This year we have two Viola Legacy Award recipients. The Legacy Award recognizes lifetime achievement and impact in the arts in Flagstaff.
Shonto Begay has had a long and impressive career as a working artist in Flagstaff. He was born in a hogan and raised on Dineh’ land the Navajo Nation. Shonto began professionally writing, illustrating and painting in 1983. His work captures the striking beauties of a traditional Navajo upbringing and the harsh realities of modern reservation life.
Read more about Shonto Begay on his legacy page here.
Paul Keim is a critical participant in the development of vaccines and has made Flagstaff an international leader in genomic research. He actively works to bridge the gap between Northern Arizona University and the community. And, his work exemplifies science exploration and research that is not as well known to the broader public in Flagstaff.
Read more about Paul Keim on his legacy page here.