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

Aug
1
Sat
Julia Chacon Inspiration Flamenca @ The Arboretum
Aug 1 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

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Flagstaff Arts Council and The Arboretum at Flagstaff are pleased to present Julia Chacon Inspiration Flamenca  in concert at The Arboretum on Saturday, August 1, 2015. Doors open at 4:45 pm and the concert is from 5:30 – 7 pm with an intermission.

Tickets on sale at Arizona Music Pro

Tickets on sale at Arizona Music Pro, 122 E Rte 66, Flagstaff

Inspiración Flamenca uses dynamic, internationally-trained, professional flamenco dancers and musicians. Beautiful costumes, undulating arms, fiery footwork, intricate guitar, and soul-stirring vocals come together to deliver an unforgettable show. Director/Founder, Julia Chacon has over 15 years of international performing and production experience. She founded Inspiración Flamenca in 2008 and provides an authentic, powerful flamenco performance.

Tickets can be purchased at the Arboretum Visitors Center, Coconino Center for the Arts, or the Arboretum website (available online soon). Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner. Tickets are $14 for members of The Arboretum and Flagstaff Arts Council; $18 for non-members; and $9 for kids 6-16.

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Sep
5
Sat
Ritmo Latino Band @ The Arboretum
Sep 5 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

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Flagstaff Arts Council and The Arboretum at Flagstaff are pleased to present Ritmo Latino Band in concert at The Arboretum on Saturday, September 5, 2015. Doors open at 4:45 pm and the concert is from 5:30 – 7 pm with an intermission.

Tickets on sale at Arizona Music Pro, 122 E Rte 66, Flagstaff

Tickets on sale at Arizona Music Pro, 122 E Rte 66, Flagstaff

Led by singer Andres Martinez, Ritmo Latino masterfully mixes up a Salsa, Cumbia, Cha Cha Cha, and Latin Jazz musical blend. Formed in the fall of 2008 Ritmo Latino is based in Phoenix, Arizona and is comprised of some of the top Latin jazz players in the Southwest region from different backgrounds and nationalities. From their festive up-beat  Afro-Caribbean rhythms to their relaxing, soothing Flamenco and Samba sounds, Ritmo Latino is an outstanding band that guarantees you an excellent performance every time!

Tickets can be purchased at Arizona Music Pro, at the door, or the Arboretum website. Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner. Tickets are $14 for members of The Arboretum and Flagstaff Arts Council; $18 for non-members; and $9 for kids 6-16.

To See the Full Lineup of for the Summer Concert Series, Click Here

 

Nov
13
Fri
Flagstaff Festival of Trees @ The Arboretum at Flagstaff
Nov 13 @ 4:00 pm – Dec 5 @ 7:00 pm

completed treeCELEBRATE THE SEASON with the 1st ANNUAL FLAGSTAFF FESTIVAL OF TREES

Open Nov. 13 – Dec. 5, 2015
Friday-Saturday 4-7pm
Sunday 1-4pm

The Arboretum at Flagstaff and The Flagstaff Arts Council announce the 1st Annual Flagstaff Festival of Trees. Decorated holiday trees and seasonal décor will be displayed in the historic Walter Reichardt House at the Arboretum from November 13—December 5, 2015 on Fridays and Saturdays 4-7pm, and on Sundays 1-4pm. Individuals, schools and businesses are decorating and donating trees and other seasonal items to be raffled on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at The Arboretum.

Event sponsors include HomeCo Lumber & Hardware, Home Depot, Freeman Law PLLC, and NOAZ Signs.

One hundred percent of all funds raised will benefit The Arboretum at Flagstaff, the Flagstaff Arts Council, and various Flagstaff Unified School District elementary school programs.

Seasonal tree festivals are a popular annual holiday tradition in many communities in this country. According to Erin Evans and Peter Jolma, Co-Chairs of the organizing committee, “Flagstaff and the Arboretum will provide an ideal setting for this event and will be a wonderful way to start the holidays. Donors and participants will represent a broad spectrum of organizations and individuals, and the event will showcase the Flagstaff community’s creative skills and interests.”

Admission is $5 for adults; $3 youth from 6-18, and children under 5 free. Raffle tickets are $5 for 20.

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Jun
4
Sat
Mariachi Mexico Antiguo @ The Arboretum
Jun 4 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

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Flagstaff Arts Council and The Arboretum at Flagstaff are pleased to present Mariachi Mexico Antiguo in concert at The Arboretum on June 4, 2016. Doors open at 4:45 pm and the concert is from 5:30 – 7 pm with an intermission.

