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

Acting for the Everyday Workshop @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Feb 4 @ 7:00 pm – Mar 3 @ 10:00 pm

Join Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival’s Dawn Tucker for a five-week workshop on best practices in communication.

When: Tuesday’s, 7-9 pm | February 4th – March 3rd, 2020
Where: Coconino Center for the Arts, 2300 N Fort Valley Rd
Pricing: $145 (Arts Council Members Receive 10% off!)

Those seeking to enrich their life through artistic exploration will find the class helpful in everyday matters, from speech giving to mediation to self-awareness. Acting empowers us to understand not just what we hope to convey, but what others perceive and, thereby, how to increase the effectiveness of our communication tactics.

This workshop will focus on helping you cultivate your ability to communicate in an effective, engaging manner in everyday situations including:
  • Interviews and presentations: How to appear confident, make your thoughts engaging, “read” an audience, and use non-verbal communication effectively.
  • Speeches and toasts: Channeling emotion to avoid “overwhelm” while still being genuine, and crafting a speech using rhetoric tactics and structures common in monologues.
  • Social Events (parties and dates): Reading non-verbal communication correctly, listening actively, and moving conversation energetically forward.
This workshop series is for all experience levels, and while it is focused on real world scenarios, is equally helpful for those looking to “brush-up” their acting for the stage skills. Everyone from from beginning actors to skilled practitioners, students, business professionals, community leaders and everyone in-between are encouraged to sign up.

About the instructor: Dawn has a Master’s Degree in Shakespeare in Performance from the American Shakespeare Center in partnership with Mary Baldwin College and a BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Wisconsin. She worked for five years as an actor and the Director of Education for Southwest Shakespeare Company in Mesa, Arizona. In 2015, she founded the Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival with Jesse Kamps, Southwest Shakespeare Company, and Christine Schmidle, Shakespeare’s Globe. Dawn is a Flagstaff native. As an educator, Dawn has been fortunate to work with both high schoolers and adults within the education system at Veritas Preparatory Academy, Mesa Community College, and Coconino Community college as well as outside the education system through workshops and directing. Dawn directed FlagShakes’ Merry Wives of Windsor for which she is a Viola’s finalist in 2018. Dawn is also a Viola’s finalist in the category of Community Impact.

If you have questions about this session, contact Sarah Smallwood at (928) 779-2300 x103.




An Evening with George Winston @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Feb 6 @ 7:30 pm

Greenhouse Productions and the Flagstaff Arts Council present

An Evening with George Winston

George Winston is undeniably a household name. He’s inspired fans and musicians alike with his singular solo acoustic piano songs for more than 40 years while selling 15 million albums. A tireless road warrior playing nearly 100 concerts annually, live performance for Winston is akin to breathing. Winston’s music is evocative, offering us all a chance to take a step back from our perpetually busy lives and let our minds adventurously wander. Restless Wind is a portrayal of Winston’s place in a chaotic world – his compositions extend solace with an idiosyncratic grace.

George Winston’s classic albums, Autumn and December, are perennial favorites, along with Winter into Spring, Summer, 2017’s Spring Carousel – A Cancer Research Benefit, as well as two volumes of the compositions of Vince Guaraldi, two volumes of benefit albums for the Gulf Coast disasters, and six other solo piano albums. He released his 15th solo piano album, Restless Wind, via Dancing Cat Records/RCA Records in 2019. The album is available now at

The show will take place on Thursday, February 6, 2019, doors are at 6:30pm and the show will start at 7:30pm. Tickets are tiered $45, $55, or $65 depending on the section. Tickets can be purchased online, in person at Coconino Center for the Arts. All ticket sales are final – no refunds will be issued.

Concert-goers can save on hotel rooms with our partner, Embassy Suites in Flagstaff. Use booking code: ART to save 20% on your next visit to Flagstaff! Visit: to book today.



Long-Form Improv Comedy Workshop @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Feb 12 @ 6:00 pm – Mar 18 @ 9:00 pm

Flagstaff Arts Council is pleased to present another 6-week series of
Long- Form Improvisational Comedy Workshops with Garrison Garcia

Dates: Wednesday’s February 12- March 18, 2020

*Student Showcase on March 19, 2020

Pricing: $200 / Members receive 10% off!

Join Flagstaff Arts Council for a 6 week Long- Form Improv Workshop with Garrison Garcia in 2020!  Garrison’s passion for performing started at childhood with a living room magic show and might have peaked with his role of “Toy Soldier #3” in a community production of The Velveteen Rabbit. As a graduate student, he performed with NAU’s improv troupe, NAUghty Bits. Currently, Garrison can be found writing sketches, scripts, and cultivating local talent for The Foundry, Flagstaff’s only monthly, community variety show.  Garrison is the founding member and creative director of Flagstaff’s premier improv comedy team, Tiny Punches. By “yes, and”-ing the offers life gives him, Garrison has discovered a passion for directing improv workshops and trainings and he firmly believes that anyone can do improv.

This workshop is designed to provide the participant with a thorough overview and foundational knowledge of longform improvisation concepts. Essential for beginners and experienced players alike, learners can expect a highly participatory and interactive experience, culminating in a student show. Concepts covered include creating a base reality, finding and playing game, character and scene work, and using openings to initiate scenes. No prior experience is necessary for enrollment in this workshop, only a willingness to try new things in a supportive and encouraging environment. After completing this workshop, individuals from varied backgrounds have commented about their improved ability to think on their feet, the greater sense of confidence they have in group interactions and public speaking, and the extremely positive experience of laughing for two hours straight each week.


For more information or questions, call 928-779-2300 Or email Sarah Smallwood,