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

Mar
5
Sat
8th Annual Viola Awards @ High Country Conference Center
Mar 5 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The 8th Annual Viola Awards Gala is set for Saturday, March 5, 2016, at the High Country Conference Center in Flagstaff, Arizona. The Viola Awards celebrate excellence in the arts and sciences by recognizing local artists, performers, musicians, writers, educators and leaders for their contributions to the field. Three categories specifically recognize works of art in the past year, while other awards recognize bodies of work over time.

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Records were broken last year with 600 people attending the Gala event, filling the High Country Conference Center ballroom to near capacity. The 2016 event will feature performances from nominees, live music, the awards ceremony and announcement of winners, a fabulous dinner, silent auction and more. Best of all, it features Flagstaff’s creatives coming out in full regalia to celebrate and embrace one another. There is simply no other event like this one. Don’t miss it!

This year’s Gala is sold out.

Silent Auction

Bidding is now open online. Learn how to register and bid now.

Gala Menu

Salad: High Country Salad w/Rolls and Butter

Entree: Baseball Steak / Grilled salmon with Cilantro Butter sauce w/Broccolini andPeruvian Purple Mashed potatoes. Vegetarian Option (also Vegan & Gluten Free): Zucchini Roulade w/Peruvian Purple Mashed potatoes

Dessert: Chocolate Bomb

Served with Freshly Brewed Starbucks Regular & Decaffeinated Coffees, Herbal & Iced Teas

Gala Schedule

5:00pm
Viola Social Hour

6:00pm
Emcee Welcome
Science Education Award / Business for the Arts Award

6:30pm
Viola Legacy Award: Charly Spining
Leadership Award
Performance of The Full Monty

7:20pm
Emerging Artist Award
Performing Arts Award
Arts Education Award

8:00pm
Visual Arts Award
Best Dressed Winners / Raffle Drawing / Silent Auction Ends
Storytelling Award
Outtakes & Farewell

The Viola Awards are named after Viola Babbitt, a long time advocate of the arts and painter. Viola was born in the Arizona territory in 1894. She taught music and reading before settling into a big house on Leroux Street in Flagstaff. She raised six children with her husband, Joseph. In the 1950’s, she started painting and later, established the Art Barn as Flagstaff’s first community arts center. She lobbied Coconino County to build a better facility for a community arts center: the Coconino Center for the Arts. Viola died in 1994, just shortly after her 100th birthday.

Learn more about the Viola Awards.

Viola Award Winners (all but one)

Viola Award Winners (all but one)

Apr
3
Sun
Stories to Life: Hula is Life @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Apr 3 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

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In collaboration with the Flagstaff Arts Council, The Flagstaff City-Coconino County Public Library proudly presents an event in the Spring 2016 Stories to Life series on Sunday, April 3, 3:00 p.m. “Hula is Life” taking place at the Coconino Center for the Arts.

 “Hula is Life” features Halau Hula Napuaokalei`ilima, under the direction of Kumu Hula (Hula Master) Kehau Chrisman.  Chrisman, formerly of Hawaii, trained in Hawaii for 17 years to reach the highest rank of Hula Master following rigorous hula protocols taught by well-known and respected masters in Hawaii’s hula legacy.  She first started teaching hula in Hawaii in 1997 and has been teaching in Northern and Central Arizona since 2004.

“Our shows are presentations of authentic Hawaiian culture and hula, and reflect the respect that’s pono (proper) for this art.” For more information about Halau Hula Napuaokalei`ilima, please visit their website.

Funding for Stories to Life is generously provided by the Friends of the Library. This event is free and open to the public. For more information about the series, please contact Flagstaff Arts Council at (928) 779-2300 or Judy Finney at the Flagstaff Public Library at (928) 213-2369

Oct
13
Thu
Northern Arizona Book Festival Reading @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Oct 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Flagstaff Arts Council is pleased to partner with the Northern Arizona Book Festival to present a reading and book signing on Thursday, October 13, 2016. The event will take place at the Coconino Center for the Arts at 7:00 p.m.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

diana gabaldon photoThe event features a spectacular lineup of writers including Diana Gabaldon, Erin Stalcup, William Trowbridge and Nicole Walker. Erin Stalcup reads from her premiere book, And Yet It Moves, Nicole Walker reads from her latest book, Canning Peaches for the Apocalypse, Missouri Poet Laureate, William Trowbridge, reads from his newest work, and author of the Showtime series, Outlander, Diana Gabaldon reads her latest. A book signing will immediately follow the reading.