A group celebrated for its vibrant sound, traditional core, and restored focus on the antique traditions of the mariachi genre.

Established in 2010 by former and current students of local schools in the Las Vegas Valley. Mariachi Mexico Antiguo is comprised of the most dedicated and talented musicians. Each with experience panning 4 years or more.

As ambassadors of the mariachi genre, Mariachi Mexico Antiguo has traveled to Arizona, California, New Mexico, Utah, New York, Colorado, Washington, Wyoming and Connecticut. Mariachi Mexico Antiguo has also worked with renowned artists as Beatriz Adriana, Graciela Beltran, Gildardo Alvarez, Jesus “Chuy” Guzman, Juan Valentin and Placido Domingo.

This dedication combined with travels around the United States has earned the mariachi as “a group that captivates audiences with its distinct interpretation of mariachi music.” Mariachi Mexico Antiguo symbolizes extraordinary musicianship and renewed focus on the tradition of mariachi.

Visit their website to learn more >

Tickets can be purchased at the Arboretum Visitors Center, Coconino Center for the Arts, Arizona Music Pro, or the Arboretum’s Website.

Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner. Tickets are $14 for members of The Arboretum and Flagstaff Arts Council; $18 for non-members; and $9 for kids 6-16. To avoid an online purchasing fee, please call The Coconino Center for the Arts at (928) 779-2300.

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Jul
2
Sat
Jessica Fichot @ The Arboretum
Jul 2 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

NEWFichotFlagstaff Arts Council and The Arboretum at Flagstaff are pleased to present Jessica Fichot in concert at The Arboretum on July 2, 2016. Doors open at 4:45 pm and the concert is from 5:30 – 7 pm with an intermission.

Los Angeles-based chanteuse/songwriter Jessica Fichot is a lot like her hometown of Paris: French at heart, but with a soul that’s truly international. Drawing from her multi-ethnic French / Chinese / American upbringing, her music fuses styles and languages, taking the listener on a twisting journey out of the French chanson tradition, into the lands of gypsy jazz, Chinese 1940’s swing, international folk, and into the wilderness of her imagination. She has performed packed venues in France, China, Spain, Mexico, Canada and across the U.S – backed by her fiery band (clarinet/sax, upright bass, drums and guitar), and armed with her accordion, toy piano and multilingual vocals.

Visit her website to learn more >

Tickets can be purchased at the Arboretum Visitors Center, Coconino Center for the Arts, Arizona Music Pro, or the Arboretum’s Website.

Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner. Tickets are $14 for members of The Arboretum and Flagstaff Arts Council; $18 for non-members; and $9 for kids 6-16. To avoid an online purchasing fee, please call The Coconino Center for the Arts at (928) 779-2300.

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Aug
6
Sat
New West Guitar Group Featuring Sara Gazarek @ The Arboretum
Aug 6 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

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Flagstaff Arts Council and The Arboretum at Flagstaff are pleased to present New West Guitar Group featuring Sara Gazarek in concert at The Arboretum on August 6, 2016. Doors open at 4:45 pm and the concert is from 5:30 – 7 pm with an intermission.

Over the last ten years, the New West Guitar Group (NWGG) has emerged as one of the premier guitar ensembles in the world. Their signature sound comes from an innovative style that highlights rhythm, beauty and virtuosity through combining acoustic and electric guitars.

With five studio albums to their credit, this new release Send One Your Love features an incredible cast of guest jazz vocalists. Teaming up with Gretchen Parlato, Tierney Sutton, Sara Gazarek, Becca Stevens and Peter Eldridge, the album tells a story about the highs and lows of love. Each vocalist is featured on a traditional and contemporary standard with lyrics that portray themes of vulnerability, hope, pain and happiness. Seattle Times hails NWGG as “sharp and refined” while All Music Guide says the trio’s expert arrangements “sometimes verge on the orchestral.” The band lives up to their reputation on Send One Your Love showcasing their thoughtful arrangements specifically done for the sound and style of each vocalist. The project brings together timeless compositions from Cole Porter, Joni Mitchell, Kurt Weill, Randy Newman and others through the sophisticated New West style of arranging. The result is a beautifully crafted and cohesive album that expands the notion of what is a “standard” to tell a story about of love.

