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
30
Sun
Stories To Life: When Irish Eyes are Smiling @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Mar 30 @ 11:00 pm
Stories To Life: When Irish Eyes are Smiling @ Coconino Center for the Arts | Flagstaff | Arizona | United States

The musical group “Fionn McCool” performs traditional Irish tunes on fiddle, tenor banjo, flute, whistle, and guitar as well as Celtic songs.  They are the father daughter duo of Kari Barton and Ron Barton. With special guest Gordon Gower.

Stories To Life is a fun and lively theatrical event featuring classic tales, poems and literature come to life through the talents of spoken word actors amidst the backdrop of live music. The Stories to Life performance of Ed Kabotie in 2013 was nominated for a Performing Arts Viola Award, and continues to draw a vast and diverse crowd.

Apr
25
Fri
Reflections on Art Appreciation: Meditations, Aspirations & Engagement by Alan Spiegler
Apr 25 @ 2:00 am – 4:00 am

Flagstaff Arts Council announces a presentation entitled, “Reflections on Art Appreciation: Meditations, Aspirations, and Reflections” with photographer Alan Spiegler at the Coconino Center for the Arts. The presentation will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 24, 2014.

A one-hour presentation will focus on art appreciation of both classical and contemporary art, focusing on art displayed in museums and art in everyday life.  Through a series of slides and talk, Alan Spiegler will encourage the audience to become more engaged and active in appreciating art in all its forms from conceptual/minimalist to traditional painting, sculpture, and architecture. Join the journey to a deeper appreciation of the art that is all around us.

The presentation begins at 7 p.m. at the Coconino Center for the Arts located at 2300 N. Fort Valley Road in Flagstaff. Refreshments will be served at 8 p.m. with a continuing informal discussion.  Donations will be accepted at the door.  For more information, call 928-779-2300.                    

Apr
27
Sun
Stories To Life: Radmilla Cody @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Apr 27 @ 11:00 pm
Stories To Life: Radmilla Cody @ Coconino Center for the Arts | Flagstaff | Arizona | United States

Flagstaff City – Coconino County Public Library and Flagstaff Arts Council present award-winning Native American singer Radmilla Cody. Radmilla Cody is a Grammy Nominee, multiple Native American Music Awards winner, 46th Miss Navajo Nation, and an advocate against domestic abuse and violence. Cody is of the Tla’a’schi’i'(Red Bottom People) clan and is born for the Naahilii (African-Americans).

Her songs are a mix of traditional Navajo music and songs incorporating lyrics written by her uncle, Herman Cody. In 2002, she won the Native American Music Award for Best Female Artist for her album Seed of Life and in 2012 her album Shi Keyeh or Songs for the People was nominated for Best Regional Roots Album at the 2012 Grammy Awards.

This event is free and open to the public.

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.