hand painting a saint with halo

All the Saints of the City of Angels

Resource Type
Grade Level:
6–8, 9–12
Social Studies, Art
Los Angeles, California, Hispanic Heritage

Educational Video 

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 4.14.2 

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 


All The Saints interview with artist J. Michael Walker

Educational Programs at the Autry are sponsored by:

Dean and Laura Beresford · Molly and Neal Brockmeyer · Vince and Colleen Caballero · Capital Group · David F. Eisenberg · The Georgina-Fredrick Children's Foundation · Christy McAvoy · Marleen and Bruce Rognlien · Robert E. Ronus · Brenda and Gary Ruttenberg · The Steinmetz Foundation · Virginia F. Stevenson · Thelma Pearl Howard Foundation

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