2022 Founder's Award honoring Leticia Roa Nixon
Save the Date: Saturday, October 15, 2022

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



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.

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.

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.

More details coming soon. If you have questions on sponsoring the event, please reach out to Catherine Lee, Director of Development, at clee@fleisher.org.

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.

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