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

Apr
5
Sun
Slaid Cleaves & Robbie Fulks – POSTPONED @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Apr 5 @ 7:30 pm

Flagstaff Arts Council presents

Slaid Cleaves & Robbie Fulks

Slaid Cleaves

The music of Austin-based singer/songwriter and guitarist Slaid Cleaves is rootedin country and traditional folk songs, but it is unusual enough to have held interest in a sea of singer/songwriters across the 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s. While he released a handful of recordings during the early ’90s, he gained significant notice with No Angel Knows, which was released on Rounder’s Philo subsidiary in 1997. Joined by former Lucinda Williams guitarist Gurf Morlix, Cleaves combined his passion for folk songs, blues, and traditional country music into an amalgamation of styles known as Americana. Not surprisingly, the album rode high into the charts at Americana-formatted radio stations around the U.S. and Canada in 1997. The release set the tone for the rest of his career.

After many years in Portland, Maine, he sought new mountains to climb, and found some of them after moving to Austin, Texas, in 1992. Despite the echelon of great singer/songwriters like Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Lucinda Williams, Robert Earl Keen, Guy Clark, and Joe Ely all centered around the Austin scene, Cleaves was able to make a name for himself there.

During the following decade, Cleaves released Broke Down (2000) and Wishbones (2004) prior to switching to Rounder proper for Unsung (2006). After signing with Jimmy LaFave and Kelcy Warren’s Music Road label, he issued Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away (2009, featuring liner notes from fan Stephen King), the two-disc Sorrow & Smoke: Live at the Horseshoe Lounge (2011), and Still Fighting the War (2013). The title song of the latter album was inspired by Craig F. Walker’s Pulitzer-winning photo essay regarding a soldier’s postwar civilian life. 2017’s Ghost on the Car Radio found Cleaves exploring the traditions of American small town life.

Robbie Fulks

Nominated for two 2017 Grammy Awards: Best Folk Album (Upland Stories) and Best American Roots Song (“Alabama at Night”)!

Robbie Fulks was born in York, Pennsylvania, and grew up in a half-dozen small towns in southeast Pennsylvania, the North Carolina Piedmont, and the Blue Ridge area of Virginia. He learned guitar from his dad, banjo from Earl Scruggs and John Hartford records, and fiddle (long since laid down in disgrace) on his own. He attended Columbia College in New York City in 1980 and dropped out in 1982 to focus on the Greenwich Village songwriter scene and other ill-advised pursuits.

In the mid-1980s he moved to Chicago and joined Greg Cahill’s Special Consensus Bluegrass Band, with whom he made one record (Hole in My Heart, Turquoise, 1989) and toured constantly. Since then he has gone on to create a multifarious career in music. He was a staff instructor in guitar and ensemble at Old Town School of Folk Music from 1984 to 1996. He worked on Nashville’s Music Row as a staff songwriter for Songwriters Ink (Joe Diffie, Tim McGraw, Ty Herndon) from 1993 to 1998. He has released 10 solo records on the Bloodshot, Geffen, Boondoggle (self), and Yep Roc labels, including the influential early alt-country records Country Love Songs (1996) and South Mouth (1997), and the widely acclaimed Georgia Hard (2005).

Radio: multiple appearances on WSM’s “Grand Ole Opry”; PRI’s “Whadd’ya Know”; NPR’s “Fresh Air,” “Mountain Stage,” and “World Cafe”; and the syndicated “Acoustic Cafe” and “Laura Ingraham Show.” TV: PBS’s Austin City Limits; NBC’s TodayLate Night with Conan O’Brien,  Last Call with Carson Daly, and 30 Rock. TV/film use of his music includes True BloodMy Name Is EarlMary Shelley’s FrankenholeVery Bad Things, and Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, and he has voiced or sung campaigns for Budweiser, McDonald’s, Nickelodeon, and Applebee’s.

Robbie’s writing on music and life have appeared in GQBlenderChicago Reader, DaCapo Press’s Best Music Writing anthologies for 2001 and 2004, Amplified: Fiction from Leading Alt-Country, Indie Rock, Blues and Folk Musicians, and A Guitar and A Pen: Stories by Country Music’s Greatest Songwriters. As an instrumentalist, he has accompanied the Irish fiddle master Liz Carroll, the distinguished jazz violinist Jenny Scheinman, and the New Orleans pianist Dr. John. As a producer his credits include Touch My Heart: A Tribute to Johnny Paycheck (Sugar Hill, 2004) and Big Thinkin’ by Dallas Wayne (Hightone, 2000). Theatrical credits include Woody Guthrie’s American Song and Harry Chapin’s Cottonpatch Gospel.

