Welcome to the NSAL
Saint Louis Chapter

A nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to supporting young talent in performing, visual, and literary arts since 1944

About Us

What is NSAL?

The National Society of Arts and Letters was founded in 1944, and the Saint Louis Chapter was founded in 1953.  Its members include people who have achieved a professional level of training or competence in art, dance, drama, literature, music, or musical theater, and/or are patrons of the arts. There is also a special category of Student Member, for students ages 14 - 18 who are involved in a Chapter-affiliated project.

How do we support young artists?

The NSAL sponsors annual competitions with prizes at the chapter and national levels, including the National Annual Awards, with prizes up to $12,000; the Winston Scholarships in Two-Dimensional Art and Classical Voice, with prizes up to $5,000; the Dorothy Lincoln-Smith Classical Voice Award Competition, with prizes up to $5,000; and scholarships for study at CalArts and the Iowa Young Writers' Studio.  The Saint Louis Chapter also grants Artist Support Awards for up to $1,000.

What are the benefits of joining NSAL?

Members meet five times per year, to report on Chapter committee activities and share information about local events related to the arts.  Each meeting includes a presentation or performance by a noted arts professional, and every spring there is a performance and presentation by the Chapter Winners in the Annual Competitions and Scholarships.  Meetings are followed by a luncheon and friendship hour.

Learn More About NSAL

Information about the history, regional chapters, and funding sponsored by the National Society of Arts and Letters 

may be found on the national website, www.arts-nsal.org.

For more information about the Saint Louis Chapter, contact us by email at contact@nsalstl.org.

Our Chapter also welcomes new members at any time. 

Please download and print the Membership Form below and mail it to:​
Membership Chair
St. Louis Chapter - NSAL
P.O. Box 50101
St. Louis, MO  63105

NSAL Membership Form March 2017 (pdf)