2004-2005 Spotlight Archives
Alice Mollo-Christensen ’07 East-West Coast Muralist
Alice Mollo-Christensen ’07 always liked art but had never really created any of her own. However, while working at her beloved childhood preschool last summer, Aruna’s Place in Boston, she decided to try her hand at painting and give the children at the school something they could enjoy.
“The murals are one thing that I really liked about Pitzer when I was applying to colleges,” Mollo-Christensen explained. “I like that in Mead (residence hall) you can just ask someone and go paint on the wall. It adds so much uniqueness to the campus.”
Inspired by the many murals on the Pitzer campus, she chose to bring a story to life in a corner of the preschool where children read and put on shows. The book of choice: “Where the Wild Things Are,” by Maurice Sendak.
When Mollo-Christensen started to sketch the drawings out on the wall, her confidence grew and the mural became more elaborate than originally planned.
“It evolved into this huge mural. I was amazed at myself,” Mollo-Christensen told Boston’s Lincoln Journal. “I didn’t know I could do something like this. I learned that if you try, you can actually do things you didn’t think you were capable of doing.”
Mollo-Christensen brought that attitude back to Pitzer.
“I definitely want to do a mural at Pitzer now. It’s really fun. I had never done anything like that before and it was an awesome experience,” she enthused.
Mollo-Christensen started working at Aruna’s Place her sophomore year in high school and would like to work there again if she is home this summer. Mollo-Christensen also wants to get involved with children on this coast.
“I would like to either work with Jumpstart here on campus, or at the Mary B. Eyre daycare down the street, if I am able to make the time,” she said.
Though undecided on her major at this point, Mollo-Christensen would like to bring many subjects together, utilizing Pitzer’s option to design your own major.
“I feel like everything I’m studying is connected—sociology, environmental studies, economics. They are all related,” she said. “I’m really interested in creating my own major.”
In true Pitzer form, Mollo-Christensen thinks she will end up working in the nonprofit sector.
“I like helping people and making people’s life experiences better,” she explained.
She certainly has made the children’s lives at Aruna’s Place more colorful at the least; since she completed her mural, another couple of murals are in the works. Scenes from Dr. Seuss’ “The Cat in the Hat” and “Winnie the Poo” by A.A. Milne have popped up.
Be looking for Mollo-Christensen’s mural coming soon to Pitzer.
--Catherine Okereke '00