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

Jan
31
Thu
Welcome the New Executive Director @ Nomads Global Lounge
Jan 31 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Arts Council is thrilled to welcome a new leader to its team, Executive Director, Jonathan Stone. He most recently served as Executive Director of the Downtown Oregon City Association. There, he introduced new community traditions and events as well as expanded outreach and partnerships. Under his leadership, Downtown Oregon City Association was awarded the prestigious Great American Main Street Award in 2018.

Prior to his career in nonprofit management, Jonathan worked in architecture and has focused in historic business district revitalization. He has a Bachelor of Architecture from Boston Architectural College and an MS-MBA from Boston University.

“Jonathan is innovative, energetic and has great experience with community building and developing and maintaining a sense of place. We believe that he will be a good fit with both Flagstaff and the Flagstaff Arts Council!”says Arts Council Board President Dorlee Henderson.

Join the Arts Council in Welcoming Mr. Stone with a small reception at Nomads Global Lounge downtown Flagstaff, Thursday January 31st from 3-5pm. This event is open to the public, light refreshments will be provided courtesy  of Nomads. 

 

Feb
23
Sat
Youth Art 2019 – Opening Celebration *Reschedule Date @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Feb 23 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 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 2018 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:
Saturday, February 23, 2019, 3-5pm  (Rescheduled from Friday due to snow)

Exhibition is Open:
February 23 – March 30, 2019

 

The main sponsors of the Youth Art Exhibition are:

      

 

Youth Art is also generously supported by:

       

 

The Flagstaff Foundry Presents: Ryan Biter @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Feb 23 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The Flagstaff Foundry presents an incredible night of music, art, and movement, featuring the music of Ryan Biter.

Ryan Biter was raised and currently resides in Flagstaff, AZ at 7000 ft. His music echoes the expansive soul of The Southwest. The sound is equal parts rural Americana, spectacled college town hipster, mountain bluegrass, and new age funk beatbox drum circle.  It feels like your favorite pair of jeans; utterly unique, yet enjoyably familiar.

Armed with expertly crafted songs, percussive guitar playing, and an affinity for beatboxing and loop pedals, Biter delivers a concert that is commanding yet intimate. Biter has a unique way of making a coffee shop feel like a concert hall and a club feel like an intimate house show. He can be found touring around the Southwest.

Tickets will be sold at the door only.  The show begins at 8 p.m. on Feb. 23, 2019 in the Coconino Center for the Arts Amphitheater.

This Show Made Possible by Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival.

 

 

 

Feb
24
Sun
*CANCELLED* The Man in the Arena: Theodore Roosevelt Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of The Grand Canyon @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Feb 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:45 pm

*Due to unexpected illness the performer has to cancel tonight’s show in Flagstaff. Refunds will be made a point of purchases, we are very sorry for any inconvenience.

Award winning actor, Derek Evans, has spent 40 years educating schools, museums, and libraries. He has trained with the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco and New York University and has been in over 40 stage productions in cities such as New York, Chicago, and Philadelphia. From 1969 to 1988, he wrote, produced, and performed in almost seven thousand performances for over two million students. In those twenty years he debuted in Shakespeare, opera, and literary adaptations. In the middle of his career, he ran the Truck Theater in Chicago for 20 years, taking theatrical productions to venues in a truck. Since 1995 his living history presentations on Theodore Roosevelt have been a staple of his career. Totaling over 500 performances, Derek has brought Teddy back to life!

Evans holds bachelors and masters degrees from Northwestern University and maintains a reference library of over 400 volumes that focus on Theodore Roosevelt and 19th and early 20th century American history. Complete published works of Roosevelt are included in his collection. Known as “Teddy” to the world, Theodore Roosevelt spent three decades as the face of America. Derek Evans honors this American through his live performances and allows people to meet “the most American American who ever lived!” He has travelled across the country in classrooms, museums, theaters, and even visited the White House Visitor Center!

Many years were spent researching and writing the solo show “The Man in the Arena.” Ever since he picked up the first book on the 26th president he has been obsessed. The title of the show comes from a widely quoted speech Roosevelt gave in 1910. Evans wants to open the eyes of the audience to the extent of Teddy’s legacy that many people are unaware of. He was the godfather of progressive politics and founded the environmental movement.

Evans allows the audience to travel back in time and meet the Bull Moose himself, Teddy Roosevelt. The 26th president of the United States of America is known for his power, responsibility, and honesty. He held high ideals and always practiced what he preached. Teddy showed the American people what can be done when doing our best and what it means to truly be American. The purpose of “The Man In The Arena” is to bring this honorable man back to life and remind the public what this hero did for the country.

The show will take place on Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 6:30pm. Doors open at 6:00 p,m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 on the day of the performance. Tickets can be purchased online and at the Coconino Center for the Arts. To avoid an online ticketing fee, please call the Coconino Center for the Arts at (928) 779-2300. All ticket sales are final – no refunds will be issued.

 

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Apr
12
Fri
NightVisions VII – Reception @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Apr 12 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

More than two-thirds of Americans live where they can no longer see the Milky Way galaxy because of light pollution. We have grown so isolated from night that in much of our culture it has become alien and fearful. NightVisions VII seeks to re-open our positive connections to the natural night and to bridge the divide separating artistic from scientific perception, promoting the idea that science and art are two intertwined aspects of human experience.

In other words, NightVisions is an art exhibition that celebrates the beauty of the night sky. The exhibition is hosted at the Coconino Center for the Arts in Flagstaff, Arizona. Flagstaff was designated as the world’s first International Dark Skies City, enacting limitations on light pollution to preserve the community’s exquisite view of the night sky, and leading a worldwide movement.

