The Viola Awards have had a meteoric rise to fame and glamor in Flagstaff, due mostly to the artistic community’s embrace of the event. It was clear from the first annual event on March 5, 2009, that something special was happening. Gala attendees dressed to the nines, and many from the arts scene wore fancy flamboyant costumes to celebrate a successful year in the creative field.

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What has always been prevalent is the love and support shown by those in attendance for the nominees and award winners. While everyone wants their friends and colleagues to take home an award, there is very little energy for competition. Winners are exalted, nominees are celebrated, and everyone revels in the power of the arts.

The Gala has always had its fair share of elegance. In addition to the artistic giants who have impacted Flagstaff over the years and taken home awards, elected officials at the local, County and State level have attended the event every year. Most importantly though, the Viola Awards have served to recognize and celebrate talent, contributions and excellence in the arts and sciences.

Of course, there have been some iconic moments… At the first Viola Awards Gala, the crew from Martanne’s Breakfast Palace famously caught their table on fire… The exalted ground-shaking roar of the crowd when Craig Bowie was announced as Arts Education winner in 2010… Circus Bacchus’ naughty naked video interview as nominees in 2013… the aerial dancers from Flagstaff Aerial Arts hanging off the main beam in the lobby at High Country Conference Center… and much much more. Relive the memories and past Viola Awards events below.

See the recipients of the Viola Legacy Award for Lifetime Contribution to the Arts & Sciences

Viola Awards Archives – 2016

The 8th Annual Viola Awards were held on March 5, 2016. Over 620 people attended the Gala event, which honored Viola Legacy Award recipient Charly Spining along with winners in other categories.

Viola Awards Archives – 2015

A record crowd of 600 people attended the 7th Annual Viola Awards Gala on Saturday, March 7, 2015, at High Country Conference Center in Flagstaff, Arizona. The event was highlighted with performances by Flagstaff Aerial Arts, and led by emcee Dapper Dre Adauto.

Viola Awards Archives – 2014

The 6th Annual Viola Awards Gala was held on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at High Country Conference Center in Flagstaff, Arizona. Over 500 artists, patrons of the arts and arts supporters came out to celebrate excellence in the arts and sciences.

Viola Award Archives – 2013

The 5th Annual Viola Awards Gala was held on Saturday, March 2, 2013, at the High Country Conference Center in Flagstaff, Arizona. The event recognized 65 nominees - individual artists, organizations and businesses - for their contributions to the arts and sciences in Flagstaff.

Viola Award Archives – 2012

The 4th Annual Viola Awards Gala was held on Saturday, March 3, 2012, at High Country Conference Center in Flagstaff, Arizona. Emcee Becky Daggett, who also won the Performing Arts Award, led us through the evening with humor and grace, and jazz trio Zazu provided live music.

Viola Award Archives – 2011

The 3rd Annual Viola Awards Gala was held on Saturday, March 5, 2011, at High Country Conference Center in Flagstaff, Arizona. This was the first Viola Award gala to move to the larger facility, due to demand for tickets and overall attendance.

Viola Award Archives – 2010

The 2nd Annual Viola Awards Gala was held on March 4, 2010, at the Radisson Woodlands Hotel in Flagstaff. The Viola Awards celebrate excellence in the arts in the Flagstaff area. Ten different awards are given to individuals, organizations and businesses for outstanding work in their respective fields.

Viola Award Archives – 2009

Flagstaff Cultural Partners (now Flagstaff Arts Council) presented the first annual Viola Awards for Excellence in the Arts to ten recipients at a gala celebration on Thursday, March 5, 2009, at the Radisson Woodlands Hotel in Flagstaff. Ten different awards honored artists, organizations, businesses and individuals who exhibit excellence in their work or provide outstanding support for the arts.

The Viola Awards created by local artists (not all are pictured, check back in the future). Click on a thumbnail for a larger image: