Nominations for the 13th Annual Viola Awards are now open! 

2020 has been a year of uncertainty. Flagstaff’s creative sector met the challenges of this year and demonstrated incredible resilience while doing so. The 13th Annual Viola Awards, set to take place on Friday, June 18, 2021, will recognize artists, educators, organizations and leaders who make positive contributions to the arts, sciences, and culture in Flagstaff. Nominations are being accepted until December 31, 2020.

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The Arts Council invites you to submit nominations based on what work made a significant contribution to the creative community in 2020. The categories below do not reflect the final list of awards categories for the 13th Annual Viola Awards. The final list of awards categories will be determined by the number and quality of submissions for each category. 

Pandemic shutdowns began just days after the 2020 Viola Awards. The categories are familiar but the kinds of nominations will likely vary widely as our creative community adapted to the pandemic. “Excellence” may take on a new definition this year as collectively learned live streaming, social distancing, and taking to social media to share our stories and experiences. Excellence isn’t just about the final product, but the learning and perseverance that is demonstrated.

The 13th Annual Viola Awards will be an unprecedented and welcome celebration as we are hopefully beginning to gather as a community again.

13th Annual Viola Awards Categories:

This award honors an organization that has made a significant contribution to Flagstaff’s creative community in 2020 or an art, science, or culture organization that has made a significant contribution to the broader community in 2020. What organization do you think has made a significant community impact in 2020? What organizations have helped our community or the creative sector adapt to the pandemic? Past winners of this award have included Lowell Observatory and Discover Flagstaff for the Lunar Legacy program, Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra for their Link Up program, and the AZ Historical Society for Todos Unidos.

Similarly to the Community Impact Organization award, this award will honor an individual that made a significant contribution in 2020. Who do you think has made a significant community impact in 2020? Who has helped our community or the creative sector adapt to the pandemic?

This award honors an emerging artist or group of artists who made a significant impact on Flagstaff’s creative community in 2020. Nominations can include visual, performing, or other creative artists. Nominees should have begun their artistic career within the last three years.

This award honors an individual educator or an educational organization that made a significant contribution to education in our community in 2020. Nominations might consider how individual educators and organizations adapted to challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic.

This award honors an individual musician or band that made a significant contribution to the music community in Flagstaff. Nominations may include albums, EPs, or singles. Nominations may also include musicians who made innovative adaptations during the Covid-19 pandemic.

This award honors a significant achievement in performing arts in 2020. Nominations may include an entire production or an individual performer. Nominations may also include performances/performers that made innovative adaptations to the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic.

This award honors a design professional, firm, or sponsoring organization that made a significant contribution to our creative community. Nominations can include buildings, interiors, public art, and other endeavors that add to the creative character of our city’s built environment and gathering places or that showcase excellence in design.

STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math. This award honors a significant contribution to STEAM in our community in 2020. Nominations may include organizations, educators, programs, or projects that demonstrated the intersection of arts and science. Nominations may include virtual programming or other projects that made innovative adaptations to the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic.

This award honors an individual or project that made a significant contribution to storytelling in our community in 2020. Nominations may include written works, podcasts, films, and other mediums for compelling storytelling.

This award honors a significant achievement in visual arts, of any medium, that was completed in 2020. Nominations may include visual art exhibitions as well as works of art by individual artists. 

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All nominations are reviewed by volunteer panelists who select the finalists and winners. The review process begins in January 2021. Winners are announced at the Viola Awards ceremony on Friday, June 18, 2021.

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