Arts Program

The Lamp Arts Program is an arts studio and creativity center for the Skid Row neighborhood. Located at the Lamp Village, the organization’s main shelter facility in the heart of downtown L.A.’s Skid Row, the Arts Program offers people who are homeless, living in extreme poverty or with mental illness a safe and nurturing place for creative self-expression. The program also encourages long-term participation as artists develop their individual voices, display the 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 grass-roots community members’ engagement, guest artists and volunteers to become an important resource and outlet for creativity. The Lamp Arts Program relies on private financial and art supplies donations and volunteers to keep its doors open.

Guided by Lamp’s Fine Arts Coordinator and guest artists, the program currently consists of painting, drawing and music studio sessions, complemented by workshops exploring other creative avenues from writing to photography as well as periodic art shows, collaborations and other participatory projects.

The Arts Program plays a central role in the recovery and stability of many of its participants. Mental health professionals widely recognize that artistic expression can enhance the well-being of men and women living with mental illness while also serving as a bridge to other clinical and supportive services. Creative self-expression is a core component of an individual’s social health.

Lamp Community has long been a trailblazer in permanent supportive housing, harm reduction and housing first approaches. Central to this is the agency's commitment to continuously develop programming that is both innovative and effective in meeting the unique needs of homeless individuals living with mental illness and co-occurring disorders. For over a decade, the Arts Program has served as an example of Lamp's innovative, service-enriched model.

Interested in learning more about the Arts Program? Send an email to:  art@lampcommunity.org