2020 Viola Award Finalist for Community Impact (Organization)
The “Lunar Legacy” celebration was a community collaboration led by Discover Flagstaff (The City of Flagstaff’s Convention and Visitors Bureau) and Kevin Schindler, Lowell Observatory’s Historian, exemplifying the same spirit of collaboration that first put American astronauts on the moon. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, the 18 month-long event recognized Flagstaff’s role in the astronaut’s training, honored the legacy of the people and organizations involved, and shared unique insights into the town’s impressive history. With events for all interests and ages, “Lunar Legacy” left a significant impact on the Flagstaff community.
Supporters of the Lunar Legacy events included Discover Flagstaff, Lowell Observatory, Museum of Northern Arizona, Northern Arizona University, Coconino Community College, Flagstaff Arts Council, the US Geological Survey, the Astrogeology Science Center, the US Naval Observatory, the Arizona Historical Society, and many more. Events and activities included tours, a lunar lecture series, exhibitions and demonstrations, and lunar-themed art exhibits. Also, important to note is the branding and marketing were all done by the creative services and the marketing and media relations team at Discover Flagstaff.
The Lunar Legacy series helped to unite art, science, culture, and Flagstaff’s local history for an 18 month-long celebration that was not only exciting and engaging, but educational for all ages. It is for this union of Flagstaff’s values that the Lunar Legacy should be recognized – it is not an easy task to unite stakeholders from such diverse areas, but the Lunar Legacy programs served each interest and discipline admirably, promoting community engagement with the arts, science, culture, and history in Flagstaff. And to add to the excitement, the legacy lives on. We will continue to have the Lunar Legacy Trail for visitors and locals to participate and much more on the discoverflagstaff.com website.