Beauty is in the Eye of the BeholderPSA’s Mission and My Questions By Olimpia A. Carias
PSA’s Mission and My Questions By Olimpia A. Carias
It was probably the most beautiful headache I’ve ever had. No wall was empty and millions of people
were around me, people from all around the world. I heard wonderful things about the Louvre before I
visited the palace of beauty but I wasn’t prepared for the amount of people that were there. I found
myself in a rush to see Miss Mona and company in order to get a souvenir in time for my class’s
departure for a cruise down the Seine.
Don’t get me wrong the opportunity to even step foot in the Louvre, let alone Paris, was one of the best
things to happen in my life but I’ve enjoyed myself much more at other museums. While in Paris, my
class and I saw almost all the greatest hits in the art world but some of the more enchanting pieces that
we saw were scattered throughout the city- the street art.
Before entering the heart of Paris, we drove through the banlieue or the lower income sector of the city.
Graffiti covered most of the architecture and I found myself thinking about the purpose and meaning of
some of those etchings, thinking back to the street art of America. The change of street art was
apparent once in the center of Paris, some of which looked like a stencil was used while others were
made with colorful tiles. The most charming of the pieces was pixel art which became a game between a
friend and I…who could spot the most?
There was a playfulness to these pieces and yet graffiti, another art in its own respect, still gets a bad
rep from many. Why? This is one of the questions I hope to find an answer to along with the message
and purpose of the organization Positive Street Art. It’s been endearing to find new murals pop up
around the city of Nashua, my home for many years. In some ways I feel like Nashua has grown up with
me, it’s roots beginning to wrap around the arts and how integral it is to many people.
Being home for the summer has me reeling as I’ve made new goals for myself, one of them already
accomplished by becoming an intern for PSA. It’s one thing to see what PSA does for Nashua but to be
behind the scenes of it all is an experience of its own. The variety in their murals and the diverse
audience they have truly keeps the spirit of community and togetherness alive, something I didn’t really
experience in Nashua aside from their various youth programs.
This is different, it’s new and breaking barriers not only in terms of people or artists but the meaning
and importance of urban art. A great deal of passion and waves of effort go into the pieces that PSA
brings to life, the city being their canvas and while their hearts motivate their dedication to inspire
young and old.
Their mission is this: “To inspire a passion for urban arts in a productive way and build a stronger
community through community events, education workshops, and artistic services”. But what exactly
does this entail? How are they doing it? And most importantly, why? My time with PSA and experiencing
their upcoming events this summer should help me find the answers. I challenge myself to find the
answers to these questions but I also challenge you to do the same. In some shape or form, the arts are
impactful to anyone’s life whether it’s fuse beads or playing the same song on repeat. This is what drives
my curiosity and I hope it does the same for you.