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

Mar
28
Sat
Writing Workshop with James Jay and Stacy Murison – POSTPONED @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Mar 28 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Flagstaff Arts Council is pleased to present a three week Writing Workshop with James Jay and Stacy Murison

Dates: March 28, April 4 & 11 2020

Pricing: $175 / Members receive 10% off

It’s time to keep your New Year’s Resolution to write more! James Jay and Stacy Murison have created a series of classes to help you get started on your long-awaited memoir project, regroup after putting aside a poetry project, or to take you to the next level in your writing. They will also explore our writing obstacles and discuss strategies for creating and maintaining a productive writing practice. Whether you’re writing poetry, nonfiction, or fiction, you will be able to apply lessons to your writing and leave each session with the beginning of a project and, in some cases, a finished “flash” or “micro” piece.

The classes are 1.5 hours each for a total of three hours over three weekend sessions (9 hours total). The classes build on each other and the instructors share concepts and language across sessions. We recommend taking the whole series, but of course you may choose what best works for your schedule and your writing needs. If you wish to sign up for individual classes please email Sarah Smallwood, ssmallwood@flagartscouncil.org.

The instructors:

James Jay has worked as a bartender, a wild land firefighter, book seller, surveyor, and furniture mover. He has taught poetry at the jail, the public schools, Northern Arizona University, and given Irish Literature lectures at the Northern Arizona Celtic Festival. For nine years, he wrote the Bartender Wisdom bi-monthly column in Flag Live. He recently received the Copper Quill Award and his poetry is featured regularly on NPR/KNAU’s Poetry Friday. His third collection of poems, Barman, was recently published by Gorsky Press. He owns a bar, Uptown Pubhouse, with his wife, the musician Alyson Jay. They have two sons, Wilson and Henry, and a dog, Neville

Stacy Murison was the first Writer in Residence for the Flagstaff City-Coconino Public Library in 2019 where she taught memoir writing and flash-fiction writing workshops. Her fiction and nonfiction works have been published or are forthcoming in literary journals in the United States, Hong Kong, and the UK and is currently a Letter from Home columnist for Flagstaff Live. She received her Master of Fine Arts in creative Writing from Northern Arizona University where she now teaches composition.

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For more information or questions, call 928-779-2300 Or email Sarah Smallwood, ssmallwood@flagartscouncil.org

 

Apr
7
Tue
Acting for the Everyday Workshop – POSTPONED @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Apr 7 @ 7:00 pm – Apr 28 @ 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 | April 7 – 28, 2020
Where: Coconino Center for the Arts, 2300 N Fort Valley Rd
Pricing: $115 (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.

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May
5
Tue
Open Figure Drawing Sessions @ Coconino Center for the Arts
May 5 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Open Figure Drawing Sessions
with moderator Frederica Hall

Tuesday evenings, 6-9pm, May 5 – May 26, 2020

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 four-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 four sessions at a discounted rate: $72 (Arts Council Members receive 10% off!) . 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, ssmallwood@flagartscouncil.org

 

Member & Student fee:
$65/ all sessions,  Or $18/ session

Non Member fee:
$72 / all sessions, Or $20/session

 

 

 

May
12
Tue
Open Figure Drawing Sessions @ Coconino Center for the Arts
May 12 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Open Figure Drawing Sessions
with moderator Frederica Hall

Tuesday evenings, 6-9pm, May 5 – May 26, 2020

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 four-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 four sessions at a discounted rate: $72 (Arts Council Members receive 10% off!) . 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, ssmallwood@flagartscouncil.org

 

Member & Student fee:
$65/ all sessions,  Or $18/ session

Non Member fee:
$72 / all sessions, Or $20/session

 

 

 

May
16
Sat
FlagShakes: A Lie of the Mind @ Coconino Center for the Arts
May 16 @ 7:00 pm

Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival presents “Sam Shepard’s most personal American drama,” set in the gritty American West. The story alternates between two families after severe spousal abuse alters all their lives, culminating in a collision at an isolated cabin. “By turns aching and hilarious — and always as lyrical as its accompanying [live] country music.”

