Thursday, August 13, 2020
LA Poverty Dept. Announces New Exhibit in Partnership with The People Concern

Date(s) - 05/17/2019
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Skid Row History Museum and Archive


The Los Angeles Poverty Department (LAPD) is pleased to announce the upcoming opening of the Skid Row History Museum and Archive‘s new exhibit: Visions of Freedom and Independence. The exhibit will open Thursday, April 11 and continue through Saturday, June 15, 2019. It will be open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 2-5 p.m.

Visions of Freedom and Independence is a Studio 526 group art exhibit featuring the works of over 50 Skid Row neighborhood artists from Studio 526 Arts Center, working in a variety of media from painting to sculpture and multimedia art. Many of the works have been created specifically for this exhibition. An opening reception will be held Thursday, April 11, 6-8 p.m. at the Skid Row History Museum and Archive, 250 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

“Arts are vital to the improvement of the human condition,” says studio artist James Michael Newton. “Society cannot exist without art,” adds another studio artist Mariana Valles. This exhibit is both an overview of current studio work, and an opportunity to explore visions of freedom and independence under community control. In addition to artwork on the walls, the exhibit will include workshops, collaborations with sister community groups, an open mic, and musical performances throughout its time at the museum.

The People Concern‘s Studio 526 Arts Center is a creative studio platform in LA’s Skid Row neighborhood, rooted in the conviction that equitable access to arts and cultural spaces is a fundamental human right, essential for everyone. The studio encourages long-term participation as artists develop their individual voices, share artwork, inspire each other, build a healthy community together and make creativity a continuous, restorative part of their lives. Studio 526 includes a visual art and music studio, and regular workshops ranging from creative writing to yoga. Studio 526 is made possible by The People Concern, one of Los Angeles County’s largest social services agencies.

The exhibition will run from April 11 to June 15 2019. The opening reception will take place on Thursday, April 11th from 6 to 8pm in conjunction with DTLA Artwalk and feature live painting by Studio 526 artists, music and performances. During the run the exhibition will be open 2pm through 5pm, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. There will be arts programming throughout the exhibition, including an Artist’s Panel Discussion, weekly writing workshops, multimedia art workshops hosted by Creative I (a community arts group and sister to Studio 526), a Zine Fest, and a final Open Mic and Poetry night.

The Skid Row History Museum and Archive is an exhibition/performing arts space curated by LAPD. It foregrounds the distinctive artistic and historical consciousness of Skid Row and functions as a means for exploring the mechanics of displacement in an age of immense income inequality, by mining a neighborhood’s activist history and amplifying effective community strategies.

The space is activated by: exhibitions, workshops, performances, community meetings and film screenings addressing gentrification and displacement locally, nationally and globally. Exhibitions focus on grassroots strategies that have preserved the neighborhood from successive threats of gentrification and displacement, to be studied for current adaptation and use. Programming at the Skid Row History Museum & Archive is made possible with the generous support of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

For further information on the exhibition and special events please email

VISIONS OF FREEDOM AND INDEPENDENCE EXHIBIT: Opens Thursday, April 11 and continues through Saturday, June 15, 2019. It will be open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 2-5 p.m.

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, April 11. 6-8 p.m. at the Skid Row History Museum and Archive, 250 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012.


Tags: DTLA Artwalk, Los Angeles Poverty Department (LAPD), Skid Row History Museum and Archive, Studio 526, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Visions of Freedom and Independence

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