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

Feb
23
Sat
Youth Art 2019 – Opening Celebration *Reschedule Date @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Feb 23 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Youth Art Exhibition, in the Main Gallery at the Coconino Center for the Arts, features artwork by K-12 students from all schools in the Flagstaff area. Paintings, drawings, photography, ceramics, and much more, with over 350 works of art!

Who will be Flagstaff’s next premier artist? Find out at the 2018 Youth Art Exhibition. Some of Flagstaff’s most renowned artists showed their first artwork in the Youth Art Exhibition, including Sky Black and Bahe Whitethorne, Jr.

Schedule of Events

Opening Reception w/Performances:
Saturday, February 23, 2019, 3-5pm  (Rescheduled from Friday due to snow)

Exhibition is Open:
February 23 – March 30, 2019

 

The main sponsors of the Youth Art Exhibition are:

      

 

Youth Art is also generously supported by:

       

 

The Flagstaff Foundry Presents: Ryan Biter @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Feb 23 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The Flagstaff Foundry presents an incredible night of music, art, and movement, featuring the music of Ryan Biter.

Ryan Biter was raised and currently resides in Flagstaff, AZ at 7000 ft. His music echoes the expansive soul of The Southwest. The sound is equal parts rural Americana, spectacled college town hipster, mountain bluegrass, and new age funk beatbox drum circle.  It feels like your favorite pair of jeans; utterly unique, yet enjoyably familiar.

Armed with expertly crafted songs, percussive guitar playing, and an affinity for beatboxing and loop pedals, Biter delivers a concert that is commanding yet intimate. Biter has a unique way of making a coffee shop feel like a concert hall and a club feel like an intimate house show. He can be found touring around the Southwest.

Tickets will be sold at the door only.  The show begins at 8 p.m. on Feb. 23, 2019 in the Coconino Center for the Arts Amphitheater.

This Show Made Possible by Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival.

 

 

 

Feb
24
Sun
*CANCELLED* The Man in the Arena: Theodore Roosevelt Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of The Grand Canyon @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Feb 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:45 pm

*Due to unexpected illness the performer has to cancel tonight’s show in Flagstaff. Refunds will be made a point of purchases, we are very sorry for any inconvenience.

Award winning actor, Derek Evans, has spent 40 years educating schools, museums, and libraries. He has trained with the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco and New York University and has been in over 40 stage productions in cities such as New York, Chicago, and Philadelphia. From 1969 to 1988, he wrote, produced, and performed in almost seven thousand performances for over two million students. In those twenty years he debuted in Shakespeare, opera, and literary adaptations. In the middle of his career, he ran the Truck Theater in Chicago for 20 years, taking theatrical productions to venues in a truck. Since 1995 his living history presentations on Theodore Roosevelt have been a staple of his career. Totaling over 500 performances, Derek has brought Teddy back to life!

Evans holds bachelors and masters degrees from Northwestern University and maintains a reference library of over 400 volumes that focus on Theodore Roosevelt and 19th and early 20th century American history. Complete published works of Roosevelt are included in his collection. Known as “Teddy” to the world, Theodore Roosevelt spent three decades as the face of America. Derek Evans honors this American through his live performances and allows people to meet “the most American American who ever lived!” He has travelled across the country in classrooms, museums, theaters, and even visited the White House Visitor Center!

Many years were spent researching and writing the solo show “The Man in the Arena.” Ever since he picked up the first book on the 26th president he has been obsessed. The title of the show comes from a widely quoted speech Roosevelt gave in 1910. Evans wants to open the eyes of the audience to the extent of Teddy’s legacy that many people are unaware of. He was the godfather of progressive politics and founded the environmental movement.

Evans allows the audience to travel back in time and meet the Bull Moose himself, Teddy Roosevelt. The 26th president of the United States of America is known for his power, responsibility, and honesty. He held high ideals and always practiced what he preached. Teddy showed the American people what can be done when doing our best and what it means to truly be American. The purpose of “The Man In The Arena” is to bring this honorable man back to life and remind the public what this hero did for the country.

