NAAA honored for 60-plus years of work

From left, Mayor Jim Donchess, Claude Nivens, Laura Barry, Jacqueline Barry, Lauren Boss and Gov. Chris Sununu came together at the Statehouse as Sununu delivered a proclamation recognizing the Nashua Area Arts Association for more than 65 years of work promoting the arts in Greater Nashua.

CONCORD – The arts have been a hot topic in Nashua in recent months, but for the Nashua Area Artists Association, the arts have been a “hot topic,” and the group’s entire focus, for more than 65 years.

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu met with representatives from the association and Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess in an informal ceremony at his office Tuesday to present a proclamation commending them for “fostering the arts for 66 years.”

After handing them the proclamation, Sununu chatted with Donchess, president Lauren Boss and members Jacqueline Barry, Laura Barry and Claude Nivens about the work they do in the community and the importance of the arts.

“Every artist is an entrepreneur,” Sununu said, adding that the arts and humanities are topics held very dear to his family.

The NAAA has more than 100 members, runs the ArtHub Gallery on Temple Street, and hosts several events throughout the year, including the Greeley Park Art Show.

The members all have varied artistic interests, including oils, pastels, jewelry, photography, performing arts and more, according to the organization’s website.

Its main goal is the “advancement of art,” achieved through artist demonstrations, youth programs and scholarships.

Tonight, the NAAA also will receive two awards for Best Service Organization and Best Gallery at the Best of Greater Nashua Awards, Boss said.

The NAAA is proud to have been around for so long.

“Most organizations last three or four years,” Nivens said, “we’ve been here for 65.”