In this issue:

Art & Science Grant Fund

February ArtWalk

6th Annual Viola Awards

7th Annual Valentine’s Day Concert featuring Tom Sheeley

FullSet in Concert

Martin Sexton in Concert

Artist Opportunities


Great Events Around Flagstaff

You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown
Coconino High School Mini-Auditorium
February 7-8

The Miser
Doris Harper-White Playhouse
February 7-9

Kenan Thompson

NAU’s Prochnow Auditorium
February 7

2nd Friday Science Night featuring Physics: Simple Machines
Lowell Observatory
February 7

El Ten Eleven

The Green Room
February 8

Urban Ski and Snowboard Festival
Historic Downtown Flagstaff
February 8 & 9

Comedy Imaginator Eric Buss
NAU’s Clifford E. White Theatre
February 8

Los Lonely Boys
Orpheum Theatre
February 9

Richter/Uzur Duo
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
February 15

The Syrian Bride
NAU’s Liberal Arts Bldg.
February 19

The Shape of Things
NAU’s Studio Theatre
February 21 – March 2

More events at the Flagstaff events calendar:
Flagstaff 365


About Flagstaff Arts Council


Staff & Board



Calendar of Events

Contact Us



Our Sponsors


Freeman Law


Nature Exposed Photography


Criollo Latin Kitchen


Doubletree Hotel


National Endowment for the Arts


Arizona Commission on the Arts


Coconino County


City of Flagstaff- BBB Revenue



The staff at Flagstaff Cultural Partners is buzzing around, getting ready for our biggest event of the year: the 2014 Viola Awards. It’s my favorite event of the year, too. All the Viola nominees come by so that we can interview them on video for the Gala. We get to meet and learn all about them and their work, and see the light in their eyes when they talk about what the work they do.

I want to be clear about what the Viola Awards are about. We’ve called them “Flagstaff’s answer to the Oscars,” but they are not about competition and glamour in the way Hollywood’s big event might be. The Viola Awards are simply about bringing to light the phenomenal work that is being done by locals in the arts and sciences. It’s about giving a larger audience to the nominees who work their tails off all year long to make Flagstaff a creative mecca. So, if I have one wish, it’s that you’ll attend the event in that spirit, excited to learn about some amazing people and their work.

We at FCP are truly honored and fortunate to do this work. We’ll see you on March 1st!


John ‘JT’ Tannous
Executive Director
Flagstaff Cultural Partners at the
Coconino Center for the Arts

(Images in the banner: Martin Sexton, Miranda Graham, Viola Babbitt, Tom Sheeley, Jeremy Singer, Gary McAllister, and FullSet)


First Friday ArtWalk
Historic Downtown Flagstaff
Friday, February 7, 6-9pm
Chocolate Tasting at ArtWalk!
Flagstaff ArtWalk on Facebook
Flagstaff ArtWalk on Twitter


Art & Science Grant Opportunity

Flagstaff Cultural Partners is pleased to announce grant opportunities through the Art & Science Fund for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2014. The Art & Science Fund opportunity is made possible through the City of Flagstaff BBB Revenues. Information and instructions about how to apply for these grants is available on the FCP website.

This year’s grant applications to the Art & Science Fund are online through the CommunityGrants portal. Applicants must contact Flagstaff Cultural Partners to receive a username and password to begin their applications in the online CommunityGrants portal. Contact staff at (928) 779-2300, or email us to receive your login credentials.

Please read the Art & Science Fund Guidelines and Instructions document before you apply and before you request login credentials.


6th Annual Viola Awards
Saturday, March 1, 5pm
High Country Conference Center

Join over 500 of Flagstaff’s best and brightest artists and arts supporters at the 6th Annual Viola Awards Gala. The Gala recognizes excellence in the arts and sciences in Flagstaff, Arizona. Awards are given out in eight categories: Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Storytelling, Arts Education, Science Education, Leadership, Emerging Artist, and Business for the Arts.