Dates: March 12-14  (March 20-21 POSTPONED)
*New dates added: May 16-17, 2020

7 PM • SATURDAY

2 PM • SUNDAY 

Pricing:

Child (6 & Under) – Free
Student/ Senior – $18
Adult – $25

Season passes also available! Click here.

REVIEWS

  • A Lie of the Mind may be its author’s most romantic play. However bleak and chilly its terrain — some of it unfolds, in more ways than one, in blizzard — no character, alive or dead, is beyond redemption. There is always hope, as Mr. Shepard’s closing metaphor has it, for a miraculous ”fire in the snow.” And the work’s buoyancy doesn’t end there. A Lie of the Mind is the unmistakable expression of a major writer nearing the height of his powers. — Frank Rich, NY Times
  • Mr. Shepard’s richest and most penetrating play, a 20th-century masterwork of a family portrait to be compared with Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night and Harold Pinter’s Homecoming. —  Ben Brantley, NY Times
PURCHASE TICKETS

Event-goers can save on hotel rooms with our partner, Embassy Suites in Flagstaff. Use booking code: ART to save 20% on your next visit to Flagstaff! Visit: tinyurl.com/y8t7rxvy to book today.

 

 

 

 

 

May
17
Sun
FlagShakes: A Lie of the Mind @ Coconino Center for the Arts
May 17 @ 7:00 pm

Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival presents “Sam Shepard’s most personal American drama,” set in the gritty American West. The story alternates between two families after severe spousal abuse alters all their lives, culminating in a collision at an isolated cabin. “By turns aching and hilarious — and always as lyrical as its accompanying [live] country music.”

Dates: March 12-14  (March 20-21 POSTPONED)
*New dates added: May 16-17, 2020

7 PM • SATURDAY

2 PM • SUNDAY 

Pricing:

Child (6 & Under) – Free
Student/ Senior – $18
Adult – $25

Season passes also available! Click here.

REVIEWS

  • A Lie of the Mind may be its author’s most romantic play. However bleak and chilly its terrain — some of it unfolds, in more ways than one, in blizzard — no character, alive or dead, is beyond redemption. There is always hope, as Mr. Shepard’s closing metaphor has it, for a miraculous ”fire in the snow.” And the work’s buoyancy doesn’t end there. A Lie of the Mind is the unmistakable expression of a major writer nearing the height of his powers. — Frank Rich, NY Times
  • Mr. Shepard’s richest and most penetrating play, a 20th-century masterwork of a family portrait to be compared with Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night and Harold Pinter’s Homecoming. —  Ben Brantley, NY Times
PURCHASE TICKETS

Event-goers can save on hotel rooms with our partner, Embassy Suites in Flagstaff. Use booking code: ART to save 20% on your next visit to Flagstaff! Visit: tinyurl.com/y8t7rxvy to book today.

 

 

 

 

 

May
19
Tue
Open Figure Drawing Sessions @ Coconino Center for the Arts
May 19 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Open Figure Drawing Sessions
with moderator Frederica Hall

Tuesday evenings, 6-9pm, May 5 – May 26, 2020

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 four-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 four sessions at a discounted rate: $72 (Arts Council Members receive 10% off!) . 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, ssmallwood@flagartscouncil.org

 

Member & Student fee:
$65/ all sessions,  Or $18/ session

Non Member fee:
$72 / all sessions, Or $20/session

 

 

 

May
26
Tue
Open Figure Drawing Sessions @ Coconino Center for the Arts
May 26 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Open Figure Drawing Sessions
with moderator Frederica Hall

Tuesday evenings, 6-9pm, May 5 – May 26, 2020

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 four-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 four sessions at a discounted rate: $72 (Arts Council Members receive 10% off!) . 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, ssmallwood@flagartscouncil.org

 

Member & Student fee:
$65/ all sessions,  Or $18/ session

Non Member fee:
$72 / all sessions, Or $20/session