Viola Awards

2019-09-27T12:22:58-07:00September 27th, 2019|News, Viola Awards|

The official 2020 Viola Award's nomination form is now live! Do you know an exemplary individual or organization involved in art, science, or culture? We are accepting nominations now through the end of December. Click here for the nomination form.

SD Nelson – 2019 Viola Legacy Recipient

2019-01-10T00:36:57-07:00January 10th, 2019|Viola Awards|

“Walk with your vision in your heart” 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. The Flagstaff artist has a diverse ethnic background.  He is descended from Norse stock and is an enrolled member of [...]

Chip Thomas: Arrowhead Village Murals

2019-01-09T21:51:23-07:00January 9th, 2019|Viola Awards, Visual Arts|

2019 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in Visual Arts In 2018 Chip Thomas, the residents of Arrowhead Village Mobile Homes, and supporters created a beautiful, heart-wrenching installation that powerfully depicted the human costs of a gentrifying town. The project features a series of photographs taken by Thomas. The images are of the families that [...]

Allison Gruber

2019-01-09T21:44:43-07:00January 9th, 2019|Arts Education, Viola Awards|

2019 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in the Arts Education Allison Gruber is an educator and writer who, for over a decade, has taught courses in composition, creative writing, and the humanities at both the college and secondary level. She holds a BA in English from Carthage College and an MFA in Writing from The [...]

Kelley Smith

2019-01-09T23:41:27-07:00January 9th, 2019|Science Educator, Viola Awards|

2019 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in the Science Education Kelley Smith teaches Anatomy & Physiology, AP Environmental Science, AP Biology, and Biology at Coconino High School. He holds his Bachelors of Education and a Masters of Arts in Science Education from Northern Arizona University. A quick glance at his teacher webpage shows he is organized and [...]

Bonnie Dumdei

2019-01-09T23:43:23-07:00January 9th, 2019|Impact Ind., Viola Awards|

2019 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in Community Impact (Individual)  Bonnie Dumdei is the co-owner of the Flagstaff School of Music, along with Terry Alan.  Bonnie has a passion for education, and a love for music & community. With the school of music, Bonnie and Terry aim to teach music in a fun, family-like atmosphere. [...]

Cameron Scully

2019-01-09T22:39:37-07:00January 9th, 2019|Emerging Artist, Viola Awards|

2019 Viola Award Finalist for Emerging Artist Actor, director, and community liaison for the Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival, Cameron Scully was born and raised in Flagstaff, AZ. He graduated from Northland Preparatory Academy in 2012, then headed to Castleton State University in Vermont to pursue degrees in theater. After his graduation, Cameron returned to Flagstaff [...]

Tha Yoties: Yoties

2019-01-09T23:39:32-07:00January 9th, 2019|Music, Viola Awards|

2019 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in Music Tha 'Yoties are a Reggae/Rock band from Flagstaff, IrieZona. The band is notable for their lively performances, catchy melodies, and conscious message. Their signature'IrieZona Reggae-Rock' sound is greatly influenced by the cultures and concerns of the Native American populations of the Four Corners region. Through the [...]

CoCec: Life Sucks but the Music’s Good

2019-01-09T23:37:00-07:00January 9th, 2019|Music, Viola Awards|

2019 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in Music DJ Cecil Tso and emcee Colin “Smallz” Haviland of The Boom Box Bros make up the local hip-hop duo CoCec. Though the pair had known each other musically for years they hadn’t originally planned to make music together. When Tso crafted a handful of beats, sent [...]

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