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

Open Figure Drawing @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Jan 21 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Open Figure Drawing Sessions
with moderator Frederica Hall

Tuesday evenings, 6-9pm, December 3, 10, 17 & January 7, 14, 21

The Flagstaff Arts Council will host open sessions for artists to draw from a live model in the main gallery at the Coconino Center for the Arts. The six-week series is for those artists who would like to practice drawing or other art working from a live model but do not wish to have instruction. Participants may register to attend all eight sessions at a discounted rate: $100 for Arts Council members and students, or $108 for the public. Otherwise, participants may sign up for individual dates at $18/session for members and $20/session for nonmembers. Drop-in’s welcome!

Please note that there is NO instruction provided. Frederica Hall will be the moderator and help direct the model and take requests from participants on poses and timing. Other than that, participants are on their own to draw or create using the model as inspiration. No materials are provided. Participants are encouraged to bring easels to use. Some drawing horses are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Advance registration is strongly encouraged even for a single date; drop-ins are welcome but may be turned away if the session is full.

Frederica Hall follows a multi-disciplinary approach in the arts, working primarily in visual arts that source performance-art and vice versa. Her work is informed by the mysterious surrounding cosmos, reflections on myth, metaphor, and humanities’ uncharted origins.  

To register in advance please email Sarah Smallwood,


Member & Student fee:
$100 / all 6 sessions,  Or $18/ session

Non Member fee:
$108 / all 6 sessions Or $20/session




Intermediate / Advanced Figure Drawing Workshop @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Jan 27 @ 6:00 pm – Mar 16 @ 9:00 pm

The Flagstaff Arts Council presents a weekly Figure Drawing Workshop led by Shawn Skabelund beginning Monday, January 27, 2020! This Intermediate/ advanced level workshop consists of seven sessions drawing from a live model. The sessions will be held in the gallery at the Coconino Center for the Arts on Monday evenings, 6-9pm.

In this course, participants will be given the opportunity to draw multi hour long poses to create finished drawings. Students will use the figure as a compositional device and will be given specific assignments to work these compositions out. Students will produce a minimum of three complete compositional figure drawings by using a variety of materials and mediums.

This is an opportunity to study and receive personal instruction in figure drawing from award-winning artist, Shawn Skabelund.  Shawn received his MFA from University of Iowa. A nationally exhibited artist, his work has been featured in Sculpture Magazine and numerous regional publications. Shawn is also a Viola Visual Arts award winner for his exhibition Virga: The Hunt for Water.

NOTE: This course is for those who have completed Beginner Figure Drawing with Shawn Skabelund or another instructor.


Pricing:  $195 Early Bird Pricing (by January 13th) / $215 General Pricing
*Arts Council Members Receive 10% off! 

If you have questions about this session, contact Sarah Smallwood at (928) 779-2300 x103.



Acting for the Everyday Workshop @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Feb 4 @ 7:00 pm – Mar 3 @ 10:00 pm

Join Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival’s Dawn Tucker for a five-week workshop on best practices in communication.

When: Tuesday’s, 7-9 pm | February 4th – March 3rd, 2020
Where: Coconino Center for the Arts, 2300 N Fort Valley Rd
Pricing: $145 (Arts Council Members Receive 10% off!)

Those seeking to enrich their life through artistic exploration will find the class helpful in everyday matters, from speech giving to mediation to self-awareness. Acting empowers us to understand not just what we hope to convey, but what others perceive and, thereby, how to increase the effectiveness of our communication tactics.

This workshop will focus on helping you cultivate your ability to communicate in an effective, engaging manner in everyday situations including:
  • Interviews and presentations: How to appear confident, make your thoughts engaging, “read” an audience, and use non-verbal communication effectively.
  • Speeches and toasts: Channeling emotion to avoid “overwhelm” while still being genuine, and crafting a speech using rhetoric tactics and structures common in monologues.
  • Social Events (parties and dates): Reading non-verbal communication correctly, listening actively, and moving conversation energetically forward.
This workshop series is for all experience levels, and while it is focused on real world scenarios, is equally helpful for those looking to “brush-up” their acting for the stage skills. Everyone from from beginning actors to skilled practitioners, students, business professionals, community leaders and everyone in-between are encouraged to sign up.

About the instructor: Dawn has a Master’s Degree in Shakespeare in Performance from the American Shakespeare Center in partnership with Mary Baldwin College and a BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Wisconsin. She worked for five years as an actor and the Director of Education for Southwest Shakespeare Company in Mesa, Arizona. In 2015, she founded the Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival with Jesse Kamps, Southwest Shakespeare Company, and Christine Schmidle, Shakespeare’s Globe. Dawn is a Flagstaff native. As an educator, Dawn has been fortunate to work with both high schoolers and adults within the education system at Veritas Preparatory Academy, Mesa Community College, and Coconino Community college as well as outside the education system through workshops and directing. Dawn directed FlagShakes’ Merry Wives of Windsor for which she is a Viola’s finalist in 2018. Dawn is also a Viola’s finalist in the category of Community Impact.

If you have questions about this session, contact Sarah Smallwood at (928) 779-2300 x103.




Long-Form Improv Comedy Workshop @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Feb 12 @ 6:00 pm – Mar 18 @ 9:00 pm

Flagstaff Arts Council is pleased to present another 6-week series of
Long- Form Improvisational Comedy Workshops with Garrison Garcia

Dates: Wednesday’s February 12- March 18, 2020

*Student Showcase on March 19, 2020

Pricing: $200 / Members receive 10% off!

Join Flagstaff Arts Council for a 6 week Long- Form Improv Workshop with Garrison Garcia in 2020!  Garrison’s passion for performing started at childhood with a living room magic show and might have peaked with his role of “Toy Soldier #3” in a community production of The Velveteen Rabbit. As a graduate student, he performed with NAU’s improv troupe, NAUghty Bits. Currently, Garrison can be found writing sketches, scripts, and cultivating local talent for The Foundry, Flagstaff’s only monthly, community variety show.  Garrison is the founding member and creative director of Flagstaff’s premier improv comedy team, Tiny Punches. By “yes, and”-ing the offers life gives him, Garrison has discovered a passion for directing improv workshops and trainings and he firmly believes that anyone can do improv.

This workshop is designed to provide the participant with a thorough overview and foundational knowledge of longform improvisation concepts. Essential for beginners and experienced players alike, learners can expect a highly participatory and interactive experience, culminating in a student show. Concepts covered include creating a base reality, finding and playing game, character and scene work, and using openings to initiate scenes. No prior experience is necessary for enrollment in this workshop, only a willingness to try new things in a supportive and encouraging environment. After completing this workshop, individuals from varied backgrounds have commented about their improved ability to think on their feet, the greater sense of confidence they have in group interactions and public speaking, and the extremely positive experience of laughing for two hours straight each week.


For more information or questions, call 928-779-2300 Or email Sarah Smallwood,