The show will take place on Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 6:30pm. Doors open at 6:00 p,m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 on the day of the performance. Tickets can be purchased online and at the Coconino Center for the Arts. To avoid an online ticketing fee, please call the Coconino Center for the Arts at (928) 779-2300. All ticket sales are final – no refunds will be issued.

 

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Feb
26
Tue
Long-Form Improv Comedy Workshop @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Feb 26 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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

Dates: Tuesday’s January 29- March 5, 2019
*Student Showcase: Friday, March 8, 2019

Pricing: Early bird price before Jan. 22: $175 / Member price: $158
After Jan. 22: $200 for non members / $180 for members

Join Flagstaff Arts Council for a 6 week Long- Form Improv Workshop with Garrison Garcia in 2019!  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.

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For more information or questions, call 928-779-2300.

Mar
2
Sat
11th Annual Viola Awards Gala @ High Country Conference Center
Mar 2 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The eleventh annual Viola Awards Gala will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2019, at High Country Conference Center in Flagstaff. The Viola Awards celebrate excellence in the arts and sciences in Flagstaff, Arizona. The Gala event feels a lot like the Oscars for the Flagstaff arts scene! Guests dress in fun and crazy outfits, many in formal wear, and there’s even a Best Dressed contest.

The event is the largest non-profit arts fundraiser in Northern Arizona and also serves as an award ceremony celebrating the best of Flagstaff’s Arts and Sciences. All winners of the 2019 Viola Awards will be announced at the gala event.

The Flagstaff Arts Council is pleased to announce the Finalists for the 2019 Viola Awards in celebration of excellence in the arts and sciences in Flagstaff, Arizona. Thirty-eight Finalists are recognized across nine categories, with some Finalists being recognized in multiple categories.

2018 Viola Awards Gala Schedule

5:00-6:00pm Viola Cocktail Hour
6:00-9:00pm Dinner, Performances and Awards Ceremony

(Please arrive between 5:00-5:30pm to secure parking)

Order of Awards

To Be Announced

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A portion of your ticket is tax deductible. $20 of the final cost per ticket can be claimed as a charitable contribution. The Flagstaff Arts Council is a 501c3 charitable organization. The non profit tax ID number for the Flagstaff Arts Council is 86-0488006. For further questions about the tax deductibility of your ticket purchase, please consult your tax advisor.

2019 Gala Dinner Menu: 

Salad: Asian Pear and Apple salad on Butter Lettuce with Sake Vinaigrette

Steak option: Grilled Steak medallion with Peppercorn Teriyaki sauce with sautéed baby bok choy and glazed shitake mushrooms, and vegan Fried Rice

Fish option: Grilled Whalu fish with Whisky grilled Pear glaze with Teriyaki sautéed baby bok choy and glazed shitake mushrooms, and vegan Fried Rice

Vegetarian/ Vegan: Chili Roasted Cauliflower Steak Whisky grilled Pear glaze with Teriyaki sautéed baby bok choy and glazed shitake mushrooms, and vegan Fried Rice (no egg, no dairy)

Dessert: Orange and Apricot Cream Tart

 

 

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Mar
5
Tue
Long-Form Improv Comedy Workshop @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Mar 5 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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

Dates: Tuesday’s January 29- March 5, 2019
*Student Showcase: Friday, March 8, 2019

Pricing: Early bird price before Jan. 22: $175 / Member price: $158
After Jan. 22: $200 for non members / $180 for members

Join Flagstaff Arts Council for a 6 week Long- Form Improv Workshop with Garrison Garcia in 2019!  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.

REGISTER NOW


For more information or questions, call 928-779-2300.

Mar
11
Mon
Intermediate & Advanced Figure Drawing @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Mar 11 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Flagstaff Arts Council presents a weekly Figure Drawing Workshop led by Shawn Skabelund beginning Monday, March 11, 2019! This Intermediate level workshop consists of 7 three-hour sessions drawing from a live model. The sessions will be held in the gallery at the Coconino Center for the Arts on Monday evenings, 6-9pm

Nothing can be more enjoyable, yet at the same time more demanding, than drawing from the figure. It takes total concentration and can be very taxing by the time a particular session comes to a close, but as one concentrates, one wonders where the time has gone by.

