City Arts Nashua is a volunteer arts services organization with IRS non-profit designation.
Enrich quality of life by providing leadership to support and strengthen arts and culture.
The Nashua area is a destination for the arts. Visitors come to participate in its wide variety of arts and cultural offerings; people see Nashua as a place where they want to work, play and stay.
Arts and culture are the heart and soul of any city. A vibrant arts community and a strong creative economy are necessary for the development and growth of the greater Nashua area.
What We Do
Help expand and provide visibility for greater Nashua’s artistic and cultural community. We promote, advocate, network, produce events and projects, fundraise, and provide fiscal sponsorships. We work closely with the Nashua Arts Commission, with local arts individuals and groups, community organizations, business, government and with State and national arts organizations.
This educational video consists of over 20 interviews with community leaders discussing the many facets of life worth celebrating. Its purpose is to raise awareness, inform, and celebrate the history, people, culture, and arts of Nashua, by weaving together the beautiful and amazing stories of who we are, who we have become, and who we wish to be, as we journey together in making our city the very best place to live, work and play.
In honor of all those who serve and in memory of Brian McCarthy, President of the Board of Aldermen.
This portion of The Celebrate Nashua Video Project (below) includes an Interview with Kathy Hersh, Past President of City Arts Nashua. You will learn about the significant difference that City Arts Nashua makes to enrich the quality of leadership that strengthens art and culture in our city.
Current Board Members
Lisa Bissonnette - President
Project Manager- R.J. Finlay & Co., LLC
Lisa is a senior member of R.J. Finlay & Co.’s real estate team, working on acquisition, development, approvals and permitting, contract negotiations, asset management, property management, leasing, marketing, disposition, due diligence, and closing. Lisa also serves as R.J. Finlay & Co.’s insurance and risk management liaison, responsible for all aspects of the insurance process including placing and renewing coverage, administrating claims and negotiating settlements. In addition to these responsibilities, she facilitates marketing and special projects for all of the R.J. Finlay & Co. companies. R.J. Finlay & Co.’s flagship commercial building, 30 Temple Street in Nashua, has for several years been the headquarters of City Arts Nashua’s ARTWALK, Meri Goyette’s “Sculptures on Review”, and countless other community events. 30 Temple Street is also the largest free gallery of local art in Nashua. A lifelong patron of myriad forms of art, Lisa is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and attended The University of Edinburgh in Scotland and The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Lisa serves on the Board of The Finlay Foundation, a NH 501(c)3 charitable organization.
Rachel Boothby Gualco - Vice President
Rachel Boothby Gualco comes to City Arts Nashua with a keen interest in building community through art. She believes that we have the power to make the world a better place from the local level, and has seen powerful projects develop this way across the country, from the Railyard Art Project in Santa Fe, New Mexico to the Friends of Public Art in Keene, New Hampshire. With a BA in Arts Administration from Simmons College and Masters Certificate in Graphic Design from University of New Mexico, Rachel loves to share good things with the right people through visual art. Today, she designs outreach for the Nashua Public Library and manages the meeting room spaces of the Chandler Wing as their Assistant Librarian of Emerging Technologies.
Bonnie Guercio - Secretary
Owner, Bonnie Guercio Studio
Bonnie is a professional artist with her studio in Nashua’s Millyard. Bonnie was an arts educator for over 20 years at the Adult Learning Center’s Clearway High School. Though she no longer teaches for the Adult Learning Center, Bonnie continues to work with teens, adults, and children through programs with Home Health and Hospice Care in Southern New Hampshire. Bonnie is dedicated to the idea that the arts are central in making any city a satisfying place to live, work, and play and also that the arts welcome everyone. Bonnie is a Commissioner on the Nashua Arts Commission and is a member of the Nashua International Sculpture Symposium Committee.
Homa Jaferey - Treasurer
Partner Development Specialist
Homa Jaferey originally hails from London in the U.K. Homa has an education in both Nursing and Computer Science. In 2013, she served on the Review and Comment Committee for the City of Nashua. Homa has been a Nashua homeowner since 2000, where she raised her two children, while she worked as a Substitute Paraprofessional in the Nashua School District, and as a Classroom Volunteer and Volunteer School Nurse with the Academy for Science and Design. She has dedicated years of service to various public causes in Nashua since moving here, including Visualize Nashua, Great American Downtown, and Positive Street Art, where she also served as a member of the Advisory Board. As an advisor and volunteer for PSA, Homa executed the marketing of events, created relationships with local business owners through face-to-face meetings, promoted philanthropic giving, and tracked data and services for community development. Homa now works as a Partner Development Specialist for Cisco at PC Connection in Merrimack.
Marjorie Bollinger Hogan
Owner, NH Flute Connection
Marje is the Music Director of the Merrimack Valley Flute Choir. She has performed with numerous area orchestras and chamber ensembles and is currently Principal Flute of the Merrimack Valley Philharmonic. She has served on the boards of the Greater Boston Flute Association, Flutists’ Guild, and The Nashua Flute Choir. Marje is past president and a founding member of City Arts Nashua.
