Street Pianos artists selected for 2020

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua
selected to paint 2020 Nashua Street Piano


Positive Street Art and artist Rachel Carpenter will also create artwork on pianos.

Darrell’s Music Hall, Forever Amber, Great American Downtown, and North Main Music are proud to announce that the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Nashua’s (BGCGN) Future Fine Artists program has been selected to paint a piano for the 2020 Nashua Street Piano project.

Established in 2016, the Nashua Street Pianos Project places artistically-painted pianos along Main Street, available for anyone and everyone to play and enjoy, from May to October.

In an effort to engage new artists in the program this year, organizers issued a Call for Artists, asking for brief proposals from local artists seeking to paint a piano. The Call for Artists resulted in numerous high-quality proposals being submitted, making the selection of just one difficult, but organizers felt the Future Fine Artists (FFA) of BGCGN proposal was the best fit for this year. The FFA is an advanced program for BGCGN members with a high interest in developing their skills to become independent artists.  Part of the mission of the FFA program is to inspire young people to pursue their passion for art and empower them to share their art with the community.

“We are thrilled to have our Future Fine Artists group be involved with Nashua Street Pianos this year,” said Shay Odueyungbo, cultural arts director for BGCGN. “Too often our youth feel like they don’t have a voice or can’t make an impact in their own community. Participating in this program will show them in a very tangible, hands-on way that they are integral members of their community and that their creative work does have an impact.”

Vexx Drawing by Mallika E., one of the images in the proposal from the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua.

Manny Ramirez revealing the piano painted by his organization Positive Street Art, in 2016.

Proposed sketch from artist Rachel Carpenter.

The other street pianos will be painted by Positive Street Art, a Nashua nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire passion for urban arts in a productive way and to build stronger communities through educational workshops, community events and artistic services, and Rachel Carpenter, a graduate of New Hampshire Institute of Art who specializes in oils, pen & ink, watercolor, and ceramics.

Carpenter will be painting a street piano in memory of Amber Lee Carroll, daughter of Tracy Lee Carroll of Hudson. Amber was a talented musician who died at age 18 from Sudden Unexpected Death in EPilepsy (SUDEP) in 2016. After Amber’s death, Tracy became involved with the Nashua Street Piano Project as a way to honor her daughter, who delighted in the street pianos. Each year, Carroll has been hosting an online fundraiser in support of the Nashua Street Pianos between her birthday and Amber’s birthday in February and March.

The Nashua Street Pianos will make their on-street debut on Saturday, May 9, 2020, at which time there will be a dedication ceremony to mark the fifth anniversary of this beloved community arts program.

The Nashua Street Pianos program is made possible through the generous support of local businesses and individuals. You can be a part of this fun and unique community-building program for as little as $150. A limited number of premium sponsorship spaces, which include additional promotion and exposure benefits, are also available. Contact Sarah Roy, marketing and public relations person for North Main Music, at commongoodcrtv@gmail.com for sponsorship information.