In this Intermediate course, students will create three complete compositional figure drawings by using a variety and combination of materials and mediums. Using the figure shape as a compositional device, students will be given three specific assignments to work out, for three, six hour long finished drawings.

This is an opportunity to study and receive personal instruction in figure drawing from award-winning artist, Shawn Skabelund.  Shawn holds degrees from Utah State University and the University of Iowa. A nationally exhibited artist, his work has been featured in Sculpture Magazine and numerous regional publications. Shawn is also a Viola Visual Arts award winner for his exhibition Virga: The Hunt for Water.

NOTE: This course is for those who have completed Beginner Figure Drawing with Shawn Skabelund or another instructor

Registration
 

Member fee: $165

Non-member fee: $175

If you have questions about this session, contact Elizabeth Vogler at (928) 779-2300 x109.

 

Mar
14
Thu
Realta @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Mar 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

The Flagstaff Arts Council and Living Traditions Presentations are pleased to present Realta in Concert at the Coconino Center for the Arts on Thursday, March 14, 2019. Doors open at 7:00 PM and the concert begins at 7:30 PM.

Realta has been described as a “full bodied pipe and whistle extravaganza” by Irish Music Magazine. This five piece band from Ireland brings together authentic Irish sounds featuring pipes, whistles, guitar, bass, Irish drum, and vocals. Realta presents a compelling take on traditional music with their full use of intricate melodies and driving rhythms that make celtic music so memorable.

Realta is composed of talented musicians that live and breathe Irish music. Conor Lamb has not stopped playing the uilleann pipes since he first heard them. He is a founding member of Realta. Aaron O’Hagan is a highly respected musician that specializes in the traditional wood flute. Deirdre Galway shines on the guitar and vocals and leads festival workshops. Dermot Mulholland adds his talents to Realta on banjo, bass, and bouzouki. Dermot Moynagh is one of the leading bodhran players of his generation.

This award winning, Belfast based band takes the listener on a journey of Irish tradition through music. Their music has taken them all across the world from Germany, Switzerland, Greece, and the United States and won prestigious awards such as the ‘Danny Kyle Award’ at the Celtic Connections Festival.

The show will take place on Thursday, March 14th, 2019 at 7:30 PM. Ticket are $25 in advance and $30 on the day of the concert. Tickets can be purchased here online, at the Coconino Center for the Arts, and downtown at Arizona Music Pro. All ticket sales are final – no refunds will be issued.

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Mar
17
Sun
Open Figure Drawing Sessions @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Mar 17 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Open Figure Drawing sessions with moderator, Shawn Skabelund

Every Sunday, March 17- May 5, 2019

The Flagstaff Arts Council will host open sessions for artists to draw from a live model in the main gallery at the Coconino Center for the Arts. The eight-week series is for those artists who would like to practice drawing or other art working from a live model but do not wish to have instruction. Participants may register to attend all eight sessions at a discounted rate: $130 for Arts Council members and/or students, or $140 for the public. Otherwise, participants may sign up for individual dates at $18/session for members and $20/session for non-members. *Drop-ins Welcome* Sessions are open to the public every Sunday, 3-6pm, through May 5th. 

Please note that there is NO instruction provided. Shawn Skabelund will be the moderator and help direct the model and take requests from participants on poses and timing. Other than that, participants are on their own to draw or create using the model as inspiration. No materials are provided. Participants are encouraged to bring easels to use. Some drawing horses are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Advance registration is strongly encouraged even for a single date; drop-ins are welcome but may be turned away if the session is full.

Moderator Shawn Skabelund holds degrees from Utah State University and the University of Iowa. A nationally exhibited artist, his work has been featured in Sculpture Magazine and numerous regional publications. Shawn is also a Viola Visual Arts award winner for his exhibition Virga: The Hunt for Water.

Register Now

Member fee: $130 all 8 sessions, $68/ 4 sessions Or $18/ session

Non Member fee:$140 all 8 sessions/ $72/ 4 sessions Or $20/session

Mar
18
Mon
Intermediate & Advanced Figure Drawing @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Mar 18 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Flagstaff Arts Council presents a weekly Figure Drawing Workshop led by Shawn Skabelund beginning Monday, March 11, 2019! This Intermediate level workshop consists of 7 three-hour sessions drawing from a live model. The sessions will be held in the gallery at the Coconino Center for the Arts on Monday evenings, 6-9pm

Nothing can be more enjoyable, yet at the same time more demanding, than drawing from the figure. It takes total concentration and can be very taxing by the time a particular session comes to a close, but as one concentrates, one wonders where the time has gone by.

