CFA responds to the Boston Marathon Tragedy
Photo courtesy of Tyler Karr, School of Visual Arts senior
Extraordinary circumstances demand an extraordinary response. In the face of the Marathon tragedy, the College of Fine Arts community asked, “What can art do for society?” And you answered with a message of hope and resilience. Here are some of your remarkable stories:
In Honor of Lu Lingzi
Among those lost on April was Lu Lingzi (GRS’14), a BU graduate student. Pursuing a statistics degree, Lingzi also studied piano at CFA because music brought her joy. Music was part of her identity just as Lingzi was part of ours. Students in the BU School of Music held a memorial concert to celebrate her life on April 24.
In addition On May 1, a Music Marathon is scheduled in the GSU. Learn More
BelowLingzi’s piano teacher, Han Nah, performed in Lingzi’s honor during WBUR’s presentation Boston After the Bombings: A Public Conversation of Hope and Healing
BU Student chosen to perform at Memorial Ceremony at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross
SOM Student Erik Van Heyningen performed with the Cathedral Festival Choir at the interfaith service on April 18
Arts Outreach at BU Medical Campus
College of Fine Art’s Music, Theatre, and Visual students responded to the devastation, performing for patients injured at the Marathon and staff at BU Medical Campus. As part of the Arts Outreach Initiative, a collaboration between CFA and BUMC that launched fall 2012, student musicians have been performing up to five concerts a day at the facility in an effort to provide comfort to patients, families, and staff recovering from the traumatic events. Many of the students are also participating in honor of classmate, Lu Lingzi.
listen to a piece about the Arts Outreach Initiative on WBUR
Still Running: An Art Marathon
Luca De Gaetano (MFA’13) and Taylor Mortell (BFA’16), students from BU School of Visual Arts launched Still Running: An Art Marathon for Boston. The initiative includes an open call for artwork. Work collected will be displayed at a large exhibition next spring and sold with all proceeds to go to The One Fund and other charitable organizations. On May 11, the students will host an “Arts Marathon” to create small works of art that will be gifted to the heroes, families, and loved ones affected by the tragic events.
To learn more and get involved, visit Still Running: An Art Marathon.
A Special Performance by BU Opera Institute
BU Opera Institute’s Friday, April 19th performance of La Clemenza di Tito was cancelled due to the Boston lock down. In a moving spirit of community, both casts of the Opera Institute’s production of La Clemenza di Tito, shared the stage for the final performance on Sunday, April 21st, with each cast performing an act. Against a curtain backdrop of “B Love,” the Opera Institute’s acting director, William Lumpkin prefaced the performance by thanking the audience and explaining that the unusual performance was an opportunity to share a message of resilience and community with the city of Boston.
CFA Alumni Come Together
Thank you, CFA alumni, for your messages of hope, love, and support. You are in our hearts as well. There are so many examples of compassion. Brian August (CFA’10) recently appealed to classmates to “come together as a class to do whatever we can” to ease the pain of those affected by the tragedy.
Dean of CFA Encourages Community to Respond to Tragedy with Resilience
In the video below,College of Fine Arts Dean Benjamín Juárez talks about the duty of the arts community at Boston University to create “pockets of hope” in this difficult time.