Celebrate Nashua's vibrant arts scene, the spoken word and this year's Arts Awards honorees with a champagne lunch, performances, awards ceremony, live and silent auctions and more.

The sixth annual Meri Goyette Arts Awards Luncheon is set for Sunday, April 14, at 11 a.m., at Sky Meadow Country Club, 6 Mountain Laurels Drive, Nashua, N.H.

In honor of National Poetry Month, this year's festivities will center around the art of poetry through the spoken word, dance, music and live painting. Tickets are on sale at www.cityartsnashua.org, and table sponsorships are also welcomed.

Following are this year's Arts Awards honorees.

Arts Hero Arts Award: Brian McCarthy.

A Nashua alderman for years, McCarthy is a longtime supporter and mentor for City Arts Nashua and a champion for the arts and culture in the Nashua schools and community. City Arts Nashua is honoring his memory and work.

Individual Arts Award: Meghan Durden. Durden, the Nashua School District's coordinator of art for K-5, is being honored for her commitment to and participation in the Gallery at the Wall project in downtown Nashua.

Small Business Arts Award: Stella Blu Restaurant. Open since 2008, this tapas restaurant has had a long-standing commitment to downtown Nashua, and a tradition of philanthropy and community involvement in myriad ways, in particular for the arts.


It features a rotating gallery of local artwork and regularly scheduled live music and entertainment, and is a vocal supporter of downtown initiatives that support the arts, including the Performing Arts Center.

Large Business Arts Award: Southern New Hampshire Medical Center. Led by Michael Rose and Betsy Houde, SNHMC runs an outstanding program titled "The Art of Hope" that features local artists who create uplifting and hopeful works of art to inspire and encourage patients and visitors in the Behavioral Health Unit of Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in downtown Nashua.

For more information, visit www.cityartsnashua.org.