NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — When city residents pass Hamilton and Plum streets, they’ll be hard-pressed to miss a new mural that has cropped up on the corner.
Working with a local artist and various community organizations, several New Brunswick students painted the work of art, according to the city. The piece includes big hearts and the phrases “Love is Respect” and “El Amor es Respeto,” against a purple and yellow backdrop.
The goal of the mural is to advocate against domestic violence and in favor of “healthy relationships,” according to City Hall. The piece of art aims to reinforce positive ideas that steer partners away from domestic violence.
It does this by using “traditional Mexican Milagros, or ‘Miracles’, images,” the city said.
Middlesex County’s Youth Advocate Programs spearheaded the project with help from the group Artists Mentoring Against Racism, Drugs and Violence, the New Brunswick Domestic Violence Awareness Coalition, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital’s Community Health Promotions Program and the Rutgers Collaborative Center for Service Learning.
City students worked alongside the artist Ingrid Morales, who grew up in the Hub City and graduated from Rutgers’ Mason Gross School of the Arts, according to the city.
This isn’t the first time that Morales has left her mark on New Brunswick.
In the past, she has worked with the artist mentorship organization on a mural at the corner of Joyce Kilmer Avenue and Delavan Street. She has also teamed up with coLAB arts and the Esperanza Neighborhood Project to paint a mural at the intersection of Bayard and French streets.