August 2017


August 2017

The NAP pays tribute to late board member Dr. Joseph Valloti

The NAP Pays Tribute to Late Board Member Dr. Joseph Valloti

It is with deep sadness that The National Arts Program Foundation mourns the passing of long-time foundation board member and friend Joseph Valloti. Joe passed away on Saturday, August 12th, 2017 at the age of 93.

Together with his late wife Helen, Joe had a true appreciation for the arts. Dr. Joseph Valloti was also a collector of art and a friend to artists. He was especially close with the late artist Andrew Wyeth with whom he was not only a friend but was his personal physician as well. Joe joined the foundation and supported our mission and served on our board. He was a physician with Crozer-Chester Medical Center and brought The National Arts Program® Exhibit to the employees and families of this wonderful community. The show continued to thrive there for many years and had tremendous success in bringing forth the hidden artistic talents of the medical community.

Commenting on Dr. Valloti’s passing, the foundation’s President and Chairman of the Board, Kathleen Jamieson stated, "Joe has been an invaluable member of our Board of Trustees since his appointment and we will be forever grateful for his wise counsel and dedication. He will be greatly missed as he was not only a colleague but a very dear friend. We extend our deepest condolences to Joe’s family."

The foundation staff will miss his gentle nature, wonderful spirit and thoughtful guidance but his legacy will live on in our continued support of artists everywhere.



Prior to the awards reception, Nikki Sumpter, Senior VP of Human Resources, stopped to view the artwork on the “portrait” themed wall (left) and the “treasure” themed wall (right).

Themes Emerge at Atlantic Health

All of our venue coordinators have their favorite aspect of our show.  For Ania Lesiak, our Atlantic Health System coordinator, it’s curating the displays.  With a venue that averages between 180 to 200 pieces each year, this task may seem overwhelming so we asked Ania to describe her process for organizing the artwork on drop off day.

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Mayor Celebrates Artistic Talent in Pittsburgh

Mayor Celebrates Artistic Talent in Pittsburgh

Leona Frankowski, who is the Art Education Coordinator for the City of Pittsburgh’s Parks and Recreation Department, has been coordinating their Annual National Arts Program® Exhibit entitled ARTWorks since it began eighteen years ago. Le commented that, “the program continues to be highly valued by the Mayor’s Administration and by city employees. It is a rare opportunity to celebrate the creativity within our workforce.” 

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With the end of summer vacation in sight, there’s only one thing on every student’s mind, Back to School.  Along with this brings the endless possibilities of a new school year and the fresh start that only September can signal.

To celebrate this, we’re announcing our first ever Youth focused Instagram contest “Kids Create”.  Whether it’s your children, a family member, or any other special young person in your life, we want to see their artistic talents.  So snap a pic and show us their art using #napkidscreate for a chance to win an awesome art themed prize package!

For full contest details, follow @nationalarts on Instagram.