The strength of urban art
Villacis said Nashua's downtown art movement draws in young people from different places and cultures, and the mix helps fuel an ongoing creative churn.
Cam Ruhl, a former graffiti artist who has switched from spray paint and brick walls to acrylics and canvases, said he also appreciated the community and the opportunities that have opened up to local artists through Positive Street Art.
"A lot of us do disruptive art that breaks the cycle," said Ruhl.
Ryan Lavalley, who was working a raffle table to raise money for the organization, said one of Positive Street Art's basic goals is to channel creative energy in a constructive way.
Lavalley said Positive Street Art is working hard to connect all of Nashua's artists and build an inclusive arts community."It's our mission," he said. "We want to encourage people who might otherwise not have had a voice to express themselves."
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