2015 Nominees

Donivan Berube: Love is a Dog From Hell

January 7th, 2018|Music, Viola Awards|

2018 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in Music In 2017 Donivan Berube re-emerged in the Flagstaff music scene as a solo artist,releasing his new single titled “Love is a Dog From Hell.” Donivan has been previously recognized for his work in the music duo Blessed Feathers, which dismembered in 2016. Before landing in Flagstaff he traveled the [...]

Hotel Monte Vista

January 7th, 2018|Business, Viola Awards|

2018 Viola Award Finalist for Business for the Arts Hotel Monte Vista opened its doors on New Year’s Day in 1927, a new beginning for the town of Flagstaff, who’s wealthy citizens had come together to invest in the comfort of their guests and the future of Flagstaff. They were beginning to recognize the need for a [...]

Rich Krueger

January 7th, 2018|Science Educator, Viola Awards|

2018 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in Science Education Rich Krueger has been teaching at Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy (FALA) since 2011. He teaches a variety of subjects including liberal studies, physics, geology, meteorology, engineering, astronomy, outdoor explorations and sound engineering. He also oversees two award-winning robotics teams. Rich has been recognized for his energy and [...]

Annette McGivney: Pure Land

January 7th, 2018|Storytelling, Viola Awards|

2018 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in Storytelling Annette McGivney published Pure Land in October 2017, after 10 years of research, with Aquarius Press. Pure Land is the story of the most brutal murder in the history of Grand Canyon and how McGivney's quest to investigate the victim's life and death wound up guiding the [...]

Jim Cheff: Mary Farfisa’s Outer Space Radio Theater

January 7th, 2018|Innovation, Viola Awards|

2018 Viola Award Finalist for Innovation Jim Cheff is the creator, writer and producer of ‘Mary Farfisa’s Outer Space Radio Theater’ – Arizona’s only locally-produced radio adventure for kids. It’s heard every Saturday morning on Radio Sunnyside, 101.5 FM. Jim has written and recorded 35 half-hour ‘Mary Farfisa’ radio plays since its debut in January [...]

Tim McKay

January 7th, 2018|Arts Education, Viola Awards|

2018 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in Arts Education Tim McKay is an educator who wears many hats in the Flagstaff music community. He works as  a teacher, director and performer in various capacities. Tim is the director of bands at Mount Elden Middle school, and is in his fourth year as the Director of [...]

Jim Cheff: Mary Farfisa’s Outer Space Radio Theater

January 7th, 2018|Storytelling, Viola Awards|

2018 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in Storytelling Jim Cheff is the creator, writer and producer of ‘Mary Farfisa’s Outer Space Radio Theater’ – Arizona’s only locally-produced radio adventure for kids. It’s heard every Saturday morning on Radio Sunnyside, 101.5 FM. Jim has written and recorded 35 half-hour ‘Mary Farfisa’ radio plays since its debut [...]

Betsy Hamill

January 7th, 2018|Arts Education, Viola Awards|

2018 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in Arts Education Betsy Hamill is a passionate educator in the Flagstaff community who works with people of all ages. She is Co-Director of the Center for Indigenous Music and Culture (CIMC) along with her husband Chad. For the past 3 years the CIMC has hosted the Merveilles Gathering, [...]

Grand Canyon Guitar Society: By Chants

January 7th, 2018|Impact Org., Viola Awards|

2018 Viola Award Finalist for Community Impact (Organization) On March 31, 2017, the Grand Canyon Guitar Society presented the world premiere performance of By Chants with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (LAGQ) and Arizona Guitar Orchestra. Grand Canyon Guitar Society (GCGS) enlisted Grammy Winning composer (and former member of LAGQ) Andrew York to compose a [...]

Joe Cornett: Roundball Religion

January 7th, 2018|Viola Awards, Visual Arts|

2018 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in the Visual Arts Flagstaff Photographer and Educator Joe Cornett presented the exhibition Roundball Religion at Criollo Latin Kitchen in September 2017. This body of work is a photographic exploration of rustic and makeshift basketball hoops and playgrounds found throughout the United States. A native Arizonan, Cornett works and [...]

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