Nominations are now open for next year’s Viola Awards. Click here to nominate artists, educators, and leaders for their work in 2016.

The deadline to make a nomination for the Viola Awards is December 6, 2016.


Viola-Awards-Logo_2016_V_web_MThe Flagstaff Arts Council is proud to announce the official nominees for the 8th annual Viola Awards Gala that took place on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at the High Country Conference Center in Flagstaff. The Viola Awards are Flagstaff’s Oscars for the arts. Celebrating excellence in the arts and sciences, the Viola Awards recognize artists, educators, organizations and leaders who make positive contributions to the arts and sciences in Flagstaff.

Nominations are now open for next year’s Viola Awards. Click here to nominate artists, educators, and leaders for their work in 2016.

Forty-nine nominees were selected in eight different categories for contributions made in 2016. A panel of forty-one artists, educators, past Viola Award winners, and professionals in the field selected the nominees from many more submitted to the Arts Council by community members over the past year. Some previous Viola Award winners are among this year’s nominees: Joe Maniglia, Mike Levin, Joe Cornett, Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, Tow’rs, Flagstaff Arts & Leadership Academy, Linda Sutera, and Kevin Schindler. Mike Levin, 2016 Arts Educator nominee and 2015 Viola Award winner in the Performing Arts, is the only individual to have been nominated for a Viola Award every year since the event began in 2009.

Spining-CharlyAt the Gala event, the Arts Council honored Charly Spining. He received the Viola Legacy Award, which recognizes Lifetime Contribution to the Arts. Spining is a musician, educator and one of the founding Board members of the Flagstaff Light Opera Company. The restaurant in downtown Flagstaff at the Weatherford Hotel is named after him.

To learn more about the Viola Awards, visit the Viola Awards section of our website.

2016 Official Viola Award Nominees

Nominations are now open for next year’s Viola Awards. Click here to nominate artists, educators, and leaders for their work in 2016.