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

May 4 @ 11:00 pm – May 5 @ 12:00 am
An Eco-spiritual Journey into the Heart of Consciousness – Film Screening and Discussion
Wisdomkeepers, Paqo Andino is an inspirational, emotionally intimate documentary film experience exploring the heart-centered, celestially guided lifeways of the Andean Holy Mountain Tradition or Peru, one of our planet’s few remaining uninterrupted wisdom lineages.
Filmed entirely on location in the Peruvian highlands, this unprecedented motion picture takes us on a journey into the heart of an ancient earthkeeping culture to experience a way of life that is at once practical and mystical. It presents universally applicable insights into a state of being based on loving kindness, unconditional reciprocity, sustainability and the sanctity of daily life.
The experience is energetic, powerful, moving and visually stunning. WATCH THE TRAILER
The afternoon includes an introduction and post-screening discussion with filmmaker Jeffrey Wium, himself an initiated Altomisayoq in the Holy Mountain Tradition.
Sunday, May 4, 2014
2:00 pm
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Please note: this event is not produced by the Arts Council
Starry Skies – The Lakota Way of Seeing the Night @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Jul 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Wičháȟpi HinápȟA Lakota Emergence by SDNelson

In Lakota tradition the night sky is the home of the Star People—the spirits of our ancestors. Using contemporary colorful illustrations, author and illustrator, S.D. Nelson shares a unique way of seeing the night and making a connection with the natural world.  The stars are transformed into deer, galloping horses, hummingbirds and other winged beings as Sister Moon dreams her way across the vaulted sky.

Following Nelson’s presentation, artist Arline Martens will give a short gallery talk about her art in NightVisions.

This event is free and open to the public. The NightVisions exhibition will be open for viewing. Starry Skies is presented by the Flagstaff Dark Skies Coalition, a local organization with a mission to celebrate, promote, and protect the glorious dark skies of Flagstaff and Northern Arizona through successful dark sky practices. Learn more at Learn more at

Father Sky Mother Earth by Arline Martens


Star Trails & Bending Time: Films of the Night Sky @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Jul 28 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Star Trails & Bending Time: Films of the Night Sky @ Coconino Center for the Arts | Flagstaff | Arizona | United States

NOTE: due to high interest in this event, we advise attendees to arrive early to secure seats. Seats are general admission, first-come, first-served. Doors open at 7pm; Show at 8pm.

Photographer and filmmaker Harun Mehmedinovic will share time lapse films of the night sky from his Skyglow Project, and videos from other artists exploring the night through time lapse photography. This one-of-a-kind event will be a visual spectacle celebrating the night. Many of the films from Skyglow showcase Northern Arizona and the Grand Canyon. Doors open at 7:00pm; the NightVisions art exhibition will be open for viewing.

The Skyglow Project explores the history and mythology of celestial observation, the proliferation of electrical outdoor lighting that spurred the rise of the phenomena known as “skyglow,” and the Dark Sky Movement that’s fighting to reclaim the night skies. Skyglow refers to the brightness of the night sky in a built-up area as a result of light pollution. Learn more at

Star Trails and Bending Time is presented by the Flagstaff Dark Skies Coalition, a local organization with a mission to celebrate, promote, and protect the glorious dark skies of Flagstaff and Northern Arizona through successful dark sky practices. Learn more at

This event is open to the public.
Admission is by a suggested donation at the door. Seating is available first-come, first-served.

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The Shepherdess of the Glaciers @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Oct 7 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The Flag Wool and Fiber Festival, in conjunction with the Flagstaff Arts Council and Arizona Historical Society, is pleased to present a film screening of The Shepherdess of the Glaciers at the Coconino Center for the Arts on Sunday, October 7, 2018. The screening begins at 6:00 pm, followed by a Q&A session with director Stanzin Dorjai Gya.

Annually hosted by the Arizona Historical Society, the Flag Wool and Fiber Festival aims to build connections between wool and fiber producers, artisans, and the public by illustrating and creating engagement around the rich history of wool and textile production. To further their joint mission to preserve and promote the traditions of fiber artisans, the Flag Wool and Fiber Festival and the Arizona Historical Society are partnering to bring The Shepherdess of the Glaciers to Flagstaff.

The Shepherdess of the Glaciers transports us to the far northern mountains of Ladakh, India, where Tser­ing, one of the last shepherdesses in this dry and desolate landscape leads her flock of 300 sheep and goats to graze on the Himalayan Plateaus. It is through her brother’s skillful documentation over four seasons that we witness Tsering’s world of loneliness and the unbreakable bond between she and her animals, who all must fight against temperatures plummeting to -40F and the persistent threat of snow leopards. Winner of more than 20 internationally acclaimed film festivals, The Sheperdess of the Glaciers engages viewers with the magnificence of the Himalyan landscape and the vitality of the human spirit.

Award-winning film director, Stanzin Dorjai Gya will host a Q&A after the film’s screening. Stanzin’s career trajectory from his nomadic roots to being one of two Indians asked to present at the Climate Change Talks in Paris 2015, with his film, Jungwa: A Broken Balance, is every bit as extraordinary as the audacious life of his sister.

Sponsored by Wild Fibers Magazine and Keep the Fleece, (a 501c3 which seeks to promote all aspects of the natural fiber industry within indigenous populations), this will be Stanzin’s second trip to the US.

Tickets – $15 early bird, $18 at the door

Schedule- 5:30 pm doors, 6 pm film, Q&A immediately after

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