Robbie Fulks’s newest album is a collaborative album with Memphis rock-n-roll legend Linda Gail Lewis. Wild! Wild! Wild! will be available on August 10th, 2018.

TICKETS NOT ON SALE

The show will take place on Sunday, April 5, 2020, doors are at 7:00pm and the show will start at 7:30pm. Tickets are $25 advance/ $30 day of show. Arts Council Members recieve 10% discount! Contact the Center for details.) Tickets can be purchased online, in person at Coconino Center for the Arts. All ticket sales are final – no refunds will be issued.

Concert-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
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

 

 

 

May
29
Fri
Emily Scott Robinson @ Coconino Center for the Arts
May 29 @ 8:00 pm

Flagstaff Arts Council presents

Emily Scott Robinson

North Carolina native Emily Scott Robinson has traveled a quarter million miles and counting, paying her dues along the dusty highways of America’s wild country in the RV she calls home. Along the way, she’s captured the stories of the people she met and expertly crafted them into the songs featured on her gorgeous debut studio release, “Traveling Mercies.” Named one of Rolling Stone’s “10 New Country and Americana Artists to Watch in 2019,” Robinson received critical acclaim from Billboard, No Depression, and American Songwriter for the stories captured on her new album and performed on the main stage of the 2019 Telluride Bluegrass Festival as winner of the Telluride Troubadour Contest.

The diner where the waitress knows everyone by name. The World War Two veteran reflecting on the end of his life. The windswept trailer park where people prefer to keep their curtains closed. As she meditates on human frailty and the power of resilience, Robinson is at times vulnerable, at others, defiant and absolutely free. Rolling Stone called “Traveling Mercies” a collection of “country-folk songs about America in all its pain and glory with the literate, Southern gothic sensibility of Flannery O’Connor.” Robinson is on the rise with her new record— a tour de force from an elegant chronicler of her own existence and those of her fellow humans.

The show will take place on Saturday, April 4, 2020, doors are at 7:00pm and the show will start at 8pm. Tickets are $12 advance/ $15 day of show. Arts Council Members recieve 10% discount! Contact the Center for details.) Tickets can be purchased online, in person at Coconino Center for the Arts. All ticket sales are final – no refunds will be issued. *This show was rescheduled from April 4, 2020 due to health and safety precautions related to COVID-19, all tickets with the original date will be honored. 

Concert-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.

PURCHASE TICKETS

 

 

 

 

Jun
11
Thu
BECOMING OTHELLO: A Black Girl’s Journey @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Jun 11 @ 8:00 pm

FlagShakes & The Southside Association Present

BECOMING OTHELLO: A Black Girl’s Journey

BECOMING OTHELLO: A Black Girl’s Journey, written and performed by Debra Ann Byrd, is a 90 minute, 5-Act, living memoir which explores a young woman’s acting journey on the road to becoming Othello. It showcases her trials and triumphs with race and the classics, some memorable experiences on her gender flipped journey and her fun-loving and tumultuous youth. It is complete with moving multimedia images, lyrical language from Black women playwrights, William Shakespeare, Langston Hughes, Martin Luther King, Jr., Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman and the King James Bible, along with soulful songs and the music that shaped her life in her beloved Harlem.

The show will take place on Thursday, June 11 at 8pm. 

Pay-What-You-Will:
Discount (for anyone needing a little assistance) – $5
General Admission – $10
Abundance (for those will a little more to give) – $20+

Tickets Available at the Door.

 

 

 

 

Jun
12
Fri
The Talbott Brothers @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Jun 12 @ 7:30 pm

Flagstaff Arts Council presents

The Talbott Brothers

The Talbott Brothers are a product of America’s heartland. Though currently based in Portland, Oregon, the duo grew up in Imperial, Nebraska, with a population just eking over 2,000. As indie-folk-rock musicians, Nick and Tyler Talbott, are somewhat of an anomaly, originating from a place where farming or ranching are the more typical career paths. Their honest songwriting is not only a breath of fresh air, but collections of down-to-earth messages that prove to be prevalent in today’s world.

Ghost Talker is the second full-length studio album from the sibling duo. Blood harmonies and sibling rivalry are evident in their songwriting with lyrics pulling from the trials of everyday life and the questions we all face. “Everyone has ghosts, whether they talk about them or not. We wanted to take off the mask and be honest with this record, hoping that what we needed to say is what people needed to hear.”

