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

SPACE BETWEEN – Opening Reception @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Aug 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

SPACE BETWEEN is an exploration of two artists with adjacent yet distinctive styles. Both Flagstaff locals, Sky Black and Jacques Cazaubon Seronde (“Cazo”) both strive to create works that are accessible to the viewer while maintaining an endowment of the unexpected. Whether this breach of expectation comes in the form of figures and foliage emerging from the paint itself, or surreal combinations of animals and humans, both painters commit themselves to the process of creating quality handmade images.  

The Opening Reception will take place Saturday, August 24, 6-8pm. Featuring a short performance by Dapper Dre, music by DJ Marty Mar, light refreshments and beer provided by Mother Road Brewing Co. 

Exhibition Open: June 18 – July 27, 2019  | Wed-Sat, 11am-5pm
Find out more about the show and artist bios on the exhibition page, here.


It’s Elemental 2019 – Opening Reception & Members Preview @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Nov 9 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Steve Schaeffer

The Flagstaff Arts Council is excited to host the opening of the 2019 It’s Elemental with a Members’ Preview Saturday, November 9th, 5-6 p.m. followed by the Public Opening Reception 6-8 p.m.

It’s Elemental is an annual exhibition at the Coconino Center for the Arts, serving as a perfect lead up to the holiday season. It has its roots from the earliest days at the Center, from the mid-1980′s to the mid-1990′s. Back then, the exhibition was titled, “Wood, Fiber, Clay.” The Center closed in the late 1990′s, but when it reopened in 2001, the exhibition returned with its current name and concept.

The popular fine craft exhibition,  showcases works of art by the finest craftspeople in Arizona. The annual juried show features jewelry, ceramics, glasswork, wood, furniture, fabric, sculpture and more. This year’s exhibition will be open November 13 – December 14, 2019, Wednesday-Saturday, 11:00am-5:00pm.


In our lobby, we host It’s Ornamental on our Christmas Tree. Many of the participating artists have created one-of-a-kind handmade ornaments for the holiday season. They donated these to the Arts Council, and we sell them at affordable prices ($5 – $35) to raise money to support exhibitions at the Coconino Center for the Arts.

The exhibition is accompanied by the Fine Craft Sale on December 7 and 8, 2019, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 12 – 4 p.m on Sunday. The Fine Craft Sale is a juried holiday marketplace featuring local craftspeople. Now in its eighth year, the Sale is a popular fixture in Flagstaff’s holiday season.




12th Annual Viola Awards Gala @ High Country Conference Center
Mar 7 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The twelfth 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.

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 Science sector. All winners of the 2020 Viola Awards will be announced at the gala event.

The Flagstaff Arts Council is pleased to announce the Finalists for the 202o 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.

2020 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



A portion of your ticket is tax deductible.

This year’s menu will include:

Fresh crunchy Romaine & Baby Spring Mix w/dried Cranberries, Grape tomatoes, candied Walnuts, Gluten Free Pasta & Mandarin Oranges offered with Champagne Vinaigrette (Gluten Friendly & Dairy Free)


Seared White Fish w/Orange Beurre Blanc (Gluten Friendly & Diary Free) with Whipped Potatoes (Gluten Friendly) & Honey Ginger Petite French Carrots (Dairy Free & Gluten Friendly)

Blue Cheese topped Bistro Steak with Béarnaise sauce (Gluten Friendly) with Whipped Potatoes (Gluten Friendly) & Honey Ginger Petite French Carrots (Dairy Free & Gluten Friendly)

Stuffed Mushroom (stuffed with rice, tomatoes, herbs, olives, peppers, golden raisins with a Chimichurri sauce) (Vegan & Gluten Friendly) with Whipped Potatoes (Gluten Friendly) & Honey Ginger Petite French Carrots (Dairy Free & Gluten Friendly)

And for dessert, Flourless Chocolate tort with Raspberry Coulis (Gluten Friendly)


2020 Title Sponsor

2020 Founding Sponsor

Official After Party Hosted by Hotel Monte Vista