Meri Goyette Arts Awards Luncheon set for Sunday

NASHUA – The 6th annual Meri Goyette Arts Awards Luncheon, presented by City Arts Nashua in collaboration with the Nashua Arts Commission, is set for 11 a.m. Sunday at Sky Meadow Country Club.

Celebrate Nashua’s vibrant arts scene, the spoken word and this year’s Arts Awards honorees with a champagne lunch, performances, awards ceremony, live and silent auctions and more. In honor of National Poetry Month, this year’s festivities will center around the art of poetry through the spoken word, dance, music and live painting.

Tickets are on sale on cityartsnashua.org and table sponsorships still are welcomed by contacting our organizer, Tara Kalish.

The Arts Awards honorees are:

Arts Hero Arts Award Winner: Brian McCarthy. A Nashua Alderman for many years, Brian was a longtime supporter and mentor for City Arts Nashua and a champion for the arts and culture in the Nashua schools and community. Brian’s support, in particular, for the planned Nashua Performing Arts Center was well known. City Arts Nashua is honoring his memory and work.

Individual Arts Award Winner: Meghan Durden. Meghan is the Nashua School District, K-5 Art District Coordinator. She is being honored for her outstanding commitment to and participation in the Gallery at the Wall project in Downtown Nashua as a committee participant, working with and communicating with fellow teachers across the entire Nashua School District, collecting the vast array of art and running the Selection Night when judging took place. She also worked closely with the Nashua Telegraphnewspaper on the student recognitions.

Small Business Arts Award Winner: Stella Blu. Open since 2008, this stylish tapas restaurant has had a long-standing commitment to downtown Nashua, and a tradition of philanthropy and community involvement in myriad ways, in particular for the arts. They feature a rotating gallery of local artwork in their restaurant, regularly schedule live music and entertainment at the restaurant, and are a vocal supporter of downtown initiatives that support the arts, including the Performing Arts Center. They have donated generously of their time, talent, and “treasure” for countless projects and organizations, including a mixology (cocktail making) night event for City Arts Nashua’s live auction at last year’s luncheon, and are an unofficial home of City Arts Nashua’s many committee meetings.

Large Business Arts Award Winner: Southern New Hampshire Medical Center. Led by Michael Rose and Betsy Houde, they run an outstanding program titled “The Art of Hope” which features local artists who create uplifting and hopeful works of art to inspire and encourage patients and visitors in the Behavioral Health Unit of Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in downtown Nashua.

SNHMC is recognizing art as part of their pursuit of improving the health of the community. Mike and Betsy assembled a very talented group of artists, placed their work on prominent display and helped promote the artists and the “Art of Hope” program through events and on the hospital’s website.