2022 Founder's Award honoring Leticia Roa Nixon
Saturday, October 15, 2022

About the Founder's Award

Fleisher Art Memorial is thrilled to bring back our Founder’s Award with a celebration in honor of community activist, journalist, and former Fleisher Board member Leticia Roa Nixon. The Founder’s Award recognizes individuals whose significant commitment to providing access to the arts, promoting excellence in creative expression, and enriching Philadelphia’s cultural resources reflects the values of our founder, Samuel S. Fleisher.

In honor of Leticia’s dedication to uplifting Philadelphia’s Latinx community, bringing forth their stories through her activism and journalism, and her artistic practice at Fleisher, she will receive the Founder’s Award on October 15, 2022.

Join us for an evening of live music and dance by Los Bomberos De La Calle, light cocktail fare provided by Le Virtu, Mayuri Mendoza, Sri’s Company, and drinks!

About Leticia Roa Nixon

A Mexico City native, Leticia immigrated to the U.S. in 1985 and has been in Philadelphia for over three decades. During this time, she has documented and shed light on the experiences and stories of the diverse Latinx community across Philadelphia, serving as a tireless advocate for her community. At Fleisher, Leticia has also served on La Calaca Flaca, the committee responsible for organizing and presenting the annual Día de los Muertos procession and celebration, which is entering its milestone tenth year.

2022 Event Committee

Honorary Chair: Senator Nikil Saval
Shannon Maldonado, Founder and Creative Director, YOWIE
Carmen Marcet, Impacto Media Newspaper
Erika Guadalupe Nuñez, Executive Director, JUNTOS
Gerard Silva, Director of Exhibitions & Community Outreach, Fleisher Art Memorial
Sinta Penyami Storms, Founder/Director, Modero & Company

Sponsorship Opportunities

Pledge your support by August 31 to be included in print materials. If you have questions on sponsoring the event, please reach out to Catherine Lee, Director of Development, at clee@fleisher.org.

Thank you to:

  • Silver Level Sponsors:

    Jolley Bruce Christman

    Littler Mendelson, P.C.


    Bronze Level Sponsor:


    Additional support from:

    Bella Vista Neighborhood Association

    Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia



    The Garden Group

    The Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College


    Rowan University Art Gallery

    William Penn Charter School

  • Friends Level Sponsors:

    Barbara Eberlein, Jerry Wind, + John Wind


    John and Susan Louchheim

    Arnold Weiss

    Atkin Olshin Schade Architects

    John Alexander Takacs, DMD

    In-Kind Sponsors:

    BC&B Printing

    Bluecoat Gin

    Fireball Printing

    Hoffman Design Group


    Le Virtù

    Yards Brewing Company

    Catering by:

    Le Virtù

    Mayuri Mendoza

    Sri’s Company

Past Recipients

  • Dr. Constance Clayton, 2021

  • Diane Burko, 2019

  • Dr. Carmen Febo San Miguel & Gayle Isa, 2018

  • Marsha Moss, 2017

  • Dr. Dennis W. Creedon, 2016

  • Louise Clement-Hoff, 2015

  • Helen Cunningham & Ted Newbold, 2014

  • Dina & Jerry Wind, 2013

  • Jill & Sheldon Bonovitz, 2012

  • Al West & Paige West, 2011

  • Carole Haas Gravagno, 2010

  • Louis Massiah, Pepón Osorio, & Lily Yeh, 2009

  • Peggy Amsterdam & Karen Davis, 2008

  • Anne d’Harnoncourt, 2007

  • James Nelson Kise, James Bennett Straw, & David A. Schultz, 2006

  • Frank & Betty Louchheim, 2005

  • Suzanne Fleisher Roberts, 2004

  • Dr. Luther W. Brady, Jr., 2003

  • Thora Jacobson, 2002

  • Happy Fernandez, 2001

  • Linda Lee Alter, 2000

  • Hon. Edward G. Rendell, 1999

  • Marian Locks, 1998

  • Joseph Rishel, 1997

  • Dorothy R. B. Manou & Melinda Whiting, 1996

  • Ella King Torrey, 1995

  • Helen W. Drutt English, 1994

  • Edna Andrade & William Parshall, 1993

  • Penny Balkin Bach & Jody Pinto, 1992

  • Judith Tannenbaum, 1991

  • Frank Gasparro, 1990

Image: Leticia Roa Nixon and other community members participating in Día de los Muertos festivities at Fleisher Art Memorial. Photo by Justin Mayer on assignment for Colibri Workshop.