The Northeastern University Latino/a Student Culture Center Thursday, in the process of being covered by a three-sided mural.
The three-story center, pictured here, was painted by Northeastern community members.
During a quiet moment Thursday, College of Arts, Media and Design assistant teaching professor Jamal Thorne and Northeastern student Kelly Gallagher work on the mural.
“I think that CAMD students need to understand that art making…is strongly linked to social engagement,” said Thorne, during a short break from painting.
Thorne takes a brush to the mural. “We’re also helping to give voice to an identity,” he said.
Gallagher goes back to the paint stash. “I’m not Latina but I care about culture; they’re very accepting,” said Gallagher, who works for the center.
Northeastern student and mural model Barbara Cimatti poses with her likeness. “I feel like a superstar,” she said. “I feel like Kim Kardashian number two, cause she’s number one always.”
On Thursday, there were still areas, like this section, that needed substantial work.
Some areas were more complete, like this one of a man gardening, centered in the front of the building.
On October 6, the Latino/a Student Culture Center at Northeastern University was more than a building. It was a canvas.
The building, which is at 104 Forsyth St in Boston, is the setting for the latest art on campus, a three sided-mural. It was covered in scaffolding Thursday, but well underway.
Jamal Thorne, an assistant teaching professor in the College of Arts, Media and Design, was onsite Thursday, working on the mural and giving instruction. He said the mural was designed by Latino students and that he’s made it required in five classes he’s teaching for students to come help paint.
Thorne was painting with Kelly Gallagher, a student who works at the center.
“It’s gonna make the campus more beautiful,” she said.
Barbara Cimatti, the model for one of many figures on the mural, stopped by and briefly chatted with Gallagher, who was working near Cimatti’s likeness. Cimatti explained that she spends many of her days in the center and happened to be on sight when the design was created.
The building will be officially unveiled tomorrow at 3 p.m.