LOS ANGELES POVERTY DEPARTMENT
30 YEARS OF ART AND URBAN ADVOCACY
HAMMER UCLA EDU
10899 WILSHIRE BLVD LA CA 90024 (WESTWOOD) Corner Westwood and Wilshire
LA POVERTY DEPARTMENT WEB SITE
From the HAMMER MUSEUM brochure:
"Founded in 1985 on Los Angeles Skid Row by the performance artist, director, and activist JOHN MALPEDE, Los Angeles Poverty Department is made up principally of homeless or formerly homeless people and has been an uncompromising force in performance and activism for almost 30 years. LAPD makes artistic work to change the narrative about people living in poverty, aiming tyo create a community of compassion and inspire the next generation of artists.
Believe CHANGE is about EXCHANGE, LAPD blurs categories and confounds expectations, bringing together arts organizations, social services, activists, and homeless people to speak OUT ON ISSUES such as housing, mental illness, the war on drugs, and mass incarceration.
CHASING MONSTERS FROM UNDER THE BED
TUESDAY JUNE 7 7:30 PM
Collaboratively created, written, and performed by LAPD cast members and codirected by HENRIETTE BROUWERS and JOHN MALPEDE, "CHASING MONSTERS" explores the process of recovery from mental illness and homelessness at a time when thousands of homeless, mentally ill people are abandoned, feared, and threatened by aggressive policing.
POLICE and PEOPLE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS:
AVOIDING TRAGEDY, ACHIEVING SOLUTIONS
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8 7:#) PM
Most American police officers are not trained as social workers, so when they encounter perpetrators and victims with mental illness, the consequences can be tragic. We examine mental health, crime, and law enforcement with a panel of experts:
LINDA BOYD : creator of the collaborative SMART team, which pairs law enforcement officers with mental health clinicians
MOLLIE LOWERY : supportive housing pioneer and founder of the LAMP COMMUNITY
PAUL SCIRE : Detective and officer in charge, MENTAL EVALUATION UNIT. CASE ASSESSMENT MANAGEMENT PROGRAM OF LA POLICE DEPARTMENT
MODERATED by JORJA LEAP, executive director of the UCLA Health and Social Justice Partnership.
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