FLAGSTAFF, AZ – 2020 has been a year of uncertainty. Flagstaff’s creative sector met the challenges of this year and demonstrated incredible resilience while doing so. The 13th Annual Viola Awards, set to take place on Saturday, March 27, 2021, will recognize artists, educators, organizations and leaders who make positive contributions to the arts, sciences, and culture in Flagstaff. Nominations are being accepted until December 31, 2020.

The Arts Council invites you to submit nominations based on what work made a significant contribution to the creative community in 2020. The categories below do not reflect the final list of awards categories for the 13th Annual Viola Awards. The final list of awards categories will be determined by the number and quality of submissions for each category. 

Pandemic shutdowns began just days after the 2020 Viola Awards. The categories are familiar but the kinds of nominations will likely vary widely as our creative community adapted to the pandemic. “Excellence” may take on a new definition this year as we collectively learned live streaming, social distancing, and taking to social media to share our stories and experiences. Excellence isn’t just about the final product, but the learning and perseverance that is demonstrated.

The 13th Annual Viola Awards will be an unprecedented and welcome celebration as we are hopefully beginning to gather as a community again.

13th Annual Viola Awards Categories 

  • Community Impact Organization
  • Community Impact Individual
  • Excellence in Education
  • Excellence in Placemaking 
  • Emerging Artist 
  • Excellence in Music 
  • Excellence in Storytelling
  • Excellence in Visual Arts
  • Excellence in Performing Arts 
  • Excellence in STEAM 

All nominations are reviewed by volunteer panelists who select the finalists and winners. The review process begins in January 2021. Winners are announced at the Viola Awards ceremony on Saturday, March 27, 2021. 

Nominations can be submitted online at https://flagstaffartscouncil.submittable.com/submit/172447/2021-viola-awards-nomination

Visit violaawards.org for more information. 


 Flagstaff Arts Council is a volunteer-driven nonprofit and is the official art, science, and culture agency of Flagstaff. Its mission is to foster creative opportunity. It is leading community-wide efforts to build resilience, outreach, engagement, and a sense of identity for Flagstaff’s creative sectors. It is most known for operation of Coconino Center for the Arts, the Viola Awards, First Friday ArtWalk, and the Art & Science Fund grant program which awards nearly $400,000 annually to local nonprofits.