The Nashua International Sculpture Symposium is an annual community event designed to elevate the awareness and appreciation of public art in Nashua. Nashua is the only city in the U.S. which hosts an annual international sculpture symposium. This was originally inspired by Meri Goyette, a major arts supporter who resides in Nashua, and John Weidman, director of the Andres Institute of Art, Brookline, New Hampshire. Nashua has celebrated its International Sculpture Symposium since 2008.
Artists are invited from around the world to spend three weeks in Nashua creating public art. Truly a community project, residents host the artists in their homes, bring meals as they work, provide transportation, and interact with the artists as they create. The completed sculptures are then placed in public places throughout the City for all to enjoy.
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As well as bringing public art to the community, the Nashua International Sculpture Symposium also educates the artists about creating large-scale sculpture pieces, exposes the public to different cultures and sculpture techniques and creates sustainable art in the City.
Sculptors are chosen for their ability to contribute positively to the artistic and cultural development of Nashua. The goal is that the Nashua International Sculpture Symposium will help improve the quality of life for both visitors and residents alike.
The City of Nashua held its first International Sculpture Symposium in May 2008. It was modeled after a similar event held annually by the Andres Institute of Art in Brookline NH.
The artists’ stipend plus materials are the only costs. All other needs for a successful event are generously donated by the community. NIMCO, a local machining company, generously donated space for the artists to work for ten years. MakeIt Labs at 25 Crown Street hosted our event in 2018. The Picker Artists at 3 Pine Street in Nashua hosted our event in 2019 and continue to do so in 2020.
Throughout the three weeks of the Symposium, people have the opportunity to sign up to provide lunch and dinner for the artists. Host families open their homes, providing a place for the artists to sleep and have breakfast. Any travel, to and from the airport, or host families, is provided by volunteers.
The Symposium Board of Directors, all volunteers as well, organize the annual Symposium and various fundraisers.
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