December 7, 2020

S1EP2: Los Angeles Poverty Department, with John Malpede and Henriette Brouwers



Since 1985, LAPD works to change the narrative about people living in poverty in the L.A. neighbourhood of Skid Row, the area with the largest population of homeless people in the US. LAPD, as the first arts organization on Skid Row, has been active in a constant conversation with residents and social service professional to change the paradigm of the area. Focusing on theatre, visual arts and activism, LAPD was 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.

In this second episode of Society of the Many, season one of Visible Storytelling, John Malpede (founding director of LAPD) and Henriette Brouwers (associate director) are in conversation with Visible curator Carolina Lio on their current projects, such as: Walk the Talk Archive, honouring people who have lived and worked in Skid Row; and Skid Row Now&2040, a coalition that identifies funding sources and solutions to house people with extreme low income.