Tickets for the reading are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. To avoid an online purchasing fee, purchase in person at Uptown Billiards or call the Coconino Center For the Arts at (928) 779-2300.

The reading begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Coconino Center for the Arts located at 2300 N. Fort Valley Rd.  For more information on these authors and all of the Northern Arizona Book Festival activities, please visit www.nazbookfest.org.

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Oct
30
Sun
Stories to Life: Stranger Things Have Happened @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Oct 30 @ 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm

stories-to-life-halloween-2016-with-namesIn collaboration with the Flagstaff Arts Council, The Flagstaff City-Coconino County Public Library proudly presents the 9th annual Halloween program at the Coconino Center for Arts on Sunday October 30th at 4pm.  “Stranger Things Have Happened” takes place at the Coconino Center for the Arts and admission is free.

Spoken word artists will perform scary stories and musicians Tony Norris and Bill Burke will play spooky music.  Readings from “Major Aranda’s Hand” by Alfonso Reyes, the “Open Window” by Saki, and Roald Dahl’s “Witches” will be featured. This Halloween eve production is best for children and adults over the age of 8.

Stories to Life producer, Judy Finney, says, “Our spoken-word artists will read a couple of obscure scary stories that we know will delight and everything we’re reading has humorous elements too so it will be a fun time. In honor of the 100th anniversary of Roald Dahl’s birth, an excerpt from one of Dahl’s fiendishly delightful and well-loved stories will surprise the audience.”

Funding for Stories to Life is generously provided by the Friends of the Library. This event is free and open to the public. For more information about the program, please contact Flagstaff Arts Council at (928) 779-2300, Judy Finney at the Flagstaff Public Library at (928) 213-2369, or visit www.flagartscouncil.org.

Feb
10
Fri
2017 Viola Awards Nominee Showcase @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Feb 10 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The Flagstaff Arts Council is excited to present the 2017 Viola Awards Nominee Showcase Friday, February 10th at the Coconino Center for the Arts. The evening will feature live music, storytelling, visual art, theater, dance and showcase the nominees of the 2017 Viola Awards. Join us in honoring them!

The winners will be announced at the Viola Awards Gala Saturday, March 4, 2017 at High Country Conference Center. The Nominee Showcase gives the community an opportunity to experience and celebrate nominees’ work prior to the Gala event. Doors for the showcase open at 7pm, show begins at 7:30pm. There is a suggested donation of $10 at the door, all ages welcome.

Featuring performances from:

Theatre Scenes:
TheatriKIDS (Joe Maniglia)
Columbinus (Flagstaff Arts & Leadership Academy)

Music:
False North
Kristopher Kohl
Le Trebuchet
Sol Drop

Readings:
Stacy Murison
Telepoem Booth poets
Mary Farfisa’s Outer Space Radio Theater

Aerial Dance:
OPIA (Dark Sky Aerial)

Film Excerpts:
Power Lines (Klee Benally)

View the full list of Official 2017 Viola Award Nominees.

Learn more about the Viola Awards.


Feb
20
Mon
Viola Advanced Ticket Price Deadline!
Feb 20 @ 5:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Purchase your tickets to the 2017 Viola Awards no later than Monday, February 20! Ticket prices go up on Feb. 21 to $90. Link to purchase below, or you can call us at 928.779.2300.

2017 Gala Info>
2017 Official Nominees> 

Ticket Sales

  • Purchase a table
    Benefits of a table sponsorship include seating closer to the stage, a listing in the program, listing on email promotions, and a logo/link on the Viola website.
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Mar
4
Sat
9th Annual Viola Awards Gala @ High Country Conference Center
Mar 4 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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The Viola Awards are Flagstaff’s Oscars for the arts and sciences community. Celebrating excellence in the arts and sciences, the Viola Awards recognize artists, educators, organizations and leaders who make positive contributions to the arts and sciences in Flagstaff. Over 600 people attend the gala event to celebrate and support these amazing folks.

