Spanish version now available for Nashua’s free walkable art tour app

Shown is a mural of the Nashua Dodgers, the first team to integrate African Americans into its roster. Part of the Downtown Art Tour, a free downloadable app created by Great American Downtown.

 Great American Downtown has released a Spanish translation of its free downloadable app for a self-guided audio visual art tour of Downtown Nashua’s local murals and sculptures.

This 14-stop art tour on the free DISTRX app for smartphones was released last May in English. Now the tour is available to experience by Spanish-speaking visitors to Nashua’s Main Street and the surrounding area.

Great American Downtown reached out to Oscar Villacis, of WSMN radio talk show First Gen American, and asked him to translate their existing script. First Gen’s Jasmine Torres Allen then recorded the script in Spanish. 

First Gen American focuses on the daily life of those who are the first of their families to be born US citizens. The radio program is broadcast live on WSMN’s channel 1590 AM from 9–11 am Tuesdays.

A stop on the downtown art tour: “We Are,” a sculpture by Costa Rican artist Tony Jimenez, created during the annual Nashua International Sculpture Symposium.

Shown is “Frida Rota” by sculptor Tomas Oliva of Cuba. Created during the annual Nashua International Sculpture Symposium and part of the downtown walkable art tour.

Great American Downtown, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, promotes Downtown Nashua through events and advocacy. The organization is a strong proponent of local art, music and locally owned businesses.

“This art tour is a great way to explore our vibrant art scene on and around Main Street,” said Paul Shea, Executive Director of Great American Downtown. “We were pleased to roll this free app out last summer, for self-guided tours. We’ve had a lot of great feedback with over 120 people already stepping out to explore with the help of Distrx. This has been an especially valuable option as folks have practiced social distancing, as it is an outdoor activity that families or friends could experience at their own pace while following health guidelines.”

The tour takes you on an easy-to-walk route along Main Street and side streets, showcasing historic and modern murals, as well as sculptures. Using the app on your smartphone, you can listen to a description of the history of the piece and its artist. The app also has written information and links for further research and exploration. More information can be found here; the free app can be downloaded here.

The nonprofit is currently working on its second art tour, which will focus on sculpture and other art pieces along the Nashua riverfront and surrounding areas. They plan to roll out that tour this summer. In the future, Great American Downtown also plans to present a Nashua history tour.

For more information, visit Great American Downtown’s website here.

“Bird Dreaming,” by sculptor Jocelyn Pratt of New Zealand. Created during the annual Nashua International Sculpture Symposium and part of the downtown art tour.

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