The Arts Council presents a variety of events throughout the year, at the Coconino Center for the Arts and in other venues around Flagstaff. At the Center, you’ll experience art exhibitions, compelling concerts, and more. Around Flagstaff, we host performances on downtown Flagstaff’s Heritage Square, concerts in the idyllic setting at the Arboretum at Flagstaff, and Navajo Rug Auctions at the Museum of Northern Arizona.

Upcoming Events

Youth Art – Opening Reception 2017 @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Feb 24 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Youth Art Exhibition, in the Main Gallery at the Coconino Center for the Arts, features artwork by K-12 students from all schools in the Flagstaff area. Paintings, drawings, photography, ceramics, and much more, with over 350 works of art!

Who will be Flagstaff’s next premier artist? Find out at the 2017 Youth Art Exhibition. Some of Flagstaff’s most renowned artists showed their first artwork in the Youth Art Exhibition, including Sky Black and Bahe Whitethorne, Jr.

Schedule of Events

Opening Reception w/Performances:
Friday, February 24, 2017, 4-7pm

Exhibition is Open:
February 25 – March 25, 2017


The main sponsors of the Youth Art Exhibition are:


Youth Art is also generously supported by:



Flagstaff Sings! @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Mar 3 @ 6:40 pm – 8:30 pm

Come out and shake off the icicles of Winter at our concert, we will be singing music from around the globe, featuring local guest musicians, Poet Khara House, and premiering a new piece from local composer Owen Davis.
Flagstaff Sings! is here to offer a new choral experience in Flagstaff, by singing exciting literature with a live band. We sing a wide range of musical styles, from a cappella to Gospel, Jazz to Rock, with almost anything in between. Our goal is serious fun.

Tickets $5 pre-sale, $7 at the door

9th Annual Viola Awards Gala @ High Country Conference Center
Mar 4 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm


The 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. Over 600 people attend the gala event to celebrate and support these amazing folks.

The Gala event features video shorts about each nominee, bombastic performances, a fun and lively Master of Ceremonies, and delicious three course dinner. Mark your calendars and save the date now for the 9th Annual Viola Awards Gala on Saturday, March 4, 2017. Details about this year’s event, as well as ticket and table sales links, will be posted later in fall 2016, so please do check back! If you have any questions about the Viola Awards, please contact Elizabeth Vogler, (928) 779-2300 x109.

Viola Awards Logo_color_noyear_webNominations are sent to Flagstaff Arts Council by the community at large; anyone can nominate an artist, leader, organization, business or event for an award in one of eleven categories. From this pool of nominees, a Panel of past Viola Award winners and experts in the field select nominees in each category to be the Official Viola Award Nominees. The Panel then meets to determine the winner in each category. The Viola Award winners are announced each year at the Viola Awards Gala Event.

The Arts Council is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Viola Awards >

Review the Nominees from last year >

Review the Winners from last year >

Look at Viola Awards Gala photos from last year >

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