The National Society of Arts and Letters (NSAL) Florida East Coast Chapter is a dedicated group of volunteers who understand the inspiration, joy, creativity, and dreams a piece of art, a prima ballerina, a Broadway play, or a piano concerto can evoke. NSAL is a nonprofit, volunteer organization dedicated to funding and promoting public awareness of the creative arts.
NSAL aims to discover talented young people at the beginning of their careers and provides scholarships and competitions in Art, Dance, Drama, Literature, Music and Musical Theatre, and works to advance their careers and creative opportunities.
The National Society of Arts and Letters strive to keep the beauty of the creative arts alive for generations to come. We are about discovering, mentoring and financially supporting exceptional young artists.
Professionals and patrons of the arts interested in furthering the careers of young artists are invited to join NSAL by contacting President Judi Asselta at JudiAsselta@gmail.com or 561-756-5412.
Past local Florida and national winners who have gone on to critical acclaim, nationally and internationally, are soprano Nadine Sierra, Voice winner 2008 and opera director, Jeffrey Buchman, Voice, 1997.
Other local and national winners recognized in their field include:
Ballerina, Krista Ettinger, 2006
Broadway performer, Jose Luaces, Drama 2009
Anna Marie Brumbaugh, Woodwinds 2014
Ballerina, Sophie Miklosovic, Dance 2017
Cabaret singer, Chloe Dolandis, Musical Theatre, 2012.
Past local scholarship winners Yaroslava Poletaeva, violin and Darren Matais, piano, went on to win a national competition in Collaborative Piano and Violin in 2016. Zaray Rodriquez was Chapter and National NSAL scholarship winner in Voice, 2017. Isabella Addison was Chapter and National NSAL Visual Arts scholarship winner, 2018. Kathryn Dennison was a National NSAL Visual Arts Scholarship recipient in 2019, and Laura Santamaria Mendez was a National NSAL Voice Scholarship recipient in 2019.
NSAL is dedicated to helping promising young artists through competitions, scholarships, financial assistance, master classes and career introductions.
The NSAL Competitions and Scholarships are created in Art, Dance, Drama, Musical Theatre, Music, Voice and Literature. The average prize of any given competition is from $5,000 to $8,500.
In addition, NSAL hosts the annual Winston Scholarships for Art and Voice granting $18,000 - $20,000 in awards to students between the ages of 16-22.
Each year, NSAL gives two National Literary Arts Scholarships. The Florida East Coast Chapter has sponsored the national organization’s Scholarship to CalArts (the California Institute of the Arts) since 1987.