Olympia's ViewFollow PSA intern Olympia Carias as she learns about us, street art and shares her journey with you.
A Heart of Gold at the End of the Rainbow
By Olimpia A. Carias
There will always be something personal attached to a piece of art whether it comes from the creator or
the viewer. It may not be the same for everyone, but it’s there. I have always found myself to be a bit
wary of my art and so it stays close to me, in the comfort of my dresser drawer. This sense of privacy
and reclusiveness is what makes my own art feel very personal.
It wasn’t till I began university in Cambridge that I felt more inclined to challenge myself and find new
modes of self-expression. I tried mixed media sculpture, something I never really understood, and found
myself excited with each new assignment. We displayed our pieces in a small, gallery like setting and
critiqued each other’s work. Even though it was all out in the open it all still felt very personal. That
sanctity wasn’t ever breached, like I thought it would be. Instead, it was noticed and respected.
It can be scary sometimes, to put yourself out there and to be judged. Sure, there’s nothing wrong with
being a private person but wouldn’t you rather be celebrated? Celebrate yourself and your creativity? As
I’ve grown up I find myself wanting to keep my need for self-expression alive…maybe because I’m not
much of a talker or social media scoundrel.
The idea of self-expression spills over the common vessels of art and journal writing. It’s done through
things that we may not even notice that we’re doing like wearing that favorite watch or dying your ends
a lovely lilac. It’s done through our bodies, our minds and most importantly are souls. I’m sounding
borderline cliché right now, if not totally cliché but bear with me! These are things we need or should try
to accept not only in others but within ourselves.
Positive Street Art is all about self-expression but in a positive manner. I have always been encouraged
by my PSA peers to express myself in the studio whether it be with my own art or with my ideas for
future events, one of these events being Nashua’s first ever Pride Parade. PSA’s involvement with the
event makes perfect sense in my eyes; it is another way to support and provide a form of self-expression
to the public. It’s a way to bring the community together and to make it stronger.
The parade was full of positivity, acceptance and warmth (actually tons of warmth since it was over 90
degrees that day!). The PSA float was decked out and I marched proudly alongside my fellow Nashua
folks. More than anything I was amazed at all the different kinds of people I saw as we walked; young,
old, disabled, people of color. Who didn’t I see?
We were all there to celebrate those who express love and tenderness whether it be for the same or
opposite sex. To celebrate those who want to express their true selves by transitioning their bodies into
one that can finally feel like home. The LGBT community began Pride parades as a way to commemorate
the Stonewall Riots and their continuing fight for equality and acceptance. Pride has reached millions of
people worldwide and I’m proud to say that it has even reached the budding city of Nashua.