NightVisions VII schedule of events:

Members’ Preview: Friday April 12,  5-6pm
Public Opening Reception: Friday April 12,  6-8pm
Exhibition open to the public: April 13 – June 5, 2019.

The exhibition is produced by the Flagstaff Arts Council in partnership with the Flagstaff Dark Skies Coalition.

Interested in attending the NightVisions VII Member’s Preview, but not yet a member? Join Now!
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Night Visions is generously supported by:

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Apr
27
Sat
Night Creatures: Bats @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Apr 27 @ 7:00 pm
Mary Layman’s favorite mammals are bats, and her enthusiasm for these remarkable animals will lead participants on an exploration filled with wonder and amazement. Learn how bats fly, what they eat, and why they play vital roles in nearly all ecosystems on Earth. “Miss Mary” has been an educator for 22 years, spending the first part of her teaching career as a traveling environmental educator for the non-profit Willow Bend Environmental Education Center in Flagstaff. She believes people of all ages learn best through play, and designs learning experiences that spark imagination, encourage creativity, and foster safe exploration.

This event is free and open to the public. Produced as part of Flagstaff Dark Skies Coalition’s 2019 Celebration of the Night. See all events on there website: flagstaffdarkskies.org 

 

May
10
Fri
River of Stars @ Coconino Center for the Arts
May 10 @ 7:30 pm
River of Stars @ Coconino Center for the Arts

Flagstaff Arts Council and Human Nature Dance Theater are pleased to present “River of Stars Show” in concert at Coconino Center for the Arts on Friday, May 10th, 2019. Doors open at 7:00 PM and the show beings at 7:30 PM.

This performance is part of the 2019 Celebration of the Night. Flagstaff continues to set the standard for effective night sky protection and started making dark skies a priority in 1958.

Human Nature Dance Theater is a collaborative dance performance group that creates original works of art through an interdisciplinary lens. Nature our relationship with the natural world is explored through this performance. In this specially commissioned performance, dancers Jayne Lee and Paul Moore begin with us in deep space: Nothingness. All that has ever been and will ever be, exist at the same moment. Everything is full of potential as the universe is still forming. Then a cataclysm occurs and the very fabric of our world tears apart. Here we are caught in this moment of darkness. Where do we go from here? How do we dance into the dark where our deepest knowing resides?

The show will take place on Friday, May 10th, 2019 at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 the day of the show. Tickets can be purchased online, in person at Coconino Center for the Arts, by calling (928)779-2300, and downtown at Arizona Music Pro (cash or check only). 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: https://tinyurl.com/y8t7rxvy to book today.

 

May
25
Sat
Writers of the Night Sky @ Coconino Center for the Arts
May 25 @ 6:30 pm

Flagstaff Dark Skies Coalition is thrilled to announce the addition of a new Literary Event to the 2019 Celebration of the Night! This event will be a live reading and performance that features prose and poetry written by local writers paying tribute to Flagstaff’s lovely dark sky cityscape! The contributions will be chosen by a panel of 4 judges: Paul Bogard (author of The End of Night), local writers and literary advocates Katie King and Ky J. Dio, and Coalition founder Lance Diskan. Dapper Dre will be hosting and introducing the Writers, and local photographers will be highlighting their work in the background during the show. Please join us in celebrating our dark sky city and the inspiration of star filled skies through a riveting and exciting literary performance!

$5 suggested donation at the door. Produced as part of Flagstaff Dark Skies Coalition’s 2019 Celebration of the Night. See all events on there website: flagstaffdarkskies.org 

 

Nov
9
Sat
It’s Elemental 2019 – Opening Reception & Members Preview @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Nov 9 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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The Flagstaff Arts Council is excited to host the opening of the 2019 It’s Elemental with a Members’ Preview Saturday, November 9th, 5-6 p.m. followed by the Public Opening Reception 6-8 p.m.

It’s Elemental is an annual exhibition at the Coconino Center for the Arts, serving as a perfect lead up to the holiday season. It has its roots from the earliest days at the Center, from the mid-1980′s to the mid-1990′s. Back then, the exhibition was titled, “Wood, Fiber, Clay.” The Center closed in the late 1990′s, but when it reopened in 2001, the exhibition returned with its current name and concept.

The popular fine craft exhibition,  showcases works of art by the finest craftspeople in Arizona. The annual juried show features jewelry, ceramics, glasswork, wood, furniture, fabric, sculpture and more. This year’s exhibition will be open November 13 – December 14, 2019, Wednesday-Saturday, 11:00am-5:00pm.

 

In our lobby, we host It’s Ornamental on our Christmas Tree. Many of the participating artists have created one-of-a-kind handmade ornaments for the holiday season. They donated these to the Arts Council, and we sell them at affordable prices ($5 – $35) to raise money to support exhibitions at the Coconino Center for the Arts.

The exhibition is accompanied by the Fine Craft Sale on December 7 and 8, 2019, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 12 – 4 p.m on Sunday. The Fine Craft Sale is a juried holiday marketplace featuring local craftspeople. Now in its eighth year, the Sale is a popular fixture in Flagstaff’s holiday season.

 

 

 

Mar
13
Fri
FlagShakes: A Lie of the Mind @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Mar 13 @ 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.

 

 

 

 

 

Mar
14
Sat
FlagShakes: A Lie of the Mind @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Mar 14 @ 2:00 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.

 

 

 

 

 

FlagShakes: A Lie of the Mind @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Mar 14 @ 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.