Viola Award Event Info
The Viola Awards are Flagstaff’s Oscars for the arts and sciences community. Celebrating excellence in the arts and sciences, the Viola Awards recognize artists, educators, organizations and leaders who make positive contributions to the arts and sciences in Flagstaff. Over 550 people attend the gala event to celebrate and support these amazing folks.

Nominations are sent to the Flagstaff Arts Council by the community at large; anyone can nominate an artist, leader, organization, business or event for an award in one of eleven categories. From this pool of nominees, a Panel of past Viola Award winners and experts in the field select nominees in each category to be the Official Viola Award Nominees. The Panel then meets to determine the winner in each category. The Viola Award winners are announced each year at the Viola Awards Gala Event. This year’s event is on Saturday, March 5, 2016, at the High Country Conference Center in Flagstaff.

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.

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2016 Title Sponsor: The Babbitt Family

2016 Major Sponsors:

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See your name on this list! Become a sponsor of the 2016 Viola Awards and put your brand in front of thousands of patrons who support the businesses that support the arts. To sponsor the Viola Awards, contact John Tannous (928) 779-2300 x101, or Elizabeth Vogler (928) 779-2300 x109.