2019 Viola Finalists

2019 Viola Finalists2019-11-16T09:55:20-07:00

The Flagstaff Arts Council is pleased to announce the Finalists for the 2019 Viola Awards in celebration of excellence in the arts and sciences in Flagstaff, Arizona. Thirty-eight Finalists are recognized across nine categories, with some Finalists being recognized in multiple categories.

The eleventh annual Viola Awards Gala will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2019, at High Country Conference Center in Flagstaff. The winners in each category will be announced at the Gala event, which features performances, dinner, and the award ceremony.

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This year we have two Viola Legacy Award recipients. The Legacy Award recognizes lifetime achievement and impact in the arts in Flagstaff.

Mac Groves passed away on January 9, 2018 after a 40-year career as a beloved and respected educator and director. Mac had three of his plays produced in Flagstaff with one, The Mother Road, touring for two years in partnership with the National Park Service.

Read more about Mac Groves on his legacy page here.

 

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. He taught art at Mount Elden Middle School in Flagstaff for 27 years (1976-2003). SD’s paintings offer a contemporary interpretation of traditional Lakota images.

Read more about SD Nelson on his legacy page here.

Official 2019 Viola Award Finalists

Excellence in the Performing Arts

NAU Lyric Theater: The Magic Flute

2019 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in Performing Arts Mozart's enchanting opera, The Magic Flute, was performed by Northern Arizona University’s Lyric Theater in April 2018 at Ardrey Memorial Auditorium. [...]

Excellence in Storytelling

Excellence in the Visual Arts

Chip Thomas: Arrowhead Village Murals

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 [...]

Darcy Falk: UltraViolet

2019 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in Visual Arts Kevlar-Kimono UltraViolet, an art exhibition produced by local artist Darcy Falk, was on view at the Open Doors: [...]

Excellence in Arts Education

Allison Gruber

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 [...]

Shayne Smith

2019 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in the Arts Education Shayne Smith is currently the Director of Bands, Orchestra, and Theater at Flagstaff High School. He graduated with his Bachelor’s [...]

Kathy Marron

2019 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in the Arts Education Kathy Marron teaches art to all grades at Thomas Elementary. Her inspiration and energy is reflected in the work of [...]

Joe Maniglia

2019 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in the Arts Education Joe Maniglia was child performer who would regularly organize talent shows and perform at family gatherings. Maniglia sharpened his talents [...]

Faun Nichols

2019 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in the Arts Education Faun Nichols is the music educator, band, and choir director at Sechrist Elementary School.  Students at Sechrist participate in a [...]

Emerging Artist

Cameron Scully

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 [...]

Sean Golightly

2019 Viola Award Finalist for Emerging Artist To say Sean Golightly is a musician, journalist, actor, and master of ceremonies would only name a few of his many talents [...]

Gavin Buckly

2019 Viola Award Finalist for Emerging Artist Born and raised in Maryland, Gavin Buckley is best known for his work as a recurring actor in Theatrikos and Flagstaff Shakespeare [...]

Cyamantha Lynn Casteen

2019 Viola Award Finalist for Emerging Artist Cyamanta Lynn Casteen (Cyam), performed as a solo artist for the first time in May of 2017. To accompany their voice and [...]

Carli Giese

2019 Viola Award Finalist for Emerging Artist Carli Giese is a ceramic artist currently working on her post-baccalaureate certificate from NAU. She was born in Tempe, Arizona, where she also received [...]

Community Impact (Organization)

Flagstaff Festival of Science

2019 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in Community Impact (Organization)  The Flagstaff Festival of Science serves to connect and inspire the citizens of northern Arizona, particularly youth, with the wonders of [...]

Flagstaff Foundry

2019 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in Community Impact (Organization)  The Flagstaff Foundry is a monthly variety show held in venues throughout the community, produced by Garrison Garcia and [...]

Freeman Law

2019 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in Community Impact (Organization)  Freeman Law PLLC is a multi-disciplinary law firm whose focus is to provide creative legal solutions and proactive strategies to [...]

Grand Canyon Youth

2019 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in Community Impact (Organization)  Over the past 20 years, Grand Canyon Youth (GCY) has connected thousands of young people (ages 10-19) to the rivers [...]

Excellence in Science Education

Kelley Smith

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 [...]

Susan Brown

2019 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in the Science Education Susan Brown, a teacher at Northland Preparatory Academy (NPA), is in her ninth year teaching 7th grade science. Her curriculum [...]

Rich Krueger

2019 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in the Science Education Rich Krueger has been teaching at the Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy (FALA) since 2011. He teaches a wide range [...]

Melinda McKinney

2019 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in the Science Education Melinda McKinney is highly involved with STEM initiatives in Flagstaff. As an instructor of Biology, Physics and Mathematics at Coconino [...]

Community Impact (Individual)

Bonnie Dumdei

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 [...]

Owen Davis

2019 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in Community Impact (Individual)  Owen Davis is a composer, percussionist, improvisor, noise artist, educator, and curator based in Flagstaff, AZ. He is currently the [...]

Kristin Haskins

2019 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in Community Impact (Individual)  Dr. Kris Haskins holds her PhD in Biological Sciences from Northern Arizona University (NAU), and has published her work in [...]

Kevin Schindler

2019 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in Community Impact (Individual)  Kevin is a long-time employee of Lowell Observatory and combines his interests in science and Flagstaff history to produce journal [...]

Excellence in Music

Tha Yoties: Yoties

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 [...]

Ice Sword: Dragon Magic

2019 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in Music Unique to Flagstaff and recognized globally, Ice Sword describes their music as high power fantasy metal. Their 2018 release ‘Dragon Magic’ [...]

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