The 8th Annual Viola Awards Gala is set for Saturday, March 5, 2016, at the High Country Conference Center in Flagstaff, Arizona. The Viola Awards celebrate excellence in the arts and sciences by recognizing local artists, performers, musicians, writers, educators and leaders for their contributions to the field. Three categories specifically recognize works of art in the past year, while other awards recognize bodies of work over time.
Records were broken last year with 600 people attending the Gala event, filling the High Country Conference Center ballroom to near capacity. The 2016 event will feature performances from nominees, live music, the awards ceremony and announcement of winners, a fabulous dinner, silent auction and more. Best of all, it features Flagstaff’s creatives coming out in full regalia to celebrate and embrace one another. There is simply no other event like this one. Don’t miss it!
This year’s Gala is sold out.
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Salad: High Country Salad w/Rolls and Butter
Entree: Baseball Steak / Grilled salmon with Cilantro Butter sauce w/Broccolini andPeruvian Purple Mashed potatoes. Vegetarian Option (also Vegan & Gluten Free): Zucchini Roulade w/Peruvian Purple Mashed potatoes
Dessert: Chocolate Bomb
Served with Freshly Brewed Starbucks Regular & Decaffeinated Coffees, Herbal & Iced Teas
Viola Social Hour
Science Education Award / Business for the Arts Award
Viola Legacy Award: Charly Spining
Performance of The Full Monty
Emerging Artist Award
Performing Arts Award
Arts Education Award
Visual Arts Award
Best Dressed Winners / Raffle Drawing / Silent Auction Ends
Outtakes & Farewell
The Viola Awards are named after Viola Babbitt, a long time advocate of the arts and painter. Viola was born in the Arizona territory in 1894. She taught music and reading before settling into a big house on Leroux Street in Flagstaff. She raised six children with her husband, Joseph. In the 1950’s, she started painting and later, established the Art Barn as Flagstaff’s first community arts center. She lobbied Coconino County to build a better facility for a community arts center: the Coconino Center for the Arts. Viola died in 1994, just shortly after her 100th birthday.