Arts Advocacy Award Winners


The NSAL Greater Arizona Chapter
Arts Advocacy Award Group & Individual

The National Society of Arts and Letters (NSAL) Greater Arizona Chapter gives the Arts Advocacy Award annually in recognition of an Arizona not-for-profit or non-profit organizationor individual for outstanding achievements in the arts community.  We recognize policies, practices, programs and partnerships which ensure that the arts are an essential part of the community.  The Arts Advocacy Award honors an organization or individual that takes a leadership role in making an impact on culture, family life, work, leisure and/or education in and through the arts. The award is presented each year at the NSAL Annual Arts Awards banquet.

Arts Advocacy Awards: Group  

2017    Arizona Dance Coalition, Lisa Chow President and Co-Founder

2016    Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts

2015    Free Arts For Abused Children of Arizona

2014    Rosie’s House: A Music Academy for Children

2013    Arizona School for the Arts

Arts Advocacy Awards: Individual

2017    Gia Firicano, Director of the Arizona School for the Arts Ballet Program

2016    Sam Campana - former Executive Director, Arizonans for Cultural Development

2015    James Copenhaver - Senior Partner of JC Enterprises - Focused Learning

2014    Dick Bowers - President of Herberger Center for the Arts

2013    Joan Lincoln - Philanthropist and Ceramist

Arts Educator Award - Individual

NSALAZ's Educator Award is presented to an exceptional individual who has been dedicated to, and effective in, working with young people to educate them in the art of technique and performance. 

Andrew Needhammer, A.R.A.D, R.A.D. R.T.S. 

Andrew Needhammer began his ballet studies with Janet Mitchell and Edward Verso in Oakland, New Jersey then studied with Richard Thomas, Barbara Fallis and Daniel Levans at the New York School of Ballet. He joined American Ballet Theatre II and toured the U.S., Canada, Korea and Japan before becoming a member of the National Ballet of Canada where he performed in many of the great classic and contemporary ballets including leading roles in Nureyev’s Sleeping Beauty, Balanchine’s Symphony in C and Ashton’s The Dream. He joined Ballet Arizona and danced principal roles in The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, Agnes DeMille’s Rodeo and Balanchine’s Serenade and The Four Temperments. Mr. Needhammer is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Dance and a Registered Teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance. He has students who have participated in summer intensives in the U.S. and London, England, are dance majors at universities around the United States and attending pre-professional programs with companies nationwide. Six of his students have been semi-finalists in the Genee International Ballet Competition in London, Toronto, Glasgow and Wellington, New Zealand. He currently directs the Dance Division of the Northern Arizona University Community Music and Dance Academy.