There’s a rich and eclectic creative community active in the heart of the Skid Row neighborhood, with art, theater and music playing a huge part in its commitment to the dignity of every human voice. Now in its 10th year, the Festival for All Skid Row Artists places this creativity in the spotlight with a two-day festival of music and visual art in Gladys Park. The Los Angeles Poverty Department (aka “the other LAPD”) anchors the weekend. A theater group founded in 1985 as a politically engaged repertory company comprised of local residents, LAPD partners with Studio 526 and United Coalition East Prevention Project (UCEPP) to produce the Festival, and this year, the Goethe-Institut is an additional producing partner. Their “Worlds of Homelessness” project brings together artists, architects and experts in an ongoing series of talks and events culminating in a performance on Sunday afternoon.

Gladys Park, 808 E. 6th St., downtown; Sat.-Sun., Oct. 26-27, 1-5 p.m.; free.(213) 413-1077, lapovertydept.org.

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