July 8-10: Share ‘What Nashua Means to Me’ during pop-up events aimed at ‘galvanizing civic pride’

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Free event for the community set for July 9 at Library Walk. Courtesy Photo

NASHUA, NH – What does Nashua mean to you?

That is the question that the city is seeking to answer during a series of pop-up events next week – including a free community celebration.

From 4:30-7 p.m. on July 9, Nashua families are invited to an event being held in the Library Walk connecting thruway located near 100 Main Street, for a community-building exercise around the prompt of “What Nashua Means to Me.”

The City has retained CivicBrand to gather community input with the goal of solidifying a Nashua identity and galvanizing civic pride.

“Nashua has a lot of assets, but no current way to connect the dots,” explained Liz Hannum, Director of Economic Development for the city. “We’re hoping to create a way for everyone to talk about Nashua – to be able to effectively communicate to others about our city, in a comprehensive and encompassing manner. We’re building a picture of who we are.”

To accomplish this, CivicBrand will hold several hour-long pop-ups around the city next week, to solicit people’s stories about Nashua. The current pop-ups include:

  • Monday, July 8: From 5-6 pm at Nashua Community College, 505 Amherst St.
  • Tuesday, July 9: From 11 am—noon at Nashua PAL, 52 Ash St.
  • Tuesday, July 9: From 1:30-2:30 pm at Barnes and Noble, 235 Daniel Webster Hwy.
  • Wednesday, July 10: From 10:30-11:30 am at Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St.

There will also be a fun family event held in the Library Walk alleyway from 4:30-7 pm Tuesday, July 9, where CivicBrand will hang temporary posters on which attendees can write their family stories, and what living in Nashua is like and means to them. SubZero Ice Cream will be on hand doing a demonstration of their scientific ice cream technique, and providing free samples while supplies last.

The next step after the coming week of input gathering will be a full activation of the Library Walk in the early fall. Plans currently include overhead lighting (akin to that in the alley between the back of the Nashua Center for the Arts and Fortin Gage) and a new crosswalk across Court Street with a library-themed paint job. Also, a gallery of notable Nashuans is slated to grace the walls of the Library Walk.

“We hope many people will stop by and give input at the pop-ups around town, as well as attend the Library Walk event and talk with the CivicBrand reps,” Hannum said.