The Flagstaff Arts Council is pleased to announce the Finalists for the 2019 Viola Awards in celebration of excellence in the arts and sciences in Flagstaff, Arizona. Thirty-eight Finalists are recognized across nine categories, with some Finalists being recognized in multiple categories.

The eleventh annual Viola Awards Gala will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2019, 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 we have two Viola Legacy Award recipients. The Legacy Award recognizes lifetime achievement and impact in the arts in Flagstaff.

Mac Groves passed away on January 9, 2018 after a 40-year career as a beloved and respected educator and director. Mac had three of his plays produced in Flagstaff with one, The Mother Road, touring for two years in partnership with the National Park Service.

Read more about Mac Groves on his legacy page here.

SD Nelson is the author and illustrator of numerous children’s books including, Black Elk’s Vision, Gift Horse, The Star People, Buffalo Bird Girl and Greet the Dawn. He taught art at Mount Elden Middle School in Flagstaff for 27 years (1976-2003). SD’s paintings offer a contemporary interpretation of traditional Lakota images.

Read more about SD Nelson on his legacy page here.



Official 2019 Viola Award Finalists

Excellence in the Performing Arts

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Excellence in the Visual Arts

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Emerging Artist

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Excellence in Science Education

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Excellence in Music

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Excellence in Storytelling

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Excellence in Arts Education

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Community Impact (Individual)

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Community Impact (Organization)

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For more information about the Viola Awards, visit the Viola Awards section of our website.