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It takes a community to put on an event like this. From the artists to the planners, the hosts, the cooks, City Hall, The Nashua Arts Commission and more.
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Attend Our Events

Join us at the the Opening Ceremony at the Picker Artists Building and take the Trolley to the Closing held at the installation sites. Visit the sculptors as they work.

Prepare a Meal

Sign up to bring lunch or dinner to this years artists.  It is a great opportunity to interact with our guest sculptors and learn more about their art and culture.

Make a Donation

Donate your time or your money. There are many ways to help us from hosting a sculptor to sponsoring a statue. There are all kins of options available.

The Nashua International Sculpture Symposium is an annual community event designed to elevate the awareness and appreciation of public art in Nashua. Nashua is the only city in the U.S. which hosts an annual international sculpture symposium.  This was originally inspired by Meri Goyette, a major arts supporter who resides in Nashua, and John Weidman, director of the Andres Institute of Art, Brookline, New Hampshire.  Nashua has celebrated its International Sculpture Symposium since 2008.

Artists are invited from around the world to spend three weeks in Nashua creating public art.  Truly a community project, residents host the artists in their homes, bring meals as they work, provide transportation, and interact with the artists as they create.  The completed sculptures are then placed in public places throughout the City for all to enjoy.

In 2020, the Symposium took a different turn.  We practiced social distancing protocols and scaled back to the basics — artists and sculptures.  We welcomed three local artists, from New Jersey, Massachusetts and Maine.

In 2019, the Symposium became a 501c3 organization.  Our newly elected Board welcomed sculptors from Kenya, New Zealand and Ohio to celebrate our theme, “Evolve”.

In 2018, the Symposium Committee welcomed artists from Scotland, Argentina and Costa Rica to work in granite and steel, reflecting the theme “Harmony”.

In 2017, in honor of the 10th Nashua Sculpture Symposium, sculptors from Costa Rica, Vietnam and USA returned to Nashua.