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

Oct
26
Sun
Stories To Life @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Oct 26 @ 11:00 pm – Oct 27 @ 1:00 am

A Little Nightmare Music

In collaboration with the Flagstaff Arts Council, The Flagstaff City/Coconino County PuIn collaboration with the Flagstaff Arts Council, The Flagstaff City/Coconino County Public Library proudly presents the live music and spoken-word event, Stories to Life on Sunday, October 26 at 4 p.m.

Spoken-word artists will read bone-chilling short stories to frighten and scare!  Get ready to get spooked during the reading of Jan Neruda’s The Vampire, Winston Churchill’s Man Overboard and Saki ‘s The Open Window. There will be a special reading from Stories to Life: Letters, a letter written by Jack the Ripper himself! The night also will feature the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra small ensemble The Elden Brass Quintet with Stephen Dunn and Cindy Gould, trumpets; Nancy Sullivan, horn; David Vining, trombone; and Alex Lapins, tuba.

This event is free and open to the public. Stories to Life is not appropriate for children ages 6 and under. The next event in the Stories to Life series will be held on November 16, 2014 at the Coconino Center for the Arts. For more information about the series, please contact Judy Finney at the Flagstaff Public Library at (928) 213-2378.

Funding for this season’s Stories to Life is generously provided by the Friends of the Library.

Nov
16
Sun
Stories to Life: Letters @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Nov 16 @ 11:00 pm – Nov 17 @ 1:00 am

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In collaboration with the Flagstaff Arts Council, The Flagstaff City/Coconino County Public Library proudly presents the live music and spoken-word event, Stories to Life: Letters on Sunday, Nov. 16 at 4 p.m.

A spoken word cast will read aloud from some of the very best letters ever written. They will be accompanied by the chamber music quartet, The Ponderosa Players, a Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra ensemble comprised of Andrea Graves and Jeannette Moore on flute, Karin Hallberg on viola and Andrew Hamby on cello.

“The Stories to Life management team has wanted to do a program about letters and the people who write them for years. This program is our opportunity to showcase the lost art of letter writing and how it reflects the human condition,” said project manager Judy Finney. “We are including letters written by prominent figures and ordinary people alike that are truly intriguing.”

Funding for this season’s Stories to Life is generously provided by the Friends of the Flagstaff Public 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, Judy Finney at the Flagstaff Public Library at (928) 213-2369, or visit www.flagartscouncil.org.

 

Mar
8
Sun
Stories To Life @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Mar 8 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

The Flagstaff City-Coconino County Public Library proudly presents Stories to Life: The Jones Benally Family on Sunday, March 8 at 4 p.m. at the Coconino Center for the Arts.

The performance features World Champion hoop dancer and traditional healer Jones Benally, his daughter Jeneda, and son Clayson. These performers together bring the healing power, beauty, and profound messages of Navajo (Diné) culture to educate and uplift audiences around the globe.

BenallyFamily-RRunning01-2-1Navajo dance is a sacred tradition encompassing a wide variety of forms, all of which aim to heal the body, mind, or spirit. The family’s repertoire of dances include traditional forms like the round dance, eagle dance, feather dance, and friendship dance.

While the Benally’s are from this area, they perform all over the world and keep a very busy traveling schedule. “We are thrilled to provide this opportunity to Flagstaff audiences and it’s a remarkable opportunity to see this caliber of performance for free. Special thanks to the Friends of the Library for even making this possible!”, Judy Finney, Librarian and Stories to Life project manager.

Funding for Stories to Life is generously provided by the Friends of the Library. This event is free and open to the public. The next event in the Stories to Life series Abraham Lincoln will be held on Sunday, May 3rd in at the Coconino Center for the Arts.

May
3
Sun
Stories to Life: Abraham Lincoln @ Coconino Center for the Arts
May 3 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Stories to Life: Abraham Lincoln

In collaboration with the Flagstaff Arts Council, The Flagstaff City-Coconino County Public Library proudly presents an event in the Spring 2015 Stories to Life series on Sunday, May 3, 6 p.m. Abraham Lincoln: 150 Years Gone By takes place at the Coconino Center for the Arts.

The performance showcases readings by and about the President featuring music of the era including Lincoln’s favorite songs performed by Springfed featuring the multi-instrumentalists, Tony Norris, Bill Burke & special guest Elena Gonzalez on fiddle.

“It has been 150 years since the passing of the President and the Stories to Life team wanted to mark the anniversary with a special production honoring him.  A little known fact about Lincoln is that music was an important part of his life and so we have some wonderful music from the era planned.  Lincoln was a gifted writer and the author of some of the best American prose ever written and we plan to read Lincoln’s second inaugural address as well as some of Lincoln’s witty and poignant quotes.  This event is going to be a great opportunity to enjoy an evening of music and spoken-word and the audience shouldn’t be surprised if they learn something new about President Lincoln as well.  Our management team is really proud to be able to present programming of this caliber for free thanks to the Friends of the Library”, Judy Finney, Librarian and Stories to Life project manager.

 Funding for Stories to Life is generously provided by the Friends of the Library.

Oct
18
Sun
Stories to Life: Tales to Chill the Bones @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Oct 18 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

In collaboration with the Flagstaff Arts Council, The Flagstaff City-Coconino County Public Library proudly presents the 8th annual Halloween Production “Chilling Tales” in the Stories to Life series on Sunday, October 18, 4:00 p.m. “Chilling Tales” takes place at the Coconino Center for the Arts and admission is free.

Judy Finney, the Flagstaff Public Library Outreach and Stories to Life project manager says, “We’re really excited to again be working with local storytellers AnnaDel Paxton and Tony Norris.  They will be joined by a Stories to Life newcomer M Henry Hall. The threesome will be telling scary favorite folktales that the audience will love including The Golden Arm, La Llorona and Two White Horses.  Our Stories to Life management team is really proud to be able to present programming of this caliber for free thanks to the Friends of the Library.” Artistic Director, Jamey Hasapis, states, “I’m excited about beginning this season of Stories to Life with “Chilling Tales.”  The environment at the Coconino Center for the Arts is the perfect venue for this engaging and intimate program. I can’t help but recall the stories we used to tell around the campfire or late at night, with flashlights in hand, after we sneaked into the country graveyard.” 

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, Judy Finney at the Flagstaff Public Library at (928) 213-2369, or visit www.flagartscouncil.org.

Feb
7
Sun
Stories to Life: This Land is Your Land @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Feb 7 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

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, February 7, 4:00 p.m. This Land is Your Land:  America’s National Parks takes place at the Coconino Center for the Arts.

This Land is Your Land:  America’s National Parks features the Ponderosa Players providing majestic music in honor of the National Parks and spoken-word artists reading the best of the best about the experience of saving and preserving our public lands for future generations.

Judy Finney, Stories to Life founder and Flagstaff Library Outreach Manager:  “This is going to be a really neat celebration of the National Parks during the year-long celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service that is just getting underway in 2016.  There are going to be uniformed NPS personnel in attendance.  The music will be majestic, just like the parks themselves.  And our spoken-word cast at Stories to Life is always the best!”

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, Judy Finney at the Flagstaff Public Library at (928) 213-2369.

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.

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