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.
Save the Date: 12th Anniversary Viola Award Gala on Saturday, March 7, 2020
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.
A record crowd of 600 people attended the 7th Annual Viola Awards Gala on Saturday, March 7, 2015, at High Country Conference Center in Flagstaff, Arizona. The event was highlighted with performances by Flagstaff Aerial Arts, and led by emcee Dapper Dre Adauto.
The 5th Annual Viola Awards Gala was held on Saturday, March 2, 2013, at the High Country Conference Center in Flagstaff, Arizona. The event recognized 65 nominees - individual artists, organizations and businesses - for their contributions to the arts and sciences in Flagstaff.
The 4th Annual Viola Awards Gala was held on Saturday, March 3, 2012, at High Country Conference Center in Flagstaff, Arizona. Emcee Becky Daggett, who also won the Performing Arts Award, led us through the evening with humor and grace, and jazz trio Zazu provided live music.
The 2nd Annual Viola Awards Gala was held on March 4, 2010, at the Radisson Woodlands Hotel in Flagstaff. The Viola Awards celebrate excellence in the arts in the Flagstaff area. Ten different awards are given to individuals, organizations and businesses for outstanding work in their respective fields.
Flagstaff Cultural Partners (now Flagstaff Arts Council) presented the first annual Viola Awards for Excellence in the Arts to ten recipients at a gala celebration on Thursday, March 5, 2009, at the Radisson Woodlands Hotel in Flagstaff. Ten different awards honored artists, organizations, businesses and individuals who exhibit excellence in their work or provide outstanding support for the arts.
The Viola Awards created by local artists (not all are pictured, check back in the future). Click on a thumbnail for a larger image: