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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

Excellence in Storytelling

Excellence in the Visual Arts

Excellence in Arts Education

Emerging Artist

Community Impact (Organization)

Excellence in Science Education

Community Impact (Individual)

Excellence in Music

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