Aaron Copland - Challenging Works (1976); a collection of Copland's atonal orchestral pieces [MP3]
“Homelessness is only a paycheck away” recited Crushow Herring at the opening day of Worlds of Homelessness, at the LA Poverty Department (LAPD) in Downtown L.A. This is a popular quote, and Crushow a popular man on Skid Row, a “high tolerance” zone occupied by tents of around 15,000 people living on the streets. The Skid Row History Museum and Archive, run by John Malpede and Henriette Brouwers, is the place where culture can be discussed, where art turns into a source and tool for change, for the ones without shelter. Without Shelter is also the name of an initiative started by Crushow and Orion to engage with the people on Skid Row who have not been employed for decades, giving them new ways of finding direct financial resources. Arts of the Working Class is compatible with the initiative. We talked with Crushow and Orion about the ways to collaborate from the very first moment we encountered them at their table on the street just outside of LAPD, where they were selling some of their products.