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
28
Sun
Screen Time Symposium – 2nd Showing @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Jan 28 @ 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Film screening in conjunction with Arrangement for a Silent Orchestra

Film: Screenagers (1hr5min)

Award-winning SCREENAGERS probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director’s own, and depicts messy struggles, over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world.

The event will take place on Sunday, January 28th, 2018 at 1:00pm (doors are 12pm). Tickets are free but reservations are required.

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Trailer: https://vimeo.com/215750447

 

Noon-1:  Doors open

1-2:05: Film screening: Screenagers

2:05-2:35: Panel Discussion

2:45-3:15: Breakout sessions include:

            Art Project

            Student Performances

            Compassionate Communication

            Panel Q&A

Feb
24
Sat
Flagstaff Foundry @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Feb 24 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

We are pleased to bring the Flagstaff Foundry to Coconino Center for the Arts on Saturday, February 24th, 2018. Doors open at 7:30 and the show begins at 8:00pm. Tickets are $5.

The Foundry is a monthly variety show in Flagstaff, AZ. Performance acts include aerial dance, stand-up comedy, live music and everything in between!  

The Foundry always features an unpredictable and always entertaining smattering of variety and talent because anybody can sign up to perform almost any act! You can always count on seeing aerial dance, stand-up comedy, live music, story telling and more. The Foundry is local art incubation and always hosts a unique, talented, and hilarious combination of performers, creating the opportunity for anyone to perform almost ANYTHING. New acts sign up each month and the Foundry is STILL only 5 bucks!

Our house improv team, Tiny Punches headlines the night with completely improvised comedy, all made up in the moment based on your suggestions!

The show will take place on Saturday, February 24th, 2018 at 8:00pm. Tickets can be purchased online or at Coconino Center for the Arts. To avoid purchasing fee, please call Coconino Center for the Arts at (928) 779-2300. All ticket sales are final – no refunds will be issued.

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Apr
21
Sat
The Flagstaff Foundry @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Apr 21 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Flagstaff Arts Council is pleased to co-present the 34th Flagstaff Foundry on April 21.  The show will take place at the Coconino Center for the Arts. Doors open at 7:30 and the show starts at 8pm. Tickets are available at the door only, so come early to reserve your seat!

The Flagstaff Foundry is a monthly variety show produced by Garrison Garcia and a team of volunteers. Previously hosted at the Circus Arts Studio, and now traveling throughout Flagstaff to take place in a different community performance spaces in Flagstaff, the Foundry is a monthly opportunity for artists and performing arts organizations to share their passions with a warm and welcoming audience. Because anyone and everyone can sign up each month to perform anything and everything, each month is exciting and different. The featured performers as well as the crew, director, sound person, etc. are all locals who want to be part of this community effort.

In addition to the variety acts that sign up, there are also two standing acts in every show. The first is a serial “radio show” (all performers stand at microphones with script in hand) about some Flagstaff – er “Flagstone” – superheros. The series is written by Garcia as well, and often incorporates current events into the (mostly) fictional story line. The radio performers are volunteers from all walks of Flagstaff life – lawyers, visual artists, engineers, bike mechanics, you name it. They see the script for the first time a few hours before the show. The second staple is long form improvisation by the Foundry’s house improv team, Tiny Punches. This group of skilled players turns audience suggestions into unexpected and hilarious narratives. They often weave in themes previously seen in the Foundry and make everything up on the spot.

The variety content in the show is not curated and acts are not reviewed or changed prior to the performance, so each artist brings what they will to the show. All they need to do is sign up ahead of time. The result is a show featuring a range of talent from across Flagstaff. Acts that support other arts projects are welcomed and encouraged.  Garcia and the Foundry volunteers are passionate about bringing a monthly opportunity to perform in a professional and supportive environment to the people of Flagstaff. “This show is for YOU, because YOU are the show,” says Garcia.

New acts sign up each month and the Foundry is STILL only 5 bucks!  Do you want to be in the show? You can sign up anytime to perform pretty much any act! Just visit tinyurl.com/flagstafffoundry

 

 

May
17
Thu
Acting Workshop Showcase @ Coconino Center for the Arts
May 17 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Flagstaff Arts Council is pleased to present the Acting Workshop Showcase at the Coconino Center for the Arts. Students will perform scenes and monologues beginning at 7:30pm on Thursday May 17th, 2018. The students have been working for six weeks on acting technique and have put together an impressive collection pieces: classic to contemporary, dramatic and comedic. The showcase will run approximately 50mins. Admission is a $5 suggested donation at the door.