An award-winning photojournalist, Allegra enjoys documenting the special, candid moments of everyday life. She photographs a wide range of topics in a wide variety of unpredictable and unexpected conditions, in a compressed amount of time, with lots of improvisation. Her work - which occasionally includes writing - has appeared in New Hampshire and Massachusetts publications since 2004. She now works with the New Hampshire Union Leader newspaper and New Hampshire Public Radio as part of her freelance photography business, and with area universities and colleges, organizations, people and small businesses. Her work has appeared in such news outlets as the Eagle-Tribune's family of newspapers and magazines, the Boston Globe, Nashua Telegraph, Hippo and the Lowell Sun. She leads photo workshops on topics from basic photography techniques to food photography. She has also worked in other media such as painting, drawing, printmaking and etching, all of which she has taught to teens in the past, and silkscreen, batik, woodworking and ceramics. Making art a part of everyday life and helping other artists fulfill their artistic goals with the help of City Arts Nashua are both very important to her, in addition to the arts helping to create more economic development in the City of Nashua.
Tracy Lee Carroll
Nurtured in a family of artists, Tracy Lee Carroll had the pleasure of growing up in a creative atmosphere. Although she has dabbled in many pallets and is a professional graphic designer, photography is the one craft that continues to have an influence in her life. Combining her love of travel with her art, Tracy Lee seeks to share the beauty she sees in the world. Her work has been published throughout the world in books, newspapers, magazines, CDs, brochures and websites as well as shown in galleries. She also freelances as a photo journalist for NH Public Radio covering NH politics since the beginning of 2008. A native New Yorker, she has called Hudson, NH home for over 23 years.
Chamber Musician and Enrichment Educator
Sue has 17 years of experience working in Special Education, and is a professional chamber musician. She is the founder of the chamber group Resonance and is the flutist in Lyric Duo, Sunflower Fusion, and the duo, Song of the Lark. She has performed both as a soloist and with ensembles at the Museum of Fine Arts, A Taste of the Arts, the Boston Opera House, the Hunt Memorial Building, the Parish Center of the Arts, and the Seacoast Academy of Music, among many others, as well as a vocal soloist with ActorSingers Chorus. She also is the co-founder of MugaLive! a unique approach combining yoga and live music for all populations, including babies as young as three months up to young adults with special needs, as well as a certified Life Coach, specializing in stage fright and self-confidence. She is a member of the National Flute Association, Chamber Music America, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and a founding member of City Arts Nashua.
City Arts Nashua Advisory Committee
Kathy retired in 2013 after 12 years as Nashua’s Community Development Director. She is a co-founder of the Nashua International Sculpture Symposium in 2008 and served as chair of the Symposium Committee until 2014. Her other priorities as Community Development Director were the Riverwalk, the Heritage Rail Trail, passenger rail, and land protection. Kathy has been involved in Nashua for 30 years, as a member of the Nashua Board of Aldermen, the Planning Board, the Conservation Commission, the Nashua Regional Planning Commission and the NH Rail Transit Authority. Although not an artist herself, Ms. Hersh recognizes the importance of arts to a vibrant, sustainable urban environment.
MG & Associates Productions
Ms. Goyette is Nashua’s leading arts advocate and philanthropist. She was a founding member of the Nashua Arts and Science Center, president of the Hunt Memorial Building Board of Trustees, and co-founder of the Nashua International Sculpture Symposium. Her contribution to the arts and artists in Nashua has been consistent over forty years and continues today. Along with numerous other awards and citations, Meri was recently honored with the Individual Arts Patron Award by Governor Maggie Hassan and the State Council on the Arts, and was named Citizen of the Year in 2014 by the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce.
Managing Partner, Ideabenders
Casey is a creative polymath currently running Ideabenders, an advertising agency fwith offices in Nashua and Prague, Czech Republic. His company’s work is seen around the world, and is hard to miss in the Nashua area. He is a founding member of City Arts Nashua, gave the organization its name and designed its logo, and devotes substantial support to many forms of artistic endeavor.
Economic Development Director, City of Springfield, MA.
As the former Economic Development Director for the City of Nashua Jay was the initial driving force behind City Arts Nashua and has remained an active board member or advisor since in formation in 2005.
Owner, Elizabeth Grady Salon
Ms. Racioppi is committed to community enrichment, and has volunteered extensively in numerous charities including the Nashua chapter of Big Brothers, Big Sisters, the Nashua Soup Kitchen, and the Mass Audubon Society. She is a founding member of City Arts Nashua and past chair and current member of the Nashua Arts Commission. She also served on the Steering Committee for NH Creative Communities and the Nashua Regional Planning Commission Advisory Subcommittee for Granite State Future and the Great American Downtown Board of Directors, and was a recipient of the 2014 Nashua Telegraph 20/20 Award for Emerging Business Leaders.
Seah writes about creative entrepreneurship on his website davidseah.com. He has worked with computer graphics creatively since 1981, in the professional video game industry for several years before specializing in interactive museum exhibit design and developing a creative business practice based on his interests in writing and personal development. Seah has degrees in Computer Graphics Design (MFA), Electrical Engineering (MS, BS) from Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Rochester, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He also is a board member of Float Left Labs, a non-profit web agency based in Manchester, NH that trains students of the digital media arts by mentoring their work for local non-profits.