ARTventures: Nashua is a public art program that facilitates temporary art projects, performances, and special events to create a more fun and pedestrian friendly environment for shopping, dining, culture and entertainment Downtown.
A program of City Arts Nashua, funded by the City of Nashua, it inspires collaboration, positive media attention, tourism, public safety, community engagement, civic pride, and economic investment in Downtown. The ARTventures: Nashua Projects were developed by artist Jerry Beck in collaboration with artists, youth, and community members. Watch our video below:
Gate City Fall Festival Parade Floats
City Arts Nashua collaborated on several floats in the Gate City Fall Festival parade and won the best float award! Lots of students and parents, as well as City Arts Nashua Board members, dressed up and walked with the floats in the parade. The project included the participation of the Gate City Charter School for the Arts, Nashua High School South, YMCA teens, Boys and Girls Club of Nashua, Revolving Museum staff and youth leaders. Eric Brand (P&L Landscaping) generously volunteered his time and equipment to tow the floats in the parade.
This handout, Illuminations describes several of the floats and other projects.
Totem Poems is a collaborative effort of City Arts Nashua and the Elm Street Middle School. Students in the school writing club wrote the poems under the guidance and direction of poet Ed Marshall, novelist Roy Goodman, English teacher JoAnne Del Greco, and artist Jerry Beck. The group got together after school two days a week throughout the winter to write the poems. The students then creatively displayed their poems for Totem Poems.
Ed Marshall summed it up best when he said, “These kids are staying AFTER school---to write POETRY!. They have restored my faith. I'm not sure if many of them realize just how good their writing is. It just seems to flow from them effortlessly. The adults in the group sit stunned at what they are producing at that age. Also, hats off to the teaching staff involved. They too are staying after school to guide this next generation of NH poets.”
Roy Goodman added, “It has been inspirational to work with these students at Elm Street Middle School; they are a thoughtful, intelligent and very creative group. I am always impressed with the range of feeling and the depth of perception shown in their poems.”
Many thanks to our sponsors for generously supporting Totem Poems.