 

 

 

Sep
22
Sat
Dying 2 Wake Up @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Sep 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm

Human Nature Dance Theatre debut at the Coconino Center for the Arts this fall, presented by The Flagstaff Arts Council. The show takes place on Saturday, September 22, 2018. Doors open at 7:00pm and the show begins at 7:30pm.

Based out of Flagstaff, Human Nature Dance Theatre is a collaborative performance group that brings progressive storytelling to new level. Combining a mix of dance, music, theatre and spoken word to present various themed stories. Dying to Wake Up explores the theme of grief, despair, and death. This show presents metaphors for end-of-life choices and dealing with preparing and grieving with death. Human Nature Dance Theatre has performed various others shows such as; Migration, Extinction, Once there were Birds, Ignite, Weatherwild and Now. Human Nature Dance Theatre brings original dance performances paired with interdisciplinary works.

The show will take place on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 on the day of the show, $10 for children and students (6-16) and children under 6 are free. Tickets can be purchase online, at the Coconino Center for the Arts. To avoid an online purchasing fee, call Coconino Center for the Arts at (928) 779-2300. All tickets sales are final – no refunds will be issued.

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Oct
5
Fri
FlagShakes: The Tempest @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Oct 5 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm

The Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival now in their 4th season, continue to deliver on their commitment to bringing exceptional and accessible classical theatre to northern Arizona and beyond.

The 2018 season explores the tensions of social structures and generational expectations, and the inevitable consequences of oppression. Audiences will witness the destruction of societies and families as they implode, bringing us face-to-face with timeless lessons that, true to Shakespearean form, are still immeasurably relevant today.

The Tempest is Shakespeare’s last play for the stage. He crafted a remarkable farewell using all the elements of great playwriting: powerful text, impressive stagecraft, beautiful music, brilliantly funny scenes, and most important, a lot of magic. This heartfelt story of a parent who sees his daughter grow up and has to hand over the staff of life to the next generation takes us on a journey of vengeance, forgiveness, and wonder. Isolation gives way to a family reunion, music makes characters sane or drives them mad, savages and clowns make us laugh, and finally (of course!), love conquers all.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

October 5, 6, 12, and 13
Door opens at 7 pm. Performance starts promptly at 7:30.

TICKET PRICES

  • Adult ticket: $22.50 
  • For students ages 15+ with student ID, seniors 65+, active-duty military with military ID, teachers with school ID:, $16.50
  • Youth (through age 14): $12.50

The mission of the Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival, affectionately known as FlagShakes, is to faithfully portray classics of the Renaissance, as well as produce other actor-driven plays. Each Renaissance performance incorporates Elizabethan staging practices, making these plays accessible and providing a unique learning opportunity. Our performances and educational outreach enlighten our audiences and revitalize empathy. Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival is dedicated to offering exciting artistic opportunity and experience for residents of northern Arizona and visitors from around the world.

Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival was founded by a group of actors, scholars, and educators who delight in seeing the Bard’s work as originally intended on stage: intimate, dynamic, accessible, and linguistically rich.  Shakespeare wrote his plays for the stage, not the page, and we trust that the Bard knew what he was doing. We believe in enriching the classroom experience of Shakespeare by offering live performances, actor-led workshops, technical workshops, and extracurricular classes on Shakespeare and Renaissance literature.

 

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Oct
6
Sat
FlagShakes: The Tempest @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Oct 6 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm

The Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival now in their 4th season, continue to deliver on their commitment to bringing exceptional and accessible classical theatre to northern Arizona and beyond.

The 2018 season explores the tensions of social structures and generational expectations, and the inevitable consequences of oppression. Audiences will witness the destruction of societies and families as they implode, bringing us face-to-face with timeless lessons that, true to Shakespearean form, are still immeasurably relevant today.

