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Visual and Sonic Landscapes

The “Visual and Sonic Landscapes in the City of Angels” initiative is created to share  the lived experiences of faith-based communities and cultural expressions of spirituality across Los Angeles through sights and sounds. We believe that these manifestations embody individual and group values, ideologies, and worldviews.  Often central components of lived religion, visual and aural practices are vivid and tangible forms of belief. We envision this website as an ever-expanding resource for students, faculty, and K-12 classrooms, helping them engage with the histories and current realities of spiritually-based communities in Los Angeles. 

Through upcoming collaborations, we plan to expand our documentation to represent the multiplicity of narratives through the sights, sounds, and stories of this city. Our first project is Visual and Sonic Landscapes of Muslims in Los Angeles, which has been made possible by the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation and Lilly Endowment Inc.

We invite students, faculty, and staff to use and add to these VSL resources. Please contact us at if you wish to partner with us on this project. 

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