In this Intermediate course, students will create three complete compositional figure drawings by using a variety and combination of materials and mediums. Using the figure shape as a compositional device, students will be given three specific assignments to work out, for three, six hour long finished drawings.

This is an opportunity to study and receive personal instruction in figure drawing from award-winning artist, Shawn Skabelund.  Shawn holds degrees from Utah State University and the University of Iowa. A nationally exhibited artist, his work has been featured in Sculpture Magazine and numerous regional publications. Shawn is also a Viola Visual Arts award winner for his exhibition Virga: The Hunt for Water.

NOTE: This course is for those who have completed Beginner Figure Drawing with Shawn Skabelund or another instructor

Registration
 

Member fee: $165

Non-member fee: $175

If you have questions about this session, contact Elizabeth Vogler at (928) 779-2300 x109.

 

Mar
24
Sun
Open Figure Drawing Sessions @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Mar 24 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Open Figure Drawing sessions with moderator, Shawn Skabelund

Every Sunday, March 17- May 5, 2019

The Flagstaff Arts Council will host open sessions for artists to draw from a live model in the main gallery at the Coconino Center for the Arts. The eight-week series is for those artists who would like to practice drawing or other art working from a live model but do not wish to have instruction. Participants may register to attend all eight sessions at a discounted rate: $130 for Arts Council members and/or students, or $140 for the public. Otherwise, participants may sign up for individual dates at $18/session for members and $20/session for non-members. *Drop-ins Welcome* Sessions are open to the public every Sunday, 3-6pm, through May 5th. 

Please note that there is NO instruction provided. Shawn Skabelund will be the moderator and help direct the model and take requests from participants on poses and timing. Other than that, participants are on their own to draw or create using the model as inspiration. No materials are provided. Participants are encouraged to bring easels to use. Some drawing horses are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Advance registration is strongly encouraged even for a single date; drop-ins are welcome but may be turned away if the session is full.

Moderator Shawn Skabelund holds degrees from Utah State University and the University of Iowa. A nationally exhibited artist, his work has been featured in Sculpture Magazine and numerous regional publications. Shawn is also a Viola Visual Arts award winner for his exhibition Virga: The Hunt for Water.

Register Now

Member fee: $130 all 8 sessions, $68/ 4 sessions Or $18/ session

Non Member fee:$140 all 8 sessions/ $72/ 4 sessions Or $20/session

Mar
25
Mon
Intermediate & Advanced Figure Drawing @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Mar 25 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Flagstaff Arts Council presents a weekly Figure Drawing Workshop led by Shawn Skabelund beginning Monday, March 11, 2019! This Intermediate level workshop consists of 7 three-hour sessions drawing from a live model. The sessions will be held in the gallery at the Coconino Center for the Arts on Monday evenings, 6-9pm

Nothing can be more enjoyable, yet at the same time more demanding, than drawing from the figure. It takes total concentration and can be very taxing by the time a particular session comes to a close, but as one concentrates, one wonders where the time has gone by.

In this Intermediate course, students will create three complete compositional figure drawings by using a variety and combination of materials and mediums. Using the figure shape as a compositional device, students will be given three specific assignments to work out, for three, six hour long finished drawings.

This is an opportunity to study and receive personal instruction in figure drawing from award-winning artist, Shawn Skabelund.  Shawn holds degrees from Utah State University and the University of Iowa. A nationally exhibited artist, his work has been featured in Sculpture Magazine and numerous regional publications. Shawn is also a Viola Visual Arts award winner for his exhibition Virga: The Hunt for Water.

NOTE: This course is for those who have completed Beginner Figure Drawing with Shawn Skabelund or another instructor

Registration
 

Member fee: $165

Non-member fee: $175

If you have questions about this session, contact Elizabeth Vogler at (928) 779-2300 x109.