The Gala event features video shorts about each nominee, bombastic performances, a fun and lively Master of Ceremonies, and delicious three course dinner. Mark your calendars and save the date now for the 9th Annual Viola Awards Gala on Saturday, March 4, 2017. Details about this year’s event, as well as ticket and table sales links, will be posted later in fall 2016, so please do check back! If you have any questions about the Viola Awards, please contact Elizabeth Vogler, (928) 779-2300 x109.

Viola Awards Logo_color_noyear_webNominations are sent to Flagstaff Arts Council by the community at large; anyone can nominate an artist, leader, organization, business or event for an award in one of eleven categories. From this pool of nominees, a Panel of past Viola Award winners and experts in the field select nominees in each category to be the Official Viola Award Nominees. The Panel then meets to determine the winner in each category. The Viola Award winners are announced each year at the Viola Awards Gala Event.

The Arts Council is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Viola Awards >

Review the Nominees from last year >

Review the Winners from last year >

Look at Viola Awards Gala photos from last year >

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Jan
7
Sun
Viola Award Finalists Announced
Jan 7 – Jan 8 all-day

The Flagstaff Arts Council is pleased to announce the Finalists for the 2018 Viola Awards in celebration of excellence in the arts and sciences in Flagstaff, Arizona. Forty Finalists are recognized across ten categories, with some Finalists being recognized in multiple categories. New categories were added this year to expand the awards: Community Impact (with awards for Individuals and Organizations separately), Innovation, and Music.

The tenth annual Viola Awards Gala will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018, at High Country Conference Center in Flagstaff. The winners in each category will be announced at the Gala event, which features performances, dinner, and the award ceremony.

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Table and Ticket Sales

TABLES
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Feb
9
Fri
2018 Viola Awards Showcase @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Feb 9 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The Flagstaff Arts Council is excited to present the 2018 Viola Awards Nominee Showcase Friday, February 9th at the Coconino Center for the Arts. The evening will feature live music, storytelling, visual art, theater, dance and showcase the finalists of the 2018 Viola Awards. Join us in honoring them!

The winners will be announced at the Viola Awards Gala Saturday, March 3, 2018 at High Country Conference Center. The Showcase gives the community an opportunity to experience and celebrate finalist’s work prior to the Gala event. Doors for the showcase open at 7pm, show begins at 7:30pm. There is a suggested donation of $10 at the door, all ages welcome.

The full list of Official 2018 Viola Awards Finalists will be published January 9th.

Learn more about the Viola Awards.


Mar
3
Sat
10th Annual Viola Awards Gala @ High Country Conference Center
Mar 3 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Gala is SOLD OUT. Please arrive between 5:00-5:30pm to secure parking. No walk-in tickets will be sold.

The tenth annual Viola Awards Gala will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018, at High Country Conference Center in Flagstaff. The Viola Awards celebrate excellence in the arts and sciences in Flagstaff, Arizona. The Gala event feels a lot like the Oscars for the Flagstaff arts scene! Guests dress in fun and crazy outfits, many in formal wear, and there’s even a Best Dressed contest.

The event is the largest non-profit arts fundraiser in Northern Arizona and also serves as an award ceremony celebrating the best of Flagstaff’s Arts and Sciences. All winners of the 2018 Viola Awards will be announced at the gala event.

The Flagstaff Arts Council is pleased to announce the Finalists for the 2018 Viola Awards in celebration of excellence in the arts and sciences in Flagstaff, Arizona. Forty Finalists are recognized across ten categories, with some Finalists being recognized in multiple categories. New categories were added this year to expand the awards: Community Impact (with awards for Individuals and Organizations separately), Innovation, and Music.

