The Viola Awards have had a meteoric rise to fame and glamor in Flagstaff, due mostly to the artistic community’s embrace of the event. It was clear from the first annual event on March 5, 2009, that something special was happening. Gala attendees dressed to the nines, and many from the arts scene wore fancy flamboyant costumes to celebrate a successful year in the creative field.
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What has always been prevalent is the love and support shown by those in attendance for the nominees and award winners. While everyone wants their friends and colleagues to take home an award, there is very little energy for competition. Winners are exalted, nominees are celebrated, and everyone revels in the power of the arts.
The Gala has always had its fair share of elegance. In addition to the artistic giants who have impacted Flagstaff over the years and taken home awards, elected officials at the local, County and State level have attended the event every year. Most importantly though, the Viola Awards have served to recognize and celebrate talent, contributions and excellence in the arts and sciences.
Of course, there have been some iconic moments… At the first Viola Awards Gala, the crew from Martanne’s Breakfast Palace famously caught their table on fire… The exalted ground-shaking roar of the crowd when Craig Bowie was announced as Arts Education winner in 2010… Circus Bacchus’ naughty naked video interview as nominees in 2013… the aerial dancers from Flagstaff Aerial Arts hanging off the main beam in the lobby at High Country Conference Center in 2015… Dark Sky Aerial’s feature performance in 2017… and much much more. Relive the memories and past Viola Awards events below.
See the recipients of the Viola Legacy Award for Lifetime Contribution to the Arts & Sciences