Pittsburgh’s Latino Community Center settles into its new home in East Liberty

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On a warm Saturday in July, Alison Zapata was on a ladder painting a mural of Mexican folk art inside the new headquarters of the Latino Community Center in East Liberty.

“The whole vision is for the space to be vibrant, uplifting, joyful and welcoming,” said the artist from Aspinwall who chose bold shades of turquoise, magenta and mustard-yellow for the design she created for the lobby and welcome center at the community center’s new home on the second floor of 5750 Baum Blvd.

“We wanted the place to have charm and for employees and clients to feel good when they come in,” said Zapata, 47, whose late grandfather came from Mexico to Pittsburgh at age 13 to lay railroad ties.

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