The Tempest is Shakespeare’s last play for the stage. He crafted a remarkable farewell using all the elements of great playwriting: powerful text, impressive stagecraft, beautiful music, brilliantly funny scenes, and most important, a lot of magic. This heartfelt story of a parent who sees his daughter grow up and has to hand over the staff of life to the next generation takes us on a journey of vengeance, forgiveness, and wonder. Isolation gives way to a family reunion, music makes characters sane or drives them mad, savages and clowns make us laugh, and finally (of course!), love conquers all.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

October 5, 6, 12, and 13
Door opens at 7 pm. Performance starts promptly at 7:30.

TICKET PRICES

  • Adult ticket: $22.50 
  • For students ages 15+ with student ID, seniors 65+, active-duty military with military ID, teachers with school ID:, $16.50
  • Youth (through age 14): $12.50

The mission of the Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival, affectionately known as FlagShakes, is to faithfully portray classics of the Renaissance, as well as produce other actor-driven plays. Each Renaissance performance incorporates Elizabethan staging practices, making these plays accessible and providing a unique learning opportunity. Our performances and educational outreach enlighten our audiences and revitalize empathy. Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival is dedicated to offering exciting artistic opportunity and experience for residents of northern Arizona and visitors from around the world.

Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival was founded by a group of actors, scholars, and educators who delight in seeing the Bard’s work as originally intended on stage: intimate, dynamic, accessible, and linguistically rich.  Shakespeare wrote his plays for the stage, not the page, and we trust that the Bard knew what he was doing. We believe in enriching the classroom experience of Shakespeare by offering live performances, actor-led workshops, technical workshops, and extracurricular classes on Shakespeare and Renaissance literature.

 

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Oct
12
Fri
FlagShakes: The Tempest @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Oct 12 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm

The Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival now in their 4th season, continue to deliver on their commitment to bringing exceptional and accessible classical theatre to northern Arizona and beyond.

The 2018 season explores the tensions of social structures and generational expectations, and the inevitable consequences of oppression. Audiences will witness the destruction of societies and families as they implode, bringing us face-to-face with timeless lessons that, true to Shakespearean form, are still immeasurably relevant today.

The Tempest is Shakespeare’s last play for the stage. He crafted a remarkable farewell using all the elements of great playwriting: powerful text, impressive stagecraft, beautiful music, brilliantly funny scenes, and most important, a lot of magic. This heartfelt story of a parent who sees his daughter grow up and has to hand over the staff of life to the next generation takes us on a journey of vengeance, forgiveness, and wonder. Isolation gives way to a family reunion, music makes characters sane or drives them mad, savages and clowns make us laugh, and finally (of course!), love conquers all.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

October 5, 6, 12, and 13
Door opens at 7 pm. Performance starts promptly at 7:30.

TICKET PRICES

  • Adult ticket: $22.50 
  • For students ages 15+ with student ID, seniors 65+, active-duty military with military ID, teachers with school ID:, $16.50
  • Youth (through age 14): $12.50

The mission of the Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival, affectionately known as FlagShakes, is to faithfully portray classics of the Renaissance, as well as produce other actor-driven plays. Each Renaissance performance incorporates Elizabethan staging practices, making these plays accessible and providing a unique learning opportunity. Our performances and educational outreach enlighten our audiences and revitalize empathy. Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival is dedicated to offering exciting artistic opportunity and experience for residents of northern Arizona and visitors from around the world.

Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival was founded by a group of actors, scholars, and educators who delight in seeing the Bard’s work as originally intended on stage: intimate, dynamic, accessible, and linguistically rich.  Shakespeare wrote his plays for the stage, not the page, and we trust that the Bard knew what he was doing. We believe in enriching the classroom experience of Shakespeare by offering live performances, actor-led workshops, technical workshops, and extracurricular classes on Shakespeare and Renaissance literature.

 

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Oct
13
Sat
FlagShakes: The Tempest @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Oct 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm

The Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival now in their 4th season, continue to deliver on their commitment to bringing exceptional and accessible classical theatre to northern Arizona and beyond.

The 2018 season explores the tensions of social structures and generational expectations, and the inevitable consequences of oppression. Audiences will witness the destruction of societies and families as they implode, bringing us face-to-face with timeless lessons that, true to Shakespearean form, are still immeasurably relevant today.

