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

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

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.
Community Planning Session @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Mar 28 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm