The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona; the City of Phoenix Mayor’s Office and Phoenix Center for the Arts; and the Flagstaff Arts Council seek nominations to recognize the accomplishments of artists and individuals, arts leaders, and arts organizations in their respective communities.

LUMIES: Noche de las Artes, A Celebration of Arts Heroes (Tucson and Southern Arizona)

For more than a decade, the Lumies Arts & Business Awards has celebrated individuals, organizations, and businesses that make Tucson and Southern Arizona a wellspring of creative vitality. This year, the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona will partner with ON Media as the Arts Hero Sponsor. Arts Heroes represent community members who have championed, supported, or take part in the arts–whether it be on the stage, behind the scenes on the gallery floor, or in the seats.

This year’s Lumies will highlight 2016-2017 Arts Heroes. The event will take place on September 28, 2017 at the Reid Park Outdoor Performance Center in Tucson.

Nominations for 2017-2018 Arts Heroes
ON Media Publications is currently accepting nominations for 2017-2018 Arts Heroes. Every month, one Arts Hero will be selected and featured in the ON Media program book seen by over 400,000 art lovers and consumers throughout Southern Arizona.

The Mayor’s Arts Awards, Art in the Park (Phoenix)


The Sixth Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards Art in the Park recognizes outstanding leaders in five areas; Visual Artist, Dancer/Choreographer, Musician/Composer, Literary Artist, and Innovative Art Organization. Nominees are chosen based on the criteria of innovation, impact, and integration. In addition, one individual will be honored with the second annual “Lou and Evelyn Grubb Community Innovator Award.” The awards are presented by Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and Phoenix Center for the Arts.

This year’s event will be held on October 12, 2017 in the Margaret T. Hance Park Urban Plaza in Phoenix.

Nominations for the 2017 Mayor’s Arts Awards
Click here for more information on nominations for the 2017 Mayor’s Arts Awards.

The Viola Awards (Flagstaff)

Viola Awards Logo_color_noyear_webThe Viola Awards are Flagstaff’s Oscars for the arts and sciences community. Celebrating excellence in the arts and sciences, the Viola Awards recognize artists, educators, organizations and leaders who make positive contributions to the arts and sciences in Flagstaff. Nominations are taken by the Flagstaff Arts Council from the community at large; anyone can nominate an artist, leader, organization, business or event for an award in one of eleven categories, including visual arts, storytelling, arts education, science education, performing arts, emerging artist, business for the arts, leadership, and Viola Legacy Award.

The Viola Award winners are announced each year at the Viola Awards Gala Event (2018 date to be announced).

Nominations for the 2018 Viola Awards
Click here to make a nomination for the 2018 Viola Awards.

Image of Lumies: Noche de las Artes! courtesy of Laura K. Moore Photography (LKM Studios).