ART & ACTIVISM, ISSUE 3

Faces of the LAMP Community

The LAMP Community Arts Progam is an arts studio and creativity center for the Skid Row neighborhood. The program offers individuals who are affected by homelessness a safe and nurturing place for creative self-expression. Lamp Community Arts Program artists, three of them featured here, develop their own unique voices, display their artwork, inspire each other, build a healthy community together and make creativity a continuous, restorative part of their lives. Since its founding in 1999, the Arts Program has built on grassroots community members' engagement, guest artists and volunteers to become an important resource for the Skid Row community. The Lamp Community Arts Program relies on private financial and arts supplies donations and volunteers to keep its doors open. Visit Lamp's website for more information and email here to find out how you can support Skid Row artists.

Gary Brown is an artist and jazz musician born in Louisiana in 1952. He lived there 36 years before moving to Los Angeles, where he has been part of the Downtown community for more than 20 years. Gary creates work on paper and canvas using graphite, inks, pastels and acrylics. His influences range from the world immediately around him to Egyptian mythology.

Alan Glover loves portraiture. He often moulds the faces that he depicts with bold colors and brushstrokes. He is also a talented musician.

Rita Barker: "this work was originally started in 2013 - my first self portrait. I decided to transform and give it an uplift and that's when the magic took place. I was sitting on the sidewalk in Skid Row in the summer of 2015. Inspired by the notion that we live in the 3rd golden age in the spectral realm, the gold background and the floating of the hand completed this masterpiece."