Congratulations to Kay Poen and Baje Whitethorne Sr., who will both receive the Viola Legacy Award for Lifetime Contribution to the Arts. We are grateful for their extensive contributions to the musical and fine arts in Flagstaff.

Ingrid Lee, Dean of the Arts and Sciences at Coconino Community College, is the proud winner in our membership drawing for a Viola Award Gala table. Thank you for supporting and contributing to the arts and sciences in Flagstaff!

Tickets: $60 individual | For tables and sponsorships please contact Elizabeth Hellstern (779-2300).
Tickets may be purchased above online, by calling (928) 779-2300, or at the Coconino Center for the Arts.


7th Annual Valentine’s Day Concert featuring Tom Sheeley
Friday, February 14, 7:30pm
Coconino Center for the Arts
Tickets and Info

For our 7th Annual Valentine’s Concert, Flagstaff Cultural Partners presents classical guitarist Tom Sheeley in concert. The concert will be preceded by a wine and chocolate tasting at 6:30pm.

Tom Sheeley is one of the most well-known and well-respected classical guitar players in Flagstaff. He has an impressive resume of performing with some of the most prestigious international music groups in Europe and Latin America.

Wine and Chocolate Tasting begins at 6:30pm, and the show begins at 7:30pm.

Tickets: $20 and includes a wine and chocolate tasting reception before the show
Tickets can be purchased above online, by calling (928) 779-2300, at the Coconino Center for the Arts, or at the door.



FullSet in Concert
Friday, February 21 at 7:30pm
Coconino Center for the Arts

Living Traditions Presentations and Flagstaff Cultural Partners presents FullSet in concert. All accomplished young musicians in their own right, FullSet creates a stunning and unique sound that is full of energy and innovation, while remaining true to their traditional roots. They are quickly becoming one of the most well known bands in the Irish music scene today winning numerous awards in recent years.

Doors open at 6:30pm and the show is at 7:30pm.

Tickets: $18 Adv. | $10 Child | $20 Day of Show
Tickets can be purchased above online, by calling (928) 779-2300, at the Coconino Center for the Arts, or at the door.


Martin Sexton in Concert
Thursday, February 27, 7:30pm

Coconino Center for the Arts

Greenhouse Productions and Flagstaff Cultural Partners present American singer-songwriter, Martin Sexton, in concert. A native of Syracuse, N.Y., and the tenth of 12 children, Martin Sexton grew up in the ’80s. Uninterested in the music of the day, he fueled his dreams with the timeless sounds of classic rock ‘n’ roll. The activity and worldwide touring behind these records laid the foundation for the career he enjoys today with an uncommonly loyal fan base; he sells out venues from New York’s Nokia Theatre to L.A.’s House of Blues, and tours regularly across Canada and Europe.

Jay Nash will be the opening act.

Doors open at 6:30pm and the show is at 7:30pm.

Tickets: Tier 1 $40 | Tier 2 $30 | Tier 3 $25
Tickets can be purchased above online, by calling (928) 779-2300, at the Coconino Center for the Arts, or at the door.


A Warm Feeling by Kimball Denetso<br />
A Warm Feeling by Kimball Denetso

Artist Opportunities: Call for Artists

The Fires of Change Exhibition aims to explore how fire as an ecosystem process is impacted by climate change and societal development. By facilitating conversation and learning among and between land managers, scientists, and artists, this project will inspire artwork that addresses themes surrounding wildfire, land management, and climate change.

Artists participating in The Fires of Change will attend 2 or 3 full-day educational workshops. In the workshops, artists will learn directly from scientists and land managers about wildfire and its effects on the environment.

Applications for this opportunity are due April 15, 2014. More information is available here.


Flagstaff Cultural Partners / (928) 779-2300 / PO Box 296 / Flagstaff, Arizona 86002
Coconino Center for the Arts / 2300 N. Fort Valley Road