The Flagstaff Arts Council is pleased to announce the Finalists for the 2018 Viola Awards in celebration of excellence in the arts and sciences in Flagstaff, Arizona. Forty Finalists are recognized across ten categories, with some Finalists being recognized in multiple categories. New categories were added this year to expand the awards: Community Impact (with awards for Individuals and Organizations separately), Innovation, and Music.
The tenth annual Viola Awards Gala will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018, at High Country Conference Center in Flagstaff. The winners in each category will be announced at the Gala event, which features performances, dinner, and the award ceremony.
This year’s Viola Legacy Award recipient is long-time Flagstaff filmmaker Ed George. The Legacy Award recognizes lifetime achievement and impact in the arts in Flagstaff. George, who died in February 2016, was a prolific cinematographer who worked on countless projects over the years. Recently, he received acclaim for his work as producer and director of the film, Chasing the Light, and as filmmaker for the Edward Abbey film, Wrenched. Read more about Ed George here.
Several former Viola Award winners are recognized as Finalists this year. Last year’s winner in Performing Arts, Dark Sky Aerial, got a nod in two categories for their production of Tilt. Two-time Viola Award winner Shawn Skabelund is nominated twice for different projects. Former Emerging Artist winner Tow’rs is recognized in Music for their full-length album, Grey Fidelity. Joe Cornett, the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, and Theatrikos Theatre Company are other former Viola Award winners named as Finalists this year.
Official 2018 Viola Award Finalists
Excellence in the Performing Arts
Excellence in the Visual Arts
Excellence in Science Education
Business for the Arts
Excellence in Music
Excellence in Storytelling
Excellence in Arts Education
Community Impact (Individual)
Community Impact (Organization)
Nominations are sent to Flagstaff Arts Council by the community at large; anyone can nominate an artist, leader, organization, business or event for an award. From this pool of nominees, a panel of past Viola Award winners and experts in the field select Official Viola Award finalists in each category. The Panels then meet to determine one ultimate winner per catagory. The Viola Award finalists will be posted in early January. The winners will be announced at the Gala event on Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 at the High Country Conference Center in Flagstaff.