Saturday, March 2, 2019, The Flagstaff Arts Council announced the winners of the 2019 Viola Awards to a full ballroom of 600 patrons 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 nine awards were announced at the Gala event, with the addition of two Legacy recipients honored. SD Nelson and the late Mac Groves were both recognized for their Lifetime Contributions to the Arts and or Sciences.
To celebrate the eleventh annual Viola Awards, the Arts Council worked with local artists to create a very special evening. Dawn Tucker directed a one of a kind opening performance that featured almost a dozen finalists across multiple categories. David Strackany 2019 winner for Excellence in Music performed his original material live from stage during two intermissions. Visual artist Sonja London-Hall created unique tier glass awards.
The outfits were fun, funky, and formal, with energy to match. Photos of the event will be posted on this site and the Arts Council Facebook page by the afternoon of Monday, March 4.
How are Viola Finalists and Winners Selected?
Please note: this video was made for the 2017 Viola Awards, but the process of selecting Finalists and Winners is very similar for 2018 & 2019.