2018 Category Descriptions & Criteria


  • Excellence in the Visual Arts

Description: This award is given to an artist, group of artists, or organization for the production of an excellent work or exhibition of visual art, produced and displayed during 2017 in the greater Flagstaff area. This could be for a single work of art or for an exhibition of several works of art.

CRITERIA:                                                                          LIMITATIONS:
Quality of the art work(s)                                                     Project must have taken place in the greater Flagstaff area
Impact of the work(s) on the artistic community                  Artist(s) must be Flagstaff-based, OR based in communities within 100 miles
Impact of the work(s) on Flagstaff                                       50% or more of artwork in project must be produced by eligible local artists

  • Excellence in Storytelling

Description: This award is given to a writer, film maker, or other storyteller for the presentation of an excellent work of art presented in 2017 in the greater Flagstaff area. This could be for a film, live reading of written works or stories, recorded presentation, book, short story, essay, poem, or a series of stories, essays and/or poems.

CRITERIA:                                                                          LIMITATIONS:
Quality of the art work(s)                                                     Project must have taken place in the greater Flagstaff area
Impact of the work(s) on the artistic community                  Artist(s) must be Flagstaff-based, OR based in communities within 100 miles
Impact of the work(s) on Flagstaff                                       50% or more of artwork in project must be produced by eligible local artists

  • Excellence in Arts Education

Description: Awarded to an arts educator active in the Flagstaff area for a minimum of three years, for outstanding work and contributions to arts education in 2017.

CRITERIA:                                                                          LIMITATIONS:
Impact of the educator on students                                     Educator must be Flagstaff-based
Impact of the educator on the arts education field              Minimum three years professional experience in Flagstaff area
Impact of the educator on Flagstaff
Dedication of the educator to professional development

  • Excellence in Science Education

Description: Awarded to a science educator active in the Flagstaff area for a minimum of three years, for outstanding work and contributions to science education in 2017.

CRITERIA:                                                                         LIMITATIONS:
Impact of the educator on students                                     Educator must be Flagstaff-based
Impact of the educator on the arts education field              Minimum three years professional experience in Flagstaff area
Impact of the educator on Flagstaff
Dedication of the educator to professional development

  • Excellence in the Performing Arts / Excellence in Music

Description: This award is given to a musician, performing artist, group of musicians/performing arts, or organization for the presentation of music or performing arts production or publication, presented in 2017 in the greater Flagstaff area. This could be for a director of a theatrical production, a musician or group for a concert performance, a musician or group for an album, an organization for presentation of a dance or theater performance, an actor, choreographer, or dancer for a performance in a theatrical production, etc.

CRITERIA:                                                                          LIMITATIONS:
Quality of the art work(s)                                                     Project must have taken place in the greater Flagstaff area
Impact of the work(s) on the artistic community                  Artist(s) must be Flagstaff-based, OR based in communities within 100 miles
Impact of the work(s) on Flagstaff                                       50% or more of artwork in project must be produced by eligible local artists

  • Emerging Artist Award

Description: This award is given to an emerging or student artist in any genre (visual, performing, music, literature, film, etc.) for an overall body of work, some of which must have been presented in 2017 in the greater Flagstaff area. The recipient of this award should be relatively new to her/his field, or a student in the field, with less than three years of professional experience.

CRITERIA:                                                                          LIMITATIONS:
Art work(s) that shows the promise of quality                     Artist must be Flagstaff-based
Impact of the work(s) on the artistic community                 3 years of professional experience presenting works after schooling
Impact of the work(s) on Flagstaff

  • Business for the Arts

Description: This award is given to a locally-based business for outstanding leadership in support of the arts through volunteerism, philanthropy, and/or support in 2017.

CRITERIA:                                                                                                   LIMITATIONS:
Shows strong support of artists, arts organizations and/or arts education     Business must be Flagstaff-based
Impact of support on the artistic community                                                   Business must have three years of activity in Flagstaff
Impact of support on Flagstaff

  • Community Impact Award

Description: This award is given to a locally-based individual and/or organization or institution for impact made in the arts and/or sciences in the greater Flagstaff area. This is not a lifetime achievement award, so the focus is on a project or program completed in the last year, or on a whole body of work during the last year.

CRITERIA:                                                                                                   LIMITATIONS:
Impact on the arts and/or science sector in Flagstaff        Must be Flagstaff-based
Impact on Flagstaff

  • Innovation Award

Description: The award is given to any individual or organization for an innovative or groundbreaking project or program produced in the greater Flagstaff area in the last year. This can be for ANY project or program (works of art, performances, presentations, service projects, publications, etc.) in the field.

CRITERIA:                                                                                                   LIMITATIONS:
Impact on the arts and/or science sector in Flagstaff        Must be Flagstaff-based
Impact on Flagstaff
Innovation and uniqueness of project

  • Viola Legacy Award

Description: Awarded to an individual for exceptional service, outstanding dedication and life-long achievement in the arts and/or sciences. Each year, as many as three or as little as one award winners may be chosen.

CRITERIA:                                                                                                    LIMITATIONS:
Overall quality of work over a lifetime                                                            Minimum of ten years working in Flagstaff
Lifetime impact on the arts and/or sciences sector in Flagstaff
Lifetime impact on the community of Flagstaff

The deadline for nominations for the 2018 Viola Awards has passed. Finalists will be announced on January 7, 2018. Purchase tickets for the 10th Annual Viola Awards Gala, March 3, 2018, here.