Tickets for the 13th Annual Viola Awards are now On Sale! 

Tickets are now on sale for the 13th Annual Viola Awards! The Viola Awards will take place on Friday, June 18th at the Pepsi Amphitheater at Fort Tuthill. Due to health and safety guidelines, tickets are limited – so don’t wait to purchase your tickets here!

The Flagstaff Arts Council is committed to the health and safety of our community, and the ability to gather in public and celebrate excellence in our community is a privilege. Guests will be required to wear a mask (except while eating or drinking) and maintain social distance throughout the event. Guests will be required to remain in their seat except to purchase a beverage or use the restroom.

Tickets for the event begin at just $30 with sponsorships starting at $500. Guests will have the opportunity to add on a Picnic Box at a later date. Guests are are also allowed to bring their own picnic basket. Guests are invited to begin arriving at the Pepsi Amphitheater at 5 pm to secure their seat, participate in the auction and purchase a beverage. The Awards will begin promptly at 6 pm and end at 8 pm.

Buy Your Tickets for the Viola Awards!

Announcing the Official Finalists and Legacy Award Recipients for the 13th Annual Viola Awards

Dr. Edith Copley
Legacy Award Recipient


Dr. Nat White
Legacy Award Recipient

The Flagstaff Arts Council is pleased to announce the Finalists and Legacy Award winners for the 13th Annual Viola Awards. The Viola Awards honor excellence in the arts, sciences, and culture in Flagstaff in 2020. 2020 was an unprecedented year, but the finalists of the year’s Viola Awards prove the creativity and resiliency in our community.

This year’s awards will honor 36 finalists across 9 categories with some finalists being recognized in multiple categories. All finalists will be honored at the Viola Awards event on Friday, June 18, 2021 at the Pepsi Amphitheater at Fort Tuthill. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased here.

For the first time this year, the Flagstaff Arts Council has produced a digital magazine featuring all Finalists and Legacy Award winners. The 2021 Finalist Magazine can be viewed and downloaded here.

Check out the 2021 Viola Awards Finalist Digital Magazine!


Excellence in Visual Arts:

  • Parched: The Art of Water in the Southwest
  • Eric Retterbush: The Resilience Series
  • PIVOT at Brandy’s Restaurant

Excellence in Performing Arts:

  • Horizon Concert Series: Voice of the Whale
  • Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra: The Nutcracker
  • Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival: As You Like It
  • Ed Kabotie: Coyote Inna Quarantine & 500 Years
  • F-Town Sound: February 29, 2020 performance at The Orpheum

Excellence in Music:

  • An Illustrated Mess
  • Tow’rs
  • Sci Fi Country
  • Sean Golightly

Excellence in Storytelling:

  • The Man in the Dog Park: Coming Up Close to Homelessness: Cathy A. Small, Jason Kordosky, & Ross Moore
  • Walking Flagstaff Photo Journal: George Breed
  • Parched: The Art of Water in the Southwest Documentary: Julie Comnick, Jane Marks, & Nick Geib
  • Deidra Peaches: 2020 films
  • Austin Aslan: 2020 works

Excellence in STEAM:

  • Flagstaff Festival of Science
  • Parched: The Art of Water in the Southwest
  • Lowell Observatory
  • Tynkertopia

Excellence in Education:

  • Alice Christie
  • Kayley Quick
  • Melinda McKinney
  • Owen Davis
  • Stephanie Yingst Galloway

Emerging Artist:

  • Grace Noelle
  • Lauren Sarantopulos
  • Revel Lucien
  • Sierra Bryan
  • Tyrrell Tapaha

Community Impact Individual:

  • Duane Koyawena
  • Emma Gardner
  • John Taylor
  • Nick Geib
  • Scotty Jensen

Community Impact Organization:

  • Exodus Program & Pop-Up Art Show
  • Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival
  • Flagstaff Festival of Science
  • MOCAF (Museum of Contemporary Art Flagstaff)
  • The Murdoch Center & Southside Community Association

2021 Sponsors

Title Sponsor

Founding Sponsor

Violet Sponsors

Lavender Sponsors

Lilac Sponsors


The Bluffs Senior Living

Dorlee Henderson