Special Events

The Center for the Arts is a Gallery and Gift Shop open to the public and we hold a variety of special events.

Here is an example of our special events:

Cork n’ Canvas!
The Arts Alliance of the White Mountains expanded our Cork ‘n Canvas evenings in 2018. Beginning in February and running through October, on the last Friday of each month, we host our Cork ‘n Canvas. We’d like to invite you to join us from 5pm to 7pm and socialize with the artists. We have live music. Our sponsors provide wine and hors d’oeuvres. It’s a good time to check out what’s new in the gallery and find out about upcoming events and classes. Suggested donation of $7.00 per person.


AAWM’s Kids Art Show

Each year the Center for the Arts and Navopache Electric Cooperative sponsors an art show for kids in grades K through 8 in the various schools in the White Mountains. Each entering artists is allowed three pieces of original art. We added a People’s Choice category to the show last year. All visitors to the Center for the Arts while the show is running will be presented with a ballot to choose their favorite piece of art. This year the show will run April 16th through 27th with the Awards Reception to be held on April 27th at 11am.
For more information and entry forms – CLICK HERE

Bi-Annual AAWM Art Show

Ron Hildreth, winner in the Photography category, 2018.

Twice a year the Center for the Arts has an Art Show for any artist living in Arizona. Entries can be either 2D Art, 3D Art, Photography, Jewelry or Fiber Arts. The entry form for the 17th Bi-Annual Art Show can be found HERE. This show will run from May 31st through June 15th. The entry form is due at the Center by May 25th and art drop off is scheduled for May 28th and 29th.

The 17th and 18th Bi-Annual Art Shows are allowing up to five pieces of art per artist with a small entry fee for each. The entry form for the 18th Bi-Annual Art Show can be found HERE. This show is scheduled to run from August 30th until September 14th. The entry form is due at the Center by August 24th and the artwork needs to be dropped off on August 27th and 28th.

Entries must meet three criteria: Have a wire for hanging, have been created in the last 2 years and must be entered by artist.

2nd Annual Recycled Art Exhibition in July 2019

New in 2018, The Arts Alliance of the White Mountains added a Recycled Art Exhibition. After several requests of members, we immulated the Artists’ Coalition of Flagstaff and tried this show for the first time.

We’re running with a second attempt in July. With a requirement of 80% recycled materials, we are looking for creations to be submitted for the show. The show will run July 26th through August 10th with an awards reception to be held on August 10th at 11am. The entry form can be found HERE.

Paint with Friends

Each Thursday local artists meet and bring a project to work on together. Bring your passion and your project. Join the fun, meet and create with new friends! This free event is every Thursday from 10am to 2pm.

Native Flute Circle

The Center for the Arts added a Native Flute Circle to our events in 2017.  A flute circle is a gathering of people who meet regularly to learn, play, share or simply enjoy the music of the Native Flute.

Flute circles welcome all levels of flute-playing skill: from beginner to experienced; it is a gathering of anyone interested in the Native flute. Most flute circles embrace a philosophy of improvisation and “playing from the heart” so no musical experience is necessary.

A Native Flute Circle will be held monthly at the Center for the Arts (excepting January of 2018). The group will meet at the Center on the third Saturday of each month from 2pm to 4pm. Registration is not necessary.

Center for the Arts Book Readers Group


In January 2019, the Center for the Arts hosted their first Book Readers Group. We meet monthly to share ideas and thoughts from the book assigned the month before. The 2nd Friday of each month from 10:30 to noon was designated as our meeting time. In order to receive the list of books scheduled to be read, please email: azaawm@gmail.com. It is strongly recommended that the book be read before attending the meeting.

Music Jam


Music Jam is on the second Saturday of each month from 2PM to 4PM. Bring your instrument and jam. In general acoustic instruments are preferred. The public is welcome to come and listen and enjoy the event.

Lakeside Writers Group
Lakeside Writers exists to support and encourage writers in the White Mountains of Arizona through critique groups and support of marketing efforts of local published writers. Writers of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, plays and screenplays are invited to participate. The group normally meets the second Saturday of each month – check their website for times. Everyone welcome. Visit the group’s website for more information on what to bring (Yes, you need to bring samples of your writing) – LEARN MORE


Lakeside Writers exists to support and encourage writers in the White Mountains of Arizona through critique groups and support of marketing efforts of local published writers. Writers of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, plays and screenplays are invited to participate. The group normally meets the second Saturday of each month – check their website for times. Everyone welcome. Visit the group’s website for more information on what to bring (Yes, you need to bring samples of your writing) – LEARN MORE

Show Low Writers Group (formerly Writer’s Workshop)
Do you want to write a book? Or just write? Come join us at the Show Low Writers Group at the AAWM Center for the Arts. Beginners are welcome.

We become better writers through critiquing and writing exercises. This group meets 10am to noon on the second & fourth Thursday of each month. Everyone is welcome.