Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) students in the Creative Action: Integrated Learning course “Understanding Skid Row” engage and research urban poverty, homelessness, and justice. They collaborate with the L.A. Poverty Dept. (LAPD), a theater company of people who make art, live, and work on Skid Row. Together with LAPD members, students walk the neighborhood to hear directly from residents about conditions essential for culture and community. LAS professor David Bremer, who teaches the course, says “A visit to Skid Row can be life changing, as it puts a human face on problems faced by those in poor communities in L.A.”
Above: LAPD director John Malpede and members of the LAPD discuss a performance script with Otis students in Gladys Park on Skid Row.