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

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.


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.

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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.




Mater Chorale Presents A Cappella! @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Apr 24 @ 7:30 pm

Arizona Master Chorale presents

Arizona Mountain Chorale (AMC), Master Chorale of Flagstaff’s chamber choir  Photo by Nancy Wiechec

A Cappella! 

Join us for a night of old and new unaccompanied favorites performed by the Arizona Mountain Chorale in partnership with NAU student a cappella groups.

Music will include featured hits by James Taylor, George Gershwin, Bill Joel, U2, and Cole Porter.

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 $5 and can be purchased online or in person at Coconino Center for the Arts. All ticket sales are final – no refunds will be issued.

about AMC:

Guest artists
Northern Voices (NoVo): One of Northern Arizona University’s (NAU) vocal jazz groups, NoVo consists of 14-18 beginning jazz singers who are developing the skills in solo singing, stage presence, and vocal improvisation to prepare collegiate jazz literature. NoVo performs at concerts throughout the school year at Ardrey Auditorium and at the NAU Choral Union Holiday Dinner. Second year graduate assistant Albert Lee is the current conductor.
The Highlanders: Founded in 2013 at NAU, The Highlanders is made up of 17 male voices ranging from super high to super low, with everything in between plus amazing vocal percussionists. The group is a two-time semifinalist in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella competition, has won awards for Best Choreography and Best Vocal Percussion at the same competition, and is currently working on releasing a full album this spring. Sague Molina is the group’s music director/arranger.