New mural dedicated this week graces downtown Nashua’s southern gateway

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Several of the participants in last week’s dedication ceremony for the new mural commissioned by the Rotary Club of Nashua West, created by Positive Street Art and hosted by Southern New Hampshire Health, stand in front of the newly unveiled mural. From left are Rotary Club director Jan Valuk, Cecilia Ulibarri and Manny Ramirez of Positive Street Art; Betsy Houde, SNHH director of community partnerships; and Ken Grabeau and Helen Honorow, longtime Rotary West members. Photo/Dean Shalhoup

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NASHUA, NH — A partnership between the Rotary Club of Nashua West and Nashua-based Positive Street Art in collaboration with Southern New Hampshire Health has come to fruition in the form of a colorful, eye-catching mural that fills the south wall of a SNHH building at 268 Main St.

Roughly 50 people, representing Rotary, PSA and Southern New Hampshire Health, along with city officials and members of the local business community, gathered Tuesday noontime under the shade of several trees across Bowers Street from the mural to dedicate the new mural.

Several speakers took turns addressing those present, among them Manny Ramirez, co-founder and artist-in-residence at PSA and the lead artist for the project.

Kenneth Grabeau, a longtime Rotarian, shared some local Rotary history, including Rotarians’ involvement in Rotary International’s Global Polio Eradication Initiative, a signature Rotary cause that was launched in the Philippines more than 40 years ago.

PSA co-founder Cecilia Ulibarri, Rotary Club of Nashua West’s current president, explained each of the “6 pillars of focus” to which the club’s events, projects and programs are geared:

  • Peace and Conflict Prevention
  • Disease Prevention and Treatment
  • Water and Sanitation
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Basic Education and Literacy
  • Economics and Community Development

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