For New West Guitar Group, this album was a unique chance for the members to collaborate with different vocalists in a reimagined setting rather than a sideman situation. Founding members Perry Smith and John Storie have had years of experience working as sidemen for jazz vocalists.

Amongst a community teaming with startlingly gifted singers, Sara Gazarek stands out as a particularly extravagant artist. Her first two albums introduced her singular sound and vision, steeped in the tradition of jazz but deeply informed by contemporary songwriters and performers.

Visit their website to learn more >

Tickets can be purchased at the Arboretum Visitors Center, Coconino Center for the Arts, Arizona Music Pro, or the Arboretum’s Website.

Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner. Tickets are $14 for members of The Arboretum and Flagstaff Arts Council; $18 for non-members; and $9 for kids 6-16. To avoid an online purchasing fee, please call The Coconino Center for the Arts at (928) 779-2300.

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Sep
3
Sat
The Honey Dewdrops @ The Arboretum
Sep 3 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

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Flagstaff Arts Council and The Arboretum at Flagstaff are pleased to present The Honey Dewdrops in concert at The Arboretum on September 3, 2016. Doors open at 4:45 pm and the concert is from 5:30 – 7 pm with an intermission.

Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish share more than most couples. As the Honey Dewdrops, they share stages from venues to festivals across North America, stretches of rolling, infinite roadway, and a lot of songs; they share one mic and a hunger to pay attention to what endures. With tight harmonies and a musical ensemble that includes clawhammer banjo, mandolin and guitars, the effect is to leave listeners with only what matters: the heart of the song and clarity over ornamentation. After a year and a half of living on the road, Laura and Kagey now call Baltimore home and it’s where they wrote and recorded their fourth full-length album, Tangled Country, released May 2015 on Randm Records. Acoustic Guitar Magazine describes the set of songs as “a handcrafted sound centered on swarming harmonies and acoustic guitars that churn like a paddlewheel and shimmer like heat waves on the highway.” And like their stage performance, these new songs rock and reel, and then they console you when you come back down.

The closeness of sound and the musical compatibility that The Honey Dewdrops possess is unmistakable. On Tangled Country, each share vocals and guitars, augmented by Parrish’s mandolin and Wortman’s work on banjo and harmonica. “I think it comes from spending a lot of time together and knowing the inner workings of each other creatively,” says Wortman. And while comparisons to the music of Gillian Welch & David Rawlings are inevitable here, that’s because there’s something to this marriage of matrimony and music. Wortman and Parrish’s musical chemistry is so vivid here in recorded form that it’s not surprising to learn that their live performances are often described as “mesmerizing,” “evocative,” and “genuine.” The culmination of three years of writing and arranging, Tangled Country captures and communicates this as the duo weave dynamics and harmonies from one track to another, proving that The Honey Dewdrops bear the mark of musical maturity – in performance, arrangement, and songwriting.

Visit their website to learn more >

Tickets can be purchased at the Arboretum Visitors Center, Coconino Center for the Arts, Arizona Music Pro, or the Arboretum’s Website.

Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner. Tickets are $14 for members of The Arboretum and Flagstaff Arts Council; $18 for non-members; and $9 for kids 6-16. To avoid an online purchasing fee, please call The Coconino Center for the Arts at (928) 779-2300.AZMusicPro-150x150

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Nov
18
Fri
Festival of Trees @ The Arboretum at Flagstaff
Nov 18 @ 3:00 pm – Dec 3 @ 5:00 pm

This magical holiday festival is in its second year, in partnership with the The Arboretum at Flagstaff, and has proven a wonderful tradition for the whole family. Showcasing donated and decorated trees, lights, wreaths and other beautiful displays created by the local Flagstaff community on display inside the historic Walter Reichart house, all to be raffled on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at the Arboretum. This year with an additional light festival held in the courtyard at the Arboretum so you can enjoy the majestic winter garden outside, then come warm up inside with some hot cocoa, cider, wine and cookies while browsing the stunning trees up for raffle.

Schedule of Entertainment

*Open Weekends Only
November 11 – December 3, 2016
Fridays and Saturdays, 3 – 8 pm / Sundays, 4 – 7 pm.

Admission
Adults $7 / Members $6 / Ages 6 – 18 $4 / Children 5 and under Free *
10 raffle tickets $5 / 22 raffle tickets for $10 / Dollhouse raffle $5  *Guest passes cannot be used for special events.

