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'Festival for Skid Row Artists' to Take Place January 27 and 28

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On the heels of last weekend's music festival starring Public Enemy, The Real McCoy and Kurupt, Skid Row will host the Festival for All Skid Row Artists, a two-day event that will highlight the creative work of residents of Skid Row and their neighbors.

According to a statement released today by the Los Angeles Poverty Department, the group that's putting on the event, the festival will feature performances, visual art and writing, and all the works will be digitally documented.

The idea for the festival sprang up as a result of a 2009 study conducted by the Los Angeles Poverty Department and the Urban Institute, based in Washington DC, which found that arts and creative expression were a way for residents of Skid Row to have an outlet for emotional expression, and to create a sense of community.

The event will take place on January 27 and 28 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Gladys Park.