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How Theater Serves Community, and Community Serves Theater, LA Style
Friday 1/5/24 at 5pm ET
In the room: John Malpede, founding artistic director of Los Angeles Poverty Department. Exploring the culture of Los Angeles Skid Row, the Los Angeles Poverty Department creates a space and an opportunity for the residents to tell their own stories in their own voices. Founded in 1985, it's easy to see how LAPD serves a genuinely underserved and possibly ignored community. How does community serve founder John Malpede's artistic goals? How has he kept this fringe company vital for 38 years? How is it funded, and most importantly, what changes and improvements has he seen in these neighborhoods over the years ... and what part has art played in the health of this community?