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

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




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

Season passes also available! Click here.


  • 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

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: to book today.






Socks in the Frying Pan -Cancelled @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Mar 15 @ 7:30 pm

Living Traditions Presentations Presents

Socks in the Frying Pan

After taking America by storm on their first U.S. tour, the 2014 ‘Irish Music Association’Best New Band’ Socks in the Frying Pan are announcing dates for an Irish tour to coincide with the release of their eagerly awaited second album- ‘The Return of the Giant Sock Monsters from Outer Space’.

The award winning trio from County Clare have captivated audiences, the world around, with their high energy performances, breath-taking musical ability and their trademark 3 part vocal harmonies, and have returned with the follow up to their debut award winning 2013 album.

The album offers 6 sets of tunes, tastefully diverse and brilliantly crafted, combined with 6 songs, showcasing both vocal and harmonizing abilities of each member on their respective songs, totaling a dozen stand-out tracks that will captivate and mesmerize the listener. Demonstrating creative versatility, several of the tunes and one of the songs have been written and arranged by the band. The album experience is exactly that which one encounters at a live ‘Socks’ show- a high energy, masterfully performed collection of music and song that demonstrates exactly why ‘Socks in the Frying Pan’ is fast becoming a household name and why they are one of the most loved and sought after Irish bands in the world today.



The show will take place on Sunday, March 15, 2020, doors are at 7:00pm and the show will start at 7:30pm. Tickets are $25 in Advance Adults , Children 13 and under $20, Door Tickets are $30. Arts Council Members receive 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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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,

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.


For more information or questions, call 928-779-2300 Or email Sarah Smallwood,