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What altars do you have in your home or community? What do they mean to you?

As part of the Creative Encounters program, we collected submissions of home altars, asking our community to share stories of the spaces they’ve created for devotional practice or memorializing loved ones.

Religious and spiritual experiences provide a deep reservoir of inspiration and, in many cases, the setting for devotional art and memorial offerings. Whether in public places of worship or intimate spaces in homes, artworks and objects can enhance emotional encounters with the divine. The creative spark is often thought of as a gift or a calling, and artistic works can be sacred offerings themselves.

Explore the submissions of home altars that we received from all across the United States, and submit your own home altar to add to the map.

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