Marissa López receives Chancellor’s Arts Initiative grant, curates exhibition on L.A.’s past

June 24, 2024
Sean Brenner I UCLA

In two distinct projects — one underway and one beginning soon — Marissa López is drawing lessons from Los Angeles’ past to inform insights about the city’s social, economic and cultural present.

With a project set to begin this summer, López, a UCLA professor of English and of Chicana/o and Central American studies, is co-leading an effort to create a new “living archive” of Latinx sounds for Los Angeles. The project, called “Sonidos Nuevos,” was recently named one of 10 to win Chancellor’s Arts Initiative grants for 2024.

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Photo courtesy of Marissa López.