afternoon, the 6th annual Festival for All Skid Row Artists will provide an opportunity for many of the people who live and work in the neighborhood to perform and share their art with others. The festival is free and open to the public and will take place at Gladys Park, on the corner of 6th Street and Gladys Ave.

From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. both days there will be a range of performances, including music, dance and spoken word, as well as visual art. Participants will include not only residents of Skid Row, but also those that work and volunteer at many of the organizations in the neighborhood. There will also be L.A. artists from outside of the community who will perform as well, including Vijay Gupta's Street Symphony and the festival's opening act, the Colburn School Choir.

The festival will also feature workshops throughout the weekend and creativity stations facilitated by the artists. The stations will feature camera, computers and other materials, giving attendees the opportunity to capture and share their own artwork with the community.

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The Festival for All Skid Row Artists is produced by the Los Angeles Poverty Department with partners United Coalition East Prevention Project (UCEPP) and Lamp Community's Fine Arts Program. Since 2009, the L.A. Poverty Department has worked to recognize and celebrate the artists of Skid Row and since then have created a registry of over 500 artists from the neighborhood.

Additional details about the weekend can be found online, where you can also register for the event, though no tickets are required to attend.