At its core, the album is transformative in nature, prompting the listener to question motives, face realities, and go to war with their own ghosts. Spiritual apprehension and seeking answers are common themes. “Shadowboxing” is a hard look in the mirror, realizing that what you have been fighting all along is your own fear. “It takes one good fight to turn things around.”

Lead single, “Run No More” forces a look at the past while offering a soul shaking guitar solo that feels like a rally cry. “We tried running for a long time but it doesn’t do a heart any good. Sometimes in a wake-up call you realize what’s most important to you. “Run No More” is about when your legs give out and you gotta turn around and fight.”

Drawing influence from John Mayer, Kaleo and Mumford & Sons, Ghost Talker will challenge your built-in world view and push you to embrace the unknown. No strangers to the road, The Talbott Brothers will be touring across the US, supporting the album release this fall 2019.

The show will take place on Friday, June 12 2020, doors are at 7:00pm and the show will start at 7:30pm. Tickets are $20 advance/ $25 day of show. Arts Council Members recieve 10% discount! Contact the Center for details. Tickets can be purchased online, in person at Coconino Center for the Arts. All ticket sales are final – no refunds will be issued. *This show was rescheduled from March 26, 2020 due to health and safety precautions related to the Coronavirus, all tickets with the original date will be honored. 

PURCHASE TICKETS

Concert-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.

 

 

 

 

Jun
20
Sat
Flagstaff Folk Festival 2020 @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Jun 20 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music presents the 19th Annual Flagstaff Folk Festival at the Coconino Center for the Arts and Arizona Historical Society Pioneer Museum 10am-6pm, Saturday, June 20th & Sunday June 21st, 2020.  Proudly showcasing the best in folk and acoustic music in Arizona and beyond. We feature well over 100 acts on five stages, workshops, jams, and more. The festival is produced by The Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music in partnership with the Flagstaff Arts Council and the Pioneer Museum.

The Flagstaff Folk Festival proudly showcases the best in folk and acoustic music in Arizona and beyond featuring multiple stages, workshops, jams, and more.

The festival is held on Saturday and Sunday. Performances are on both indoor and outdoor covered stages and workshop and jamming areas are accessible to all attending.

Bring an instrument or two along and join in. We have several food vendors and there is plenty of space to stretch out with family and friends. Festival admission includes access to both the Coconino Center for the Arts exhibits and The Arizona Historical Society Pioneer Museum.

Featuring 100+ Acts on 5 Stages
• Food and craft vendors
• Jamming spaces
• Bring your instrument & join in

Admission is always affordable and this is a very family friendly experience. The festival is produced by The Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music in partnership with Flagstaff Arts Council and the Arizona Historical Society Pioneer Museum.

The entrance fee is $5/person/day -or- $15/family/day.
For more info visit flagfolkfest.org, call 928.606.2064, or email flagfolkfest@ffotm.net

Jun
21
Sun
Flagstaff Folk Festival 2020 @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Jun 21 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music presents the 19th Annual Flagstaff Folk Festival at the Coconino Center for the Arts and Arizona Historical Society Pioneer Museum 10am-6pm, Saturday, June 20th & Sunday June 21st, 2020.  Proudly showcasing the best in folk and acoustic music in Arizona and beyond. We feature well over 100 acts on five stages, workshops, jams, and more. The festival is produced by The Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music in partnership with the Flagstaff Arts Council and the Pioneer Museum.

The Flagstaff Folk Festival proudly showcases the best in folk and acoustic music in Arizona and beyond featuring multiple stages, workshops, jams, and more.

The festival is held on Saturday and Sunday. Performances are on both indoor and outdoor covered stages and workshop and jamming areas are accessible to all attending.

Bring an instrument or two along and join in. We have several food vendors and there is plenty of space to stretch out with family and friends. Festival admission includes access to both the Coconino Center for the Arts exhibits and The Arizona Historical Society Pioneer Museum.

Featuring 100+ Acts on 5 Stages
• Food and craft vendors
• Jamming spaces
• Bring your instrument & join in

Admission is always affordable and this is a very family friendly experience. The festival is produced by The Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music in partnership with Flagstaff Arts Council and the Arizona Historical Society Pioneer Museum.

The entrance fee is $5/person/day -or- $15/family/day.
For more info visit flagfolkfest.org, call 928.606.2064, or email flagfolkfest@ffotm.net