 

2018 Viola Awards Gala Schedule

5:00-6:00pm Viola Cocktail Hour
6:00-9:00pm Dinner, Performances and Awards Ceremony

All of the 2017 Viola Award Winners

Order of Awards

Business for the Arts
Science Education
Viola Legacy Award
Arts Education
Emerging Artist
Community Impact – Individual
Innovation
Community Impact – Organization
Performing Arts
Music
Storytelling
Visual Arts

2018 Dinner Menu

Grilled Apple Salad
Complimented with tossed Greens, Marinated Roasted Tomatoes, grilled Jicama, Cojita Cheese
Paired with a Prickly Pear Vinaigrette or Ranch
 
Main Course Options include a Choice of:
Grilled Medallion of Beef
Complimented with Chipotle-Chive Mashed Potatoes, accompanied by grilled Baby Carrots and Asparagus
Finished with a Green Peppercorn Demi-glace sauce
 – OR –
Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Cakes (Vegan)
Wheat Quinoa, spinach, chopped Pecans with a roasted Red Pepper Sauce Service with Chipotle Chive Mashed Potatoes
 – OR –
Herb Pan Seared Snapper
Complimented with Wild Rice and Chives, accompanied with Asparagus with a Citrus Cream Sauce
 
Dessert: Chocolate Mousse Tower
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Feb
7
Thu
2019 Viola Showcase @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Feb 7 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The Flagstaff Arts Council is excited to present the 2019 Viola Awards Nominee Showcase Thursday, February 7th at the Coconino Center for the Arts. The evening will feature live music, storytelling, visual art, theater, dance and showcase the finalists of the 2019 Viola Awards. Join us in honoring them!

The winners will be announced at the Viola Awards Gala Saturday, March 2, 2019 at High Country Conference Center. The Showcase gives the community an opportunity to experience and celebrate finalist’s work prior to the Gala event. Doors for the showcase open at 7pm, show begins at 7:30pm. There is a suggested donation of $10 at the door, all ages welcome.

Performances by:

  • Faun Nichols, Sechrist School Band
  • Shayne Smith, Flagstaff High School Band
  • Owen Davis, Interference Series
  • The Flagstaff Foundry
  • Tha Yoties
  • Sean GoLightly
  • Nicole Walker
  • TheatriKids
  • Cyam Casteen
  • Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival, Fool for Love

Event Hosts:

Cameron Scully and Joe Maniglia

The full list of Official 2019 Viola Awards Finalists can be viewed here. 

Learn more about the Viola Awards.

 

Mar
2
Sat
11th Annual Viola Awards Gala @ High Country Conference Center
Mar 2 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The eleventh annual Viola Awards Gala will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2019, at High Country Conference Center in Flagstaff. The Viola Awards celebrate excellence in the arts and sciences in Flagstaff, Arizona. The Gala event feels a lot like the Oscars for the Flagstaff arts scene! Guests dress in fun and crazy outfits, many in formal wear, and there’s even a Best Dressed contest.

The event is the largest non-profit arts fundraiser in Northern Arizona and also serves as an award ceremony celebrating the best of Flagstaff’s Arts and Sciences. All winners of the 2019 Viola Awards will be announced at the gala event.

The Flagstaff Arts Council is pleased to announce the Finalists for the 2019 Viola Awards in celebration of excellence in the arts and sciences in Flagstaff, Arizona. Thirty-eight Finalists are recognized across nine categories, with some Finalists being recognized in multiple categories.

2018 Viola Awards Gala Schedule

5:00-6:00pm Viola Cocktail Hour
6:00-9:00pm Dinner, Performances and Awards Ceremony

(Please arrive between 5:00-5:30pm to secure parking)

Order of Awards

To Be Announced

PURCHASE TICKETS

A portion of your ticket is tax deductible. $20 of the final cost per ticket can be claimed as a charitable contribution. The Flagstaff Arts Council is a 501c3 charitable organization. The non profit tax ID number for the Flagstaff Arts Council is 86-0488006. For further questions about the tax deductibility of your ticket purchase, please consult your tax advisor.

2019 Gala Dinner Menu: 

Salad: Asian Pear and Apple salad on Butter Lettuce with Sake Vinaigrette

Steak option: Grilled Steak medallion with Peppercorn Teriyaki sauce with sautéed baby bok choy and glazed shitake mushrooms, and vegan Fried Rice

Fish option: Grilled Whalu fish with Whisky grilled Pear glaze with Teriyaki sautéed baby bok choy and glazed shitake mushrooms, and vegan Fried Rice

Vegetarian/ Vegan: Chili Roasted Cauliflower Steak Whisky grilled Pear glaze with Teriyaki sautéed baby bok choy and glazed shitake mushrooms, and vegan Fried Rice (no egg, no dairy)

Dessert: Orange and Apricot Cream Tart

 

 

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