2018 Viola Awards created by Elizabeth Bonzani
To an audience of over 600 patrons, the Flagstaff Arts Council announced the winners of the 2018 Viola Awards on Saturday, March 3, 2018, at the High Country Conference Center in Flagstaff, Arizona. The Viola Awards celebrate excellence in the arts and sciences in Flagstaff – like the Oscars, but for the arts in Flagstaff, and better and glitzier!
A total of twelve awards were announced at the Gala event, including new categories for Community Impact (and Individual award and Organization award), Excellence in Music, and the Innovation Award. Long-time Flagstaff filmmaker Ed George was the eleventh recipient of the Viola Legacy Award for Lifetime Contributions to the Arts.
To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Viola Awards, the Arts Council worked with local artists for a special night. Rachel Wilson created a textile installation at the entryway to the Gala titled Viola Arbor. Patrons walked through the installation to enter the Gala. The Master Chorale of Flagstaff, along with the Women’s and Men’s Chorales at Northern Arizona University, filled the event with song with over 150 singers. And the cast of Theatrikos Theatre Company’s Avenue Q performed to open the event. A video celebrated the Top Ten Moments in Viola Awards history.
Photos of the event will be posted on this site and the Arts Council Facebook page by the afternoon of Sunday, March 4.
2018 Viola Award Winners