The Tempest is Shakespeare’s last play for the stage. He crafted a remarkable farewell using all the elements of great playwriting: powerful text, impressive stagecraft, beautiful music, brilliantly funny scenes, and most important, a lot of magic. This heartfelt story of a parent who sees his daughter grow up and has to hand over the staff of life to the next generation takes us on a journey of vengeance, forgiveness, and wonder. Isolation gives way to a family reunion, music makes characters sane or drives them mad, savages and clowns make us laugh, and finally (of course!), love conquers all.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

October 5, 6, 12, and 13
Door opens at 7 pm. Performance starts promptly at 7:30.

TICKET PRICES

  • Adult ticket: $22.50 
  • For students ages 15+ with student ID, seniors 65+, active-duty military with military ID, teachers with school ID:, $16.50
  • Youth (through age 14): $12.50

The mission of the Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival, affectionately known as FlagShakes, is to faithfully portray classics of the Renaissance, as well as produce other actor-driven plays. Each Renaissance performance incorporates Elizabethan staging practices, making these plays accessible and providing a unique learning opportunity. Our performances and educational outreach enlighten our audiences and revitalize empathy. Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival is dedicated to offering exciting artistic opportunity and experience for residents of northern Arizona and visitors from around the world.

Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival was founded by a group of actors, scholars, and educators who delight in seeing the Bard’s work as originally intended on stage: intimate, dynamic, accessible, and linguistically rich.  Shakespeare wrote his plays for the stage, not the page, and we trust that the Bard knew what he was doing. We believe in enriching the classroom experience of Shakespeare by offering live performances, actor-led workshops, technical workshops, and extracurricular classes on Shakespeare and Renaissance literature.

 

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Jan
19
Sat
Rumble on the Mountain V @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Jan 19 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Rumble on the Mountain, ‘The Ongoing Legacy of Uranium Mining on the Colorado Plateau’, takes place at the Coconino Center for the Arts on Saturday, January 19, 2019. Doors open at 1pm and the event begins at 1:30pm.

In response to recent assaults on lands held sacred by Arizona tribes on both federal and state levels, two ‘edutainment’ (a combination of education and entertainment) events will be held in Flagstaff on January 19, 2019.  The show will combine traditional dances, cultural voices, and musical performances with educational presentations that explore links between uranium mining and the illegal shrinkage of the Bears Ears National Monument.

Talents and voices featured at Rumble on the Mountain V include Vernon Masayesva, Lyle Balenquah, Haul NO!, Davona Blackhorse, Ed Kabotie, The Havasupai  Youth Ram Dancers, Hopi Dance Group , Ryone Polequaptewa, and World Champion Hoop Dancer Derrick Davis, current works from the Rumble Arts Collective, and live art from Jerrel Singer.

Proceeds from a live art auction will go to support the efforts of HaulNO! Rumble on the Mountain V, ‘The Ongoing Legacy of Uranium Mining on the Colorado Plateau’, will be an experience of music, art, and education about sacred and threatened lands of the Plateau.

Organizer Ed Kabotie says, “The Rumble and the Aftershock remind us that we’re in a fight for the people and lands of the Colorado Plateau. The fight is not against individuals or institutions, but rather, paradigms and philosophies that motivate our consumer habits. Anyone who flicks a switch or turns a faucet is part of the problem. The Rumble and the Aftermath are cries for a conscious awakening in our hearts and minds about how our modern lifestyles affect the health of the indigenous people and lands of this world.”

Rumble on the Mountain V, ‘The Ongoing Legacy of Uranium Mining on the Colorado Plateau’, will be an experience of music, art, and education about sacred and threatened lands of the Plateau. Tickets are $15 Adults, $10 students and 12 and under Free. Tickets can be purchased online or at the Coconino Center for the Arts. All ticket sales are final – no refunds will be issued.

Schedule (may be subject to change):

1:00 Doors

1:30 Welcome

Vernon Masayesva, Ed Kabotie, Zach Podmore

2:00-2:30 Kooninam

2:30-2:45 Colleen (Havasupai and Canyon Mine)

2:45-3:00 Havasupai Ram Dancers

3:00-3:15 Davonna BlackHorse (Generational Traumas)

3:15-3:30 Ed Kabotie

3:30-3:45 Haul NO! Serana Riggs

3:45-4:15 Hopi Dance Group

4:15-4:30 Lyle Balenquah (The Bears Ears Monument)

4:30-5:00 Ryon Polequaptewa & Derrick Davis

 

Feb
23
Sat
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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