Location
The Arboretum at Flagstaff 
4001 S Woody Mountain Rd, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Oct
11
Wed
Uranium & the Half-Life of Hope: Future of the Colorado Plateau Forum @ Museum of Northern Arizona
Oct 11 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Please note: this event is held at the Museum of Northern Arizona

The disturbing legacy of uranium mining on the Navajo Nation is well known to people who live near abandoned mines and mills. In 2005, the Nation banned uranium mining and milling on its nearly 30,000 square mile reservation, but it does not have the authority to ban the transportation of uranium on federal highways through its communities.

Aerial photo of the Kanab North Mine Site by Michael Collier

In 2012, when the U.S. Department of the Interior placed a 20-year ban on new uranium mining claims across one million acres of public lands adjacent to Grand Canyon, many felt that the era of uranium mining on the Colorado Plateau was drawing to a close. But in May 2015, Energy Fuels, Inc. began preparations to mine uranium on an existing claim at its Canyon Mine, a deposit on U.S. Forest Service land, just six miles from Tusayan and the busiest entrance to the Grand Canyon. The Havasupai Tribe’s lawsuit against the mine is awaiting a decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

There are also plans to drill for uranium on Arizona State Trust Lands, which are exempt from the federal ban, including the Wate Mine just off the main road into Havasupai. And a proposal for a 1.7-million-acre national monument designed to permanently protect the Grand Canyon watershed from uranium mining failed to be enacted in the final days of the Obama administration.

So what is the future of uranium mining on the Colorado Plateau? We will hear from educators, political leaders and activists who are engaged directly with this question. More importantly, we want to hear from you!

Please note: this event is held at the Museum of Northern Arizona

The event is free, but registration is required to attend:

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The Future of the Colorado Plateau Forum series is presented by the Museum of Northern Arizona and Grand Canyon Trust. Generous support is provided by Coconino County, the Geo Family Foundation, the Landscape Conservation Initiative at NAU, City of Flagstaff BBB Revenues, and the Flagstaff Arts Council.


This event is associated Hope and Trauma in a Poisoned Land, the new exhibition at the Coconino Center for the Arts that explores the impact of uranium mining on Navajo lands and people. The art exhibition will feature work by more than two dozen artists, including Navajo and Native artists. It will be open to the public August 15 – October 28, 2017.

Hope and Trauma in a Poisoned Land, photo by Tom Alexander

Oct
25
Wed
Film Showing: Hot Water @ NAU Campus in The International Pavilion (Building 50A)
Oct 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

This film showing is on the NAU Campus in The International Pavilion (Building 50A). Part of the Better World Film Series.

When you were growing up, how many people did you know who had cancer?

How many do you know today?

Filmmakers Lizabeth Rogers and Kevin Flint travel to South Dakota following a story about uranium contamination—only to discover that the problem flows much farther and runs much deeper than they could have imagined.

Three years and thousands of miles later, Hot Water tells the story of those impacted by uranium mining, atomic testing, nuclear energy and the subsequent contamination that runs through our air, soil and—even more dramatically—our water.

From Fat Man and Little Boy to Duck and Cover, we believed it was safe to eat, drink and breathe in the shadow of the atomic age.

Hot Water offers this question: Are the thirty-eight million people in the American Southwest aware that their water supply is filtered through 16 million tons of radioactive waste lying on the banks of the Colorado River?

Our ground water, air and soil are contaminated with some of the most toxic heavy metals known to man, and the subsequent health and environmental damage will take generations and 100’s of billions of dollars to heal.

Follow Liz, Kevin and their team as they travel the American West and expose uranium mining and our nuclear legacy for what it is, and for what it’s left behind.

The film is followed by a Q&A with director Lizabeth Rogers and Navajo historian Jennifer Rose Denetdale. In Partnership with: Sustainable Communities Program, with funding support from Arizona Humanities.
Mar
28
Thu
Community Planning Session @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Mar 28 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Oct
16
Wed
Flagstaff 2030: Community Vision Meeting @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Oct 16 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Flagstaff 2030: Community Vision Meeting @ Coconino Center for the Arts

Please join us this Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 5:30pm. We will explore three key questions: How do we foster an even stronger creative economy? What collectively inspires us and makes Flagstaff unique? (Hint: the intersection of art & science is key.) And, how do we promote cultural equity and consciousness? These questions could greatly alter the course of the Flagstaff Arts Council that you know and love. We want you to be proud of what we come up with! All are welcome.

RSVP is requested but not required at: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?show=107025