NASHUA, NH — At least one Nashua resident recently discovered black and red spray-painted graffiti on her property. It was especially upsetting because she had spent the previous 2.5 days scraping and filling with cement to get the area ready to be sealed. The woman said the attackers also tore up her cement plant.
Nashua Police are investigating the incident, but the degradation has you scratching your head and wondering why. And you pray that this doesn’t happen to your property.
Meanwhile, the Queen City tries to stop a growing graffiti problem. An abandoned railway trestle (now a popular pedestrian bridge) over the Merrimack River that people enjoy using to walk, run and cycle has recently been marred by graffiti.
Manchester Police have set up Operation Manchester GRIT – Graffiti Removal Intel Tips. When you spot illegal graffiti, you can upload photos to manchestercrimeline.org.
On a more positive note, my city has created some beautiful urban murals or legal graffiti walls downtown, and a new mural was just unveiled last week at the corner of Main and Bowers streets on the brick red, south wall of The Doorway of Greater Nashua building. , not far from Southern New Hampshire Medical Center. The Doorway program helps people with opioid use disorder or other substance use disorders.
Positive Street Art is the master behind Gate City’s urban exterior paintings. It is a non-profit organization whose mission is “to inspire passion for the urban arts in productive ways and to build stronger communities through educational workshops, community events and artistic services” .
Positive Street Art has been sharing its colorful vision here for 10 years now. You can spot these eye-catching murals on the walls of buildings that would otherwise go unnoticed. Graffiti walls often tell the story of a community and its people, increase appreciation of the arts, and attract foot traffic throughout the city.
The Rotary Club of Nashua West commissioned Positive Street Art to create the inspirational mural that would represent the organization’s 50 years of “Service Above Self.” And I have to say, it’s a stunning work of art. You can’t help but notice the large mural when driving or walking.
Congratulations to Positive Street Art and its talented lead artist Manuel Phelany Ramirez and other outstanding artists on another masterpiece gracing the Gate City.
Meanwhile, the Nashua Rotary Club West continues its fine deeds throughout the region under the leadership of Cecilia Ulibarri, the club’s president (Matt Laliberte is the elected president). Ulibarri is also president and co-founder of Positive Street Art and coordinator of voter services and cultural affairs for the city of Nashua.
Nashua Rotary Club West has extended its reach to many people. Here are just a few of the many organizations that have benefited: Adult Learning Center, Boys & Girls Club, Home Health and Hospice, Humane Society of Greater Nashua, Nashua Senior Activity Center, Nashua Special Olympics, Southern NH HIV/AIDS Task Force, and New Hampshire Symphony.
There are times when I like to end my columns with a great quote from a great person because they always say it better than I ever could.
President John F. Kennedy delivered a speech at Amherst College on October 26, 1963, in honor of the late poet Robert Frost:
“If sometimes our great artists have been the most critical of our society, it is because their sensitivity and their concern for justice, which must motivate any true artist, make him realize that our nation is below its highest potential. .”