Artist-author J. Michael Walker discusses his project, All the Saints of the City of Angels, an artistic investigation into the place names of Los Angeles.
In the All the Saints of the City of Angels video Walker asks the question, “Is there a connection between the history of the streets and the stories of the saints those streets are named for?” Walker researched the why and how the street was named and about the saint, then took photos of the street of what life is like and tried to find and capture the spirit of the saint on each street. Using iconography, interviews from people on the street and more, Walker’s All the Saints of the City of Angels paintings tell a story of each Los Angeles saint-named street.
CA HSS 3.1.2; 3.3
CA HSS 4.1; 4.2
CA HSS 8.12
CA HSS 11.2
Teaching Tips for Different Learning Environments
Whole Class In-Person AND Distance Learning: Break up the video into segments and have students discuss or summarize in writing the information in the video as follows: A Question to Answer (0-1:32), Finding the Answer (1:33-1:58); Artistic Representation (1:59-3:23); What Learned (3:24-4:36).
Links to Associated Education Resources
Artist Link: https://www.jmichaelwalker.com/all-the-saints-of-the-city-of-the-angels